If you were lucky enough to get ahold of a copy of the Last, actually FIRST Etrian Odyssey, you already know the feel of this Old School RPG. Old School meaning there is a great deal of emphasis on map making in order to find your way through the Labyrinth. There are additional tools in this one that makes that job, much easier. There are a few who will not like this one, it requires work, and thought, not for the thumb monkey in all of us, however,if you are like me and grew up making your maps on paper a la the original Dungeons and Dragons, and you prefer that Imagination based type game, then you will love this second installment of a great game. I personally bought it after much research when it first came out, in the early days of release and was (and still am) very pleased. It took a while to catch on as many players today expect animations that do the work rather than your imagination. I prefer using my mind. The artwork is just right to inspire or jump start the imagination, the story line a bit more in depth, and for those who played the last version, you can now store things, items at the inn, in between trips into the labyrinth. I vaguely recall some reviewers complaining last time that ..."you had to make your own maps, there was a lot of return trips back and forth into the labyrinth and out again, Yada, Yada, Yada..." , but that is only a small part of the charm of this story and game. This game is rich in tradition of the Original Role Playing Style and is meant to keep with those traditions and does so very well. Although there were those who complained when it first came out last time; try finding it in ANY game store, USED OR NEW, YOU CAN'T, it was so well loved by the traditional RPGers that it became an instant Classic and COLLECTIBLE! Check the on-line auctions, you'll pay from $50 and $70 and more for a USED COPY if you can even find it! There is a reason for that, it is a great game, simple as that, don't miss out this time on a classic done right. This is not a quick game I put in over 100 hours on the last one. A note for previous buyers, the instruction manual now contains a graphic chart on the [expanded skill tree which makes for a great easy-reference when leveling up your characters. The same wonderful art style is used here, as well as RPG formula, I for one am glad to see more of the same from last time, but improved upon with more options. That just made an already great game even better. Someone once said, "simplicity is the hallmark of genius", this utilizes tradition and that concept to create what I for one, feel qualifies as a true work of enjoyable entertainment art. There are those who may say I might be exaggerating just a little,(if I even knew how to spell the word) I don't believe so. Do yourself a favor, if this is your style of game; get this classic, play it and then don't get rid of it. The value of this game will INCREASE in time, as a collectible, as did the last one, mark my words, you heard it here first. Then some time down the road, you will be able to sell that game for MORE than you paid for it, THAT is the true sign of a success and a work of art. Enjoy, Game On.
yes: I recommend this product