When last did you genuinely feel like a game was taking you on an adventure? Most games boast epic stories with high stakes but when last did you feel like a game was letting you go on an adventure? It’s something that isn’t often done since it’s much easier to throw a player into an ‘end-of-the-world’ scenario but sometimes the wonder of adventure is all you need.
Not everyone is going to appreciate it, but the Etrain Odyssey games are an absolute delight to play. There’s something relaxing and rewarding about taking your band of adventurers into the Labyrinth and successfully coming out the other end. Fortunately for the uninitiated, the launch trailer for Etrian Odyssey V gives you a good idea of what’s going on in this more niche title.
One of the most interesting things in these games is the map drawing mechanic that allows players draw out the game world as they discover it. It may feel novel, but it adds a lot of depth to the game and allows players to better approach some difficult situations. The variety of character types and team compositions that leave you with a lot of customisation and freedom. They’re niche titles, but if you have a 3DS and are looking for something a little different, give the Etrian Odyssey series a try.