The ILG Coint & Plick Awards

Coint & Plick 2008 #53a: Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard

Posted in 2008 by trdn89 on February 22, 2010

(2-way tie for #53)

10 points, 2 votes

Official game site

Forksclovetofu : Awesomely hardcore; I got killed a dozen times before I realized that there are baddies in this cart that you simply should not fuck with unless you’ve got major hours logged. Typical Atlas: it asks so much from you, delivers a thin opiate gruel and demands that you step up to the plate hard if you wanna suckle. The mapping element and obsessive grinding really reminded me of bygone epic junior high Basic D&D campaigns. Definitively the opposite of “casual gaming”; requires you to devote way too much energy to ciphers and care far more than you should about showing the game who’s boss.

Lamp: I had a pretty good time with the dungeon mapping element that allows you to graph out the dungeons on the DS touchscreen instead of forcing you to remember layouts or keep a hand-drawn map of your own. It’s a pretty narrow and obsessive little game, but it can get engrossing.

The first level of Etrian’s labyrinth is filled with a number of beasts that don’t appear too tough, though once you reach the first boss and realize that this over-sized dinosaur can kill any of your party members with a single swipe, you’re forced to spend literally hours killing the snails and hedgehogs you so recently took for granted, just to crank up your experience points enough to survive the dragon. And it only gets worse from there.

Abbott: Freaking impossible.

Will M : You have to, like, try.

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