Started with the first one. Just saw it in a shop bought it on impulse.
Gave it a go but found the controls cumbersome, got to my first FOE and got destroyed. It never really clicked with me so I dropped it. Map making was inaccurate, everything felt slow and lacking polish - particularity navigating menus (and what they displayed)
Some years later I saw a GAF hype thread for EO3, watched some trailers and ended up getting caught up in the hype too, learned far more about the series from the fans and went in prepared.
Easily became one of my favorite games on the DS. Everything I disliked about the first had been resolved - menu transitions were smooth and polished, Just allowing the use of the L + R buttons in both menus and dungeons improved the game massively.
Map making was improved, the touch was responsive and accurate. Stats and skills and descriptions were easier to see and improved.
The music and atmosphere of the game was amazing (then learned the music was done by Yuzo Koshiro!)
Still got my very first save of the game, I don't have the heart to wipe it to start over.
Since then I went back, played 2 and enjoyed it, gave 1 another go but still hate it
I'd spent an inordinate amount of time building parties and drawing maps on graph paper while playing Wizardry V back in the day, so I knew exactly what EO was going for right from the start. Even the rough first entry exceeded my expectations with its great character designs, background music and quality-of-life details (like warp wires). It was a perfect fit for the things I liked in an RPG.
For me it was buying EO1,2,3 together from someone on ebay in india just when i got my 3DS and was looking at the DS catalogue. Boguht them together because I wanted to try non SMT atlus games on 3DS and the price was good. All still sealed lol. Ended up buying the actual 3DS games digitally (started with EOU and EOIV) then bought em physical. now i have multiple copies of all the 3DS EO Games. EO2U is still the GOAT for me.
I still need to get that EOIII artbook that came with the DS game in NA
I remember seeing EO1 in a Nintendo power and liking the style. Then EO2 came out and I bought it used at a Gamestop on a whim. I skipped 3 then got back into the series with 4. When the DS trilogy was reprinted I finished my collection and now I've played and own them all! Even EOMD, unfortunately.
Coincidentally, EOIV was on sale and the rest is history. Playing it through the summer was definitely some of the most fun I've had playing RPGs. I want to keep that going with EOV so hurry up and localize it AtlusUSA!
Well I never heard of it until EO4, I didn't really know about the series considering 2 & 3 never came out here in PAL-land.
I found out about it from a friend who said "check this demo out, it's rad" (said friend never actually got the game) and I spent a good 7 hours in the demo. I think I restarted it and made a better team once I found out the save was transferable. I think as soon as I entered the first labyrinth and heard the theme and then heard the battle theme I preordered it.
At this rate they'll join us in being those crazy old people talking about the glory days.
I remember being interested in EO1 when it launched, but heard the game was broken as crap so I avoided it (I was young at the time). When EO2 dropped, I read some impressions and decided to jump in. I've gotten all of them at launch since then, and its easily one of my favourite series.
-Find out about Persona 3
-Really interested in it, but not old enough
-Try getting it when it comes out anyway, since I've been at least 6' since I was 8. Hope I get someone who doesn't card me.
-Cashier is having none of it. Look at DS games and see something from the same developer
-Decide to get that instead.
-Get to the second stratum.
-Try again with Etrian 3.
-Give up at first stratum, so my skills are clearly regressing
-Try again with EO4 demo, and it finally clicks. Pre-order full game immediately after I'm done.
-Get Etrian Untold.
-Doesn't click for some reason; shelve it
-Nearly die in a bicycle accident
-Retry and 100% U1 while I'm stuck in bed for a month
-Then go back to finish pretty much everything else, except the original II
And now I'm here. I remember obsessing over IOSYS videos on the Wii internet browser, but I honestly can't remember if I already had the game at that point.
I'm actually fine with the pattern based bosses in 2U. It's better than dying because the boss decided to use Cry Soul 3 times in a row randomly. Big attacks are usually telegraphed so you can prepare for it.
My only problem is stuff like the Fire Demon, which can insta-kill you if you aren't prepared for it. The big fire breathing skill keeps getting stronger each time, so if you don't have fire wall or used your protector's/beast's force break or don't have a defensive class at all, there's not a whole lot you can do.
Yeah. Worst case, there's a translated playthrough going on at Something Awful, from someone who has experience translating things, and that community's the most tech-savvy EO community in the West. They've already discussed making a translation patch if Atlus never brings it over.
There was a live performance by the SQ F.O.E. band at the beginning. Recorded it for my website, so here's the link for those interested (sorry for poor video quality, that's NicoNico for you : | At least audio's fine.)
EOI's fifth stratum in first?
Eh, I've always liked it the least of the fifth stratum themes honestly. Not that it's a bad song, I think it starts amazingly, but then gets a little too whimsical for what should be a tragic area.
Since I don't think there's an official English translation of the track names... Here's what I was able to get from YouTube:
Labyrinth I - Emerald Woodlands (DS Sound Source Ver.)
Battle - Destruction Begets Decay (DS Sound Source Ver.)
Labyrinth V - The Fallen Capital of Shinjuku (DS Sound Source Ver.)
Reaching out for our future (Artist: Itou Kanako)
Labyrinth I Ancient Forest (PC-8801F Ver.)
The First Campaign (PC-8801F Ver.)
Cherry Tree Bridge (PC-8801F Ver.)
Heavenly Keep (PC-8801F Ver.)
Inspecting the Resounding Weapons (PC-8801F Ver.)
Bloody Battle - Betting It All
Waterfall Woodland (PC-8801F Ver.)
The End of Raging Waves (PC-8801F Ver.)
Porcelain Forest (PC-8801F Ver.)
Hoist the Sword and Pride in the Heart (PC-8801F Ver.)
Those That Slay and Fall (PC-8801F Ver.)
Their Own Brand of Justice (PC-8801F Ver.)
Calling that Detestable Name (PC-8801F Ver.)
Labyrinth I - Lush Woodlands
Battlefield - Storm
Labyrinth II - Misty Ravine
Battlefield - The Fall of the Final Enemy
Area IV - The Land Beyond The Clouds
Labyrinth IV - Echoing Library
Faith is My Pillar
The End of Raging Winds
With Eyes Blazing
Labyrinth V - Virgin Forest
Battlefield - Grab Tomorrow
I was a somewhat worried that the number of voices in EOV might be problematic for Atlus. If we truly don't get EOV localized, I doubt that would be the main reason, but still I can't imagine a good way for them to cover all the voices without several actors doing different takes, or just leaving the Japanese voices in.
The series can survive without two screens, maybe not as elegantly, but it can. In handheld mode, the Switch screen could dedicate a spot in the corner around the size of what we are used to on the bottom screen(unless you have an XL system I guess), and probably add a way to make it take up the whole screen if/when we want. As for docked, well, the series has been adding more auto map features lately, it'll probably just get fleshed out more.