7 years later and I still can't get passedin the original Etrian Odyssey. My characters are already max leveled and yet it's still incredibly difficult.
the sixth stratum
However, I did tooth-and-claw my way through there on Expert mode in Untold. That place is hell. Toughest final stratum in the series IMO (well, III's is really nasty, too).
Personally I like both styles and think the music in IV and Untold is really great but it is still certainly different from what the series had before.