If you've known me for five seconds, you either know I'm obsessed with horrible, disgusting sea creatures, or you know I'm obsessed with Etrian Odyssey.
Thankfully, Etrian Odyssey III has both of these things!
Etrian Odyssey is the third title in the series, obviously, and is the most polished of the three games that came out for the original Nintendo DS. Etrian Odyssey had difficulties with balancing its skills, Etrian Odyssey II had an absolutely insane postgame level-up system that made everyone angry and wasted everyone's time, and...well, Etrian Odyssey III threw out all the classes and conventions from EO1 and EO2 and made its own. And that was a very wise decision.
The later entries in the series, beginning with Etrian Odyssey IV and moving into the more polished remakes of EO1 and EO2, are good, and certainly the menus and skill trees are designed better than EO3's, but the issue of balance remains in all of these games. I feel that Etrian Odyssey III is the most balanced Etrian Odyssey game to date; it is so good, in fact, that I would be satisfied if it did not receive an update.
It's an extremely important game to me, and I want to share the story with everyone, since the gameplay is definitely not the most user-accessible. The Etrian Odyssey series is notorious for its difficulty and grind-heavy nature. So I'll be suffering in your stead! Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.
The story of Etrian Odyssey III begins in Armoroad, a city in the southern tropics, surrounded by blue sea and skies...( Onward, to glory! )