All in all, Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard is a difficult game to score, especially in the sub-categories. Sure the graphics can be simple, but that helps the mood of the game. Sure the sound effects are not unlike like the original Gameboy and the same could pretty much be said for the music, but that adds a necessary charm that no other audio combination could add. And sure there's no plot for the most part, but the game excels when it's not pretending to tell a story beyond "climb the tree". There is no clear cut answer for a game like this.
It is for players who want to carve their own experience and will not mind getting perpetually pummeled by the game's unforgiving, yet often rewarding, difficulty. It is for the nostalgic gamer and the gamer with a lot of time on her hands. So any player with a strong stomach is surely recommended to pick up this title before it is as scarce as its predecessor, last stratum be damned. But consider this a warning; anyone who heeds it well will surely survive the labyrinth.