Without a doubt, Etrian Odyssey is one of the most unique and bold game designs we've seen on DS since its launch. In a generation of gaming where people are talking about the "death of hardcore," and where Wii Sports is enough to topple Microsoft's killer 360 library, it takes serious guts – and impressive execution – to not only attempt something made directly for the most aged and traditional gamer type, but to do it well. Mini-maps are commonplace now days, with auto saving and easy "repeat from checkpoint" gaming basically escorting players from beginning to end like an interactive movie, rather than an actual challenge. That's not the style of Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard, and as the industry starts to lean more and more towards the new "everyone's a gamer" philosophy, IGN is realizing more that if you are in fact traditional in taste, there are only a few key games that truly aim specifically towards you. Etrian Odyssey is without a doubt one of those games.