John Coates writes:
''Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Laagard is a very tough game to review simply because it's one of those "love it or hate it" game types: An old school dungeon crawler. There's only a rudimentary story (you're exploring a single, gigantic tree dungeon trying to find the way into a magic, floating castle), there's no character development beyond gaining levels and choosing skills, and its turn-based battles are soul-crushingly, stomp-on-your-goldfish merciless. The game is more than happy to brutally slaughter your entire party, wasting hours of your playtime, over and over again. And what do you get in return? The privilege of drawing your own maps because the game won't do it for you.''