Pocket Gamer reviews Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard

Jon Mundy reports:

''It's said that adversity makes us stronger. Still another platitude assures us that what doesn't kill us makes us stronger. After many hours' worth of play on Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard this writer has experienced plenty of adversity and is still very much alive. How do I feel? Absolutely battered.

Owing much in spirit to a time when games made up for a lack of sophistication and technical flair with sheer bloody minded difficulty, Atlus' latest dungeon crawling RPG will have you both tearing your hair out and nodding in appreciation – often within minutes of each other.

Starting the game with few preconceptions (having never played the original), I sat admiring the quaint storybook styling of the opening scene setter. Suffice to say it's something to do with floating castles and a mysterious labyrinth. Everything seemed set for a typically charming and non-taxing modern Japanese RPG.''

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