CCG writes - "Etrian Odyssey II HD is a great sequel to the first game, and also the last 'simple' game in the series before multi-classing and other more complex game mechanics were introduced. I really like and appreciate this simplicity, as sometimes less choice can be a good thing. I do recommend playing Etrian Odyssey HD first, simply because this is a sequel to that one, and is in many ways just 'more Etrian Odyssey', which in my opinion a good thing, but I can somewhat understand how this middle title has fewer Steam reviews than the others, being neither the original nor the game that changed up the formula; nevertheless, I believe it's worth playing. I think most gamers who love dungeon crawlers should probably start with Etrian Odyssey HD, but I'd encourage you not to skip this one - it's just as much fun as the last!"
WTMG's Oliver Shellding: "For most people, getting Etrian Odyssey II HD means purchasing it in a triple decker sandwich with the predecessor and the sequel. You can enjoy the first one and then use that to expand on what’s great about this game, namely that everything is better while still being similar. It’s not nearly the departure that comes in subsequent games; it’s almost like playing a fan mod of the first with QoL improvements from basement devs. If you’re not looking for something that changes your life but does make it a little more fun, then Etrian Odyssey II does a fine job of being a fantastic dungeon crawler. "