Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight

Game review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Expanded RPG remake encourages exploration, micromanagement.

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Positive Messages

Good vs. evil, working together as a team to accomplish a greater good, protect those in need.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Most characters presented in a positive (if occasionally flawed) light as heroes. Though some character development for central plot, many side characters aren't too fleshed out.

Ease of Play

A learning curve for newcomers, particularly those not used to using, much less creating, their own maps, micromanaging characters. But with patience, practice, this becomes second nature. 

Violence

Turn-based fantasy combat with spells, medieval weapons against human, monster enemies. No gore.

Sex

Some female characters wear revealing outfits. One scene depicts female characters nude in a hot spring, with steam covering breasts.

Language

Occasional use of "bastard," "ass."

Consumerism

Latest title in a long-running series. Players may be interested in picking up other games in the series.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Though drinking not directly shown, alcohol frequently mentioned.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight is a role-playing adventure game where players and their diverse parties of adventurers dive into monster-filled dungeons, mapping their paths along the way, to protect a princess on her way to an ancient ritual. The need to create and properly track movement across maps does provide a bit of a learning curve, especially for players who are unaccustomed to micromanaging their progress. The regular turn-based combat portrays fighting with spells and medieval weapons but doesn't show blood or gore. The words "bastard" and "ass" are occasionally shown, and though alcohol isn't shown, it's frequently talked about. Female characters are shown in revealing costumes, and one scene shows women nude in a hot spring with only steam covering their breasts.

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What's it about?

ETRIAN ODYSSEY 2 UNTOLD: THE FAFNIR KNIGHT is the latest entry in the popular Etrian Odyssey series. The game is a retelling of Etrian Odyssey 2, adding a more linear story complete with fleshed-out characters, voice acting, cut scenes, and a new soundtrack to the original release. In Story mode, players are tasked with escorting the princess through the Ginnungagap Ruins to complete a ceremony that happens once every century. After something goes awry, the player somehow taps into a strange power and transforms into the Fafnir Knight. Afterward, the player and his party set out to discover the nature of this new power while fighting back the coming darkness threatening the land.

Is it any good?

As much a spin-off as it is a remake, this game adds an impressive amount of depth and content to what already was a fantastic dungeon crawler. The Fafnir Knight adds an intriguing new story, as well as unique new classes and even sub-games such as building and managing a restaurant in town to the tried-and-true RPG classic. Though the game's story mode substitutes pregenerated party members for the fully customizable blank-slate characters players created in the original, it's done for the sake of keeping the story on track. Plus, players who miss rolling their own characters can still play Classic mode, which is a more straightforward port of the original Etrian Odyssey 2 but with a couple of extra classes and enhanced graphics thrown into the mix.

As much as The Fafnir Knight has going for it, there's almost too much going on to take in. One minute you're organizing characters in the party by equipping them with armor, weapons, and the newly added grimoires while also keeping track of where you've been to maintain an accurate map. The next, you're trying to invest profits from your restaurant into rebuilding the town. Then, at least in Classic mode, you're busy crafting new adventurers from scratch and maintaining their skills in guilds. It's a lot of micromanagement to take in for a newcomer, but hardcore RPG fans likely will love the overabundance of details that can be tweaked.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about teamwork. How can different people and their respective talents complement each other in the real word?

  • How does creating one's own map in the game help the experience? How can writing out clear directions help one accomplish a task at hand?

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