Still playing Etrian Odyssey 3. Still loving it.

Believe it or not, despite all the time I've been playing I have yet to defeat the first boss, but I hope to put him down tonight and move on to the next series of floors.

Also, I don't think I've mentioned it before, but the game now includes a co-op multiplayer feature that lets people team up in certain areas. As a result, Atlus hooked me up with two copies of the game so I could test it out. I had warned the wife that I would need a partner to go questing with me, and good sport that she is, she gladly accepted despite a professed lack of interest in RPGs.

(She’s a hell of a good shot in action games, though. Watch out!)

The funny thing that she actually ended up loving it, and she’s deep in the adventure herself. We've been talking strategy, comparing notes, and keeping tabs on each other's progress. I don't know if she would have been as eager about the previous Etrian titles since EO3 has tons of little tweaks and nice touches that make it silky-smooth to play, but whatever the case, she's into this one.

Etrian Odyssey 3 gets a thumbs up for me, and a thumbs up from my wife. How much more of a testimonial do you need?

At the moment, I'm currently wrapping up my formal review of Limbo, on XBLA. If you follow me on Twitter, then you have no doubt seen me gushing about it over the last two or three days. After having finished the game and spent more than the usual amount of time on the write-up, I really do want people to know that it's an outstanding title. However, nothing I could possibly say would match up to the experience of seeing it in motion and guiding its shadowy little protagonist for yourself.

If you are the kind of player who cares about game design, the artistic quality of gaming, and about games that aren't afraid to try something new, you owe it to yourself to AT LEAST try the demo. Really though, you should probably just download the thing right off the bat and take the day off of work to play through it. It's that good.

My breakdown of the point-and-click adventure, Secret Files: Tunguska is live. It's currently available on the Wii and DS, though I think the only people who will really dig it are hard-core adventure devotees and people who are fans of cats that like salty pizza crust.

As promised last time, my formal opinion of Naughty Bear is now up, too. But in case you don't feel like going over and the entire review, here's the nutshell: Naughty Bear is steaming crap.

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12 years ago

I loved Etrian Odyssey II. The map charting, the difficulty, the slick menus and graphics, the catchy tunes…just loved it. I’m playing Monster Hunter Freedom Unite and Persona 3 Portable on my PSP currently, but believe me when I say I’ll be making some room in my busy gaming schedule to fire up the DS, come September.

12 years ago

I really enjoyed the first two Etrian games and am looking forward to playing the third. It will have to wait for now though, as I am deeply entrenched in DQIX, which I am only about 7 hours into, but I am already thinking it’s GOTY on the DS.