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I beat the three dragons in Etrian Mystery Dungeon. 77% completion now. Really long postgame because the story was over after 50%.
I figured out that the diagonal 8 on quests is supposed to be the infinity symbol, so I've retaken the gold golem and red pooka quests a lot. No money problems, and lots of white potions in stock (they raise a character's level by 1 in an instant).
The skill system gives more leeway in this game. The total amount of skill points needed to learn everything is 101, so that lines up perfectly with 98 level ups and 3 points at the start. So in this game it's only a matter of picking what you want to learn first.
Also, EXP needed for a level up have remained flat since level 40, so it's very much doable to get to level 99. Best of all, benched characters earn EXP too, so it isn't a hassle to rearrange the party. Likewise, taking a two level penalty for redistributing skill points is pretty much redundant, because you can keep backups of backups. I have created 50 characters and all of them have at least level 30 by now.
Apparently some conditional drops are still unknown, including the ones for the boss of that horror dungeon mentioned above. Isn't that crazy? It's not even a sure thing that you can beat that dungeon (lots of stuff is randomized) and then you have to put up with conditional drops on the boss. I think it will take around three hours to beat that dungeon.
A lot of the best equipment requires also several pieces of the same material, so that means boss grinding (unlike in the proper EO games where one of each kind is enough).
It's... it's so disappointing. The game managed to coast above my expectations for so long, but the final stretch turned into a nightmare. That leaves a really bad taste in my mouth. 100% completion is basically out of reach, unless insane luck triggers. This is even a lot worse than the conditional drops from the three dragons in the original Etrian Odyssey; I didn't bother with them after a dozen of failed attempts because the drop rate was pitiful.
Of course, first I'll have to test if the EU version has that glitch too. For Etrian Odyssey Untold, the item duplication glitch (used by many to get better grimoire stones) was fixed for the EU version.
Anyway, horror dungeon and boss grinding COULD be manageable with ridiculously powerful characters. For your information, my level 90 Landsknecht has about 220 strength and that's not even half of the bar.
Still, it sounds like the game is worth picking up: you were at it fairly hardcore for days, and until the end of the postgame content it sounds like you enjoyed yourself.
Good decision to make Kimishima the president. It's only a temporary solution, but good to have someone who does business at that position. Iwata's vision should get carried out now.
Who knows what Miyamoto would have done. Probably launch a wave of 3D Mario, Pikmin and Steel Diver games.
So how's EO2 Untold? Is there a proper subclass system?
I'll get the Mystery Dungeon in the mean time.
The story mode is a bit unbalanced because of the new class, who can become incredibly overpowered starting in the mid game, but classic mode is one of the more challenging in the series. There's a DLC super-boss that's just evil though: no idea how to beat him just yet, although I've come close (fifty turns in...). It's easily the hardest in the series.
There's still no subclassing, but the grimoire system is improved. You get them about four times more often, and instead of combining multiple skills to one grimoire they're each individualized. You can equip an extra one every ten levels, with a maximum of six. It's better balanced, although there's still an unfortunate amount of luck involved. You can also trade and recycle grimoires now too though, both with other players and with NPCs, so it's...better than it was before. Still not ideal.
Skills can also go up to twenty now, if you add grimoires to your class' skills. There's often diminishing returns, but a level 20 skill is noticeably more potent than a level 10 one. The Force system was also overhauled, and has some nice risk-reward stuff in the form of force breaks: each class has a super powerful skill, but it's one-time only, after which you not only lose your force boost, you can't get another force boost until returning to town. They also added a food system where you can add a party wide bonus each time you go to town, kind of like the guild bonuses from EO U, but more versatile.
Overall, two thumbs up.
Your explanations sound good overall. Shame about the grimoire system, but better than nothing. It would have been a smart design choice to allow the fusion of stones, and combining skills makes them stack. For example, if you fuse ATK Up 3 with ATK Up 8, you would get ATK Up 10 (technically it would be 11, but 10 is already the max level). That would reduce the involved luck in getting high level grimoire stones drastically.
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That... is a legitimately massive downgrade....
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