i haven’t played an Etrian Odyssey since 3 and im ready to make a party of cool anime’s and go draw a dungeon. Does anyone have strong opinions in favor of 4, 5, or Nexus (the MonHun Generations-esque crossover fan smorgasbord)?
i played demos of 4 and 5 — 4 seemed more trad, while 5 had some weird classes and a race system that seemed like it could be interesting. (and then Nexus looks fun but “old classes return!” obviously = “check out our upscaled reused assets!”)
Also, though i miss the FM Towns style Koshiro music, the compositions remain really gorgeous and smooth
like holy shit i could listen to this all day
edit: i answered this myself once i realized that in Etrian Odyssey 5, 1) you can pick voice clips for each character and they aren’t matched by gender (i.e. you can choose a male voice sample for a character that has a female portrait) 2) a good number of the portraits can be read as androgynous (the Masurao portraits are especially good in this regard, also this is sadly the only way to redeem the otherwise cool Necromancer class) and 3) one of the lady Dragoon portraits is an ultra-powerful stone cold betty with an eyepatch and i can’t not have her be the main character of my personal video game
Also the tabletop-esque floor events in Etrian Odyssey 5: V reward you with some EXP afterward, and that automatically makes it the best one in the series.