Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
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  1. Nov 27, 2017
    Quotation forthcoming.
  2. Nov 9, 2017
    Whether it’s your first foray into Yggdrasil or your fifth, playing Etrian Odyssey V is a true pleasure. Its addictive central gameplay loop combines engaging exploration, strategic combat and DIY cartography, all wrapped up in a charming presentation and a lush, organic aesthetic. It’s gorgeous to look at it, beautifully balanced, and polished to a sheen, but perhaps best of all Etrian Odyssey V feels like the culmination of a concept that’s uniquely tied to the 3DS. With its touchscreen mapping and masterful use of stereoscopic 3D, it feels utterly at home here, and while the little handheld may have plenty of life in it yet, we still can’t imagine a more fitting swan song for this extraordinary era of dual-screened RPG wonder. A must for any aspiring adventurer.
  3. 90
    Perhaps Etrian Odyssey V is the swansong of a franchise that has been one of the few to make meaningful use of an approach to technology and gameplay that has now been obsoleted as Nintendo has retired the dual screen idea. If that’s the case, I’m not going to lie; I’m sad for the end of the end of the franchise, but at least in Etrian Odyssey V it went out on a real high note.
  4. Oct 17, 2017
    Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth continues the proud tradition of the franchise with its stellar character customization and level designs as it poses a daunting challenge, well worth conquering- one tile at a time.
  5. Oct 16, 2017
    Etrian Odyssey V might not have changed much over previous installments, but it has refined the already sophisticated cartography to a T with its clever environmental puzzles and great user interface.
  6. Oct 16, 2017
    Immersive, challenging, and personable, Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth on Nintendo 3DS is an excellent RPG that balances both difficulty and customisation with a considerable amount of care.
  7. Oct 27, 2017
    Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth is an excellent addition to the dungeon crawler RPG series from Atlus: players will find a lot of exploration, a huge variety of classes and races, and an intriguing - yet quite challenging - gameplay.
  8. Oct 16, 2017
    A challenging yet accessible dungeon crawler that rewards thoughtful party construction and thorough exploration.
  9. Oct 23, 2017
    Etrian Odyssey V is a fun and interesting game for anyone who likes a bit of challenge and isn’t put off by having to create your own maps. There’s a good balance between explaining enough to get the player started in figuring things out and leaving a lot to be discovered. The combat system is also deep and allows for a lot of customization and strategic choices.
  10. Oct 21, 2017
    Etrian Odyssey V is a digital adventure that leans analogue, with pen-and-paper sensibilities that delight far more than they frustrate.
  11. Oct 17, 2017
    While Etrian Odyssey 5 may not be well-suited for genre novices or people who shy away from the combat side of RPGs, you'd be hard-pressed to find a stronger example of this particular slice of the genre. It offers enormous customization; fresh challenges both inside and out of combat; a setting rich with things to do besides simply fight; and best of all, that addictive mapping feature. Here's a game destined to appeal to the lizard brain of Type-A personalities, to people who love to line up details and see everything slowly take shape. With each line you draw on the in-game map, you bring a tiny bit more order to chaos and transform the unknown into the familiar. Etrian Odyssey 5 isn't simply the best game in its own franchise, it's easily the richest and most satisfying dungeon crawler to appear in the past decade.
  12. Oct 16, 2017
    Etrian Odyssey V is a true successor to the original two Nintendo DS Etrian Odyssey games but one that has modern improvements to gameplay and a best in class customization system.
  13. Oct 27, 2017
    This is an intense and satisfying adventure, full of challenges to guide us through its dungeons. It isn't revolutionary, but if you like the series, give it a try.
  14. Oct 17, 2017
    When it comes to rewarding dungeon exploration, you can't do much better than Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth. Even with its frustrating aspects, what's here is a treat for gamers who love old-school dungeon-crawling adventures.
  15. Nov 12, 2017
    The combination of careful, quiet exploration punctuated by fierce combat is what makes Beyond the Myth so much fun.
  16. Nov 10, 2017
    Despite a weak story, a boring beginning and well known mechanics, the complex character generation, the flexible management and the challenging turn based tactics make this a dungeon crawler worth getting.
  17. Nov 6, 2017
    Etrian Odyssey V is almost identical to its predecessors, it's completely lacking of a narrative and it's not that pretty to look at. Still, what we have here is a rock solid RPG akin to the ones back in the Dungeons&Dragons days, that will keep you busy for at least fifty to sixty hours.
  18. Nov 3, 2017
    Thanks to chapters as memorable as Beyond the Myth, the Etrian Odyssey franchise has become in one of the best dungeon crawler JRPGs out there.
  19. Nov 2, 2017
    Etrian Odyssey V is very much what I expected it would be. That means it won't appeal to anyone who has never been interested in this series, but it continues to showcase impressive dungeons and a rewarding sense of exploration. The series hasn't lost its spark of well-realized inspiration, and that's all many need to hear. It certainly managed to ensnare me for the entirety of the experience.
  20. Nov 2, 2017
    Beyond an assumed classicism, Etrian Odyssey V refocuses on the Yggdrasil labyrinth, adding space and depth to exploration. Hence this episode gives more relevance to each decision, each combat, which boldly asserts its mythical role playing heritage through such refined formula.
  21. Oct 30, 2017
    ​Etrian Odyssey V is a brilliant RPG but the series is becoming increasingly stagnant with new ideas and features awkwardly implemented in an otherwise successful structure.
  22. 80
    It may be that my complaints regarding this game’s steep difficulty curve are applicable to every non-Untold entry in the series. If that’s the case, and you were fine with it then, by all means jump onboard the Etrian Odyssey V train. However if you, like me, only have experience with the Untold story mode, maybe consider buying and trying Etrian Odyssey IV when it’s next on sale to see if the challenge is right for you. This new game also has a demo, and the save data transfers over to the full game. Etrian Odyssey V was a rude awakening for me, but I’m glad I powered through.
  23. Oct 16, 2017
    Etrian Odyssey V knows what it does well and sticks to it. There are enough small changes from previous entries to give the game its own flavor, but it's not going to reinvent the core framework that makes the series tick. Fans will definitely want to check out this latest entry, and quality-of-life improvements make the game accessible to newcomers as well.
  24. Oct 16, 2017
    One of the best Nintendo 3DS games you will play this Fall.
  25. Oct 16, 2017
    The Etrian Odyssey series has the first-person dungeon crawler genre down to a simple art. Players looking for a challenging title that will keep them coming back with every tiny improvement need look no further than Etrian Odyssey V.
  26. Nov 5, 2017
    The drawbacks to this game are numerous and ugly. If you can’t stand the grind, taking tons of notes and performing costly experiments as you go, this will be torture for you. But! For a certain kind of gamer, this is bliss.
  27. Oct 23, 2017
    Etrian Odyssey V is a remarkable return to the origins of the saga: a complete, finished, and extremely long-lasting game. Developers have blunted many of the gameplay elements, setting aside each side activity and minimizing narration. The reversal of the medal of this operation is in the mighty sense of having already seen it assaulting old-time fans.
  28. Nov 2, 2017
    Etrian Odyssey is a fun & very technical role-dungeon-crawler game in which we will need dozens of hours of intense dedication in order to train all our characters and to get to the top of the Yggdrasil.
  29. Oct 26, 2017
    Etrian Odyssey V feels close to what the series has done before, but the new classes and skills keep things from getting too dull. For those who enjoy retro RPGs, love building characters, and don't mind grinding for victory, that’s certainly all here. Still, the tedium and slow-paced nature of the game leave a lot to be desired, and the feeling of déjà vu left me wanting more.
  30. Oct 16, 2017
    I'm torn on Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth. I sincerely believe it could be the best entry in the series, that it has refined the formula to near perfection. But in perfecting what is already there, it makes no strides to further advance the series. There are new additions but no new ideas, and after the last two games in the series, I leave this entry not wondering what is next, but if the developers have anything left in them.
  31. 70
    One of the oddest sequels of all time, which removes one of the series’ most interesting features and adds almost nothing in return.
  32. Nintendo Force Magazine
    Jan 7, 2018
    I'm glad this game made it over, but it's not as special as I'd hoped. [Issue #31 – January/February 2018, p. 29E]
  33. Dec 13, 2017
    While I still enjoy Etrian Odyssey in general and would recommend the series as a top-shelf dungeon crawler, I find it difficult to recommend Beyond The Myth to anyone who hasn’t already gone through the other games first. Between the watching-paint-dry speed of character growth and the lack of innovation in its overall design, this one feels like it’s going through the motions with no inspiration behind it. I fully admit that the Etrian team has continuously set higher and higher bars for themselves over the years and they’re still in a class of their own, but this feels like they’re just coasting. With so many fantastic games already under their belts, there’s little reason to play this one.
  34. Oct 16, 2017
    Etrian Odyssey V can offer the right player a fun experience, but many players will find this game either lacking in story or just flat out too hard. Those with series experience, however, will enjoy the robust customization options and the extreme challenge.
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  1. Oct 18, 2017
    The series, rather than making large structural changes from game to game or adding many additional systems, finds more nuance and complexity in the encounter and level design that was created to hold a great deal of depth, and Etrian Odyssey V—which released this week—is particularly, even for the series, stripped to what it's always been and what it's always been good at.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 41
  2. Negative: 4 out of 41
  1. Oct 17, 2017
    First off, I've played all the other EO games.

    V is pretty good, it simply feels like it's missing a few things. I'm missing Link skills,
    First off, I've played all the other EO games.

    V is pretty good, it simply feels like it's missing a few things. I'm missing Link skills, I'm missing the Prince(ss)/Sovereign (yes, there's the Shaman, but it's just not the same), and I'm missing a third difficulty level.

    My biggest gripe, though, is the summon line. Only 3 slots? And now most Dragoons want to use at least a slot for Bunkers? I don't like this restriction at all. What if I wanted to use 2 Rovers, a Dragoon, and 2 Necromancers?

    Another minor issue is being forced to spend precious skill points to fish or handle animals, etc. Why not give us extra points *just* for those skills instead of taking away from our combat skills?

    This game just feels like a half step backwards for EO :(
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  2. Dec 4, 2017
    Incredibly lackluster and middling Etrian game. They tried to change too much while also going back to its roots, which doesn't make muchIncredibly lackluster and middling Etrian game. They tried to change too much while also going back to its roots, which doesn't make much sense from the get-go. The writing is off-tone for the series as well. It seems to have been written by a below-college age fanfiction writer with phrases like "you see this monkey with what can only be described as a ****
    The music is also very derivative and boring, Koshiro has run out of ideas for this series. The character art is messy and are mostly uninspired, boring-looking headswaps. Battles have too many gimmicks and flat-out the game is unbalanced. All around shoddy design choices.
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  3. Nov 6, 2017
    One of the best EO games as well as one of the hardest. Its high difficulty curve makes this game hard to recommend to anyone but to hardcoreOne of the best EO games as well as one of the hardest. Its high difficulty curve makes this game hard to recommend to anyone but to hardcore RPG fanatics who don't mind getting killed by Acorns this is great fun. A large amount of grinding is often required to face each stratum boss, but that is just how Etrian games work. The character customization is at its best, controlling the smallest details of your team is great. Union skills are the latest addition to the series and is probably one of my favorites. It can quickly give you the edge you need in a boss fight. Imagine binding the legs, arms, and head of a boss for three turns and they can't retaliate as you beat the living daylights out of them. There is a Union Skill for that. The story is very thin( which ii what you should expect from an EO game so people can't complain). The true story isn't really revealed until about 40 hours and is fairly generic. The mapping system is as challenging as ever but with a full auto map some of the games frustration is alleviated. But lets be real, if you take away map making EO is no longer EO. The stratums are diverse but due to the fact it takes about 10 hours to reach the next one they can become a little boring towards the end. Yet its great to go from a forest to a canyon and then from a canyon to a graveyard created by a long forgotten war. The graphics are good for a 3ds game, but nothing groundbreaking. The battle system remains the same. You can attack, use a skill, or defend. A new Race feature adds in race skills, which are basically skills only certain race can learn.The races in the game are Earthlain, who are basically humans. There are the Celestrians, who are basically elves. The Therians(my favorite), who look human but have animal ears. They are basically the hard hitters and supporters. Last but not least are the Brouni, who are magical dwarves. Each have unique skills only their race can learn. There are ten new classes, some of my favorites are Rover, Warlock, Dragoon, and Pugilist.
    Excellent Character Customization
    High Difficulty Level
    Diverse Labyrinths
    Great Battle Systems
    Not beginner friendly
    Light on story(not a complaint I have but one the public may have)
    Labyrinths are slow paced and become dull after several hours
    Replay Value:
    Fairly High

    My verdict:
    Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth is an excellent addition to a series famous for its high difficulty, party building, and map making. While this game does not take the series in any new direction, it is still a great homage to old school RPG's and will remind many people of the old days playing games like Wizardry. This game's steep difficulty curve makes this game hard to recommend to anyone but to hardcore gamers you may find solace in this series. Its party building and create your own odyssey feel give this game a D and D feel. 9/10
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