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60-page, full-color art book with pre-order of Etrian Odyssey III


#31 elessar123  

Posted 09 July 2010 - 04:15 PM

Have any NA DS releases had hardcover books? I know the ones I have pre-ordered that have had art books have not, but are there any games out there that did? Actual serious question.


I don't recall any. Luminous Arc one was soft cover, Laevatin was soft cover. What else even had an artbook?

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#32 enigmaopoeia   CAGiversary!   362 Posts   Joined 9.3 Years Ago  

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Posted 09 July 2010 - 04:41 PM

I don't recall any. Luminous Arc one was soft cover, Laevatin was soft cover. What else even had an artbook?


LUX-PAIN had a soft cover artbook and I believe Knights in the Nightmare had one too.

I pre-ordered Etrian Odyssey III as soon as I heard there was an artbook, it was already going to be a day one purchase since it comes out on my birthday. :bouncy: It will definitely compliment my Sekaiju no MeiQ Official Art Works book.

#33 sgaldis   1d64F CAGiversary!   2436 Posts   Joined 10.8 Years Ago  

Posted 09 July 2010 - 04:44 PM

Thanks for the tip...pre-ordered!

#34 fwbweux   registered user CAGiversary!   3110 Posts   Joined 9.6 Years Ago  

Posted 09 July 2010 - 05:01 PM

I don't recall any. Luminous Arc one was soft cover, Laevatin was soft cover. What else even had an artbook?


Knights in the Nightmare had one. Nostalgia also had one, but I think it was very limited and you had to send in proof of purchase instead of getting it as an automatic bonus.

Artbooks are my absolute favorite kind of preorder bonus so I'll preorder and hope that this recent college graduate has employment by the time it comes out :lol:

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#35 fatbeer   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   2116 Posts   Joined 13.3 Years Ago  

Posted 09 July 2010 - 05:19 PM

I preordered just for art book. I'm not a huge fan of the series, but I do love artbooks
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#36 eau   KP-X 00-00-00-00-1 CAGiversary!   7301 Posts   Joined 12.3 Years Ago  

Posted 09 July 2010 - 05:21 PM

I won't know, i'm not a fan of the series. It's just an individual thing. I like hardcover books in general.

Come on. It is FREE!

You want hardcover bonus? You'll love NISA's pre-order bonus hardcover artbooks but they will charge you $10 for one plus another $10-ish for shipping.
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#37 Serpentor   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   5163 Posts   Joined 11.8 Years Ago  

Posted 09 July 2010 - 08:17 PM

Come on. It is FREE!

You want hardcover bonus? You'll love NISA's pre-order bonus hardcover artbooks but they will charge you $10 for one plus another $10-ish for shipping.


I know... it's so tempting comparing to other artbooks. 60 full pages is a real treat, i guess i shouldn't be too harsh on a "freebie" (that is if you pre-order the game now). I'll think it about, thanks OP for bring it up.

#38 Fearbeard   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   236 Posts   Joined 8.5 Years Ago  

Posted 09 July 2010 - 09:09 PM

Sweet, didn't even know the game was being made... Love the first two.


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#39 addicted2games   游戏玩家为生活 !! CAGiversary!   3602 Posts   Joined 13.8 Years Ago  

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Posted 09 July 2010 - 11:28 PM

The only hardcover art book I ever remember as a pre-order bonus was the Dynasty Warriors 4 one. It is in Japanese and is really nice for a free promo. I have two copies.

Here is a seller I found that has one.
http://cgi.ebay.com/...=item1c13bae39e

#40 SurpriseMe   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   13 Posts   Joined 7.9 Years Ago  

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Posted 09 July 2010 - 11:30 PM

Sweet, didn't even know the game was being made... Love the first two.



Hasn't it been out in Japan for a while now?..

#41 rainking187   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   2272 Posts   Joined 10.6 Years Ago  

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Posted 09 July 2010 - 11:30 PM

The only hardcover art book I ever remember as a pre-order bonus was the Dynasty Warriors 4 one. It is in Japanese and is really nice for a free promo. I have two copies.

Here is a seller I found that has one.
http://cgi.ebay.com/...=item1c13bae39e


Devil May Cry 4 had one as well, but it was like the size of a postcard.

#42 sabanoo   I like pie. CAGiversary!   2246 Posts   Joined 10.3 Years Ago  

Posted 09 July 2010 - 11:36 PM

Hasn't it been out in Japan for a while now?..


It came out in April.

#43 enDyne   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   27 Posts   Joined 8.0 Years Ago  

Posted 10 July 2010 - 08:30 AM

Awesome. I ordered mine. If nothing else I can hock the book online for an extra discount.

I haven't played the first two, though I wanted to. Think I should play those first? I know there's some continuation of some sort, but I heard it was minor.

#44 aeri   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   209 Posts   Joined 9.6 Years Ago  

Posted 10 July 2010 - 11:27 AM

Awesome. I ordered mine. If nothing else I can hock the book online for an extra discount.

I haven't played the first two, though I wanted to. Think I should play those first? I know there's some continuation of some sort, but I heard it was minor.


You don't need to, and if you get the first two they'd probably take at least a year before you'd even get around to the third. Don't get me wrong, I love the series and it's one of my top 10 DS games - but I think it's a very monotonous, long game that has appeal to a small audience.

I played the first game for almost 7 months before I beat it - some long sessions, some short. When I get a craving for a dungeon crawler EO is where I go, and I finally just opened the second one in the last few weeks and started playing it - I got both games in 2008.

The second one has nicer graphics, they made it harder get overleveled/over supplied (FOEs don't give experience) and I think it's a bit smoother. I don't think the changes are large enough to make it one of those games where you can't play the first after playing the second - so if you order III it'd be easy to go back and play I & II.

If you aren't a *huge* fan of Dungeon Crawlers, I'd recommend diversifying instead of playing 3 dungeon crawlers in one series. DS wise, Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey uses the same engine, but is a completely different style of gameplay. Dark Spire has the similar type of gameplay as well, but in my opinion was much harder than EO/Strange Journey. The last mention I'd like to throw out there is Wizardy: The Forsaken Land for PS2. While vastly different from EO/Strange Journey/Dark Spire, it was an awesome game - and if you're new to the modern Dungeon Crawler games I'd highly recommend it.

If you do decide to go for the first Etrian Odyssey, one recommendation (warning - it may be a small spoiler regarding character customization) is to plan your character's skills out early on - ESPECIALLY if you ever want to beat the "bonus bosses" after the main plot. You can do something called "resting" your characters, but in the first it knocks your level down by half I believe? The second is only by 10 levels. This should save you literally 5-6 hours of gameplay - that's how long it took me to "fix" my characters once I noticed bad uses of skill points, wrong characters, and different builds.

#45 Fodder   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   139 Posts   Joined 14.4 Years Ago  

Posted 10 July 2010 - 01:26 PM

Pre-ordered this as well. Love me some EO.

I really hope they make more statues / figures based on the characters in this game. I have a few characters from the first game.

I'm a little worried that they wont since the game is already out in Japan, but I don't recall the timing prior to now. Does anyone remember if the statues were announced / released at the same time the corresponding games came out in Japan?

#46 turboice   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   126 Posts   Joined 8.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 03:09 PM

awesome thanks

#47 enDyne   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   27 Posts   Joined 8.0 Years Ago  

Posted 11 July 2010 - 12:35 AM

You don't need to, and if you get the first two they'd probably take at least a year before you'd even get around to the third. Don't get me wrong, I love the series and it's one of my top 10 DS games - but I think it's a very monotonous, long game that has appeal to a small audience.

I played the first game for almost 7 months before I beat it - some long sessions, some short. When I get a craving for a dungeon crawler EO is where I go, and I finally just opened the second one in the last few weeks and started playing it - I got both games in 2008.

The second one has nicer graphics, they made it harder get overleveled/over supplied (FOEs don't give experience) and I think it's a bit smoother. I don't think the changes are large enough to make it one of those games where you can't play the first after playing the second - so if you order III it'd be easy to go back and play I & II.

If you aren't a *huge* fan of Dungeon Crawlers, I'd recommend diversifying instead of playing 3 dungeon crawlers in one series. DS wise, Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey uses the same engine, but is a completely different style of gameplay. Dark Spire has the similar type of gameplay as well, but in my opinion was much harder than EO/Strange Journey. The last mention I'd like to throw out there is Wizardy: The Forsaken Land for PS2. While vastly different from EO/Strange Journey/Dark Spire, it was an awesome game - and if you're new to the modern Dungeon Crawler games I'd highly recommend it.

If you do decide to go for the first Etrian Odyssey, one recommendation (warning - it may be a small spoiler regarding character customization) is to plan your character's skills out early on - ESPECIALLY if you ever want to beat the "bonus bosses" after the main plot. You can do something called "resting" your characters, but in the first it knocks your level down by half I believe? The second is only by 10 levels. This should save you literally 5-6 hours of gameplay - that's how long it took me to "fix" my characters once I noticed bad uses of skill points, wrong characters, and different builds.


Thank you kindly for the write-up, and the recommendations. :)

Truthfully the main pull of the game for me is that you can name and create your own party, choosing which classes everyone has and whatnot. I'm a sucker for that sort of customization, so anywhere that is I'm likely to be interested, regardless of genre. I haven't played a true dungeon crawler before, but I enjoy any challenge I can get!

Though your warning regarding EO1 made me wonder how easy it is to gimp your party. Are there classes that are broke and useless? Hmm.

#48 Maniac Mansion   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   981 Posts   Joined 8.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 12:44 AM

After just scoring a semi broken DS Lite on Craigslist for $7, wall charger/car charger for 50 cent @ the flea market last weekend, it's time to get back to amassing my DS collection as I had once started. :twisted:

#49 Fire_Thief   Banned Banned   2873 Posts   Joined 10.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 01:52 AM

Looks like I'm gonna have to get this one.

*Edit* Preordered at Amazon.

#50 sadboy   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   2815 Posts   Joined 8.5 Years Ago  

Posted 11 July 2010 - 01:59 AM

Here's a better peek at the art book:

http://issuu.com/atl.../etrian_artbook

#51 elessar123  

Posted 11 July 2010 - 03:32 AM

The purple haired princess can be in my party any time!

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#52 sadboy   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   2815 Posts   Joined 8.5 Years Ago  

Posted 11 July 2010 - 03:36 AM

The purple haired princess can be in my party any time!

Awww, yeah...

#53 punkmaggit   Masashi Hamauzu > you CAGiversary!   2506 Posts   Joined 10.3 Years Ago  

Posted 11 July 2010 - 04:09 AM

Pre-ordered today at GS and Amazon. Love me some EO!

#54 wastedyears   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   176 Posts   Joined 14.6 Years Ago  

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 01:36 PM

same here. but strange journey is incredible.


Never got into EO, but I agree about SMT: Strange Journey. Best game of 2010 in my opinion.

#55 Serpentor   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   5163 Posts   Joined 11.8 Years Ago  

Posted 11 July 2010 - 01:56 PM

Is the picture of the DS game case in scale with the art book? I can't find info of the size... From the look of it, it's not a postcard looking size. 60 pages is really 30 physical pages, so it's fairly thin. What I'm saying is... you can get high resolution scans and print on matte paper yourself (or DIY project to backup your original). Of course, you won't do this to a 100+ pages art book, it's too much work then...

#56 typical guy   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1448 Posts   Joined 8.5 Years Ago  

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 02:01 PM

Is this a JRPG or an action RPG? Should I get my niece this game or Dragon Quest 9 for Xmas?

#57 VWarrior   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   407 Posts   Joined 12.0 Years Ago  

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 02:31 PM

Is this a JRPG or an action RPG? Should I get my niece this game or Dragon Quest 9 for Xmas?


This is a very hardcore, old-school dungeon crawler that requires a lot of patience, dedication and strategy in your party management/development. The series is known for its extreme difficulty and as such, it is not for the feint of heart. I would suggest asking your niece if this sound like a fun challenge for her as well as looking at some gameplay videos to get a better idea of what kind of game this is.

#58 typical guy   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1448 Posts   Joined 8.5 Years Ago  

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 02:39 PM

i will go with dragon quest instead. she just beat chrono trigger for the first time even though she had it a year and a half.

#59 aeri   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   209 Posts   Joined 9.6 Years Ago  

Posted 11 July 2010 - 04:33 PM

Thank you kindly for the write-up, and the recommendations. :)

Truthfully the main pull of the game for me is that you can name and create your own party, choosing which classes everyone has and whatnot. I'm a sucker for that sort of customization, so anywhere that is I'm likely to be interested, regardless of genre. I haven't played a true dungeon crawler before, but I enjoy any challenge I can get!

Though your warning regarding EO1 made me wonder how easy it is to gimp your party. Are there classes that are broke and useless? Hmm.


Not really! All classes are [surprisingly] relatively equal. The toughest bonus boss you basically require 4 members of certain classes and one character of your choice. You can actually do multiple builds for certain classes also (for instance, the landschneckt who is your basic "warrior" can go a path with swords or axes. The medic can be a "battle medic" or healer as well). Some characters can be made just to harvest resources, some can be made as support later on.

I can personally say the only class I never used in EO I was the Ronin. The troubadour appears useless, but later on has a TP (MP) regen spell that's useful for staying in the dungeon long. Plus like I said, you can reset a character for a loss of half your levels - if you do one at a time you can get your characters "caught up" to the rest of your party.

As for Strange Journey/Dark Spire, they have the "party customization" aspect as well - Strange Journey moreso. If you've never played a Shin Megami Tensei game, you basically capture and combine different demons you find and use them to attack. I guarantee if you like RPGs you'll fine one of the games fun - they're just very easy to get bored with and I wouldn't recommend more than 1-2 at a time.

You wont be at all disappointed if you start with EOI, EOII, or EOIII; however I'd assume EOIII has more variety than EOI and EOII

i will go with dragon quest instead. she just beat chrono trigger for the first time even though she had it a year and a half.

Definitely a better choice. EO has virtually no plot/storyline until you're 10-15 hours in, even then it's horribly basic. I'd truly think FF 1 has more of a plot than EO. DQIX on the other-hand seems to be a beautiful, well-crafted story based RPG with plenty of exploring. EO has a lot of exploring as too, but you're more so exploring maps and not environments. Half the time you're looking at the bottom screen which hosts the map.

#60 slidecage   Nothing to say CAGiversary!   29320 Posts   Joined 13.8 Years Ago  

Posted 11 July 2010 - 07:57 PM

was in my gold box today for 28.49

So i got it
WOOOO I STINK