A dungeon-crawling JRPG for the 3DS with emphasis on difficulty and mapping. This installment introduces aerial flight on a new world map, complete with FOEs.

Etrian Odyssey 4 is a JPRG for the 3DS where you create a custom party of up to five members from a number of unique classes to adventure out into a number of separate labyrinths via a hot-air balloon. The game has a heavy emphasis on it's rather high difficulty, though it does contain an easier beginner mode for inexperienced players. One of the series' staples is mapping out the dungeons you explore via the 3DS' touchscreen. This installment introduces fully animated 3D enemies, overhauled graphics, an updated interface for developing skills, and travel by hot-air balloon to reach a number of dungeons that are much shorter individually than the sprawling labyrinths of the previous games, but add up to roughly the same number of floors. Another common feature of the series are FOEs, which are gigantic monsters who are extremely tough, and are best avoided by the average party.

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