Square Enix is out to sabotage my efforts to finish Etrian Odyssey. There’s no other way to explain it. I’ve been meaning to wrap up the game for months and finally earn that congratulatory password to import into the sequel, but every time I’ve resumed the quest in the past few weeks another SE review build arrives. First there was Ring of Fates, then Crisis Core. I wrapped up the latter this afternoon, but before I could sink my teeth into the next leg of the yggsdrasil labyrinth The World Ends With You arrived. It’s about as far to the opposite extreme from Etrian Odyssey as you can get without stepping entirely out of the medium.
I first took this one for a spin back at TGS 2006, at which point I promptly decided that it makes no damn sense whatsoever. Maybe I will feel differently once I can understand what precisely is happening and how I’m supposed to control characters on two different screens at once… but I’m not counting on it. Wish me luck.