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Anime Dungeon Travelers series

Discussion in 'jRPG Weeaboo Discussion' started by Carpincho Pampeano, Sep 15, 2021.

  1. Carpincho Pampeano Educated

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    Let's talk about a hardcore dungeon crawler series relegated to obscurity because animu girls. Have you played them?
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    I bought a vita to play this series and i was not dissapointed, i even think it's better than Etrian Odyssey, this game has actual dungeons.
     
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  2. RNGsus True Neutral Patron

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    No, but what do you mean actual dungeons?
     
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  3. Suicidal Arcane

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    I've heard good things about this game and wanted to try it but to my knowledge there is no way to play it on PC in English:

    The PSP version of the game can be emulated but is Japan-only
    The Vita version of the game is in English, but there are no Vita emulators
     
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  4. j2alg Literate

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    https://wololo.net/2018/12/22/tutor...lay-vita-games-on-a-bigger-screen-in-minutes/

    :^)

    In all seriousness, the whole list:

    PC: Final dragon chronicle
    PSP: DT1 (massive remake of the above)
    PSP: DT2

    the PSP games are easily emulated.

    Vita: DT1 port (with some gameplay changes taken from DT2)
    Vita: DT2 <----- the only game available in English, enhanced port of the PSP original
    Vita exclusive: DT2-2, sequel

    I played the whole series, it's fantastic. I was crazy for EO for hundreds of hours, but I didn't like the recent direction. That's why finding this series was like manna from the heavens
     
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  5. Matador Arcane

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    What does this game series better than EO?
     
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  6. Carpincho Pampeano Educated

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    While EO is more about FOE puzzles in dungeon navigation, Dungeon Travelers has dark zones, anti magic zones, and full of traps that cause status ailments or dispel buffs.Dungeon wise i never got lost in EO while it's something more common in Dungeon Travelers because past mid game it's full of teleport mazes. Let's also not get into the post game, the post game in Dungeon Travelers is HUGE, just as long as the main game or more, reminds me of Elminage Gothic where the post game is the real game and the main story is just the tutorial. Here's a quick review of someone that didn't got filtered like most journos https://nichegamer.com/reviews/dungeon-travelers-2-review/
     
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  7. j2alg Literate

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    Though they are similar in a lot of aspects, EO and DT ultimately offer very different experiences, e.g. EO lets you create a party while DT has named characters that gradually join your side like in a lot of JRPGs.
    EO isn't character-driven and there aren't a lot of conversations like in DT, which was created by the visual novel developers Leaf/Aquaplus with help by Sting. As a result DT has a lot more quality voice acting and amusing writing, which is something EO doesn't excel at (and in the case of post Untold titles, most the time is aggressively bad at). Both have a cutesy cartoony look but still distinct, it's up to taste and I think both have good artstyles.
    Both have intense combat systems where enemies are fast and deadly with its encounter designs, e.g. there are 5 enemies in different rows, 2 have powerful area attacks, 2 spam you with status effects and 1 heals/buffs the rest. Character building is fun in both, though I consider DT's class system a superior version of EOV's second names which has a lot of issues.
    Where DT wins in my book is the postgame. In EO it's always short and beatable by whatever classes, in all DT games it's absolutely massive and demands that you utilize all classes. This is the most divisive aspect, but I like it when you're encouraged to frequently rotate your party members and deal with level differences rather than steamrolling everything with the same few people.
    Both have a tiny budget which shows with enemy recolors and such, though EO has the edge with having Yuzo Koshiro on its side. DT composers aren't bad but can't really keep up.
    Also I agree with the above post, DT dungeon designs are a lighter and softer version of Wizardry designs. They have an automap and are pick-up-and-play friendly, and they still beat EO dungeon designs which honestly are overwhelmingly a travesty.
     
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  8. didntdemon Novice

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    I too have dabbled a few hours in DT1 on the PSP emulator, and it seems pretty decent. Though i feel the combat and turn-order system is on the simpler side, and far less chaotic as something like the Elminage series. If I'm not wrong Aweigh has plenty of good stuff to say about the game too.

    But after a while the lack of English translation becomes too much of a hassle to me. If there ever were a language patch I'll be sure to be back.
     
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  9. Ventidius Savant

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    Dungeon Travelers 2 is probably the only modern Japanese blobber that I've played that comes close to Elminage Gothic in terms of the complexity of its dungeon design.
     
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  10. Fluent Scholar Patron The Real Fanboy

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    But DT2 has to be played on an actual Vita, right?
     
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  11. j2alg Literate

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    That's the only option for English players. Vita emulation isn't there (yet), so an actual Vita or the PSTV is the only way. I'm partial to the latter
     
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  12. Dorarnae Arbiter

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    DT2-2 was good. though just wish it had a few more end game boss like DT2. but it's basically like DT2 but more balanced.
     
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  13. CyberModuled Savant

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    I was half hoping Utawarerumono coming to PC last year meant Aquaplus would've started doing more PC releases, including DT2 but nothing's really happened since.

    Guess it's not completely impossible to imagine someone like PQube or Marvelous trying to get the license for a Western release again since Aquaplus at least seem willing to do PC deals with companies now, but I'm not holding my breath at this point.
     
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