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  • Summary: Embark on a vast new role-playing adventure as one of eight travelers, all with their own origins, paths, and goals. The producers of the Bravely series at Square Enix have brought a new world to life through a mix of CG, pixel art, and "HD-2D" visuals. Embark on a vast new role-playingEmbark on a vast new role-playing adventure as one of eight travelers, all with their own origins, paths, and goals. The producers of the Bravely series at Square Enix have brought a new world to life through a mix of CG, pixel art, and "HD-2D" visuals. Embark on a vast new role-playing adventure as one of eight travelers, all with their own origins, paths, and goals. Where to begin? Who to team up with? Where to go next? Only you can decide. Each traveler can use a distinct Path Action, a specialized way of achieving objectives and interacting with people you encounter. The warrior can "challenge" people to a duel, whereas the dancer can "allure" others to follow her, even into battle! Enjoy the freedom to choose your own path while experiencing the story through the role you play. Combat revolves around the Boost system, a fusion of traditional turn-based battling and modern enhancements. Each turn, build up BP that can be spent to dramatically increase your strength or provide aid. Identifying when to Boost may just be the key to victory.

    * A new RPG adventure from the minds at Square Enix who brought you the Bravely series
    * Choose from eight distinct characters, each with their own path, and see where the story takes you
    * Music and visuals inspired by RPGs of yore, brought to life with modern touches
    Deep, strategic turn-based combat with an innovative battle system
    * Enjoy the free demo in Nintendo eShop and help make this an RPG for the ages by sharing your feedback with Square Enix
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 62 out of 70
  2. Negative: 0 out of 70
  1. 100
    Octopath Traveler is a beautiful game that somehow never gets tired. It has a labyrinthine plot that bravely attempts to give eight characters the same scope and development as eight sole protagonists would get in lesser games. It’s also a game that bravely makes the story all about those characters, with the world, harsh as it can be, almost secondary to the insular unit and their individual arcs. That sheer ambition is all the more impressive because Octopath Traveller uses sprites. Little 2D characters made up of even littler squares. People need to play this game if only to realise that not everything spectacular needs to be photo-real.
  2. Jul 17, 2018
    90
    Octopath Traveler is an extremely satisfying storytelling experience vastly different from other traditional JRPGs out there. The eight stories followed over the course of the game are all compelling in different ways, and each is engrossing in different ways. The combat is simple, yet nuanced, and building party compositions never stops being a fun exercise as the adventure presents each new challenge. The pacing does have some small missteps here and there, especially as the world opens up between each major act, but it's a tiny hurdle in an otherwise magnificent experience.
  3. Aug 7, 2018
    90
    The narrative and character interaction leave a bit to be desired, but the overall quality of the game overshadows its deficiencies.
  4. Jul 24, 2018
    84
    Captivating old-school RPG with an extensive turnbased battle system and stunning artdesign, but also quite some grind and varying quality in the storytelling for the eight protagonists.
  5. Jul 20, 2018
    80
    How much you will enjoy Octopath Traveler depends on what kind of JRPG player you are. Are you here for the story and characters, or are you the kind of gamer that loves maxing out stats and dealing massive damage? If it's the latter, Octopath Traveler is perfect for you. If it's the former? Well, sadly, you might get tired of it, but it's still a fun JRPG that can last you for hours.
  6. Jul 12, 2018
    80
    With eight characters and eight stories to be told, your adventure across the wondrous world of Osterra is breathtaking.
  7. Jul 19, 2018
    60
    For a game whose title seems to promise a winding journey of deep and dangerous discoveries, Octopath Traveler goes out of its way to put you on the most predictable and comforting of paths.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 15 out of 155
  1. Jul 13, 2018
    10
    Played a fair amount of the game as of now. The character designs, stories, and graphics are what make Octopath Traveler the unique game thatPlayed a fair amount of the game as of now. The character designs, stories, and graphics are what make Octopath Traveler the unique game that it is. I have yet to complete the entire game but I am excited to dive further into the game and learn more about the different paths you take within the game. A must have for any JRPG fan and I highly recommend giving this game a try (Try the demo) even if you haven't played/like JRPGs. I'm sure it'll change your mind. A great quality game from a great quality company. Hope to see more gems like this in the future. Expand
  2. Jul 18, 2018
    10
    If you are on the fence, ignore most of the negative reviews. Some of them can have fair critcisms but for the most part. They are from trollsIf you are on the fence, ignore most of the negative reviews. Some of them can have fair critcisms but for the most part. They are from trolls that are either complaining about the graphics, or are upset about Octopath Traveler not being on PS4, Xbox One, or PC. Or people that only played the demo

    Octopath Traveler does exactly what's promised. It delivers a full old-school JRPG experience while adding a few modern touches, for someone who is too young to have ever played a SNES JRPG, I find this game incredible.You can start with any of the eight characters and your journey continues from there.

    The battle system itself is pretty straightforward, it's a traditional turn-based type in which you have to strategize in order to win. The fighters are able to boost their attacks in order to do more damage and strike multiple times, the more turns you get, the more you can boost your attacks. Every enemy (bosses included) has a weakness and you can attack the enemy weakness, if you have a fighter that wields whatever the opponent is weak to. Strike their weaknesses enough times and the enemy will 'break', lose their turn, and be at your mercy. This is the perfect chance to boost your fighter to the max and open up a COWA.

    If you ever feel like your fighter isn't packing enough punch, there is a job system. By entering shrines, you can acquire second jobs for your characters. Your character will have their primary job and have the abilities of the second job. These make for very interesting combination, combine the right jobs and you'll have an extremely powerful party. My personal favorite is the warrior+scholar, I combined that and Olberic became a powerful Battlemage (unofficial term).

    The characters have their own distinct personalities, and if you're wondering...yes, they do interact with each other! It's not just one character walking up to another and asking to join the party, the characters have actual conversations with each other. I just witnessed Olberic and Cyrus having a conversation about the difference of arena fighting as noble competition and a bloodsport. The characters start to have conversations with each other once you reach the Chapter 2 area. They're Heart-to-Hearts from Xenoblade, short, yet interesting.

    The stories of the travelers do not converge. No they don't end up fighting one big baddie in the end, that may disappoint some gamers, but for those who have the patience there is lore at the end of the game that explains how all the stories are connected in a way. The individual stories of the characters may seem a little cliche to some, but they're overall interesting and make you want to continue. However, because of strong enemies, you may have to level up a bit before continuing your journey.

    All that being said, no game is without its flaws. My only problem with this game is how grindy it can be it times. You'll have to do a lot of fighting to get gold for your weapons and armor, but that's with every JRPG so I shouldn't complain about that one. The one thing I will say is the structure of the game can be a bit of a drag for players who want to focus on one individual story at a time.

    For example. I started with Olberic, and I wanted to continue his story but the area in which his next chapter takes place has many high leveled enemies that can defeat my party in a few turns. In order to prepare for that, I went and gathered the remaining 7 travelers to increase my level. While the introductory tales of the other travelers are interesting, I had to wait before I continued Olberic's story. Pay close attention to the reccomended level on the map!

    All in all, Octopath Traveler may have one or two gripes that can make the experience a bit less pleasant than expected, but its goods greatly outweigh the bads. Octopath allows you to make your own journey and do crazy things, this is truly a fantastic JRPG and I hope to see more turn-based titles in the future. There's also a good amount of post-game content. That's why I'm giving this game a 10/10.
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  3. Jul 17, 2018
    10
    Un fantástico juego rpg de corte clasico con un bello apartado artístico y una jugabilidad fantastica en un mundo muy completo y creado conUn fantástico juego rpg de corte clasico con un bello apartado artístico y una jugabilidad fantastica en un mundo muy completo y creado con mimo, su historia es realmente envolvente y cuidada transándote a un mundo donde lo importante vuelve a ser sumergirte en el juego. Expand
  4. Jul 13, 2018
    10
    Easily the best game on switch now. Probably the best game out now period. I can see this game selling more systems for Nintendo. The playerEasily the best game on switch now. Probably the best game out now period. I can see this game selling more systems for Nintendo. The player progression, combat, and story are all top shelf and what you’d expect coming from square-enix. Non linear in that you can unlock characters in any order so if you prefer certain classes. Fast travel is also available. Don’t want to spoil anything so if your a fan of rpg/jrpg this is a no brainer. Expand
  5. Jul 20, 2018
    9
    Pros:

    - MUSIC - Graphics, in general - Writing - Combat - Voice acting Cons: - Blurry foreground items - Losing reputation in
    Pros:

    - MUSIC
    - Graphics, in general
    - Writing
    - Combat
    - Voice acting

    Cons:

    - Blurry foreground items
    - Losing reputation in town is kind of annoying

    So far, I'm extremely impressed and it's even better than I thought it was going to be. They really listened to all the feedback from the demo and changed everything about it that wasn't great.

    Edit: 50 hours in, and I just wanted to update to say that my opinion hasn't changed one bit. I'm still loving it and I have a lot more to do! The battles, especially boss battles, become even more interesting later on. Each one is like a puzzle to solve.
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  6. Jul 17, 2018
    9
    play this game. when i finish it if its any worse than a 9 which im pretty sure it wont be because im 30 hours in and loving it ill updateplay this game. when i finish it if its any worse than a 9 which im pretty sure it wont be because im 30 hours in and loving it ill update this review. Expand
  7. Aug 7, 2018
    0
    I take back everything good I said about Octopath Traveler:
    * the grind is ungodly
    * it's only playable if you break it * 8 shallow,
    I take back everything good I said about Octopath Traveler:
    * the grind is ungodly
    * it's only playable if you break it
    * 8 shallow, poorly-written, stories crammed into a narrative belong in a Tarantino movie not a game
    * the plot is painfully slow
    * the characters are broadly drawn and 2-dimensional
    * the dialogue is garbage
    * the promised hours of gameplay are artificial level grinding and not based on actual content
    * the subjob system is a lazy copy of Bravely Default/Second with none of the creativity or freedom
    * the secret job boss fights are tedious and awful in a way that should be reserved for optional bosses not core unlocks of the game
    * the pixelated graphics are a lazy ploy to sell you nostalgia rather than an artistic choice
    * it's not worth $60
    * it's not worth chasing it down to 3 stores only to have to order it on Amazon
    * All of you cult fans don't really believe it's as great as you say. You're just desperate for a good RPG on a system you bought solely for Breath of the Wild and got very little except a bunch of full-price, repackaged, 2-year old Wii U games that didn't interest you enough to buy the system the first time.
    * Nintendo is more interested in selling you cheap plastic figures than delivering quality games
    * Square Enix sells trash now because fans will just make excuses for them because they sold you your favorite game when you were a kid.
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