Metascore
85

Generally favorable reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
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  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 12, 2018
    95
    Among all the virtues outlined in this review, three of them must be emphasized: you can discover a fantasy world better than ever with the ramification of stories, the strategic combat system and the beautiful artistic style, which create a really innovative, unique and highly recommended game.
  3. Jul 12, 2018
    95
    An exceptional game in each and every one of its sections, a near-masterpiece.
  4. Jul 16, 2018
    93
    If you have a Switch and like JRPGs, then Octopath Traveler is a game you cannot miss. This is the next gen classic RPG we have been waiting for, a fusion of retro, indie, and modern design that could only be played now, and could only be appreciated because of the games that came before it.
  5. Jul 12, 2018
    93
    Octopath Traveler is a JRPG dream come true. Both its battle system and aesthetic pay loving tribute to the Super NES era while moving the formula forward in exciting and novel ways. This isn’t merely a modern retread of past classics, but a phenomenal homage with genuinely fresh ideas in a fantastically charming wrapper of old-school meets new. While the eight different character stories could’ve used a little more connection between them, I’m looking forward to going back to complete them all, explore the many side areas, battle optional bosses, and unlock the final job classes.
  6. Jul 12, 2018
    93
    There are many reasons to consider Octopath Traveler as one of the best games available for Nintendo Switch. An interesting story put together with several charismatic characters. A deep and addictive battle system as well as both excellent visuals and audio working together to create one the best releases of the year.
  7. Jul 16, 2018
    91
    A spectacular tribute to the 16 bit-RPG classics. Also, Octopath Traveler has its own ideas, with a spectacular combat system, great storytelling and graphics that will melt your heart.
  8. Jul 12, 2018
    91
    Long, deep, and with a combat system tailored to perfection. Octopath Traveler is an almost perfect ode to the old school RPGs.
  9. Jul 16, 2018
    90
    Octopath Traveler is an incredible combat system, a juicy progression tree and a gorgeous setting wrapped in the trappings of a traditional RPG.
  10. Jul 12, 2018
    90
    Quotation forthcoming.
  11. Jul 12, 2018
    90
    Octopath Traveler is a love letter dedicated to the gamers of the 16-bit era. Adult narrative, strong exploration, epic battles and an unforgettable music that reminds one of the feeling of some of the best J-RPG titles.
  12. 90
    It’s an elegant game packed with serene melodies, a simple yet deep combat system, and a stunning world to explore. The end result might not be the modern classic so many hoped for, but Octopath Traveler is an excellent RPG that’s only major sin is a loose story structure.
  13. Jul 12, 2018
    90
    When old game mechanics and modern sensibility merge in such a glorious way, a smile appears on the faces of a million JRPG fans: Octopath Traveler is an excellent throwback to a time when a whole world was stuffed into a tiny cartridge. After the two Bravely games, we really hope to see more in the future from Takahashi-san and his team.
  14. Jul 12, 2018
    90
    Classic-inspired gameplay, an orchestrated soundtrack, and a unique approach to storytelling make this a game that you won’t want to miss. This is an absolute must buy.
  15. Jul 12, 2018
    90
    Octopath Traveler feels like a much more personal collection of tales that might go against what you'd typically expect from a JRPG. More than anything else, the way the characters fall together feels like coincidence rather than providence, and the game is far more concerned with telling intimate stories about grief, friendship, adventure, and redemption. You might not get to save the world, but there's joy to be had from just helping out someone in a bind and learning more about the deep history of Orsterra as you go. For what it sets out to do, Octopath Traveler excels.
  16. Jul 12, 2018
    89
    Octopath Traveler may not be the new Final Fantasy VI, but it is no doubt a great game. With an astounding presentation and a fantastic combat system, fans of traditional JRPG should not look any farther.
  17. Jul 12, 2018
    88
    Octopath Traveler is a show for the eyes as well as for the heart, especially for the fans of a genre that is slowly disappearing.
  18. Jul 12, 2018
    87
    Octopath Traveler has several flaws, especially in the narrative component, but still remains a beautifully presented game, with tons of good ideas.
  19. Jul 12, 2018
    85
    Octopath Traveler manages to remain faithful to the glorious past of the JRPG genre without feeling outdated.
  20. Jul 12, 2018
    85
    Octopath Traveler feels like a gem from the golden age of JRPGs that is something I've been craving with stunning visuals, music that deserves a vinyl release, and so much more.
  21. 80
    Octopath Traveler isn’t perfect, but its major faults mostly pertain to the story. Beyond that, the game looks beautiful in a distinct way, interacting with NPCs in the game world is goofy fun, and the combat system is a multifaceted and rewarding revamp of Square Enix’s previous offerings. When you put it all together, Octopath Traveler is an engaging RPG with a unique identity that it can be proud of, even if its narrative falls far short of Square’s other classics.
  22. Jul 15, 2018
    80
    It weaves poignant tales you’d likely hear from travelling dramatic troupes, ones often expressing lament, in fantasy books of old and directs them into a new format for the modern gaming age.
  23. Jul 13, 2018
    80
    Not only did the game offer the same turn-based battles and strategies that I love, it even sports the same 2D sprites that I remember playing while slurping down HI-C juice boxes and eating Dunkaroos. Needless to say, I was instantly hooked.
  24. Jul 12, 2018
    80
    We took fifty hours to finish one of the eight stories. We still await the final chapters of the other characters, many sanctuaries and caves to explore, an avalanche of side quests to be completed. Our journey has just begun and we cannot wait to get back on the road.
  25. Jul 12, 2018
    80
    Octopath Traveler is a magnificent experience, but its story structure holds it back from being a truly amazing game.
  26. Jul 12, 2018
    80
    With eight characters and eight stories to be told, your adventure across the wondrous world of Osterra is breathtaking.
  27. Jul 12, 2018
    80
    This is an amazing ode to classic JRPGs. Thanks to a few tactical tricks and an amazing exterior it's worth being its own game.
  28. Jul 12, 2018
    80
    Unfortunately, certain failures in the narrative, in its structure and in the design of levels, with disappointingly short and simple dungeons, prevent it from achieving the excellence it was striving for, which does not mean that it's not a totally recommendable product for any fan of the genre who misses the more classic conventions with a touch of modernity.
  29. Jul 12, 2018
    80
    Octopath Traveler is a deep, diverse, interesting, sometimes risque and sometimes funny JRPG that you should play.
  30. Jul 12, 2018
    80
    A fantastic balancing act between old and new, creating a Japanese role-player that’s full of charm, innovative ideas, and clever nods to the past.
  31. Jul 12, 2018
    80
    Octopath Traveler succeeds where other classically-styled RPGs fail: the presentation is spot-on, the combat is addictive, and the potential for party customization is tremendous. Small stumbles with dialog and framerate can be forgiven simply because the rest of the game is an absolute delight. This is an experience that players can easily get lost in for dozens of hours, and it's sure to be counted among the best Nintendo Switch exclusives released to date.
  32. Jul 12, 2018
    80
    You're treated to one of the most interesting and effective re-imaginings of a retro aesthetic around. Octopath will likely be a divisive game due to its fractured storytelling, but it's one worth playing despite its lesser qualities. Its high points are simply too good to ignore.
  33. Jul 12, 2018
    80
    Ocotpath Traveler is a strong entry to the old-school J-RPG genre, even though its classicism may forbid it from reach the greatest titles its taking inspiration from. As simple as solid, this retro adventure features enough mechanics to offer a deep fighting system, well-balanced and which brilliantly avoids countless leveling sessions. Too bad Octopath Traveler's narrative simply serves us eight not-so-connected stories, otherwise it could have been an instant classic.
  34. 80
    Octopath Traveler is truly a charming and wonderful J-RPG that has reminded me that there's still a place for old classics. Some might call it dated, I'd call it ageless and even peerless when held up against a recent generation of watered down, Westernised role-playing games. Square Enix delivers a nuanced, tactical game and an endearing cast to boot.
  35. Jul 12, 2018
    80
    Octopath Traveler is a marvelous JRPG that will throw the players into eight individual story lines and allow for a long, rewarding exploration with a stunnning visual background and a fantastic soundtrack. While it takes a while until its qualities really become visible, this is certainly an essential game for fans of classic RPG formulas.
  36. Jul 12, 2018
    75
    Octopath Traveler is a small triumph in that it mostly delivers on its promise to give us eight stories worth seeing through.
  37. Jul 12, 2018
    70
    Octopath Traveler is a gem of an RPG with genuinely brilliant battle mechanics and a world worthy of celebration, but it’s hamstrung by an ambitious structure that doesn’t suit its narrative ambition.
  38. Jul 12, 2018
    70
    I really want to love Ocopath Traveler, but the messy nature of its story presentation is ultimately an enormous weakness. That stands out, but this game is also truly one of the most intriguing evolutions of the 'golden age' RPG formula out of Japan, managing to both build on and pay homage to the classics.
  39. Jul 12, 2018
    70
    Quotation forthcoming.
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  1. Jul 12, 2018
    Octopath Traveler is the kind of game that gets hand-waved aside as being for "the old school", but that's to overlook its charismatic innovations in battle and the curious, detached, even austere construction of its narrative. [Recommended]
  2. Jul 12, 2018
    The structure is novel, the visuals are fantastic, and the combat system is clever. I especially love the depth and strategy of battle, particularly in the numerous boss fights.
  3. Jul 12, 2018
    Octopath Traveler is a beautiful game with one of the best soundtracks I’ve heard. The combat system rocks and will hopefully be used in more Square Enix games to come. There are plenty of good ideas in here. But the game is too grindy, too repetitive, too full of structural problems to be viewed as much more than another botched JRPG experiment.
  4. Jul 12, 2018
    Every element of Octopath Traveler comes together brilliantly to create a refreshing take on the genre. While it channels the spirit of old favorites, it never feels derivative. It genuinely does feel like a 16-bit RPG that has evolved into something new rather than being mere nostalgia-bait.
  5. Jul 12, 2018
    In almost every regard, Octopath Traveler has exactly what I want from a classic-style role-playing experience. It offers a huge world to explore, memorable characters to discover, challenging boss battles, and a complex series of systems that let you customize your explorers. And it’s a perfect fit for the Nintendo Switch, as you can absentmindedly grind for experience on the go and then soak in the beautiful visuals and soundtrack on your couch. It’s classic Final Fantasy reimagined for 2018. I just wish it felt more cohesive.
  6. Jul 12, 2018
    There’s a great depth to the jobs system and the possibilities they offer you in combat, and it’s this that I’ve found has really grown on me as I’ve played.
  7. Jul 12, 2018
    Octopath Traveler is a delightful JRPG that takes plentiful inspiration from the classics that inspired it while carving a new path with fun, inventive ideas I’ve never seen before. Its satisfying and methodical combat system is complimented by a world that’s brimming with life. Whether its through its sprawling cities of richly written characters, there’s plenty here for hardcore and casual fans of the genre to appreciate.
  8. Jul 12, 2018
    Though its battle system and storytelling are unorthodox, Octopath Traveler is a gem of a summer Switch RPG.
  9. Jul 12, 2018
    A beautiful, challenging and often utterly brilliant throwback to the golden age of Japanese RPGs that somehow scuppers its chances of being a true classic through an ambitious but ultimately flawed narrative structure.
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 337 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 43 out of 337
  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. Full Review »
  2. Jul 13, 2018
    0
    Got this game yesterday, so one day early, and yeah I don’t like the game so much. As much as the graphics are supposed to be nostalgic, andGot this game yesterday, so one day early, and yeah I don’t like the game so much. As much as the graphics are supposed to be nostalgic, and it isn’t made for everyone, I just don’t like the graphics at all. The game really isn’t as fun as everyone else was hyping it up to be. The fault is mine, I should’ve tried the demo first. Wish I would’ve saved my money Full Review »
  3. Jul 13, 2018
    9
    To anyone complaining about there being 8 separate storys and not one bigger plot. Well, the game is called OCTOPATH traveller. MeaningTo anyone complaining about there being 8 separate storys and not one bigger plot. Well, the game is called OCTOPATH traveller. Meaning 8-paths traveller which is how the game is designed. In order to make a bigger plot that had dialogues etc between character the game would have to be linear and to force you to get certain characters to proceed past certain points etc. The game is design in such a way that you can choose which characters you want. You could potentially solo the game with just one character and this is the whole purpose of the design of the game. Again, having the storys branch together would be a completely different game. If you don't like this then well, this game isn't for you. I do agree that the stories are slightly too similar and a bit too shallow but the gameplay and combat is superb and I would definitely recommend this to any JRPG fan. Full Review »