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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: 70 out of 79
  2. Negative: 0 out of 79
  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 30, 2018
    90
    While not the perfect JRPG, Octopath Traveler has too many merits and good qualities that it's impossible for me to not recommend it.
  4. Jul 12, 2018
    85
    Octopath Traveler manages to remain faithful to the glorious past of the JRPG genre without feeling outdated.
  5. Jul 26, 2018
    80
    Octopath Traveler is a grower, and one which takes a good while to reach full swing. The reward for the perseverance is a beautiful world and enough story to shake a stick at, but not a wonderfully satisfying conclusion.
  6. Jul 12, 2018
    80
    Octopath Traveler is not a perfect title, the fragmented narrative and certain predictable mechanisms in the progression system could make many people turn up their noses. Nevertheless it remains a unique RPG, able to combine the nostalgic charm of the classics with a modern and captivating writing.
  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: 30 out of 328
  1. Jun 28, 2020
    10
    Give it a couple of hours to get going! Amazing once you get into the groove
  2. Jul 18, 2018
    10
    it is a game for a 10, I have already 11 hours playing and there is too much to do. Some of the histories are deep other not too much. Theit is a game for a 10, I have already 11 hours playing and there is too much to do. Some of the histories are deep other not too much. The fighting systems is great and you need to play with strategy. The graphics don't bother me, but it could be better in big TVs. The music is one of the best aspects and also the art details in each town, make everything alive. Expand
  3. 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
  4. Oct 31, 2021
    9
    Tremendously beautiful. Turn-based combat RPG with a love for the genre more than evident, in a game designed to captivate you: music,Tremendously beautiful. Turn-based combat RPG with a love for the genre more than evident, in a game designed to captivate you: music, enchanting HD-2D stages and its 8 stories in which, whether you like it or not, you end up entering.

    The only downside may be the cutscenes, which use the same game scenario, sometimes you can even see a chest opened by you during a story flashback, which is a bit disappointing.

    I do not put 10 for this reason.
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  5. rhe
    Jul 15, 2018
    8
    Take into account that this is a first review of my experience so far. I am likely going to edit this review down the line once I sink moreTake into account that this is a first review of my experience so far. I am likely going to edit this review down the line once I sink more time into the game.

    Gameplay
    Overall the game feels very good for an RPG. The turn based battles feel fun for someone who is used to the JRPS tropes. The addition of weaknesses gives the game a good flare and the bosses for each characters main story feel challenging enough that they ask a little more of you without being too challenging that you want to throw your controller to the floor (you do use quite a lot of healing against these bosses and it does enough to push you). The classes, however, have their own independent skills that they can use in he overworld which is a nice touch and does make each character feel unique outside of battle, which is a welcome change. Overall, the gameplay feels like a general JRPG but it also does a little to change things up and JRPG fans should feel right at home with this kind of game.

    Graphics
    The graphics are done in a bit art style on a 2.5D plane. For me personally, the graphics are actually very appealing. The colour pallete looks very accentuated and well drawn, the sprites look interesting and also surprisingly detailed too considering the art style. Overall, I feel that the graphics are actually very well done and are very true to the JRPG roots that the game is drawing from (considering their hayday was in the 16 bit generation). When this is taken into consideration, I do think that the game very lovingly recreates a style that the game devs likely feel really influenced them. It seems clear to see the devs really enjoyed this type of game and so took their passion for this type of game and translated it as best they could.

    Sound:
    The OST is a must for this game. There are some excellent soundtracks for this game and the game beautifully represents each unique area with its own soundtrack, which almost foreshadows what is to be expected from this area. Additionally, the game does very well at making actions and attacks feel punchy and weighty, which can be very helpful as the game can put you into a lot of battles.

    Story:
    This is likely where the game somewhat seems to fall for me. You begin by choosing your first character and beginning the story of that character, you then meet more people and start to slowly uncover more of their story. My main problem with this is that so far the stories just do not feel like they are put together, the stories of each individual character just feels like it is not interlinked with the other stories, however, perhaps this is one of those things that requires more play time so that I can see the overarching story and I will likely edit the review once I finish the game. The main downside for me on this independent story approach is that each story will likely be its own independent piece. This does mean that not all stories will be interesting and some stories will just be more worth the playthrough compared to others which can be annoying.

    Overall, the game is what you would expect from a JRPG and it does enough to make itself feel independent while not being called a game that just apes the JRPG genre. The story right now is the main sticking point for me but it will likely be more combined as time goes on.
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  6. Aug 9, 2018
    7
    The thing is the game can be sorta boring for some people. Don't get me wrong but its a good game! But fighting peasants ( annoying monsters)The thing is the game can be sorta boring for some people. Don't get me wrong but its a good game! But fighting peasants ( annoying monsters) can get annoying and the story can be dull. Who would travel around the world just to find a stupid book! The only part that made this a 7 is the boss fights. I would recommend getting this game when its on a sale for 40 bucks. Expand
  7. Jan 1, 2021
    0
    It grows on you.

    Pros: - fun combat - not too much grinding - stories are good - visuals are unique - music is nice -
    It grows on you.

    Pros:

    - fun combat

    - not too much grinding

    - stories are good

    - visuals are unique

    - music is nice

    - cute style

    Cons:

    - the stories start slow

    - imbalance in leveling because you can only carry 4 party members at a time.
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