Choose your path wisely in Octopath Traveler for the Nintendo Switch. This turn-based RPG adventure lets you play as Primrose, Cyrus, Therion, Alfyn, H'aanit, Ophilia, Tressa and Olberic in the magical world of Orsterra, where you unfold eight different stories. Collect Boost Points in Octopath Traveler to unleash stronger attacks and more powerful assistance.
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One thing the Super Nintendo is fondly remembered for is its role playing games - titles like Final Fantasy III, Chrono Trigger, or Secret of Mana. These games are story-driven and have you play as a cast of characters usually working to save the world from a great evil.
The games generally had beautiful, if blocky, artwork, and unique, menu driven combat. A new game has been released on Nintendo Switch, called Octopath Traveler, which celebrates this tradition.
Rather than the one epic story that most games like it deliver, Octopath Traveler is more like a collection of eight short stories, all set in the same land. You choose one character to start as, and as you journey on, you’ll come across the seven other characters available to play. Each character has four chapters, which each take an hour or two and finish in a dramatic battle which are tailored to that character’s particular strengths or weaknesses. The characters include a knight-errant who is searching for the man who killed his king, a cleric on a religious pilgrimage, and a woman who escapes slavery to find the people who murdered her parents.
Just as engaging as the stories in the game is the combat. The game requires a lot of strategy in battles, but thankfully the game doesn’t hide very much information from you. When you strike an enemy with something that they are weak with, the game will let you know - and if you do this enough, the enemy’s defenses will break and they will be unable to act for a turn. Balancing this with your party’s attacks and resources is the key to victory - but it often isn’t easy.
The game’s art style is an homage to the games from the Super Nintendo era - characters look like they could have come directly from that console, and while the environments are all 3D, they are layered with pixellated textures, giving the world a cohesive look that, while looking modern, also evokes the feeling of those older games.
Octopath Traveler isn’t perfect - I wish the characters’ story lines intersected more - but it’s a beautiful game, in its story,its music, and its artwork.
At first i was hesitant about how good the game could be, i mean great graphics , good enough combat and nice music, i thought i have played the demo and the prologue a lot it will be the same that happen to me with destiny but no way adter playing it for around 20 hrs i am deeply in love with this game it is like FF6 but different but at the same time it brings a lot of nostalgia try it out
This game is very beautiful. Full of nostalgia. It handles itself like an old school JRPG but with some nice indie graphics and a very smooth game play. Already put in 2 hours of gameplay and expect a good 80+ hours to come.
It's a great game! I personally love pixel art and the music is beautifully arranged. I only have 10+ hours into the game and I've started 4 of the 8 character's storylines and I like the way you can direct the adventure. I began with the warrior, adventured to the merchant, backtracked to the dancer and moved to the apothecary and each one's story has a dynamic beginning. In my time playing I feel like grinding is inevitable to progress as every area warns you of the enemy level and my team is barely around lv.20 and I've already encountered some areas for lv.30+. I also like that each character can interact with npc's differently.
This is a great JRPG that harkens back to the Super Nintendo days. The 2D-HD style is a delight to look at and the gameplay mechanics add extra complexity to the turn based style. The soundtrack is one of the best of any JRPG. My only qualm would be the story doesn't incorporate all the members of the party much; the stories are very individual.
Square Enix delivered a pure love letter to the golden era of JRPGs with this title. 8 characters with 8 fully realized stories. Everything about this title feels nostalgic from the character designs to the music.
I can’t recommend this game enough for fans of JRPGs (prepare to grind levels to beat bosses) like Chrono Trigger and Saga Frontier.