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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    8 Short Stories

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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.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great JRPG

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    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

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Game!

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    I was so happy to finally purchase Octopath Traveler. The game is awesome!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Design, Graphics, Rpg

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great RPG for the Switch

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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Design, Graphics, Story

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Octopath Traveler

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    The characters stories are great, with an excellent visual style looks and music.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great jrpg

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    This game is really good. It’s almost like chrono trigger for the snes. Excellent gameplay mechanics and good story. The boss fights really make you strategize. Be ok with dying a little bit, but learn from the defeats. Must buy for any switch owner that loves jrpg’s.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    The RPG that lured me back into the genre

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    This game is an excellent rpg. Over the years as my life has become more hectic and ive had less time on my hands, rpgs have been a hard genre to keep up with. Ive found many a rpg that ive loved, but have fallen out of after 10 to 20 hours of pkaying simply because life gets hectic. This rpg has rekindled my love for the genre and is a great game for anyone who is like me that has very little time on their hands and can't really invest hundreds of hours into an rpg. The graphics, muisc, voice acting, battle system, and overall presentation is spectacular. Dont listen to those who say this game is dull, download the demo on the eshop and try it for yourself!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Square Enix Goes Back to Its Roots (Again)!

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    Owned for 6 months when reviewed.

    It seems Square Enix is comfortable experimenting and/or revising JRPG techniques and tropes into a new game. This time "Octopath Traveler" combines Retro with the New. You have to option to play as 1, 2-7, or all 8 protagonists in this game. You make your way through the world leveling up and continuing with the story. However, JRPG fans know the importance of grinding; and, you need to grind A LOT! If you're not prepared to so that, then this game is NOT for you. If you have a Switch and are a fan of Square Enix's games, then don't wait to purchase and to play this amazing game!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Addictive

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    Owned for 1.5 years when reviewed.

    Awesome game. I have been playing this for a while and I can’t put it down.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Design, Fun, Graphics
    Cons mentioned:
    Enemy

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Nonstop Play

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    I have been playing Octopath Traveler non-stop since it released and I have not even scratched the surface of this game! The game does not have an overall ultimate plot like most JRPG's, instead it has 8 different plots for 8 different characters, allowing you to play out the stories in which ever order you desire. Thus far, each characters story has been enjoyable and are not heavily cliche'd like other games. The voice acting is good for the most part and there are a lot of side stories to interact with. The visuals in this game are amazing as they bring back so many memories of JRPG classics but now in HD-2D. The water, snow, sun rays, and desert sand effects are beautiful and deserve praise. The character sprites and cities look good and are well designed. The music is amazing and different regions have different battle music, making battles so much more bearable. The combat is great too as you get to set up a 4 man team and battle how you like, but remember whomever you start with will always be in your team. The combat takes notes from bravely default and you can stack up extra actions, which can be used to deal tons of damage, or prevent an enemies from using their ultimate attacks on you. My only complaint is that enemies do not have health bars, making certain battles that much harder. Lastly- ensure you are properly leveled for each region or you will get obliterated, no joke.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Loved it.

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    It's very much a throwback to the old school turn based RPGs with some interesting quirks to the battle system. Namely a Bravely Default-esque system where you can charge up attacks if you save up points (BP) to make them more powerful. A job system comes into play as well where your characters can essentially subclass. Fights will often take a while, especially for bosses but once you grow and learn how to use skills effectively you can essentially break the game- which you will probably need to for the optional epilogue stuff. Overall the game's nice, my only critique is that there should have been more character interaction. Each character (there are 8) has a self contained narrative in which no other party member has anything to say while it unfolds (except for occasional skits.) There's also no apparent overarching story until you get to the very end and complete the other 8. But yeah, if you like classic turn based combat and have the patience for that sort of game then by all means give this game a try.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Hearken back to the olden RPGs

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    Did you grow up in the era of Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger, Legend of Mana? Well this is the RPG for you! It has the good old feel of those games and more, great character development that makes you WANT to know what happens to them (well most of them), easy to understand combat that new people can get involved but with enough added bits to make it hard to master, and with graphics and music that make you feel like you are in the olden age of RPG with a new twist, its all perfect. This isn't to say the game is 100% amazing, there is some hiccups. it will flicker and lose frames randomly in areas, most times when not a lot was going on, this is annoying but wasn't enough to break the game for me. Also there is grinding, the bane of those old time RPGs, it made it here too. If you get tired of hearing them call the same 4 lines over and over as you grind for those levels, you might want to watch out in this one. With those small problems it in no way would stop me from recommending this one to anyone I meet.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    8 Tales to tell

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    Owned for 1.5 years when reviewed.

    Lots of stories and characters for old school RPG fans to enjoy.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Old school JRPG that brings back the SNES days

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    Owned for 2 months when reviewed.

    Don't let the retro graphics fool you. This is a deep JRPG that will keep you occupied for 50+ hours. Each of the eight heroes have their own unique abilities with how you can interact with towns people as well as different combat abilities. The only cons are the random battles (no onscreen enemies on the world map) and the hero you choose at the start is always in your party and can't be swapped out. These are small compromises and don't detract from an excellent game. Highly recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    A Great Game

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    As someone who has played video games for over 25 years, dabbling with Atari as a toddler and playing on the NES from the age of 5 before moving on to the SNES and so forth, I am quite familiar with the 16-bit graphic art style. This game has captured that art style while making it high definition for the current systems. Beyond the art style, the game play is superb, combat is a lot of fun and is difficult enough to keep you on your toes but never feel overwhelming like some of the new "hardcore" genre that came back to like when Dark Souls was released. The stories of each character are above good but less than amazing, never surprising but not bad at all and never quite tying in to each other but entertaining all the same. For experienced JRPG gamers this game will probably take about 32 hours or so for the main game. For less experienced gamers it will most likely take longer,and completionists could easily spend 50+ hours on the game. Well worth the buy in my opinion.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun game but lots of grinding

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    Owned for 1 year when reviewed.

    Fun game, but lots of grinding. Lots of characters to recruit and use. Each character has a story. If you like JRPG then give this game a try

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Design, Fun, Graphics

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great story, beautiful views

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    Owned for 4 months when reviewed.

    This game was a LOT of fun. It was a long game, but you follow stories from eight different party members and each of the stories is really intriguing and makes you want to find out what happens next. Battle is old school turn based, but they throw in a mechanic where you can build up stronger attacks after each turn. The views are amazing - it's pixel graphics but the backdrops look fantastic. The music is captivating too. Each area and town has its own score and is very pleasant. I had a blast with this game.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Design, Fun, Rpg

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid Classic Style RPG

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    Owned for 1 year when reviewed.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this game, but there are some nuances you should be aware of. 1st, you don't have to get all 8 people but its highly recommended and honestly necessary to get the true ending. 2nd, it is highly advisable to do chapters in a certain way. Do all characters chapter 1, then all of their chapter 2s, etc. It is not advisable at all to try to run through a single characters full story without working on the others. 3rd, character interaction is honestly related to side skits. Which is probably tied to how the story is presented. Despite this, the stories are still well done. 4th, finding the path to the true ending can be a bit vague and difficult without help. Be warned if you want to play legit it won't be easy to find it. Despite these warnings, the game is fun. The OST is fantastic, and the graphics have a charm to them that I would describe as idk...HD Snes in a way? If you enjoy RPGS, chances are you'll like this game.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful Nostalgic RPG

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    I have read a lot of people complaining about how disconnected the characters stories are from one another. For me this wasn't a big deal, as characters have a "banter" option during other characters main story progress. Also, the individual stories were engaging enough that I didn't really care about other characters stories meshing together. Mechanics are rock solid, 2D-HD graphics as SE calls it are beautiful and fun, and there is easily 100 hours of content here if you want to pursue end game content. One of my favorite games of the year, and the portability on Switch makes it even better!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing game for those seeking retro gaming!

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    Owned for 9 months when reviewed.

    Wow! This game is a fantastic exhibition of an old style of gaming. I got this game for it's normal price of $ 60.00 and don't regret the purchase at all. Octopath Traveler takes and old formula of programming and beautifully reinvents the tried and true formula.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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