Octopath Traveler is a turn-based RPG, developed by Square Enix and Acquire. The game was released on the 13th July 2018. The title has been released on the Nintendo Switch and is from the same developers behind Sonic The Hedgehog, a classic 2D platformer that fits alongside Super Mario Bros. In this turn-based RPG, players will get the chance to explore a vast and vibrant world.
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You can download the game from the Nintendo Store. You should know that there is also a free downloadable demo of the game. To begin click on the Download button at the end of this review. If you like turn-based RPG games, be sure to also check out and download Darkest Dungeon or The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II.
Octopath Traveler Review
The story for Octopath Traveler is split up into eight distinct tales (or paths), one for each available character in the game. At the start of the game, the player is expected to pick one character to embark on their story with, but as time goes by they will encounter the other seven characters and can potentially recruit them into their party. Each of these characters have their own story and at any point during the playthrough, the player can opt out of a story for a little while and investigate someone else’s instead. By the end of the game, the player can accomplish and experience all eight of the stories, without ever having to reset the game at any point.
With Octopath Traveler, the player will be doing one of two things in the game: exploring the world and fighting enemies. While exploring the world, players can make purchases, talk to NPC’s, accept quests, and even do one of several different actions depending on the character and what they’re interacting with. For instance, if they’re playing the thief, they can attempt to steal some money from NPC’s. Every other character in the game has their own special skill, and their own uses to make the game easier in some areas.
Just like with many other turn-based JRPG’s, Octopath Traveler uses many of the same tropes, such as a myriad of different classes, each with their own unique attacks and skills to bring to the battlefield. Outside the usual tropes, however, there are a few new additions that the developers have brought in through the break and weakness system. Starting off with breaks, whenever a character takes too much damage, they can experience a break and with this break, they will receive a massive bonus in damage whenever attacked. When it comes to the weaknesses, each enemy in the game has a weakness to certain types of attacks. Players have to take it upon themselves to learn what the enemy’s weaknesses are, and once they have, they can use that to their advantage and deal a significant amount of damage, without needing to break.
In terms of comparisons, the game takes experience from classic jRPG’s, such as Final Fantasy, and even uses some similar mechanics from games like Persona, like the weakness system. Octopath Traveler uses a lot of systems from classic JRPG’s and that’s clear from the onset.
For any fans of JRPG’s, Octopath Traveler is an ideal game for the Nintendo Switch that offers a lot of variety and classic jRPG action that has been updated for the modern day.