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Octopath Traveler

Rating Summary

Based on 92 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

85

Top Critic Average

88%

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Based on 92 critic reviews
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Reviews Summary

Huge array of class/job choices
Engaging combat and exploration
Messy narrative structure

Summary: Octopath Traveler is an intentional throwback to the golden era of JRPGs. A pixelated but gorgeously rendered adventure that tells the tale of eight protagonists and how their stories ultimately affect one another. Some loved its old-school approach, while detractors felt it held the title back.

Game Information

Available on:Nintendo SwitchJul 13, 2018

Publishers: Square Enix, Nintendo

Genre: RPG

OCTOPATH TRAVELER is a brand new RPG in development at Square Enix, and will be a Nintendo Switch exclusive.

The Producers of Bravely Default at Square Enix bring us a new fantasy world brought to life through a mix of CG, pixel art, and visual wizardry that the developers have termed “HD-2D.”

Begin your journey as one of eight protagonists, each with their own origin, talents, and goals. Where will your journey begin? Who will you team up with? And where will you go next? All these decisions and more are completely up to you, the player.

Each character has his or her own Path Action that can be used to interact with the people they encounter in a distinct way. For example, the warrior, Olberic, can “challenge” almost anyone to a duel. With one such duel he could expose an evildoer and bring them to justice, or force someone in his way…out of the way! The dancer, Primrose, on the other hand, can “allure” others into following her. With this power, she could track down a missing person and bring them back, or lure her enemies into a trap. She can even summon an allured character to help her in battle!

In this game, battles are a fusion of simple, pick-up-and-play, turn-based battles…and all-new mechanics. One such mechanic is the Boost system, which allows you to accumulate Boost Points with each turn you take in battle. You can spend them to dramatically increase the strength of your attacks and abilities or use them to chain attacks. Try targeting an enemy’s weak point to break their guard, then deliver powerful blows while it's weakened! Or, if an ally’s in trouble, use it to get them right back into fighting shape. Identifying the right time to Boost may just be the key to victory.

There’s a deep well of strategies to draw from, and your tactical genius won’t go unrewarded.

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Trailers

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Octopath Traveler - Character Trailer - Nintendo E3 2018

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Octopath Traveler - Paths of Ritual and Research Trailer - Nintendo Switch

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Octopath Traveler - Paths of Noble Acts and Rogue Decisions Info Trailer - Nintendo Switch

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IGN

9.3 / 10.0
IGN

Octopath Traveler is a JRPG dream come true.

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Eurogamer

Recommended
Eurogamer

Another fine turn-based battle system and some charming dialogue and visuals make up for an occasionally dry ensemble campaign.

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Metro GameCentral

GameCentral
8 / 10
Metro GameCentral

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.

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Recent News

Octopath Traveler Getting Prequel Game On Mobile

Octopath Traveler Getting Prequel Game On Mobile

The game looks and plays similarly to the Switch title.

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News of Octopath Traveler Mobile Reminds Me Why I'll Never Get Used to Free-to-Play RPGs

News of Octopath Traveler Mobile Reminds Me Why I'll Never Get Used to Free-to-Play RPGs

Free-to-play mechanics mesh fine with some genres. RPGs aren't one of them.

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Octopath Traveler Getting Prequel Game On Mobile

Octopath Traveler Getting Prequel Game On Mobile

The game looks and plays similarly to the Switch title.

Read full article on Game Informer

New Octopath Traveler Console Game in Production, Mobile Prequel Announced

New Octopath Traveler Console Game in Production, Mobile Prequel Announced

Square Enix has revealed that a new console Octopath Traveler game is in the works and that a mobile prequel title - Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent - will be headed to iOS and Android later this year, at least in Japan.

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Switch Exclusive Octopath Traveler Is Getting A Mobile Prequel

Switch Exclusive Octopath Traveler Is Getting A Mobile Prequel

Octopath Traveler: Conquerors of the Continent is coming to iOS and Android in Japan this year.

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Octopath Traveler prequel announced for mobile

Octopath Traveler prequel announced for mobile

Octopath Traveler fans are having quite a day: along with celebrating 1.5m units shipped globally, Square Enix has announced a brand new game for the series…

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Octopath Traveler Prequel Announced for Mobile

Octopath Traveler Prequel Announced for Mobile

There will be full endings for all 8 characters.

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Octopath Traveler Hits 1 Million Copies in Sales and Shipments

Octopath Traveler Hits 1 Million Copies in Sales and Shipments

Octopath Traveler has shipped one million units globally, including digital sales and downloads.

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Octopath Traveler Locked Character Change: How to Change Main Character

Octopath Traveler Locked Character Change: How to Change Main Character

We show you how to change the Octopath Traveler main character in this guide so that you aren't locked into having one person on your team.

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Octopath Traveler Shortage Leads to Apology

Octopath Traveler Shortage Leads to Apology

Octpath Traveler is having shortages of its physical copies all across Japan, to the point that Square Enix needed to post an apology.

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