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Octopath Traveler

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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.

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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.

Octopath Traveler Critic Reviews

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

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9.3 / 10.0

Octopath Traveler is a JRPG dream come true.

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Never quite the sum of its parts, Octopath Traveler is a game with brilliant moments rather than a brilliant game.

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Metro 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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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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