Percentile Rank

Octopath Traveler is ranked in the 92nd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 109 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

84

Top Critic Average

87%

Critics Recommend

Based on 109 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

GameXplain
Liked-a-lot
GameXplain

Top Critic

Liked-a-lot
Jul 12, 2018
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Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Jul 12, 2018

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

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Kotaku
Unscored
Unscored
Jul 12, 2018

Octopath Traveler is a beautiful game with one of the best soundtracks I've heard. The combat system rocks and will hopefully be used in more Square Enix games to come. There are plenty of good ideas in here. But the game is too grindy, too repetitive, too full of structural problems to be viewed as much more than another botched JRPG experiment.

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VG247
Unscored
Unscored
Jul 12, 2018

A beautiful, challenging and often utterly brilliant throwback to the golden age of Japanese RPGs that somehow scuppers its chances of being a true classic through an ambitious but ultimately flawed narrative structure.

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The Jimquisition
Unscored
Unscored
Jul 20, 2018
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GameCloud
Yes
Yes
Jul 23, 2018

For everything I could criticise about the design of Octopath Traveler, I would not hesitate to recommend the experience to any fans of the genre. Between excellent character customisation and one of the best combat systems I’ve had the joy to experience, the faults are easier to accept. However, if you’re hoping for an in-depth story or a cast of eight characters standing side-by-side, you won’t find that here. While it certainly could have been improved on, this is still an absolute must-play for Switch owners out there.

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Super Deformed Gamescast
Essential
Essential
Dec 10, 2018

I absolutely loved every hour of the over one-hundred I poured into Octopath Traveler. It’s beautiful, sounds amazing, has a killer battle system, tells multiple interesting stories in a unique manner and hits all the right nostalgic notes while providing a cool evolution of classic JRPG gameplay. It’s one of my new all-time favorite games, and one I know I’ll revisit numerous times in the future

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GameOctane
A or higher
A or higher
Jan 11, 2019

Octopath Traveler is great game with an old school feel. It has a rich environment with a well developed story. Game-play may seem repetitive, but the option of eight different characters makes it feel fresh.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Jun 7, 2019

It’s definitely a different and interesting take on the genre, but ultimately I fear this will be a path less travelled by those after a stone cold JRPG classic.

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Polygon
Unscored
Unscored
Jul 12, 2018

Octopath Traveler is the magical RPG the Nintendo Switch needed

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Scored Reviews

SwitchRPG
Jul 23, 2018

Octopath Traveler is an absolute delight, and is a must-have for anyone fond of retro-infused JRPGs in particular. Its lack of linearity in both a narrative and gameplay perspective may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but should be fantastic for those wanting something a bit different than the norm.

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Rice Digital
Aug 17, 2018

Thank you to Nintendo for kindly supplying a review code for this fantastic game.

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Screen Rant
Jul 12, 2018

Square Enix's new conceptual return to 16-bit JRPGs is incredible.

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Digitally Downloaded
Jul 12, 2018

Octopath Traveler is a beautiful game that somehow never gets tired.

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DVS Gaming
10 / 10
10 / 10
Jul 22, 2018

At the end of the day, Square Enix -with help from Aquire- has delivered a memorable, authentic masterpiece of a game.

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GameLuster
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Aug 17, 2018

It’s a triumph in artistry. Along with its silky-smooth gameplay, you’ve got yourself a JRPG that you shouldn’t miss — heck, it’s a title that every Switch owner should have, even if they aren’t too interested. It’s just great to see that Square Enix is embracing that old-school JRPG flair and made a near-perfect game.

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Areajugones
9.3 / 10.0
9.3 / 10.0
Jul 12, 2018

There are many reasons to consider Octopath Traveler as one of the best games available for Nintendo Switch. An interesting story put together with several charismatic characters. A deep and addictive battle system as well as both excellent visuals and audio work together in order to create one the best releases for this year.

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GameCrate
9.3 / 10.0
9.3 / 10.0
Jul 16, 2018

If you have a Switch and like JRPGs, then Octopath Traveler is a game you cannot miss. This is the next gen classic RPG we have been waiting for, a fusion of retro, indie, and modern design that could only be played now, and could only be appreciated because of the games that came before it.

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IGN
9.3 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

9.3 / 10.0
Jul 12, 2018

Octopath Traveler is a JRPG dream come true.

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Atomix
91 / 100
91 / 100
Jul 16, 2018

An espectacular tribute to the 16 bit RPG classics. Also, Octopath Traveler has it's own ideas, with a spectacular combat system, great storytelling and graphics that will melt your heart.

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IGN Spain
9.1 / 10.0
9.1 / 10.0
Jul 12, 2018

Long, deep, and with a combat system tailored to perfection. Octopath Traveler is an almost perfect ode to the old school RPGs.

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NoesPaisparaFrikis
9.1 / 10.0
9.1 / 10.0
Feb 25, 2019

Octopath Traveler is a work with ups and downs in which highlights its wonderful combat system and its beautiful audiovisual section, but has a somewhat debatable argument proposal that will fall in love with those looking for a series of simple stories, but that will disappoint those who want enjoy the archetypal stories of struggle between good and evil. With this work, new paths are opened for the old paths of the JRPG: we will see how long we have to wait to get back on track. Whatever it is, I will wait enchanted, sitting on the edge of the road, yearning for the future journey to be as glorious as this one presages.

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Cerealkillerz
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 11, 2018

Octopath Traveler meets the high expectations and delivers despite some minor balancing issues and tiresome boss fights an amazing RPG experience for old and new fans of the genre. The incredible variety of possible actions and ways to go through the story and the extensive battle system are making this game a must-buy for everyone that owns a Nintendo Switch.

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Nintendo Life
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jul 12, 2018

Octopath Traveler is a special RPG, the kind of game that keeps an eye on the past while walking bravely into the future. Indeed, we'd even go so far as to say this is the best RPG you can find on the Switch to date, all elements of this game link together perfectly to make for a harmonious and immersing experience that you'll find difficult to put down. We'd recommend Octopath Traveler to both fans and newcomers of RPGs; the game does a fantastic job of straddling that line of accessibility and depth, satisfying both camps with its dizzying amount of content. Classic-inspired gameplay, an orchestrated soundtrack, and a unique approach to storytelling make this a game that you won't want to miss. This is an absolute must buy.

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COGconnected
90 / 100
90 / 100
Jul 16, 2018

This kind of RPG may not be for everybody, but it is one thousand percent for me. If you too long to recapture what I've described, you would be a fool to turn down Octopath Traveler.

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Spaziogames
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 12, 2018

When old game mechanics and modern sensibility merge in such a glorious way, a smile appears on the face of million of JRPG fan: Octopath Traveler is an excellent throwback to a time when a whole world was stuffed into a tiny cartridge. After the two Bravely games, we really hope to see more in the future from Takahashi-san and his team.

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Digiato
90 / 100
90 / 100
Dec 20, 2018

Octopath Traveler is your new best friend if you're looking for new experiences, it's just a full package. Artistic visual effects, an intriguing gameplay and soothing music, it has it all.

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Niche Gamer
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 17, 2018

Octopath Traveler is all about taking the very best facets of every classic JRPG and combining it with newer features such as open world gameplay and non-linearity to create an extremely addicting and well built throwback RPG that fans both young and old will find hard to resist. Most of all, however, is the fact that the game feels like those who developed it truly love the genre and this is their love letter to it and its fans.

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Cubed3
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jul 17, 2018

Octopath Traveler is an extremely satisfying storytelling experience vastly different from other traditional JRPGs out there. The eight stories followed over the course of the game are all compelling in different ways, and each is engrossing in different ways. The combat is simple, yet nuanced, and building party compositions never stops being a fun exercise as the adventure presents each new challenge. The pacing does have some small missteps here and there, especially as the world opens up between each major act, but it's a tiny hurdle in an otherwise magnificent experience.

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We Got This Covered
Jul 19, 2018

Octopath Traveler is a throwback to a simpler time, one that reintroduces a new generation to a beloved genre that is all but forgotten.

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Nintendo Times
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 29, 2018

Octopath Traveler is a fantastic example of taking a tried-and-true formula and applying new ideas to make it feel fresh and exciting again. The classic 16-bit graphics are enhanced with modern day effects to create a truly unique look. It features a fun turn-based battle system, wonderful music, and intriguing story. Don’t miss out on this Switch exclusive!

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CGMagazine
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 19, 2018

Octopath Traveler is a sublime mélange of classic role-playing sensibilities and modern conveniences that speaks to this RPG aficionado's soul.

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Critical Hit
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 19, 2018

Octopath Traveler is a beautiful and modern JRPG that stays true to its roots. It can feel repetitive at times, but the amazing combat, heartfelt stories and extraordinary soundtrack counteracts its structural issues in almost every way. This is a definite must-play for Switch owners.

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VGChartz
9 / 10
9 / 10
Aug 28, 2018

It's hard to imagine it going down as anything other than a true classic both for Square Enix and for Nintendo.

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GamingBolt
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 20, 2018

Octopath Traveler takes a long, hard look at classic JRPGs, successfully emulates most of what we remember so fondly about them with our rose tinted nostalgia glasses, sheds their annoying or excessive parts that we choose to forget, and adds its own surprising and unique innovations that elevate it from being yet another nostalgic pander to becoming a proper modern wonder.

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SECTOR.sk
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 20, 2018

Amusing adventure of eight different heroes can entertain fans of JRPG. Several stories can be a bit confusing but combat system is fantastic.

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GameSkinny
Jul 20, 2018

A game that would be considered niche last gen, Octopath Traveler brings back classic JRPG gaming with style and class.

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NoobFeed
90 / 100
90 / 100
Jul 19, 2018

Octopath Traveler uses 2D sprites and low-resolution 3D models to create an RPG that faithfully combines retro and modern aspects in many ways. The graphics create a distinctive atmosphere that is complemented by artistic touches that bring every town, character, and enemy to life. Extravagantly drawn captures the essence of old-school RPGs such as Final Fantasy, Breath of Fire, and Earthbound while providing its own unique identity. Octopath Traveler hits you with its charming graphics and beautiful art style before sucking you in with its densely packed adventure that truly captures the essence of a great JRPG.

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DualShockers
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 23, 2018

You can see everything Octopath Traveler has to offer in about 60 hours. If you want to do side quests without a guide, that time count could get even higher. Farming never got to the point where I was burned out or genuinely bored. My most significant issues with the game lay in its overall storyline structure, and that's not even a big issue considering there's no bad storyline in the game. There wasn't an hour of gameplay in Octopath Traveler I can say that I didn't enjoy, which is a feat all its own.

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Twinfinite
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Jul 12, 2018

Octopath Traveler feels like a much more personal collection of tales that might go against what you'd typically expect from a JRPG. More than anything else, the way the characters fall together feels like coincidence rather than providence, and the game is far more concerned with telling intimate stories about grief, friendship, adventure, and redemption. You might not get to save the world, but there's joy to be had from just helping out someone in a bind and learning more about the deep history of Orsterra as you go.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 27, 2018

Like a Datsun 240Z with a new engine, Octopath Traveler is a retro JRPG homage done right. This love letter to fans of old-school JRPGs is a great example of how to bring the classic JRPG formula to the present and make it look fresh instead of feeling old and tired. Admittedly, the narrative could be more cohesive and the level grind could have been done better. At the same time, its warmth and charming style is a nice change from the cold, factory-like approach adopted by games sometimes. It's definitely a delight.

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The Outerhaven Productions
Jul 27, 2018

Octopath Traveler is a must-have game on the Nintendo Switch for both RPG fans and fans of great games. It's not a perfect RPG, but it's definitely one of the best ones of recent memory.

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NintendoWorldReport
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 12, 2018

The end result might not be the modern classic so many hoped for, but Octopath Traveler is an excellent RPG that's only major sin is a loose story structure.

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SmashPad
Dec 18, 2018

Octopath Traveler is simply fantastic in every meaning of the word, and no Switch owner who has a liking for JRPGs should be without this game in their library.

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TechRaptor
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 3, 2018

Octopath Traveler strays from the path of expectations. In taking the road less traveled, it becomes a journey that all should experience for themselves.

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GBAtemp
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 5, 2018

Octopath Traveler fills a gap in the Switch's ever-growing market, putting forward a full and refined traditional JRPG experience in a way that will appeal to both experienced and new fans alike. Presenting a unique and visually enticing graphical style, alongside eight storylines and a plethora of bonus content, it is a game I unreservedly recommend for Nintendo Switch owners.

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PushStartPlay
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 6, 2018

Octopath Traveler stands out on its own as one of the best games on the Switch

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Game Revolution
Aug 6, 2018

I heartily recommend Octopath Traveler to any RPG fan. Whether you cut your teeth playing Final Fantasy on SNES, or if you weren't even born yet, this game has a lot to offer. The narrative and character interaction leave a bit to be desired, but the overall quality of the game overshadows its deficiencies.

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Hobby Consolas
89 / 100
89 / 100
Jul 12, 2018

Octopath Traveler may not be the new Final Fantasy VI, but it is no doubt a great game. With an astounding presentation and a fantastic combat system, fans of traditional JRPG should not look any farther.

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Electric Bento
8.9 / 10.0
8.9 / 10.0
Jun 17, 2019

Octopath Traveler is a retro-inspired JRPG masterpiece that fans of the old days of Squaresoft RPG's can enjoy, and is available now for PC.

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Spaziogames
8.8 / 10.0
Spaziogames

Top Critic

8.8 / 10.0
Jun 7, 2019

On the other hand, Octopath Traveler is never exorbitant in terms of performance, therefore the conversion should be considered simply as a pleasant opening towards a new platform that can finally accommodate one of the best jrpgs of the last period.

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RPG Fan
88%
88%
Sep 12, 2018

Octopath Traveler is unapologetically old-school, and would not have been out of place if it had released back in the golden age of JRPGs.

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Everyeye.it
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Jun 19, 2019

[Octopath Traveler is] a work that has so much to tell, a journey that runs through eight streets at the same time, destined to unite, to be loved.

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The Games Machine
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Jun 13, 2019

It's a pleasure to play Octopath Traveler on PC as it is on the Nintendo Switch.

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Gamersky
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Aug 6, 2018

Octopath Traveler is a classic JRPG which reminds me some former masterpieces like Romancing SaGa and Final Fantasy VI. I really appreciate the idea that using 8 characters to tell stories, and the unique talents that every character has. But I still think the storyline could be better, and these characters could have more interaction.

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LevelUp
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Jan 1, 1970

Octopath Traveler is the magnificent missing link between pixels and polygons. It is game full of nostalgia with an incredible art direction, deep and addictive combat, a soundtrack worthy of the Squaresoft legacy and a lengthy although somewhat disjointed story line. If you are an old school player that enjoyed a classic JRPG , this game is definitely made for you and you will appreciate immensely. If you are new to the genre, it is a great opportunity for you to get to know turn based combat games, pixel art, and understand what all the fuss is about.

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The Games Machine
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Jul 12, 2018

Octopath Traveler has several flaws, especially in the narrative component, but still remains a beautifully presented game, with tons of good ideas.

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GamePro
85 / 100
85 / 100
Jul 17, 2018

Octopath Traveler combines classic JRPG virtues with many unusual ideas, combining tradition and modernity.

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Paste Magazine
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jul 31, 2018

Octopath Traveler's choice to break away from the norm and explore an open world JRPG hybrid was a bold move, and while it doesn't quite come through the other end unscathed, the game does do a great job at keeping you engaged.

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IGN Spain
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jun 7, 2019

A good port of an already excellent JRPG that the genre's fans should play if they've not yet.

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IGN Italy
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jul 12, 2018

Octopath Traveler manages to remain faithful to the glorious past of the JRPG genre without, however, seems outdated.

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SA Gamer
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jul 11, 2018

Octopath Traveler is a slice of old-school JRPG with enough modern sensibilities to make anyone from an old veteran to someone just starting their journey feel comfortable, which mirrors how the game follows the story of people ranging from a young, naive merchant to an old knight who lost his reason to be. Get those walking shoes on, we have a long road ahead.

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GamingTrend
85 / 100
85 / 100
Aug 6, 2018

Octopath Traveler is an all around enjoyable, nostalgic romp with some nice modern touches. While enjoyment of the storytelling will likely vary from character to character and from player to player, this retro-modern title is filled with sidequests, great music, slightly-hidden team banter, and a gorgeous new approach to pixel art, and is a must-play for any lover of old school JRPGs.

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ZTGD
8.5 / 10.0
ZTGD

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Aug 9, 2018

Just as Bravely Default before it, Octopath Traveler is a reimagining of a classic formula, packaged to feel new and exciting. Even though the issues with its character interactions and lackluster dungeon designs holds it back from true greatness, the likeable cast of characters and a deeply satisfying combat engine makes it one that's easily recommendable to just about anyone with a Switch.

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God is a Geek
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jul 12, 2018

Octopath Traveler feels like a gem from the golden age of JRPGs that is something I've been craving with stunning visuals, music that deserves a vinyl release, and so much more.

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GaminGuardian
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Aug 6, 2018

Octopath Traveler embraces the formula of the classic RPGs to bring us a fresh game filled with nostalgia. The 8 stories are interesting, but the structure of the game, and some incongruences with the party members are a shadow wich try to covers a bright light. Octopath Traveler is not a masterpiece, but with work and some changes, this path would be one who nobody forget.

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COGconnected
82 / 100
82 / 100
Jun 15, 2019

For good and bad, Octopath Traveler evokes the games of the past, and for a lot of us, we miss the bad as much as we do the good.

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PowerUp!
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Jul 11, 2018

Octopath Traveler presents itself as a simplistic title thanks to the 16-bit HD visuals, but it's anything but. It's a deep, complex RPG, with multiple intertwining systems and a huge world to explore.

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Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

8 / 10
Jul 12, 2018

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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VideoGamer
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 12, 2018

Octopath Traveler is a deep, diverse, interesting, sometimes risque and sometimes funny JRPG that you should play.

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USgamer
Jul 20, 2018

Octopath Traveler's attempt to balance new and old JRPG mechanics is impressive, and mostly successful. There's a charming one-of-a-kind title here that opts to talk about eight characters instead of focusing on one team, one world, and one story. Does this unusual method of storytelling work? I think so, but personal preferences will vary. Some over-long boss fights and questionable dedication to certain retro mechanics mar Octopath a bit, but if you own a Switch and love JRPGs, adopt this fluffy, lovely snow leopard of a game for your own.

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Pure Nintendo
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 10, 2018

In the end, despite a few drawbacks, Octopath Traveler lives up to the hype of the throwback style of gameplay. Allowing players to choose one of eight characters is an interesting concept. Giving players the option to choose which character to add to the party also adds a great deal of strategy. Visuals, as well as music, are both great. They managed to do exactly what was set out to do: make a modern JRPG with retro aesthetics. Long time JRPG fans or even newcomers should certainly take the time to play this game.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
Ofisil

Top Critic

8 / 10
Jul 7, 2019

Octopath Traveler has many little and big pros. Its 'HD-02' visual style is beautiful; the music is great; the world is very big, non-linear, and full of things to do; the characters can be customised in many different ways; and, finally, the combat is fast, yet tactical, simple, yet deep. Octopath Traveler is great.

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Goomba Stomp
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 28, 2018

Octopath Traveler doesn't do anything new, but that's far from a bad thing. The gimmick of eight unique story paths ties wonderfully into well-established JRPG mechanics. In a traditionally linear and restrictive genre, Octopath stands out with the freedom it offers players. This is one journey you definitely don't want to miss.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 12, 2018

Octopath Traveler finds comfort in tradition but doesn't shy away from breaking the mold.

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Forbes
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 15, 2018

Overall, Octopath Traveler is a very solid and engaging game.

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FNintendo
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 12, 2018

Octopath Traveler tick all the boxes when it comes to recreate the formula of classic RPGs. Thanks to its use of individual story lines, which seems inspired by other iconic games of the same style, and to its marvelous visuals and amazing soundtrack, Octopath Traveler will set the players into an exploration effort that may take its time to fully take off, but will reward its players handsomely.

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Press Start
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 12, 2018

Octopath Traveler is truly a charming and wonderful J-RPG that has reminded me that there's still a place for old classics. Some might call it dated, I'd call it ageless and even peerless when held up against a recent generation of watered down, Westernised role-playing games. Square Enix delivers a nuanced, tactical game and an endearing cast to boot.

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Geeks Under Grace
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 24, 2018

Octopath Traveler is a great game that shows the market still craves what classic JRPGs offer. It innovates in clever ways while keeping the nostalgic heart engaged. The individual stories are well-told but the core narrative never has them intersect in any meaningful way. Still, if you're looking for something to spend plenty of hours pouring yourself into, Octopath is a fun, beautiful way to do it.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Jul 25, 2018

Octopath Traveler is a charming throwback to classic Japanese Role-Playing Games. It's brimming with life aesthetically and the turn-based combat system is old school yet surprisingly modern.

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 26, 2018

Octopath Traveler is a wonderful collection of adventures and stories, but the quirk of storytelling that lends it its name is both its greatest strength and weakness. While the turn-based combat and 'breaking' enemies makes practically every battle engaging, the eight tales this game tells don't really feel like they need to be told together. It's a little unbalanced because of this, but this remains a charming, beguiling JRPG.

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Game Informer
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 18, 2018

Combat is the highlight of the adventure. The stories unfolding between encounters are uneven, and the grinding required to progress is a frustrating roadblock

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JRPG.moe
Nov 6, 2018

Tightly designed to a fault, the game's rigid structure works well to present eight different perspectives. From the way each of the characters' unique skills make exploration and combat engaging to the wonderful rhythm of the thoughtful turn-based battles, there are enough excellent ideas in Octopath Traveler that help to overlook some glaring flaws.

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WellPlayed
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 21, 2018

As beautiful as Octopath Traveler is, it shows that the quality of stories should come before quantity

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Attack of the Fanboy
Jun 18, 2019

Octopath Traveler may not be the perfect JRPG revival that many had hoped for, but this PC port takes what worked before and makes it just a touch better.

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Impulsegamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Jul 29, 2018

Octopath Traveler is a gorgeous modern JRPG with a great combat system. Unfortunately, a messy and lackluster narrative progression slightly sours the experience.

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Nintendo Enthusiast
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 15, 2018

Octopath Traveler isn't perfect, but its major faults mostly pertain to the story. Beyond that, the game looks beautiful in a distinct way, interacting with NPCs in the game world is goofy fun, and the combat system is a multifaceted and rewarding revamp of Square Enix's previous offerings. When you put it all together, Octopath Traveler is an engaging RPG with a unique identity that it can be proud of, even if its narrative falls far short of Square's other classics.

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Wccftech
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 20, 2018

Ultimately, how much you will enjoy Octopath Traveler depends on what kind of JRPG player you are. Are you here for the story and characters, or are you the kind of gamer that loves maxing out stats and dealing massive damage? If it's the latter, Octopath Traveler is perfect for you. If it's the former? Well, sadly, you might get tired of it, but it's still a fun JRPG that can last you for hours.

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SomHráč.sk
80%
80%
Jul 5, 2019

Octopath Traveler is a magical game that is going to make pretty much every gamer smile. It shouldn't satisfy only the veterans of the genre, due to its modernized gameplay that should make it possible to enjoy for the younger generation.

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BaziCenter
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 8, 2019

Octopath Traveler is an appealing title full of pleasant little stories, and offers solid combat mechanisms. However, some not-so-up-to-date decisions prevent it from reaching its full potential.

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Gameblog
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 12, 2018

Ocotpath Traveler is a strong entry to the old-school J-RPG genre, even though its classicism may forbid it to reach the greatest titles its taking inspiration from. As simple as solid, this retro adventure features enough mecanics to offer a deep fighting system, well-balanced and which brillantly avoids countless levelling sessions. Too bad Octopath Traveler's narrative simply serves us eight not-so-much-connected stories, otherwise it could have been an instant classic.

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Easy Allies
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 5, 2018
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Shacknews
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 12, 2018

Too many developers have tried and failed to capture the nostalgic and often magical feelings that players have for the JRPG genre. Pared-down retro releases and fluffed-up remakes come and go, yet none of them seem to get things exactly right. Fortunately, Octopath Traveler succeeds where other classically-styled RPGs fail: the presentation is spot-on, the combat is addictive, and the potential for party customization is tremendous. Small stumbles with dialog and framerate can be forgiven simply because the rest of the game is an absolute delight. This is an experience that players can easily get lost in for dozens of hours, and it's sure to be counted among the best Nintendo Switch exclusives released to date.

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Nintendo Insider
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 11, 2018

With eight characters and eight stories to be told, your adventure across the wondrous world of Osterra is breathtaking. Octopath Traveler is more uneven a journey than I had hoped it would be, but, accompanied with a mesmerising soundtrack from composer Yasunori Nishiki, it manages to rally itself together to readily enchant like no other.

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Gameblog
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jun 7, 2019

On PC, Octopath Traveler is still this charming and gorgeous retro-RPG that offers a well-built but classic adventure to fans of the genre.

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viewport
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 6, 2018

Although Octopath Traveler has its flaws, primarily in the story department, it’s a game that is greater than the sum of its parts. The presentation of the game is extraordinary, the characters are likable, and the combat is addicting. If you are someone who is looking for a deep and engaging story, then this is not the game for you. But if you are a player that loves JRPGs that is looking for something a little different, this game won’t disappoint.

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Saudi Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Jul 28, 2018

A very successful attempt at an RPG that captures the simpler presentation of classic games while retaining their deep and challenging gameplay, and adding quality of life enhancements. It also succeeds in building a foundation for future entries that hopefully will fix the game's few flaws such as a disjointed story and repetitive structure.

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PC Gamer
76 / 100
76 / 100
Jun 7, 2019

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

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GameZone
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Aug 1, 2018

While it's disappointing that Octopath Traveler doesn't fully succeed on delivering a meaningful narrative or giving us any characters that will be remembered throughout gaming history, the game has enough meat on its bones to prevent itself from being below average.

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Destructoid
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jul 12, 2018

Octopath Traveler is a small triumph in that it mostly delivers on its promise to give us eight stories worth seeing through. None of them push the envelope in any way, and several drag, but that's not a huge issue when you have so many to choose from. Even if you skip one or several tales altogether you're still going to get a handful of RPG goodness.

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Pardis Game
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jul 7, 2019

Octopath Traveler could have beeen a flagship JRPG, but instead it is content with delivering a classic jrpg experience, Beautiful visuals and combat cannot bring the game to the place the game deserves and weak story and character writing only hurt the game further. But still if you miss those classic JRPGs then Octopath Traverler is deffinetly an experience you are going to enjoy.

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GameMAG
7 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

7 / 10
Jul 12, 2018

Octopath Traveler is an atmospheric game with unusual graphics, which suffers from a number of strange design and story solutions, as well as problems with interface and many minor flaws. There's also a lot of grinding, and that's may be a big dissapointment for many gamers. If you are not against grinding, try Octopath Traveler.

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RPG Site
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jul 12, 2018

Octopath Traveler is an excellent game, but the elasticity of its structure proves to be the one unassailable hurdle between it and becoming a classic in its own right.

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3DNews
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jul 22, 2018

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DigitalCentralMedia
69%
69%
Dec 26, 2018

Octopath Traveler is a decent game with breathtaking visuals but has a dull battle system with a set of uninteresting characters.

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New Game Network
67 / 100
67 / 100
Aug 7, 2018

If you're just here for the combat and don't mind a bad story, or if you're looking to soak up the nostalgia of the golden age of the genre for hours on-end, there might be enough here to justify a purchase. It was perhaps too much to expect that Octopath Traveler would compete with the JRPG greats, as sadly it misses the mark in understanding the nuances of what made those titles so iconic.

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Slant Magazine
Jul 19, 2018

The world design and storytelling often fail to match the high standards set by the game's ambitious ancestors.

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pressakey.com
Oct 9, 2018

In Octopath Traveler there is a lot of love and passion, you can tell at first sight. Octopath Traveler is a beautiful, fairytale-like diorama that recalls the classics of the genre time and again, but lacks the essential framework to bring the pieces together into a harmonious whole. The beautiful presentation and the great fighting system are contrasted by eight independent stories whose quality varies greatly - and which hardly suffice as motivation for 80 hours of playing time.

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RPG Site
5 / 10
5 / 10
Jun 18, 2019

The translation from Switch to PC only exacerbates Octopath Traveler's underlying flaws.

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