Octopath Traveler

Octopath Traveler 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.

Rating Summary

Based on 113 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

84

Top Critic Average

86%

Critics Recommend

Based on 113 critic reviews
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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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IGN

Top Critic

9.3 / 10.0
Jul 12, 2018

Octopath Traveler is a JRPG dream come true.

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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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8 / 10.0
Aug 5, 2018
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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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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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8 / 10
Jul 12, 2018

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

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Unscored
Jul 12, 2018

Octopath Traveler is the magical RPG the Nintendo Switch needed

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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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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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