Story - 86%
Graphics - 77%
Audio - 75%
Gameplay - 81%
Replayability - 80%
Go on a journey with 8 different heroes each unique and a different story to tell but ultimately, they are all connected to one main force to come together and beat evil.
Octopath Traveler is a turn-based strategy game developed by Square Enix and uses a “HD-2D” graphical interface. HD-2D is defined by the developers as combining 16-bit Super NES-style character sprites and textures with polygonal environments and high-definition effects. What I like about it is that it makes the game look a bit retro but still modern at the same time. It will not work for every game but for Octopath it does.
As I said above you can choose to play as 1 of 8 characters, the different characters are defined by their job (character class) and attributes. The biggest difference on the characters is their path, this is a unique command that they can use against NPC. This can be things from pickpocketing or challenging them or pushing them for information. These actions can give you some cool advantages but do not fret if you come to a place where you need a different action to what your chosen character has as playing the game allows you to travel to where the other characters are and having them join your journey.
Battles are turn-based and after every turn, playable characters get a boost point. Boost points can be used to spend boosting attack options, but the trick is that they can be stacked as well. Some actions can be stacked up to 4 times to increase damage or the effect of the action. Enemies also have weaknesses which will break their guard, each enemy has a guard number and when you break the guard the number will go down. Once it reaches zero, the enemy will be stunned and then their guard will reset. The boost points and weaknesses can be used to strategically win difficult battle but do not think that you can win a level 20 battle if you are level 5.
The game has a lot of diverse ways to play it and how to journey through the characters story, so it is a dream for RPG players and player who like story driven games. Sometime the dialogue can be overkill but this normal for these games. I love to play Octopath Traveler and will continue to play it for months to come.
Reviewed on: Switch
Available on: Switch
Age Rating: Teen
Publisher/Developer: Nintendo / Square Enix
Estimated RRP: R764
Release Date: 13 July 2018
- Great characters and stories
- Cool idea with the graphics