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Way Too Many Games (Sep 16, 2018)
I have to say that, as a long time fan of JRPGs, my curiosity was peaked by the premise of Octopath Traveler, but I wasn’t expecting much more than a moderately entertaining new entry into this oversaturated genre. I will humbly admit that I completely underestimated this game. It produced not only extraordinary graphics mixed with the classic charm of old school 16-bit art styles, but it offered one of the best musical scores I’ve head in a long time time. From the bottom of my heart, I must say thank you to Octopath Traveler for the incredible journey.
93
IGN (Jul 12, 2018)
Octopath Traveler's beautiful style and outstanding take on traditional turn-based combat make it a game that pushes JRPGs forward rather than simply paying homage to the greats.
90
Niche Gamer (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.
90
Jeuxvideo.com (Jul 12, 2018)
Certains attendaient Octopath Traveler comme une petite perle, ils avaient tort. Le titre de Square Enix et Acquire est une gigantesque bombe tant il arrive à la fois à marier l’ancien et le contemporain, la narration et le gameplay, l’artistique et la pratique. Il offre un univers cohérent divisé en chapitres par personnage, des microhistoires que l’on suit avec passion que ce soit pendant des heures durant ou par petites sessions. Doté d’une inoubliable bande-son et d’une durée de vie dantesque, il n’oublie pas la pratique grâce à un système de job ultra permissif qui permet de personnaliser à l’envi, tout ce qu’il faut pour soutenir des combats stratégiques dont le principe ne dévoile toutes ses finesses qu’après des heures de jeu. Beau, enivrant, touchant et magique, Octopath Traveler est une œuvre fantastique qui invite au voyage, d’ores et déjà un indispensable de la Nintendo Switch.
90
Twinfinite (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. For what it sets out to do, Octopath Traveler excels.
90
NintendoWorldReport (Jul 12, 2018)
But Octopath Traveler is much more than its peculiar vignette-heavy story that owes more to Dragon Quest or SaGa Frontier than Final Fantasy. It’s an elegant game packed with serene melodies, a simple yet deep combat system, and a stunning world to explore. 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.
90
Nintendo Life (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.
85
GamingTrend (Aug 06, 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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4Players.de (Jul 24, 2018)
Eine derart unterhaltsame sowie schicke Verbeugung vor klassischen Japan-Rollenspielen gab es schon lange nicht mehr. Zwar schreiben Acquire und Square Enix dem Grind bei Octopath Traveller als traditionelle Motivationstriebfeder für die üppige Charakterentwicklung für meinen Geschmack zu viel Wert zu. Doch dem steht ein durchdachtes, vielfältiges sowie taktisches Rundenkampfsystem gegenüber, das klassische Werte behutsam erweitert und modernisiert, so dass ich den Grindfaktor weitgehend ignorieren kann. Die Inszenierung des umfangreichen Abenteuers, das gleichberechtigt auf acht Helden verteilt wurde, ist allerdings uneinheitlich. Nicht nur, was die Intensität oder Dramatik der einzelnen Storybögen betrifft, die zu lange parallel laufen, anstatt sich zu einem ganzheitlichen Erlebnis zu verbinden. Sondern auch in Hinblick auf die eingesetzte Sprachausgabe, die nur bei Schlüsselszenen komplette Dialoge wiedergibt und sich für den Rest der Zeit auf einsilbige Laute beschränkt.
80
New York Daily News (Aug 06, 2018)
In large part, Octopath Traveler has thought of everything to make the quintessential Super Nintendo JRPG. The end result is a magical experience that any JRPG lover would love.
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Press Start Australia (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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GameSpot (Jul 12, 2018)
Despite the lackluster stories that pull you through the world, Octopath thrives on its character progression and the temptations of high-level challenges and rewards. The promise of new jobs, exciting boss fights, and powerful gear will inspire you to poke around every corner, and there are no shortage of discoveries to strive for. And all the while, you're treated to one of the most interesting and effective re-imaginings of a retro aesthetic around. Octopath will likely be a divisive game due to its fractured storytelling, but it's one worth playing despite its lesser qualities. Its high points are simply too good to ignore.
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Destructoid (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.
70
Gamer.no (Jul 31, 2018)
Eit fornøyeleg og spanande spel, som ikkje minst byr på fantastisk musikk.
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RPG Site (Jul 12, 2018)
I really want to love Octopath Traveler, but the messy nature of its story presentation is ultimately an enormous weakness. That stands out, but this game is also truly one of the most intriguing evolutions of the 'golden age' RPG formula out of Japan, managing to both build on and pay homage to the classics. I don’t particularly mind that Octopath Traveler is a collection of eight separate stories, but the lack of any sort of cohesion even among the party members bogs it down and makes the stories that are there ring slightly hollow. 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.