OCTOPATH TRAVELER

1st reviewer: This is truly made like a mainstream RPG with a story that encompasses the journeys of 8 protagonists and a battle system with turn-based command battle. It’s filled with new attempts such as the “HD-2D” graphics which added 3DCG effects into pixel images, so I was able to experience the tradition and revolution of RPG. I even had to take detours sometimes due to the Field Commands prepared for each character as well as abundant sub stories. The music, which also decorates the journey, permeated in my heart. 9

2nd reviewer: There’s a whole lot of drama among the 8 protagonists which have totally different origins, which piques interest. I think people who like Romancing SaGa will take notice of this. While the battles have tension, they are also exciting with attacking enemy’s weakness to trigger Break and beating them with attacks and magics that have been enhanced by Boost, giving it an exquisite seasoning. The map size is just right, as it’s not needlessly enlarged while still leaving the sense of exploration. The Field Command system is also unique. 9

3rd reviewer: Not only the protagonists, but every single villagers also have their own life; having multiple stories proceeding in parallel makes it have a big scale which is appealing. You’ll get completely absorbed in the highly tactical Command Battles as you try out all kinds of attacks to find out enemy’s weaknesses and have everyone strike at once when there’s a good opportunity. The equipment menu is convenient, and there’s no difficulty in switching members either which are good. This title also feels nostalgic, so while there isn’t anything epochal, it is being created carefully which leaves a good impression. 9

4th reviewer: While it may look plain, once you get to touch it your impression will change drastically. The fields feel like 3D by making use of perspective and light, the music is fantastic, and the battles are highly tactical and exciting with Command Boost and Break; this is the exact feel when you touch the newest mainstream 2D RPG. The fun gets added with “imagining” the world that’s not explained in the texts with the character-exclusive commands as you can summon NPCs into battles or check their own history. Sometimes you may also feel that the quotes become rather talkative. 9

Total score: 36/40


Review originally appeared in Weekly Famitsu magazine, and is translated by BlackKite. This translation is © Copyright Japanese Nintendo. Please link to the Japanese Nintendo website (https://japanesenintendo.com/) at the top of the review if posting elsewhere.

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