I have been enthusiastic about Octopath Traveler for some time. The crew behind it amped up the anticipation for RPG followers by framing it because the religious successor to the well-regarded Last Fantasy VI, and whereas the comparability is smart in locations (ensemble solid, medieval trappings, random battles, cute pixel characters), after 60 hours, the sport would not have a killer large dangerous, and I’ve seen not one of the slick set-pieces (Center-of-the recreation opera? A crew battle with Moogles? Battle a runaway prepare?) that made FFVI such successful over 20 years in the past.
Octopath Traveler‘s power lies in its battle system. Stylistically it jogs my memory a whole lot of Golden Solar (classic 2001), with HD-2D areas and turn-based battles stuffed with pyrotechnics. For others, it will really feel just like the SaGa sequence. There is a enhance system acquainted to anybody who’s performed Bravely Default, which provides an additional tactical dimension to battles — I instructed you the sport pulled inspiration from a whole lot of locations. As soon as boosted, assaults will gentle up the battleground, illuminating (and reminding you of) the 3D environment.
For as soon as, battle dynamics are straightforward to clarify: They middle on elemental and weapon weaknesses, and you will have to mix assaults out of your four-person get together to interrupt enemies, stalling their motion and growing the injury you deal to them. Tighten your technique and excellent battles might be rewarded with further expertise factors, ability factors and candy, candy cash.
Every member of your crew begins off with their very own established class: Service provider Tressa, Warrior Olberic, the apothecary Alfyn, the dancer Primrose, Therion the thief, the cleric (white mage) Ophilia, the scholar (learn: Black Mage) Cyrus, and the hunter / Pokemon grasp H’aanit.
Loosely, courses will be organized into bodily assault (warrior, hunter, thief), help (apothecary, dancer) and magic assault (scholar, cleric), however there’s some overlap. Therion, along with his thief class, nonetheless has a single-target fireplace assault, whereas the apothecary Alfyn can deal bodily injury, heal standing results and HP, and wield ice assaults and concoct random battle objects on the fly. There’s a whole lot of freedom to create a celebration that fits your battle type.
By the center of the sport, you may achieve entry to shrines that add secondary job courses to members, guaranteeing your crew retains well-balanced no matter who’s within the beginning line-up. Frustratingly, any character not in your get together would not achieve expertise, so crew administration between episodes is a needed evil. Nearer the top of the sport, there are even some secret class shrines (replete with difficult enemies) to unlock. I will depart them as a shock.
The retro look of Octopath Traveler might be divisive, and this would possibly simply be because of the lack of RPGs on the Change — or the big-budget video games we’re used to seeing on consoles. It appears much less cloying whereas taking part in it in handheld mode, however on a 4K TV, no matter shiny sun-dappled oceans and ominous forests, it nonetheless appears to be like dated — even with the lovable tilt-shift impact.