Octopath Traveler REVIEW: First ratings are IN for Nintendo Switch's next MASSIVE hit


Octopath Traveler REVIEW: First ratings are IN for Nintendo Switch's next MASSIVE hit

Octopath Traveler is the next big release from Square Enix, and the next big exclusive for Nintendo Switch.

The game has a lot to live up to - other exclusives for the console have sold incredible numbers and become instant classics. Super Mario Odyssey, Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Splatoon 2 are critical and commercial successes.

Octopath Traveler is a brand new role-playing game from the makers of Bravely Default - Final Fantasy-inspired RPGs on the 3DS.

This is the studio's first Switch outing - and so far it looks like a belter.

Japanese publication Famitsu has given it a near-perfect 36/40 - scoring it 9/9/9/9 in its four-pronged review system, making it almost perfect in every category.

Another Japanese outler, 4gamer, also published a pretty glowing review.

It bodes well for the anticipated RPG - one of the first, biggest dedicated games in the genre for the Switch to date.

"The Producers of Bravely Default at Square Enix bring us a new fantasy world brought to life through a mix of CG, pixel art, and visual wizardry that the developers have termed 'HD-2D'," notes Square Enix of the game.

"Begin your journey as one of eight protagonists, each with their own origin, talents, and goals.

"Where will your journey begin? Who will you team up with? And where will you go next? All these decisions and more are completely up to you, the player."

It gives the player a lot of freedom in the otherwise typically linear RPG genre, and that seems to be a big part of the appeal, according to the reviews.

The battle system also has a mechanic partly inspired by Bravely Default's Brave/Default mechanism.

You can 'boost' attacks in one turn to make them more powerful, or stockpile your boosts for a massive payoff of damage. 

But you have to think carefully - do you try and break through your foe's defenses quickly, or save yourself up to take advantage when their armour is down?

It's a nice change on turn-based combat that should appeal to fans of retro RPGs such as Final Fantasy VI and Dragon Quest games.

The game launches on July 13 for Nintendo Switch.


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