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After stating on Twitter (multiple times) that I wasn’t going to buy this game guess what I did? I bought the fucking game and I love it. 

Octopath Traveler is a different kind of JRPG. The way it looks would make you think it’s nothing more than a simple homage to the older Final Fantasy games, but it’s not. Octopath Traveler tells the tale of 8 different protagonist and you can choose which one you want at the start of the game. Will you be the dancer Primrose trying to get revenge for her parents murder or will you be the faithful Ophilia and go on a pilgrimage to light sacred fires all across the land? I choose Cyrus as my starting character and found his story to be really interesting. He’s also voiced really well and plays like a black mage from the classic Final Fantasy games. He can hit entire groups of enemies with his spells, but can’t take much damage.

The beginning of this game could be hard if you don’t use strategy. Since I started off alone I made sure I was properly equipped before heading out of the city and immediately went after Ophilia. I’ve been playing for about 4 hours and I have 5 party members already. Cyrus, Ophilia, Tressa, H’aanit, and Olberic. I just got Olberic and I’m looking forward to starting his story after grinding him up a little bit. Octopath Traveler is completely open. I can go wherever I want and recruit party members in any order I want. I’m not used to being able to do that In JRPGs. I’m used to following a set path and it’s refreshing to be able to take things at my own pace. The enemies on the map scale with my party so I don’t have to restrict myself to one part of the map to grind like I have to do in other games.

I’m really enjoying Octopath Traveler right now. I didn’t expect it to be this way. There’s no end of the world threat that forces a band of strangers together to overcome it. It’s just 8 people with their own problems to deal with and I love that. This has to be breaking some kind of JRPG tradition. Right now my focus is getting every party member. After I get everyone I’ll focus on Cyrus’s story until I finish. I know I’ll eventually end up doing everyone’s story, but I’ll probably do H’aanit’s story last because I don’t like the way she talks. Her story (so far) is the least interesting of the bunch, but I love her fighting style. It’s like I’m playing Pokemon. H’aanit can capture and summon any unit. She also has her trusty kitty by her side.

The gameplay is where this game shines. It’s like the Bravely series, but a little different. If you hit an enemy with an attack that they’re weak to enough times they’ll enter a break state. Once they’re in this state any attack they receive will do double damage on them. I like to save up my action points and unleash them once I break an enemy. I think I prefer Bravely Default/Second gameplay over this game. I’m only a few hours in, but I think battles last too long right now.

What do you think of Project Octopath? Do you like it? Do you hate it? In the short time that I’ve been playing it it’ already one of my favorite Switch games.

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    The Shameful Narcissist
    Aug 06, 2018 9:45 pm

    I’m jealous. All I have to say. I’m trying to be a good adult and not buy anything until next payday because adulting sucks and bills are terrible. The more I read about friends playing it, the more I just want to say “fuck it” and go to Target. I have a credit card there for a reason.

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      drakulus
      Aug 07, 2018 3:20 pm

      Lol. If it wasn’t for my wife I wouldn’t have Octopath right now :). She spoiled me this month. I got a 55 inch 4K TV, Ni No Kuni 2, Dishonored 2, and Octopath Traveler. And she’s going to let me get a tattoo and the new Madden game :).

      If you do decide to say, “fuck it” you won’t be disappointed lol.

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        The Shameful Narcissist
        Aug 12, 2018 5:47 pm

        Niiiice. You deserve it dude after all the shit you went through. I bought it haha. Couldn’t resist and peer pressure is a hell of a drug. I was up until near 4 in the morning playing Olberic’s story and then started Primrose’s. The only reason I stopped was because my Switch was dying. I can’t stay up that late tonight, but I’ll probably hop on and play more later. Primrose’s scenario is intense.

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          drakulus
          Aug 12, 2018 8:38 pm

          Primrose has the best story in my opinion. Her story is dark and it doesn’t let up. Wait until you do the next mission :). And thank you for the kind words. This year has been rough and the fact that we can even afford this kind of stuff right now is amazing. I’m very appreciative of my wife.

          I did the same thing when I first started playing Octopath. I was up until 3 grinding my party so I can do everyone’s second mission. I’m trying to just focus on 4, but I ended up leveling everyone up to 30 so I can do their second missions lol.

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    Red Metal
    Aug 13, 2018 1:15 pm

    A lot of independent accounts have been saying this game is better than critics are making it out to be, so I just might try it out soon.

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