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Octopath Traveler II reviews roll in with Switch version at 84 on Metacritic

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The reviews have started rolling in the eagerly awaited new game in Square Enix’s Octopath Trailer series, Octopath Traveler II. The lengthy adventure game on Nintendo Switch is currently sitting on Metacritic with a score of 84 based on 28 critic review reviews (11.30am UK time) The vast majority of reviews for Octopath Traveler II sit around the 8/10 mark which is good and it would appear as though the team has listened very carefully regarding the feedback surrounding the original Octopath game to make something that’s approaching RPG excellence. However, it should be mentioned that IGN’s review does note that the Nintendo Switch version has a few minor issues, but nothing game breaking. Hopefully the issues will be fixed with a forthcoming software update. There is a demo for Octopath Traveler II on the Nintendo eShop, so if you want to have a play around with it before purchasing, that might be a good idea. Here’s a selection of reviews:

“But what really surprised me about Octopath Traveler 2 is how much richer the sequel feels. This is a lavish game with unexpected attention to camera angles, lighting, and music. It’s incredibly cinematic and dynamic. Even just wandering down roads as you go from one space to the other send people in the foreground and background, moving about all sorts of hallmarks. The artistry is impeccable. There are some times when the use of light during the day can almost wash out some sprites, but even so it’s extraordinary to see the depth, dimension, and details that come up as you explore homes, wander the world, and encounter enemies.”

“Octopath Traveler 2 opens with the promise of adventure and journeys that show how characters grow and shape the world, and it sends you across a lavish world as you help each individual and, along the way, make Solistia a better place. There is so much potential here, with everyone able to choose how they approach it all. More importantly, it’s approachable, ensuring everyone can appreciate the stories Square Enix and Acquire will tell.”

Siliconera 9/10

“While the structure is unchanged, Square Enix made some welcome tweaks to most job classes, including a few new abilities that alter the flow of battle and manage to make combat feel fresh. One of these new improvements is each character’s Latent Power, an ability that augments their other skills in powerful ways. Encounters feel better balanced, with a tense rhythm of smart choices timed right, and they don’t outstay their welcome.”

“Octopath Traveler II does what an excellent sequel should. Instead of breaking new ground left and right, it improves on the original in nearly every way and feels more confident about the stories it tells. There’s still room for improvement in some of its stiffer areas, but Octopath II is a sterling achievement all around.”

Game Informer 8.5/10

“On Nintendo Switch, I found Octopath Traveler 2 to be something of a downgrade from the original. The amazing 2D/3D art style returns, and areas seem like they’re filled with even more 16-bit papercraft eye-candy, but some of the lighting effects I loved from the first – particularly the sparkles on the snowfields – are gone. I also encountered a problem where certain boss battles would freeze up entirely for long enough that I would start to panic, as well as certain sections of cutscenes hitching up and requiring me to hold ‘B’ to skip. Quitting out entirely and loading fixed these issues, but it was a huge bummer and led to some battles taking longer – even much longer – than they should have if it was running smoothly.”

“Once again, I am smitten by Octopath Traveler and its style – but five years after the original, it doesn’t hit quite as hard. So little has changed about its battles, and this sequel sticks a little too closely to the original systems without expanding on them too much. Especially now that the 2D/3D art style is an established look, the still lovely visuals just don’t stand out as much anymore. That said, the combat system is still quite fun, and figuring out the best course of action to exploit weak points, knock an enemy unconscious, and then unload on them with as much power as you can remains satisfying. I did also find myself more invested in the stories this time around, and the way it comes together in the end is more interesting and cohesive than the first. If you liked Octopath Traveler (or even any of the Bravely Default games) Octopath Traveler 2 is another good ol’ fashioned 80-hour JRPG – it just feels like one I’ve played before.”

IGN 7/10


3 thoughts on “Octopath Traveler II reviews roll in with Switch version at 84 on Metacritic”

  1. “This video game that’s a sequel has gameplay that’s similar to it’s prequel. 7/10”

    I swear, these reviewers are a joke.

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