Developer: Acquisition; Publisher: Square Enix; Platform: PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch
Square Enix is trying to achieve the impossible again and bombarding the gamer community with a classic JRPG, but will their scores come true with Octopath Traveler II?
Somehow, life made it so that even though I really wanted to play 2018’s Octopath Traveler, it was always lagging, there was always something else on the table and I just couldn’t get to the point where I could sit through such a large-scale adventure. With my full attention. Recently, when I had the opportunity to test out the sequel, I quickly jumped on the first part to look at it again on the shelf and know its virtues only by hearsay. Nevertheless, I did the necessary research work and I think I sat down sufficiently prepared to test Part Two, though I probably won’t cause much surprise, since the basic concept is so good that it would easily carry Part Two back.
According to the story, it tells the story of 8 different characters that are connected, but still unique experiences Octoapth Traveler II, in about 60-70 hours, of course this can be multiplied by adventure, of course depending on your mood. Not to worry, who, like me, embarks on this journey without playing the first part, won’t run into spoilers either, because we’re getting 8 brand new main characters and a whole new world. However, as a first step, we have to choose the main character who will be with us from the beginning to the end of the game, after which we can start exploring the map. It is important to note that our track is partially static, but we can start recruiting our team right away to facilitate our work. I’d also like to point out that some characters seem to have been given a bigger role in general, but I wouldn’t say that’s annoying at all, rather it promises some variety in the future.
the Octopath Traveler II One of the most important elements is adventure, and you can do it almost anywhere on the map, even at the beginning of the game, but it doesn’t hurt to pay attention to the level of danger in the marked locations, because you may have unpleasant surprises. So it’s okay to venture to places that aren’t much above our character’s level of development. In addition to new locations and characters, Crossed Paths missions, involving two of our select characters, are designed to boost morale for our team. These are short, cleverly designed side missions that keep the plot progressing at an enjoyable pace.
the Octopath Traveler II A traditional JRPG with turn-based combat (finally). As a condiment, there is a great Boost system, with which we can double, double or double the ability to use when it’s our turn. Apart from that, almost everything happens in the usual turn-based RPG style. However, there is still an important difference, and this is nothing but the so-called track work, right? As it usually happens, our characters pursue different “professions” and this determines their fighting style and the skills and traits they possess. However, thanks to the work of the path, we can use additional abilities that are unique to our character. However, the twist is that these changes as the time of day changes. For example, the merchant Partitio makes great deals during the day, but at night we can hire NPCs with him for later battles. It is especially pleasing to be able to change the time of day not only due to the passage of time in the game, but also with a simple button press, so that we can bring countless advantages to our team.
the Octopath Traveler II It flaunts the HD-2D graphic style brought to life by Square Enix. The gist of it all is that the 2D sprites are mixed with HD quality, polygon based textures, all illuminated with real looking light. The mixture reveals a very unique and luxurious scene right before our eyes. Classic and Modern visuals also played flawlessly on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 consoles during testing, so we have no concerns in that area either. I am also satisfied from the sound point of view, the music is beautiful, the effects sound good, and there have also been resources to create Japanese and English dubbing, which is a separate red point. Technically, I am also very satisfied with the performance offered by the game.
In general, I must say that it is Octopath Traveler II It’s a really good game, it looks amazing, it works flawlessly, it has a great story and enough content. It is a must-have for fans of the style, while it could be a perfect gateway to the genre for newcomers or those who have avoided JRPGs until now, so feel free to jump in. On a low note, once all the main and side quests are completed, an additional chapter will be unlocked, which gives the true ending to the story, so let’s go on an adventure!
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