Demo Thoughts: Octopath Traveler (Switch)

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Demo Thoughts: Octopath Traveler (Switch)

Demo Thoughts: Octopath Traveler (Switch)

Octopath Traveler (Switch)

Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Nintendo

Release Date: July 13, 2018

Recently, I had the new Octopath Traveler demo as one my favorite overall E3 2018 announcements. After earning some much needed free time, I gave the demo a playthrough, and I can say this game may get me back into the JRPG genre. While there are limits to the demo, I managed to sink in over five hours, which is a record for me, since I usually spend 15 minutes (at most) on a demo.

The prologue has you picking your character and that person’s story starts off. From what I’m seeing, each character has an arch-villain and as your party grows, that character’s story starts to connect with theirs, giving you lots of side missions to help out team members. The battle system is classic Final Fantasy with a twist. The twist being that you can boost up your attacks and magic while also breaking your enemies’ defense with the right weapon. During the battle there will be an icon at the bottom showing their weakness. Once you discover that weakness, you “break” their defense, stunning them and giving you extra turns to do some serious damage. Yes, it is turn-based, while the dreaded random battles are here, which I despise, but I can tolerate this since they do help level up your character.

The visuals are breathtaking, considering it uses the Unreal Engine 4, with mixing 3D elements, while the environments and people are 16-bit sprites. The one visual I noticed that throws me off, in a good way, is the visual depth. When you walk away, the background starts to blur out, and when you explore the town people in the foreground start to blur out. This little detail shows me they wanted these visuals to mix the old school feel of playing a SNES game, while being modern with the environments. Overall, this demo has sold me on getting the full game, so my hard earned save data can transfer over.

The Octopath Traveler demo can be found on the Nintendo e-Shop.

 

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