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Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Octopath Traveler II 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 9 weeks ago.
Set in the mystical realm of Orsterra, the main story of the first game follows eight main characters: Ophilia, Cyrus, Tressa, Olberic, Primrose, Alfyn, Therion and H'aanit as they each complete personal quests, be it a new purpose and meaning, revenge, or a search from an ancient tome. After playing through each of the stories, all eight heroes intertwine and they must band together to defeat a fallen god called Galdera, who was locked away in the Gate of Finis by the other twelve gods and stop him from unleashing terror across the world.
You explore the land as you progress through the story, and interact with characters. You choose whether to be a rogue or noble, each path has benefits and drawbacks. Rogue actions, for example, can be used regardless of the level of your character, but can hurt your reputation in a town, and may eventually prevent you from doing anything in that town. Noble actions can only be used if you are of a high enough level and wealthy enough, but never fail. By interacting with characters, you can perform side quests and advance your story more quickly.
The game's combat uses a turn-based system. While it's easy to grasp, to beat harder enemies you'll need to learn their weaknesses and experiment with different attacks. You can also obtain boost points that can stun your enemies and give you an advantage.
Octopath Traveler matches its unusual looks with layered character stories to create a game that touches on a range of themes: loss, purpose, inspiration or rescue. But it's how these stories and themes come together by the end of the game that is most satisfying. Facing the final showdown, with all eight characters fighting side-by-side for the first time is surprisingly emotive and speaks to the importance of other friendships with people different from ourselves.
10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You need to be able to cope with multiple characters and quite a lot of reading. The battle mechanics require some strategy as well as knowing when you need to go and upgrade your characters. There is also some skill in understanding how the different stories interweave with each other.
Release Date: 13/07/2018, updated in 2023
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Switch and Xbox One
Content Rating: PEGI 12
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Accessibility: 20 features
Components: 3D Third-Person, Blocks and Hand-Made
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