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a game by Square Enix, and Acquire
Platform: PC
Editor Rating: 8.3/10, based on 2 reviews
User Rating: 8.0/10 - 4 votes
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Octopath Traveler 2 is the sequel to the instant classic by the same name that was released in 2019. Even though this game is mainly a sequel, all the protagonists are new, and they all have their own story and set of special skills. Keeping its signature visual style de 3D-2D graphics and hand-made style, the game is pretty similar to the original at least in looks. The game retains the signature turn-based combat system, and path actions of the original, while adding some new features such as day and night cycles and latent powers. But does Octopath Traveler 2 live up to its predecessor's legacy? Let's find out.

A World of Stories

One of the main attractions of Octopath Traveler 2 is its storytelling. The game allows you to choose any of the eight characters as your starting point, and then recruit the others along your journey. Each character has four chapters that focus on their personal goals and challenges, ranging from revenge to redemption. The stories are not directly connected, but they do share some themes and locations.

The stories are well-written and engaging, with memorable characters and twists. Some of them are darker than others, dealing with topics such as war, plague, betrayal, and death. Others are more lighthearted and humorous, involving romance, friendship, or adventure. The game also has plenty of side quests that flesh out the world and its inhabitants.

However, one drawback of this structure is that it can feel repetitive at times. Each chapter follows a similar pattern: you arrive at a new town, use your path action to gather information or items, enter a dungeon or arena, fight a boss, and watch a cutscene. The game also does not have much interaction between the main characters outside of optional banter scenes called travel banter. It would have been nice to see more development of their relationships and personalities.

A World of Beauty

Another highlight of Octopath Traveler 2 is its stunning presentation. The game uses a unique style called HD-2D that combines pixel art with 3D effects and lighting. The result is a gorgeous blend of retro charm and modern polish that creates a sense of depth and immersion. We’ve seen more of this visual style becoming popular lately, another game that makes an excellent use of this visual style is Live A Live.

The game also has an amazing soundtrack composed by Yasunori Nishiki that perfectly captures the mood and atmosphere of each scene. The music ranges from epic orchestral pieces to soothing piano melodies to catchy folk tunes. The voice acting is also well-done for most characters (although some accents can be questionable).

The game also introduces a new feature called day/night cycle that changes the appearance and behavior of towns and NPCs depending on the time of day. You can switch between day/night mode anytime by pressing a button (except during story events). This adds some variety and realism to the exploration.

Review: 7.5/10

Octopath Traveler 2 is a beautiful and engaging JRPG that follows eight different characters and their personal stories. The game has a stunning 3D-2D art style, a strategic turn-based combat system, and a rich world to explore.


However, the game also suffers from some flaws, such as repetitive chapter structure, lack of interaction between the main characters, and generic locations. Octopath Traveler 2 is a great sequel for fans of the original, but it may not appeal to everyone.


  • Gorgeous graphics and music
  • Eight compelling stories with memorable characters
  • Deep and rewarding battle system


  • A bit repetitive
  • Lack of chemistry between characters



System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

The next chapter in Square Enix's revolutionary 2D-HD JRPG series is back and better than ever with Octopath Traveler 2. Featuring the same charming visual as its predecessor, but with some much-needed refinements made to the core gameplay and some other gameplay mechanics, this is the way these games are meant to be played!

While the first game in the Octopath Traveler saga had its fair share of issues, the sequel aims to rectify the wrongs and set things right for a prospective franchise. For the most part, it succeeds. However, a few hiccups might need to be addressed down the line if this series aims to become the next Final Fantasy.

Redefined Combat

Something that a few RPG enthusiasts noticed about the first Octopath Traveler is that the combat seemed rather simplistic, even for a turn-based RPG. Sure, games like Persona 5 have never been celebrated for their innovative gameplay, but there's a limit to how basic your game can be before it starts boring players.

Thankfully, Octopath Traveler 2 addresses these complaints by introducing the Latent Power gauge. Each character has access to special skills they can only use once their Latent Power bar is full, and they refill this meter by taking or delivering damage. It's a similar concept to Final Fantasy VII's Limit Breaker, and it certainly makes battles feel a bit more engaging in this sequel.

All in a Day (or Night)'s Work

An interesting new mechanic introduced in Octopath Traveler 2 involves its day and night cycle. Each town you come across has different shops and townsfolk that change locations depending on the time of the day. Think of something like The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.

However, here's where things get interesting: players can change the time of day at will, with a single button. That means that you'll have to evaluate risk vs. reward scenarios constantly, as the night offers considerably better rewards at the cost of more dangerous enemy encounters.

The visuals remain nearly unchanged from its predecessor, but the new day and night dynamic cycle also means that some locations exhibit some truly gorgeous lighting effects that simply were not possible to notice in the prequel.

Advances in Storytelling

Beyond the cutesy look of its character sprites, the Octopath Traveler series has always had some rather dark storylines. From unspeakable abuses to gory murders, the dialogue in some parts of the original Octopath Traveler was enough to send a shiver down someone's spine.

Octopath Traveler 2 continues its predecessor tradition of showing the most unexpectedly dark storylines ever conceived in a JRPG, but this time, the characters at the center of these stories feel much more realistic than before. The writing quality has improved to a level that seems to be steadily approaching Final Fantasy standards. Not something like Cloud vs. Sephiroth, but maybe something more like Final Fantasy XV, perhaps.


If you enjoyed the first game in the series, Octopath Traveler 2 has more than enough surprises up its sleeve to hook you with its fascinating characters and compelling gameplay mechanics.


  • The 2D-HD visual style is as gorgeous as ever
  • Surprisingly mature storyline and characters
  • Vastly improved battle system


  • Some characters – particularly the female ones – still lack some depth compared to other JRPGS

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