Octopath Traveler is a very hard game to pin down. At its core it’s a JRPG with turn-based combat, a unique art style, and a huge wealth of content to dig into – so far, so standard.
But its combat is full of tactical depth beyond simple buffing and effective spell use, and its approach to storytelling and character development is unlike anything you’ll have encountered anywhere else.
It doesn’t all pay off – the story in particular is hampered slightly by its devotion to its eight characters – but it makes for a truly fascinating JRPG which is remarkably easy lose hours of your life playing.
Octopath Traveler starts with you choosing from one of eight protagonists. This determines your starting location and who is going to be in your party for the entire duration of the game.