Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 0 out of 25
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  1. Mar 9, 2023
    It didn't take me long to realise how special Octopath Traveler 2 is. It is a game that has so much to do and explore, but never feels overwhelming or watered down in any way. Featuring one of the best turn-based combat systems I've ever encountered, alongside an emotional and deeply connecting narrative on all fronts, Octopath Traveler 2 is truly a monumental achievement that confidently stands among some of the genre's finest entries.
  2. Feb 17, 2023
    Memory is a funny thing. It can distort our perceptions of our lives, and our experiences aren’t ever really what we remember. Even when the specifics of a memory fade away, though, the feeling of the moment remains. Octopath Traveler II captures the feeling of those memories beautifully, and it’s not a game I’ll soon forget.
  3. Mar 13, 2023
    It’s utterly engrossing without ever feeling overwhelming, and every system feels fine-tuned for maximal enjoyment.
  4. Mar 6, 2023
    Octopath Traveler II's solid artistic design, unforgettable characters, and sublime music make it not only a great sequel but a fantastic RPG experience that nobody should miss.
  5. Mar 6, 2023
    Octopath Traveler II is a worthy successor to the first game, considering it improves upon many of the faults from the original whilst introducing refreshing new systems. The beautiful pixel art, engaging turn-based combat, gripping storytelling, and immaculate soundtrack make this game one of the must-plays of the year. The essence of nostalgia it manages to capture is simply unparalleled.
  6. 90
    An outstanding achievement from start to finish. Octopath Traveler II takes what made the original such a success and builds on it. It may feel more of the same but why fix something if it isn't broken. The additions made to exploration and combat are all for the better. The only real issue is that not much effort went into making the game less grandy or addressing the various difficulty spikes Octopath Traveler II suffers from.
  7. Feb 21, 2023
    Octopath Traveler II is a case of, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Almost everything is very similar to the first game, but there's more content, and the features are smoother. There are a number of areas where the developers clearly had more confidence than they had in the original Octopath. I loved the first game, and I found the second to be a more enjoyable experience in pretty much every way. It's a charming, delightful, and incredibly fun JRPG experience that fans of old-school RPGs should relish.
  8. Feb 19, 2023
    Octopath Traveler II is the worthy second chapter of a series that made the history of the genre to which it belongs. The influences deriving from the predecessor are more than obvious, but the filings made to the formula, the additions and the large amount of content make it one of the best JRPGs out there.
  9. Feb 17, 2023
    Octopath Traveler II is an excellent example of how to release a classic JRPG with a modern flair. Its engaging narrative and captivating characters by themselves already deliver a highly valuable title, but it is on the rich simplicity of its combat where it reaches an even higher bar. The small technical issues, excessive random encounters and simplistic character evolution system are the only complaints that can be made about a title that delights at every minute.
  10. Feb 17, 2023
    Octopath Traveler II presents enough rich, turn-based action to forgive its minor combat system flaws. It's a breath-taking work of art, filled to the brim with story and adventure, bolstered by a cast of incredible characters who will leave you wanting more at every turn. A masterfully crafted RPG.
  11. Feb 17, 2023
    Octopath Traveler II will correct what was not convincing in the first game. Although the game is very close to what has already been seen, it is still an excellent JRPG. Now we have new mechanics that make it a more strategic game. The interaction between characters is much better because of how they relate to each other. If you liked the first game, you'll love this one for sure.
  12. Feb 21, 2023
    Modern games are all about the player experience, but Octopath Traveler 2 isn't. If you change your mindset and take the time to experience it, you can feel the magic that keeps people hooked despite its awkwardness. It's like a thick adventure book, with exciting content no matter when you open it, and once you close it, you won't miss it too much. Octopath Traveler 2 is indeed a game that chooses its players, and I am happy to go back and forth with it.
  13. Feb 21, 2023
    Octopath Traveler II is what a JRPG should be. It does have eight compelling stories, solid and fun combat, and quite relaxing music. It should be in the collection of any JRPG fan.
  14. Feb 18, 2023
    Octopath Traveler 2 is a successful sequel that builds on the strengths of its predecessor and brings meaningful improvements.
  15. Feb 22, 2023
    Octopath Traveler II is a solid JRPG that shines beyond its nostalgic tricks. With fantastic storytelling, beautiful visuals, an exceptional soundtrack, and engaging combat mechanics, the game delivers 8 memorable journeys. While it stays in line with its predecessor, Team Asano and Acquire understood the areas of improvement and worked to deliver a great experience.
  16. Feb 17, 2023
    Underneath the beautiful presentation lies a great JRPG that unfortunately lingers a little too much in its old glory. Being nostalgic for the past is super fun, but things like the random encounters, the turn-based battles and the story have really gotten better in modern RPGs. I also expect that from Octopath Traveler 2.
  17. Feb 17, 2023
    Octopath Traveler had set the bar so high in 2018 that it was not certain that its successor would manage to do as well. If it is not necessarily very daring in terms of novelties, this second opus above all strives to refine an already almost perfect formula by integrating ever more subtleties. Fascinating in terms of the scenario, the game system and the strategy resulting from the fights, the title also displays a mastery of HD-2D more fascinating than ever with striking light effects. Too bad the emotion is a little less palpable throughout the adventure.
  18. Feb 17, 2023
    Octopath Traveler II plays it safe when it comes to its core gameplay, offering a handful of small positive tweaks that don’t entirely make up for returning problems like clumsy party management and battles that take too long to wrap up. Thankfully, the game also takes a big, confident step forward in writing, offering a cast of well-wrought, interesting characters and a vividly-detailed world you won’t soon forget. Octopath Traveler II may have the same old engine under the hood, but the road trip it takes you on is well worth experiencing.
  19. Mar 16, 2023
    Another great nostalgia trip to the time of the pixelated JRPGs that doesn't bring many new things, neither to the Octopath series nor to this long-lived genre, but it still introduces us to eight unique characters and stories that you shouldn't miss - if you have 100 hours to spare.
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    Mar 8, 2023
    Beautiful presentation and captivating characters make up a little for the lack of grand narrative, plus there’s a clever and engaging battle system. [Issue#25, p.88]
  21. 80
    If you loved Octopath Traveler or are just a fan of expansive JRPGs, Octopath Traveler II is for you. Its cast is appealing and varied, even if the accompanying shifts in tone and stakes between each character’s storyline can feel jarring at times. The combat is also a joy, rewarding experimentation and customisation, despite the amount of level grinding required later in the game. If you want a fun, if familiar-feeling, JRPG that will last you a while, Octopath Traveler II will absolutely do the trick.
  22. Feb 20, 2023
    A JRPG that refines, polishes and perfects the formula explored by its predecessor, delivering an experience that borders on excellence in each of its sections, including its addictive combat system. A must for fans of the genre, especially for those who miss the stories that do not tend to grandiloquence.
  23. Feb 17, 2023
    When compared to the original, Octopath Traveler II is largely more of the same but better. The battle system is just as enjoyable as it was the first time around with additional layers of strategy added. Solistia is a great new world to explore, and the added day and night cycle help make everywhere feel more alive. While at its core it plays like a classic turn-based JRPG, the Break and Boost system helps set it apart from the classics that inspired it. The HD-2D graphic style does a fantastic job in making Octopath Traveler II feel both contemporary and classic with one of the best soundtracks among recent games. It hits the sweet spot where it brings enough elements of contemporary gaming to the classic JRPG format.
  24. Feb 17, 2023
    When all is said and done, and the eight storytellers have finally found a way to make their narratives line up and come together to deliver the exciting finale, Octopath Traveler 2 makes for a satisfying night at the bar. It’s full of pathos and excitement that pushes you forward, and the gameplay is tight and enjoyable. You can’t help but wish it was a little more well-structured, but seeing how the storytellers learned so much from their previous attempt, it’s hard not to look forward to the tales they’ll tell next time.
  25. Feb 17, 2023
    With 8 interesting destinies to follow, an HD-2D aesthetic more charming than ever and a divine OST, Octopath Traveler 2 has absolutely everything it needs in its bag to make old school Japanese RPG lovers have a good time. Beware, however, of this particular structure, character chapter by character chapter, which can still put you off, despite the developers' efforts to make the whole thing much more pleasant to play.
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  1. Mar 6, 2023
    Lackluster writing notwithstanding, Octopath embraces the best parts of old-school JPRGs. The art direction stands out, evolving 2D graphics to push the limits of the genre. [Review in Progress]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 69 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 69
  2. Negative: 14 out of 69
  1. Mar 9, 2023
    Aside from a few minor annoyances, this game was pretty fun up until the final boss, but then it's all ruined because of the fact that you'reAside from a few minor annoyances, this game was pretty fun up until the final boss, but then it's all ruined because of the fact that you're forced into using all 8 main characters during the fight.
    This wouldn't have been an issue if this was like any other normal RPG, where all party members gain EXP and whatnot even if they're not actively participating in battles, but in Octopath Traveler II, they get NOTHING if they're part of your standby team.
    In other words, unless you go out of your way to spend tons of hours on farming EXP and JP to level them up separately from your main team, they're going to be severely underpowered by the end of the game, and you will inevitably be unable to defeat the final boss because of it.
    I get why the developer wants all the main characters to participate in the conclusive battle, but it's stupid beyond belief that they wouldn't add such a basic function as EXP sharing if that was the idea from the start. The way it's handled now just turns the game into a tedious and unnecessary grindfest, and it makes it really hard for me to find any motivation to continue playing.

    There aren't any difficulty or accessibility options in the game either, so it's not possible to make things any easier that way.

    If there's ever an Octopath Traveler III, I won't be buying it unless I'm sure the developer has handled this issue better.
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  2. Feb 28, 2023
    Not a bad game, but I got bored after 3 hours of play. I don't like a gameplay thing when you walking around empty location and suddenly anNot a bad game, but I got bored after 3 hours of play. I don't like a gameplay thing when you walking around empty location and suddenly an enemy appears just on you and you have to fight him. I'm used to seeing what happens on the screen Full Review »
  3. Mar 2, 2023
    Enemies are hard and slow-paced.
    Dark backgrounds and unattractive characters
    Bosses are unnaturally large.