What did the other critics think? Here is a summary of some of the reviews so far:
The folks at Pocket Tactics gave the game a nine out of ten, calling it an “absolutely awesome JRPG experience” and one of the best of its kind on Switch:
“If you like the first entry, a series of smart improvements mean you’re very likely to love Octopath Traveler II. This is still a great and traditional JRPG adventure, so get ready for nearly 100 hours of turn-based battles and deep, intricate stories. However, with dynamic graphics, addictive combat, and a deep and intertwined story that features all eight of your characters, Octopath Traveler II is an absolutely gorgeous JRPG experience and is now recognized as one of the best of its kind on Nintendo Switch.”
Game Informer gave Octopath Traveler II an 8.5 rating, also calling it an “excellent” follow-up:
“Octopath Traveler II does what an excellent sequel should do. Rather than breaking new ground left and right, it improves on the original in almost every way and feels more confident about the stories it tells. There is still room for improvement in some of its stiffer areas, but Octopath II is an excellent performer all round.”
Nintendo World Report said it was a marked improvement over the original, but didn’t feel quite as fresh:
“Octopath Traveler II is a solid improvement on the original, but it’s been quite a long time since that first game and the impact of the graphics and ideas aren’t as fresh as they used to be. This game won’t solve the problems people are having If you really enjoyed Octopath Traveler and want a better, improved version of the combat, you’ll want the solutions bouncing off the first game because the stories are still disjointed and the Dungeons consist largely of straight paths with treasure chests scattered throughout. Overall, Octopath Traveler II will deliver that to the highest degree. This is a strong RPG that I’ve enjoyed my time with, but it’s not a bold new step forward. Instead, it moderately repeats itself on a fun formula for good success.
And Dexerto gave the game a perfect score, awarding it five out of five:
“…This sequel represents the absolute pinnacle of the genre and reminds us why games like this are so celebrated and timeless. Octopath Traveler 2 is about getting lost in mini-stories that connect to a broader, more epic story – a bit like The Lord of the Rings or A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones in that regard. It’s also a game where you can flex your strategic muscles while playing on your nostalgia, while delivering something new at the same time.”
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