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Topic review - Octopath Traveler Discussion Thread
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Finally decided to stop dawdling and finished everyone's chapter four. Also unlocked the
Spoiler:
Ruins of Hornburg with the post game dungeon
. I don't plan on going in there, tho. I will probably tackle the other 2 advanced job shrines eventually. I've still got some side quests to do, but otherwise am pretty much done with this file.
So....it will soon be time to start another file and do it all over again. This game is so much fun :)
Post Posted: Sep 30, 2018 7:36 am
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Mikodesu wrote:
I actually played most of my game with the same party :lol: (Alfyn, Primrose, Therion, H'aanit). It's kind of interesting how popular that group is together!

For bosses I typically subbed somebody for Ophilia though. No advanced jobs needed, I ended up changing my party's jobs depending on the boss, but in almost every case it was Alfyn (Scholar) Therion (Warrior) and Ophilia (Thief).

It worked out pretty well with just the three of them.

Nice! I never thought of having Ophilia as Thief so I tried it and she's fantastic! It's nice having a healer that can steal SP :lol:

Almost done with everyone's chapter 2! I'm trying to keep everyone leveled properly but I love H'aanit so much she's considerably more leveled than the rest of the characters (minus my main Alfyn). Also trying to work on some of the sidequests. I feel like the number of times I walk into a town and go 'OH THIS IS FOR THAT ONE SIDEQUEST! ...where was that guy??' is pretty high :lol:

Lal that's so cool!!
Post Posted: Sep 22, 2018 4:59 am
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LaI that looks awesome!! :) They all turned out so good. It makes me want an Octopath themed tote - it would be far too much work...but it would look so good.
Post Posted: Sep 18, 2018 7:02 am
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FINALLY managed to beat the
Spoiler:
Devourer of Men in the Forest of No Return
My goodness...that dude is NASTY!
Also finished H'aaint's and Alfyn's stories. Just need to finish Primrose and Tressa and then continue working on the stories of my "Tavern sitters".
Also want to do the other two advanced shrines at some point.

Spoiler:
Runelord
Tressa is such fun to use :) Giving everyone multiple turns of Sidestep then hearing them laugh as they dodge attacks amuses me :)
Post Posted: Sep 18, 2018 6:31 am
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I've taken a break from the actual game, beaten most of it already, but not from the universe, so to speak. :heart:

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Post Posted: Sep 18, 2018 5:09 am
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Beat the
Spoiler:
Shrine of the Runeblade
last night on my second try :) It was a tough fight! It's amazing how much hp the shrine bosses have! I thought for quite awhile that I wouldn't be able to win, but eventually I did...whew.

I think I'll either start on the chapter fours of my main team, or do some of the chapter 2 and 3 of the other characters before I try the other two advanced job shrines.

I think I've explored all the optional dungeons/areas that I can get to with my main team. It is annoying that certain places are blocked off because they're part of one of my "Tavern sitters" stories. I want to go in there anyway, dang it :P
Post Posted: Sep 15, 2018 2:18 pm
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I actually played most of my game with the same party :lol: (Alfyn, Primrose, Therion, H'aanit). It's kind of interesting how popular that group is together!

For bosses I typically subbed somebody for Ophilia though. No advanced jobs needed, I ended up changing my party's jobs depending on the boss, but in almost every case it was Alfyn (Scholar) Therion (Warrior) and Ophilia (Thief).

It worked out pretty well with just the three of them.
Post Posted: Sep 13, 2018 7:07 pm
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When I played, my favorite party without any advanced jobs consisted of Olberic/Hunter, Therion/Warrior, Ophelia/Cleric and Cyrus/either Apothecary or Merchant
Post Posted: Sep 13, 2018 4:47 pm
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I have H'aanit (main) as a Warrior
Alfyn as a Cleric
Tressa as a Thief
Primrose was a Scholar but now she's a
Spoiler:
Sorcerer
Post Posted: Sep 13, 2018 4:30 pm
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I'm still pretty early in the game - just now starting everyone's Chapter 2s. What secondary jobs did you guys give your characters? What's your favorite party?

Current favorite: Alfyn (main), Primrose, H'aanit, Therion
Post Posted: Sep 13, 2018 4:20 pm
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Mothership, that's awesome! I also had a huge sense of accomplishment after my first advanced shrine. I'm glad you're really enjoying the game. In spite of its flaws, I too really loved my time spent with Octopath. Do keep us posted on your progress if you want - people definitely still look in this thread! And of course any questions you may have, don't hesitate to reach out, as lots of us have finished the game :)
Post Posted: Sep 13, 2018 12:17 pm
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Quiet in here again. Anyone else besides me still playing this? I'm still puttering along having a ton of fun :) Finished the chapter threes for my main four, finally. Also beat the
Spoiler:
Shrine of the Archmagnus
on my first try :) It was scary, tho O.o That dude is strong and mean :( By the time I finally finished him off my heart was pounding....it was intense! But..I did it and I am quite proud of myself :)
Post Posted: Sep 13, 2018 6:58 am
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Ronin19 wrote:
Mikodesu wrote:
Edit: Out of curiosity, how do you trigger travel banter with 3 characters? Only seen one (tonight) and I'm curious - plus it might be nice to know for somebody else.

I think they need to be either in your party or present in the bar. There are some party banters with 4 characters; I've had one with Therion, Cyrus, Alfyn, and Olberic.

Oh yeeah, I didn't think about them standing around the bar! Good point. :) That's probably part of why they're there.

Edit: Just got that one. :lol: That's exactly why travel banter is one of the best parts of the game. <3

Edit 2: Completed! (Save for the true ending - I need a long break.)

Tldr: Really glad I ended the game with Tressa's story. It wasn't a good final boss (story wise) but I enjoyed the end to her story. It felt very...canon?

Overall I'd say good game with some glaring flaws.

Part of it is mechanically, though I think I could have looked past the mechanics if the stories were stronger. They started out strong but I could really see the writers struggle as the chapters went on. I really think that's too much to ask out of a writing team for a $60 game. There was a ton of flavor text on top of seven completely separate stories.

I'd like to see a sequel, but one that progresses the concept rather than just a copy/paste.

Spoiler:
My not-personal gripes in no particular order...Second story bullet point contains a spoiler.

Story
- Character development is relegated to travel banter that many players could miss.
- Plot holes (there were a number but for example:) Olbreic Ch 4. Why wouldn't resistance fighters carry shields with their swords? It's absurd for an entire party to be wiped out because they didn't bring shields.


Mechanical
- The run button frequently bugs out after another action like opening a chest, forcing me to press the button twice after another action.
- Items and spells sporadically target allies that don't need them. Only healing is consistent.
- Blocking story areas of the world map off with signs that cause your character to turn back breaks immersion and forgoes player freedom.
- Invisible paths behind invisible holes in invisible walls are not puzzle mechanics. Nobody enjoyed going through the Rock Tunnel in the dark - why would they enjoy this now?
- Balancing issues. There are some very clear difficulty spikes that would have to be worked out.
- Grinding. There's an absolute overflowing overabundance of money in the game, why couldn't that be used for something? "Level Nuts" instead of "Stat Nuts". And why don't quests give experience?
- Locking a character into your party - this is unnecessary, the story isn't interconnected in ANY way that requires it.


Ironically, as much as I disliked their stories I genuinely love these characters. Even the vanilla beans Ophilia and Cyrus had some clever travel banter that endeared them to me. The care put into crafting them shows that their stories could have been better!

On the positive side, the world itself is undeniably beautiful and cleverly manufactured. Sprite work had me sitting in boss battles looking at their animations. Most of the bosses themselves could be cheesed fairly easily but they were varied and overall pretty fun and consistently challenging.

Overall I enjoyed my time with the game. I see more flaws in it than I do in my favorite games but I have no issues criticizing those either. Criticism, not complaints, are the only way we can improve. This game could have been better - and I'd like to believe a sequel will be.
Post Posted: Aug 31, 2018 12:09 pm
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Mikodesu wrote:
Edit: Out of curiosity, how do you trigger travel banter with 3 characters? Only seen one (tonight) and I'm curious - plus it might be nice to know for somebody else.

I think they need to be either in your party or present in the bar. There are some party banters with 4 characters; I've had one with Therion, Cyrus, Alfyn, and Olberic.
Post Posted: Aug 31, 2018 10:12 am
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Finished Alfyn Ch4. Gotta say, one of the more interesting credit sequences I've ever seen.
Spoiler:
The credits really reminded me how good the pixel art in this game is. I don't PREFER pixel art to polygons but...« Harvest Goddess » it can be so good. And this was good.

Alfyn's story bored me the whole way...I still like the character though!

Final boss was obnoxious...only because of that health depleting attack. Got the boss in one go - on what was definitely my last possible hit. The boss would have wiped the full party next turn.


Edit: Out of curiosity, how do you trigger travel banter with 3 characters? Only seen one (tonight) and I'm curious - plus it might be nice to know for somebody else.
Post Posted: Aug 30, 2018 9:06 pm

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