Thero’s Gaming A-Z: O.

We have reached the letter ‘O’ for this series of posts! This week’s post was actually an easy one to write, as there is only one game that begins with the letter ‘O’. Fortunately, this game happens to also be a solid JRPG, so let’s take a look!

For this post, I have chosen Octopath Traveler. To put it simply, Octopath Traveler is a love letter to the classic JRPGs. In the game, you follow eight different characters, all of whom have their own reasons to go on their own adventure. What is great about Octopath Traveler’s setup is that you can choose to gain half of the characters and just follow a select number of the stories or all of them. Personally, I recommend playing through all of the characters’ stories, as that does give you the bigger picture of what is going on in the world but it is not mandatory. I will say that each of the characters have very different personalities and their stories are very different, which means some may not appeal to you. I really enjoyed Ophilia’s, Cyrus’ and Primrose’s stories the most but there will be a story that appeals to anyone.

Combat is what you would expect from a turn based JRPG. Each character has a particular job with different skills and magic available. What makes Octopath Traveler shine is the Boost Point mechanic. Each character, at the end of their turn, gains a Boost Point and on their next turn can use that Boost Point to either boost the power of their attack/skill/magic or save the boost to make an even more powerful attack later. This reminds me a lot of the Bravely Defaultgames’ mechanics, which just adds another layer of strategy to the combat.

For anyone who has played JRPGS in the 90’s, Octopath Traveler’s visual style will definitely hit you with some nostalgia. The art style manages to be modern but also similar to older pixel JRPGs, which definitely appeals to me. The environments are varied, which helps to make the world feel large and makes it feel like the characters are actually on an epic journey.

So, that was my pick for the letter ‘O’! Which game would you pick? Let me know in the comments below and join me next week for another Gaming A-Z post!

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