How Good Is It? Octopath Traveler 2

A triumphant return for this Square Enix franchise.

Octopath Traveler 2 is the long-awaited sequel to the popular turn-based strategy game from Square Enix. The original title launched to critical acclaim in 2019 as a Nintendo Switch exclusive. Almost four years later, a new adventure begins, but does it live up to the hype of the original title in 2023?

Octopath Traveler 2 continues the trend of solid strategy games for 2023, earning a Mighty rating on OpenCritic. With a Top Critic Average of 86 and 93% of critics recommending the title, it’s a resounding success from Square Enix.

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The original Octopath Traveler, as beloved as it is, didn’t see scores as high as its successor. The first title earned a Top Critic Average of 84, with 86% of critics recommending it. The highlights were engaging combat, great class choice, and plenty of exploration.

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Standout Octopath Traveler 2 Reviews

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What sets Octopath Traveler 2 apart from the original release is an improvement upon almost every aspect of what made the original great. This title has more to explore, better combat mechanics, and an improved narrative structure. Octopath Traveler 2 may not take too many risks and feel familiar to most, but why fix what isn’t broken? Overall, this is one title JRPG fans won’t want to miss.

With over 70 hours of content in the base game, and another 20-30 for explorers and completionists, there’s an impressive world to get lost in that boasts beautiful 2D HD locales and characters with tense and challenging combat.

To get a look at the characters, gameplay, and story for Octopath Traveler 2, see the video below:

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Tai Hofmann
Tai Hofmann

I'm Tai, the New Games lead, Writer, and Editor for Press SPACE to Jump. My first memory is forcing my parents to play 50-round games of Mario Party on the N64. Now I love games on all platforms and hone in on new releases. Some of my favorite titles include Final Fantasy XIV, Cuphead, God of War 2018, Persona 5, and Smash Bros.

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