Tabby - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
Octopath Traveler is a wonderful JRPG that just sucks you in from the moment you start. You can choose which character you start with out of 8 available, and you can choose to recruit the others later on, or not, depending on what kind of experience you want to have. While some have issue with the level grinding, I've found it to be really fun, and not a chore at all. There are recommended levels for each part of the story, and I only found myself doing a bit of grinding before facing a boss (maybe 30 minutes to an hour at most) Plus, JRPGs usually involve a bit of grinding, and I find it fun to battle with different characters and setups. I could see the level grind being a problem if you either don't want to play as many characters (leaving less travel and opportunities to level everyone up) or if you want to go from chapter to chapter with little to no exploration.
Presentation wise, the voice acting is wonderful, and although not all lines are completely voiced, it's still a treat to hear the characters in battle. The graphics are intriguing to say the least, as they use a graphical style reminiscent of past JRPG games (like the character sprites), but also use elements like brilliant shading, light effects, and playing with depth perception. It's a wonderful treat for the eyes, as well as the ears, as this game also features a lovely soundtrack. Everything from town themes, to character themes, to boss battles, to exploring dungeons is made even better with fitting music.
If you're a fan of JRPGs and you're on the fence about this game, grab it, you won't regret it. I've sunk a lot of hours in to this game already, and I can't wait to experience more.