It has taken me longer then expected for such a good game, but JRPGs tend to have a marathon like effect on me. Putting in the 60+ hours it takes to finish an ever expanding game like Octopath seems like a daunting task, especially when you take into account all of the amazing titles that come out all year. However, something just kept tugging at my heart and I couldn’t stay away for too long.
During this time of the year, I tend to go to my back log and attempt to beat the games that lost some of their shine. I have had an off and on relationship with Octopath Traveler, but found the time and energy to see it through to the end…and I’m really happy that I did.
I was locked in a car for a 6 hour trip to the coast for a fathers day fishing trip. After a few hours of catching up with my family, the road had begun to win and the conversations became less frequent. While everyone was asleep, I started grinding out some levels in Octopath. I wanted to get my hands on the optional jobs, but I needed a team that was over level 50. I ended up grinding until my battery died and finally got to a place where my team was ready to take on the baddest of the bad. It took me the whole trip back home to actually beat all of the optional bosses and claim the best jobs in the game.
The added levels and jobs didn’t just make the game easier, it also gave me a renewed love. I was so powerful that I didn’t need to worry about any of the encounters, and I could just enjoy the story as all of my characters finished their chapters.
I felt like the game actually had a great ending for most of the characters and it ended up sticking the landing.
(Aside from Tressa…that final chapter was ridiculous)
One of the aspects that I was not ready for was that most of the endings actually play into each other and you find that some of the characters have a bigger meaning to their adventure. I have to imagine that this will play into Octopath Traveler 2, but the fact that not everyone’s stories intertwine, tells me that not every character will return.
If you had even a scrap of fun when you first played this game, you are doing yourself a disservice by not beating this game. It was a breath of fresh air and I was actually pretty bumbed out that the game was finally over. Hopefully we don’t have to wait much longer for the second game, and I’m actually kinda excited for the prequel mobile game…and I hate mobile games.
As always…thanks for reading!