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Octopath Traveler 2 Review

Octopath Traveler 2

Release: February 24, 2023
Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Acquire
Genre: Nintendo Switch Categories, Role-playing, Switch Reviews, Turn-Based


Excellent About Rating
9.5 - Gameplay
10 - Video
9.5 - Audio

The first Octopath Traveler introduced the HD-2D style of games to the world. And now Octopath Traveler 2 is here. Is it as good as the first game or better? Here is our review of Octopath Traveler 2 for the Nintendo Switch!

Octopath Traveler 2 is a sequel to the first game in that it shares similar HD-2D graphics and a similar turn-based rpg battle system to the earlier game. The character’s in Octopath Traveler 2 are all new and have some cool, unique new skills and abilities. Each character has his or her own story. You can pick which character you want to start playing as and much like the first game, you will recruit the other characters as you progress the game’s world and can see their stories too. The stories in Octopath Traveler 2 are pretty good, though a little more direction as to where you should go next would have been nice.


The introduction of night and day abilities is a great addition to the game. The thief, for example, can pick-pocket people during the day, and ambush them at night. This allows you to stock up on items you need, while also have the ability to sneak around at night taking out key targets or finding otherwise inaccessible paths. It’s a great little character feature that adds a little something new to a familiar experience.

As for the game’s battle system and gameplay, its pretty similar to the first game. The battle system was tweaked a little bit but if you played the first Octopath Traveler, then you’ll be pretty familiar with its turn-based battle system.

That’s not a bad thing though. The battle system is fantastic; one of the best turn-based battle systems out there. Battle are quick and intense. You can even speed them up if they don’t feel quick enough for you. There is a lot of challenge to be had in these battles too. You will have to grind to level up the characters. Octopath Traveler 2 is a very old school RPG.

The world of Octopath Traveler 2 is huge. There are tons of places to go and side quests to take on. The game will last you at least a hundred hours or more if you do everything. Old school ROG fans will absolutely love this game.


Perhaps the best part of Octopath Traveler 2 is its graphics. The first game was jaw-dropping and at first glance, not much has changed in the second game. However, as you progress in Octopath Traveler 2, you’ll see how much more detailed and beautiful this game’s graphics are. HD-2D is taken to the next level.

Square Enix improves on this graphical engine with every game they make in it. We can’t wait to see what the next game looks like! Some may find the lack of obvious improvement a bit disappointing, but the the world is just too gorgeous to not gawk at!

Oh and it should be noted that Octopath Traveler 2 has a great soundtrack. The music in this game is top notch, and very fitting for the current scenario you find ourself in! It also has really good voice acting too. Octopath Traveler 2 is, without a doubt, even better than the first game.


While the stories and gameplay are similar, everything has been tweaked and improved and the HD-2D graphics are better than ever. If you loved the first game, then you’ll be over the moon for this one. And if you’ve never played the Octopath Traveler series before, you can easily start with this game. Old school turn-based rpg fans will especially love Octopath Traveler 2. Its so wonderful that Square Enix continues to do games like this! We can’t wait to see what the next HD-2D game will be.

A digital code was provided for this review. Octopath Traveler 2 is now available for the Nintendo Switch at retail and on the Nintendo eShop!



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