Octopath Traveler II Critic Reviews (2024)

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Pam K. Ferdinand

Game Rant

Top Critic

Mar 29, 2023

Octopath Traveler 2 is more of the same with side quests, interesting characters, and a large world to explore. It essentially gives fans of the first game an additional 60 hours of what they already enjoyed, and newcomers can jump right into the sequel without worrying about what they might have missed.

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Seth G. Macy

IGN

Top Critic

7 / 10.0

Feb 17, 2023

Octopath Traveler 2 is a very enjoyable JRPG sequel that feels a little too safe and familiar.

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Ryan Thomas Bamsey

TheGamer

Top Critic

Feb 17, 2023

When all is said and done, and the eight storytellers have finally found a way to make their narratives line up and come together to deliver the exciting finale, Octopath Traveler 2 makes for a satisfying night at the bar. It’s full of pathos and excitement that pushes you forward, and the gameplay is tight and enjoyable. You can’t help but wish it was a little more well-structured, but seeing how the storytellers learned so much from their previous attempt, it’s hard not to look forward to the tales they’ll tell next time.

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Jon Bailes

GamesRadar+

Top Critic

Feb 22, 2023

As an ode to '90s JRPGs, there's no doubt that Octopath Traveler 2 has chops. Its aesthetic and combat system are perfectly judged to recall the old while feeling new. The fragmented nature of its eight separate plotlines, however, means the world and its characters lack coherence and room to escape simple archetypes, while the stories themselves lack sufficient nuance to hold the attention.

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GameCentral

Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

7 / 10

Feb 27, 2023

A competent and entertaining faux-retro Japanese role-player but apart from the new characters almost nothing has changed since the first one.

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Josh Broadwell

Game Informer

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8.5 / 10.0

Feb 17, 2023

Octopath Traveler II does what an excellent sequel should. Instead of breaking new ground left and right, it improves on the original in nearly every way and feels more confident about the stories it tells. There’s still room for improvement in some of its stiffer areas, but Octopath II is a sterling achievement all around.

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Heidi Kemps

GameSpot

Top Critic

8 / 10

Feb 22, 2023

The non-linear storytelling, freeform exploration, and strategic combat of Octopath Traveler II makes for a challenging and satisfying RPG adventure.

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Jay Castello

Polygon

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Unscored

Feb 17, 2023

Anyone who’s spent any time in fandom circles knows how a little goes a long way when it comes to filling in the gaps in character relationships. A hand on a shoulder, a passing compliment, a little joke — anything can be fuel for the imagination. There was plenty of time in Octopath Traveler 2, during exploration and combat, when my mind was free to wander and would have done most of the work — if there was any foundation for me to build from. But I can’t help feeling that imaginative fuel wasn’t put into the script to begin with. Without it, Octopath Traveler 2 is beautifully realized, but there’s a hole at its center.

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Eric Van Allen

Destructoid

Top Critic

9 / 10.0

Mar 22, 2023

A hallmark of excellence. There may be flaws, but they are negligible and won't cause massive damage.

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Jason Faulkner

Game Revolution

Top Critic

9 / 10.0

Feb 17, 2023

Octopath Traveler 2 is another love letter to Square Enix’s golden years. It’s a greatest hits comprised of mechanics from across several franchises, even if it doesn’t build on the original’s formula too much.

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Álvaro Alonso

Hobby Consolas

Top Critic

87 / 100

Feb 17, 2023

Octopath Traveler II is a more and better manual: a game that may not get the detractors of the first to change their minds, but thanks to its novelties and improvements will dazzle lovers of turns and traditional JRPGs.

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Reuben Mount

TheSixthAxis

Top Critic

9 / 10

Feb 17, 2023

Octopath Traveler II manages to improve on almost every aspect of its predecessor, whether they needed it or not. The exploration is deeper with more nooks and crannies to nose your way through. The combat is far more intricate, giving greater options to build your party and skillset, and a large degree of player choice. The visuals are absolutely beautiful, and the sound design is phenomenal once again. Honestly, Octopath Traveler II has basically negated the need to play the first title, and I cannot think of higher praise.

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Ollie Barder

Forbes

Top Critic

8 / 10.0

Feb 20, 2023

Overall, Octopath Traveler II is an excellent sequel to the endearing and much loved first game. It doesn’t offer up anything all that new in the gameplay department, but all the new characters and their stories are nicely engaging, as is the excellent combat.

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Ozzie Mejia

Shacknews

Top Critic

8 / 10

Feb 17, 2023

I give Square Enix and ACQUIRE Corp props for ambition, but there's still a ways to go before the Octopath Traveler lives up to its potential and reaches its final form.

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Alex Donaldson

VG247

Top Critic

Feb 23, 2023

Octopath Traveler 2 is on balance still superior to its predecessor in more or less every way. It has a denser world with more to do, is the best-looking HD-2D game to date, and smartly addresses a number of complaints from the original. By the same token, however, it’s a shame that other problems from that game remain an issue here - and hold this back from greatness. I wish it’d been a little braver and gone a little further - but a safe sequel to a good game is - surprise - also very good.

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David Oña

IGN Spain

Top Critic

8 / 10.0

Feb 20, 2023

A JRPG that refines, polishes and perfects the formula explored by its predecessor, delivering an experience that borders on excellence in each of its sections, including its addictive combat system. A must for fans of the genre, especially for those who miss the stories that do not tend to grandiloquence.

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Alessandra Borgonovo

IGN Italy

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7.8 / 10.0

Feb 19, 2023

Octopath Traveler II is a small but noticeable gem, just like its predecessor, too bad that it indulges in past flaws without really improving them.

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Chris Shive

Hardcore Gamer

Top Critic

4 / 5.0

Feb 17, 2023

When compared to the original, Octopath Traveler IIis largely more of the same but better.

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Lyle Carr

God is a Geek

Top Critic

10 / 10.0

Feb 17, 2023

Octopath Traveler II is a spectacular sequel, and the easiest recommendation I could ever give to RPG fans.

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Mitch Vogel

Nintendo Life

Top Critic

9 / 10

Feb 17, 2023

Octopath Traveler II is a triumphant and confident follow-up to its predecessor, building on the established foundation with welcome new ideas and tweaks that make for an overall excellent experience. A strategic combat system, open-ended character progression, well-written stories, gorgeous visuals, and an incredible soundtrack all coalesce into one of the finest RPGs available on Switch to date. Though it may be more of the same, Team Asano demonstrates mastery of its craft at every turn here. We'd give Octopath Traveler II a high recommendation to anybody looking for a beautiful new RPG to add to their Switch collection.

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