5 Likes And Dislikes Of Octopath Traveler

5 Likes And Dislikes Of Octopath Traveler

Octopath Traveler really takes me back to the old days of gaming, which is probably why I spent 30 hours of my vacation week playing it through.

Oddly, I am not a fan of the RPG game genre. I’ve never even played a Final Fantasy title. Initially, I had reserves when playing the demo version earlier this year. Despite those reserves, I purchased a copy of the game and gave it a try.

5 Likes And Dislikes Of Octopath Traveler

It turns out that I really do enjoy Octopath Traveler. With that being said, nothing is perfect. Here are five things that I love about Octopath Traveler and five things that I don’t.

5 Likes And Dislikes Of Octopath Traveler

Positives

  1. You choose your path
    • At the start of the game, I was able to choose one of eight characters. Each which their own unique backstory and abilities. As the player, it was nice to find the character that suited me best. Shortly thereafter, I began to add the other characters to my party as I progressed. Who I chose and when was completely up to me and it made me feel like I was in complete control of my journey.
  2. The game is beautiful
    • As I mentioned earlier, Octopath takes me back to the 90’s with its 2D sprites mixed with 3D modelling. It really shows off the beautiful landscapes and the artistic touch. What I really love about the setting is that each area looks completely different. The grassy areas really come through with the sunlight and shadows. The snowy areas are covered in white giving you a completely different tone. The game just looks amazing.
  3. Combat is easy to pick up
    • The combat system was easy to pick up but challenging enough to keep me coming back. Each enemy has a weakness that I could exploit with a given attack. If I hit that weakness enough times, it created a break in the attack flow. This gave me an extra round to attack and took one away from the enemy. This type of combat made me experiment with different attack types to find as many weaknesses as I could. Boss fights really put me to the challenge as they forced me to think my attacks through. Coming from someone who doesn’t play RPG’s, I had to grow into my strategy.
  4. Path actions
    • Each character has something called a path actions to use to their advantage. I started the game with Therion who can steal items from townspeople. He is also equipped with a talent of picking locks. Both come in handy for gathering useful items in battle or when I need a little extra money from selling items. There is another character named H’aanit who can provoke people into battle. She can also capture the beasts that she battles and use them to fight by her side. This really came in handy for building her HP and gaining a power boost in battle. Each character has their own unique ability and if used right, they all add something positive to the team.
  5. The soundtrack is amazing
    • The soundtrack is amazing! What else can I say here? That is all!

5 Likes And Dislikes Of Octopath Traveler

Negatives

  1. Random battles
    • One of the things I have always disliked about RPGs were the forced battles. I know it’s these battles that help you progress but ultimately, they waste time. Octopath has random battles throughout and it can be frustrating when advancing toward a boss. If there was a mechanic to turn it off, I would probably use it at certain points…
  2. Interaction among characters
    • Despite having eight characters to choose from, they hardly interact with one another. They meet initially and agree to join each other on their quests. As I played the story, rarely did they have dialogue other than a minor thought exchange here and there. I am unsure if they will ever truly come together and mesh as a unit. I guess I will have to find out but, so far, the story lacks an engagement.
  3. Grinding
    • I must say it was tough to start the game without any type of boost. In 2018 it’s rare for a game to force a player to grind. Loot boxes and microtransactions are aplenty today giving players boosts and power-ups in games. Octopath stays true to the word as I could only grind my way to the top, just like the old days. As of this writing, my top character is at level 31 and I think the top dungeon is level 45. I still have a way to go.
  4. Stories can drag
    • There is a lot of dialogue in this game which was expected. In the beginning, it especially drags. Most of it comes from the back story of the characters and how much dialogue is needed to introduce them. I decided to gather all eight characters one after another, so it really dragged early on for me. Maybe If I played through a few bosses before going to gather everyone, it would have been a bit different.
  5. Gameplay variety
    • I enjoy the gameplay, but there isn’t much variety to it. The premise is basically the same with each character. You find a character, you use your path actions, you fight a boss and you move on. I understand the need to introduce each character’s story and actions but, it could have been introduced in a more enticing way.

5 Likes And Dislikes Of Octopath Traveler

Overall, I really do enjoy Octopath Traveler and I commend Square Enix for their contribution. For any Nintendo Switch owner, I would say that this is a must-have game.

For me, it’ll have me taking a second look at the RPG genre. I need to know what the hype is around Final Fantasy. It’s time!

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Bodyslam The Competition In Fire Pro Wrestling World

After 11 years, The Fire Pro Wrestling series will make its return to a PlayStation console with Fire Pro Wrestling World. The title released on PC to rave reviews one year ago but, PS4 players can get to play it for themselves on August 28th 2018. Developer Spike Chunsoft looks to keep the fire burning.

Fire Pro Wrestling World

Fire Pro wrestling is known for two major things. The first being it’s massive editing suite where players create thousands of custom wrestlers from the past and present. Historically Fire Pro has never been affiliated with any wrestling promotions which allowed players to create their favourite real-life wrestlers with custom names.

This time around, New Japan Pro Wrestling has provided its likeness. This will make for a truly unique experience.

Fire Pro is also known for its steep learning curve. Instead of the simulation style seen in WWE’s annual 2K series, Fire Pro has more of an arcade feel. Grappling is timed to the second to chain to together manoeuvres. It isn’t easy but, It’s a very rewarding experience once mastered

The possibilities are truly endless with multiple matches types not found anywhere else. From typical tag team matches to barbed wire death matches, to MMA cage battles, Fire Pro wrestling is back with a vengeance.

Hop into the ring when Fire Pro Wrestling Worlds slams onto the PS4 this August. Meanwhile, check out the PS4 game trailer below featuring New Japan wrestling stars Kenny Omega, Okada and others.

Afterparty for Switch

Night School Studio introduces Afterparty in all its drunken glory

E3 has ended for another year, but luckily many awesome indie games were shown, none of them as unique as Afterparty for Switch and PC.

Created by the developers of Oxenfree and Mr. Robot:1.51exfiltrati0n, Afterparty gives you a reason to drink your problems away. You take control of Milo and Lola who are best friends who attend the last party of their college lives. They suddenly die and find themselves in hell. There is one way back to the land of the living and that is to outdrink Satan himself.

This adventure takes Milo and Lola into different bars as they attempt to figure out how they got there in the first place.

Afterparty’s E3 Gameplay Trailer

Drinking is the game and each drink has a different effect on Milo and Lola’s characters. These options change the dialogue and relationships throughout. If this is anything like Oxenfree, these choices will also determine the game’s ending.

Play beer pong, have a dance-off, sing karaoke or have a chugging competition with the demons of hell. How you spend your time in the underworld is entirely up to you. It’s looking rather great.

Afterparty will release for Switch and PC in 2019.

Night Trap

Night Trap Is Reborn And I Finally Played It

The original Night Trap released in 1992 for the Sega CD. At the time I was only 5 years old, and as I grew older, the game always seemed to elude me. Part of the reason was that I never owned a Sega CD, Panasonic 3D0 or Sega 32X until just last year.

The other reason is my stubbornness to never buy a disc-based game unless it’s complete. Needless to say, I have always wanted to play it and I never had a real shot at it.

Night Trap is an interactive experience which uses full-motion video. You are a special agent that is tasked with surveillance duty as you watch a group of co-eds in a house. The girls are in danger from a bunch of weird vampire creatures. The actual game is very basic and repetitive as most full motion games were. You switch between camera angles and activate traps to capture the vampire creatures. Each trap you set triggers a different video scenario. As I type this article, the game doesn’t sound very exciting at all but, you have to understand this game’s history.

Night Trap 1

In 1993, Night Trap was the centre of attention at US Congress hearings. Along with Mortal Kombat, Night Trap had parents on edge about violence and sexual content in video games. It wasn’t every day that kids saw inadequately clothed women being kidnapped on their game consoles. Looking at the games we have today though, Night Trap is like a serving of soft serve ice cream. My how the times have changed. Nonetheless, it’s one of the things that lead to the ESRB or Entertainment Software Rating Board that is so prominent today.

Night Trap 2

This all took place during an infamous time in gaming history where Nintendo and Sega were in the heat of a console war. Sega was on fire and Nintendo was doing their best to keep things clean. It was during the 1993 hearings that then chairman of Nintendo Howard Lincoln stated that “Night Trap would never appear on a Nintendo console”. Fast forward to 2018, and Night Trap is announced for release on the Nintendo Switch.

This will be the second re-release of the game as Limited Run Games released 5,000 copies for the PlayStation 4 last year. I picked up a collector edition and Limited Run was nice enough to also send me a digital code.

Finally, I got my chance to see what the fuss was all about. It took me all of about 20 minutes to realize that Night Trap is not a good game. I do appreciate the cheesy 80s style video and costumes. I am a sucker for classic VHS style charm. I also appreciate developer Screaming Villains for reworking the game from the ground up. While the experience isn’t great, Night Trap will always have a special place in my heart.

All in all, Night Trap is a cult classic that sparked a real debate about content in video games. It will always be a nice part of video game history. Night Trap is set to go up for pre-order at Limited Run Games today. Unlike the PS4 release, there won’t be a release limit.

My Friend Pedro

My Friend Pedro hits Nintendo Switch and PC in 2019

My Friend Pedro is a 2D side-scrolling shooter that really gives me Max Payne vibes.

My-Friend-Pedro

Developed by Dead Toast Entertainment and published by Devolver Digital, the game gives a new meaning to bullet time.

Pedro is a talking banana that encourages you to destroy everything in your path. You take control of an unknown masked man. With Pedro at your side and sometimes in your head, you blaze through levels while skillfully flipping, jumping, and floating through the air. This is what I call shooting in style.

My Friend Pedro was first seen on Adult Swim Games as a free to play flash title on PC. It’s amazing to see how far the game has come since then.

Check out the gameplay trailer below and get ready for some slow-motion gun-wielding action when My Friend Pedro releases for Nintendo Switch and PC in 2019.

Limited Run highlights indie titles in first E3 press conference

Limited Run Games held its very first E3 press conference with a nice list of indie game releases.

If you aren’t familiar with Limited Run Games, they release digital games in physical format. Most of these were previously released on PC. What makes Limited Run special is that their releases are extremely limited (usually between 2,000 – 5,000 copies). Many of these games become highly collectible due to their limited nature. Games started as PlayStation exclusive titles until a partnership with Nintendo Switch began this past Spring.

Limited Run Highlights Indie Titles

Along with a cheesy, yet charming green screen and weird 2D audience, Limited Run announced the following upcoming titles during their press conference:

Limited Run Presser

PlayStation 4

  • Iconoclasts
  • Observer
  • Thumper
  • The House in Fata Morgana
  • Spelunky
  • Phantom Breaker Battle Grounds Overdrive
  • Exile’s End
  • Salt and Sanctuary
  • Double Switch 25th Anniversary

PS Vita

  • Iconoclasts
  • The House in Fata Morgana
  • 2064: Read Only Memories
  • VA-11 HALL-A
  • Senran Kagura Bon Appetit
  • Spelunky
  • Exile’s End
  • Phantom Breaker Battle Grounds Overdrive
  • Salt and Sanctuary

Nintendo Switch

  • Golf Story
  • Layers of Fear
  • Thumper
  • Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas
  • Cosmic Star Heroine
  • Night Trap
  • Yooka-Laylee
  • Dust: An Elysian Tail

If you are a fan of classic retro style games, want physical PC titles or just desire something obscure, well, Limited Run Games may have something for you. They even toss a cool collector’s card for each game you purchase. I have a lot of Limited Run titles on my game shelf and I must be honest when I say I hadn’t heard of 75% of them prior.

They have exposed me to a whole new world of indie games and experiences. If you happened to miss the press conference, be sure to check out the replay on Twitch.tv.