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Spoony_Tech

@Tsurii You go to the bar and there you can start her story. I didn't even know they just joined your party that way.

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MERG said:

If I was only ever able to have Monster Hunter and EO games in the future, I would be a happy man.

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NEStalgia

@Tsurii That doesn't sound right, I'm pretty sure I delayed a few origin stories because I was still doing some minor stuff in town etc and never had that happen, but it does sound like it somehow skipped it?

@Dilly_D_Williams I agree with Spoony_Tech, thre's a decent demo that shows you the first chapter. On the surface I'd say "no" in that it's a throwback to classic systems without many modern conveniences, and has some painful difficulty spikes with damage sponge bosses.

OTOH, the simplistic nature of classic systems, a simple menu driven rock-paper-scissors type battle system is pretty easy to get into, if you can sort of develop the "jrpg mindset" of how to approach a battle like a sort of reactionary puzzle. Keep in mind it's not a narrative heavy game, so the story won't really motivate you much like a Final Fantasy, Xenoblade, Persona, etc. type game will. It has short interludes of compelling stories, but it's mostly the gameplay itself that motivates in Octopath.

Octopath reminds me in some ways of FF meets Romancing SaGa/Legend of Legacy.

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Spoony_Tech

@NEStalgia @Tsurii Yeah, I mis-read his comment. I'm not sure if he can see that part of her story or not. I'm still guessing you can at the bar but now I'm not sure.

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MERG said:

If I was only ever able to have Monster Hunter and EO games in the future, I would be a happy man.

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BrainOfGrimlock

Finished this at the weekend and loved it to bits - won't say any more right now as I can see you're all plowing through it, what I will say is keep going, it's definitely worth it in the end (imo obviously), I'm actually a little sad to have finished it all now so looking forward to you all getting there and seeing what you think!

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Mii_duck

So, I've finished chapter one for all characters, plus a fair few side quests.

My 'main' is level 19, but the game recommends level 24 for chapter two. And sure enough, my team got their bottom kicked.

Sigh. I'm obviously playing it wrong, and I'm not looking forward to the grind before advancing the story for all eight characters.

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rallydefault

@Mii_duck
Hrm… that does sound a bit off. I never really had an issue with my party being underleveled. I honestly never had to go out and grind or anything. Are you popping into a few of the random caves and mini dungeons as you're exploring? Do you have Cyrus' ability for fewer random battles turned on? If so, you may want to turn it off for a bit.

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Mii_duck

@rallydefault - thank you for the reply.

I turn off Cyrus' ability occasionally but I must admit I skipped the random caves and mini dungeons, thinking they were maybe for later to advance the stories.
I shall go back and explore, maybe visit all the chapter two towns to grind for a bit and so I can fast travel in future. Not a major problem, I'm enjoying the game.

Mii_duck

Bunkerneath

@Mii_duck I had exactly the same problem, my main character was level 20+ but all the others were really low, and can't level up these lower characters without them being in my group, so would level up my main and the level difference made it annoying.

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Mii_duck

@Bunkerneath - yes, I know what you mean. While I'm leveling up four characters I keep thinking "there is a long way to go again to bring the other four up to snuff".

Of course there is a rubber band effect though, as the higher your level the more XP you need to go up, so the lower characters can catch up your main somewhat.

Mii_duck

AndyRogan

Mii_duck wrote:

So, I've finished chapter one for all characters, plus a fair few side quests.

My 'main' is level 19, but the game recommends level 24 for chapter two. And sure enough, my team got their bottom kicked.

Sigh. I'm obviously playing it wrong, and I'm not looking forward to the grind before advancing the story for all eight characters.

Have you got any secondary shrines yet?

AndyRogan

Bunkerneath

@Mii_duck Yes, but even the normal enemies are getting too hard for some of my characters to beat, one hit and they are almost dying. That is why I gave up on it, even though I was so excited about it after playing the demo.

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Mii_duck

@AndyRogan - I haven't yet, must admit. But after a bit of Googling - yep, the game gives you the tools you need.

I've been, if not exactly rushing through, not relaxing either.

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AndyRogan

@Mii_duck I'm at a similar place, I think chapter 1 is complete for all 8, trying to level up before moving on, looking up shrines so I have access to more weapon types and moves at any one time.
Started as Cyrus, he's level 21, then got 2 @ level 20 and 1 @ level 16. The other 4 not used are around level 14

AndyRogan

edhe

I've gotten into this again, and have beaten the second chapter for Tressa, Ophilia and Cyrus - along with Olberic, they make a pretty fun team. But now, I've swapped out Tressa, Ophilia and Cyrus for Therion, H'annit and Alfyn, and it's become a bit less fun. Granted, they're around 15 levels behind, underequipped and lacking in their specialised skills, but it's going to take a bit of grinding to get them viable - even for their second chapters,
It's a bit tricky, because I have an odd one out in Primrose, so while after this next round, everyone will be around level 30, I'll then have to babysit Primrose.

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Krull

I find it weird how often people talk about grinding in Octopath Traveler. I had the enemy encounter minimiser active, and still struggled to avoid feeling overlevelled. I also rotated my team members for every chapter so, apart from my first pick (whom I switched out after completing his chapter 8), everyone was the same level. Never stuck with the same four all the time. Every character is useful, especially once you can add second jobs.

Final, final boss was my favourite bit of the game. It kicked my ass the first few times, but with the right strategy it is beatable without grinding - provided you haven’t dumped all your JP in the wrong places.

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Spoony_Tech

@Krull I'm with you and never had to grind once. Even when I was a bit underleveled my main carried the team. I also switched out quite regularly.

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MERG said:

If I was only ever able to have Monster Hunter and EO games in the future, I would be a happy man.

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the8thark

subpopz wrote:

I never did finish this game. I finished all 8 stories and enjoyed that bit, but the boss gauntlet and actual final boss[/spoiler] were just too much of a sudden difficulty spike. My characters, after having no problem with the rest of the game were nowhere near ready enough for this [spoiler](yes, I went back to all the towns and got all the new, better gear). I know I could have done it if I went and grinded out levels and job points for hours, but any time a game does something like this it wrecks the flow and I lose interest because it's just adding in a pointless grind for the sake of a grind. I put in the hours to get to where I was....why add hours of grind at that point? Anyway, it remains unfinished and will probably stay that way.

The boss rush is easy if you abuse the Weapon Master's Winnehild's Battle Cry ability while equipping some of the best weapons in the game.

The final boss is actually very similar to the 4 secret class bosses[/spoiler] in the way that you need to work out the right way to beat them. It's a puzzle, not brute force and high levels. Also I highly recommend not to use any of your [spoiler]jams and save them for the final boss as they make it actually relatively doable.

Krull wrote:

still struggled to avoid feeling overlevelled.

Actually the game is really set up well to overlevel yourself if you want to. The overworld enemies are split into low level areas, medium level areas and high level areas. I just grinded in forests in each area to level up. The last forest in the north east of the map had some of hte highest level enemies in the game. Around level 55 I think. I did everyone's chapeter 1 then worked my way up to that top end forest and grinded there a little. Did not take that long to overlevel everyone. So much so that even everyone's chapter 4 boss was a joke. But I still found it really fun.

Also using your job points wrongly doesn't matter. You can grind more very quickly. For the final boss you need a decent amount of job points for all 8 characters anyway. All that really matters is that you didn't use up all your jams and revatilising jams as when used correctly really help in the final boss battle.

edhe wrote:

It's a bit tricky, because I have an odd one out in Primrose, so while after this next round, everyone will be around level 30, I'll then have to babysit Primrose.

That really doesn't matter. 2 - 3 overlevelled characters just walks all over the game in everything except the 4 secret job bosses and the final boss. I did all chapter 2 - 4 bosses with 3 of the same characters I just swapped out the 4th when I needed to have a different character in the team. Doesn't matter what level the 4th character is. The other 3 can carry.

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Henmii

I only bought it recently. I planned to buy it shortly after release (I enjoyed the demo), but waited because of shortages. Then recently I pondered: "Should I still buy it? I am not a gigantic rpg fan. But If I wait to long, it goes out of print"

Well, I made the jump recently...and I am very happy that I did! Nice, complex gameplay. Awesome graphics and music. Fun characters and voice acting. Interesting stories. Lenghty and challenging bosses. I am 11 hours in and don't know if I'll see it through to the end, but so far I am enjoying it a lot. But I am just tipping the surface, I have done the first chapters of 6 characters and just started the first chapter of character number 7. But so far, really impressed!

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komodo182

I enjoyed the game. Wished it had more plot overall, but am excited for another game.

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Purgatorium

@Krull @Spoony_Tech

I had the same experience. I never had to grind. Could it be because in order to do one character's quest all at once you would have to grind and that's what people are doing?

The way I played I got all eight characters, switched out constantly, and wouldn't move to a new chapter until all the characters had completed the chapter.

But that might not be the most ideal way to play as it made the game ridiculously easy in the last few stories of each chapter.

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