‘Octopath Traveler’ shows that old-school RPGs can learn new tricks
Japanese role-playing games have strived to give players bigger and more bombastic experiences. Epic cutscenes rival anything this side of a Peter Jackson movie. Dazzling visuals showcase the latest hardware that make fantasies look like reality. But for all the effort to give fans a grand adventure, crucial elements of the genre were lost along the way — compelling characters and daring storytelling. "Octopath Traveler" from Square Enix does not make that mistake.