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Octopath Traveler review: A solid throwback to the JRPG greats

Octopath Traveler review: A solid throwback to the JRPG greats

After more than a year of waiting, Octopath Traveler has finally arrived on the Nintendo Switch, and boy are JRPG fans excited. One look at its aesthetic is all you need to begin drawing comparisons to the many excellent JRPGs from the 1990s, like Secret of Mana, Final Fantasy VI, and Chrono Trigger. It’s safe to say that hype among the folks who love this genre was incredibly high in the lead up to release, but now that it’s here, does Octopath Traveler live up to the hype? Is it the 16-bit throwback we’ve all been waiting for?

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Octopath Traveler gave Nintendo and Square Enix a surprise nobody predicted

Octopath Traveler gave Nintendo and Square Enix a surprise nobody predicted

On Friday, Octopath Traveler launched exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. We knew that a lot of people were excited for the game heading into release, and over the weekend, we found out just how excited they were. As it turns out, Octopath Traveler has turned into a success even bigger than what Nintendo and Square Enix were expecting.

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Octopath Traveler review in progress: A big, bold game

Octopath Traveler review in progress: A big, bold game

Tomorrow is a big day for RPG fans, as Octopath Traveler finally launches on the Nintendo Switch. This is a game that Square Enix has been advertising since before the Switch even launched, and a lot of people have been hoping that Octopath Traveler might be something of a return to form for the company. After all, it definitely looks like the RPGs that made Square a popular name among gamers back in the 1990s, such as Final Fantasy VI and Chrono Trigger.

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Octopath Traveler could be the Square Enix RPG I’ve been waiting for

Octopath Traveler could be the Square Enix RPG I’ve been waiting for

A few months before the Nintendo Switch launched, Square Enix started advertising a beautiful looking game it called Project Octopath Traveler. It's safe to assume that many were reminded of Square's 16-bit RPGs from the 1990s, such as Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy VI, based on Octopath Traveler's looks alone. Fast forward to today and Octopath Traveler is nearly here, dropping the "Project" from its name and promising a JRPG experience quite different from the games we remember from those simpler times.

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The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit launches to pull at hearstrings

The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit launches to pull at hearstrings

What better way to build up hype for an upcoming sequel than by launching a “mini game” interlude. That’s almost what Square Enix and developers DONTNOD Entertainment, but that would be an unfair characterization of The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit. Set in the world of Life is Strange and promised to have ties with Life is Strange 2, the game is pretty much like a demo in length and complexity but hits upon themes that make it worthy of being a standalone masterpiece.

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Switch-exclusive Octopath Traveler won’t have any DLC after release

Switch-exclusive Octopath Traveler won’t have any DLC after release

Octopath Traveler is unquestionably one of the most anticipated Switch games of 2018, thanks in large part to Square Enix launching two demos for the title since it was first announced. Today, Square Enix gave Switch owners another reason to look forward to Octopath Traveler by revealing that it probably won't have any post-launch DLC. If you long for the days where you bought a game and you got the full experience up front, then that's probably music to your ears.

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Kingdom Hearts 3 Deluxe Edition detailed: three toys, art and more

Kingdom Hearts 3 Deluxe Edition detailed: three toys, art and more

The Kingdom Hearts 3 Deluxe Edition Bundle has been detailed ahead of its launch, revealing the extra perks buyers will get. Chief among the offerings are three action figures, two of Goofy and Donald Duck, the third of character Sora. The cache is rounded out by a book of artwork, a collective pin, and several other items.

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New game trailer round-up: Square Enix E3 2018

New game trailer round-up: Square Enix E3 2018

Square Enix's E3 2018 showcase has wrapped and the results are pretty disappointing. The entire showcase only lasted for about 30 minutes, and it mostly featured stuff that we were already expecting (such as Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Kingdom Hearts 3). Still, there were a couple of surprises, so if you missed the showcase, here are all of the big announcements from it.

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Kingdom Hearts 3 release date set for January 2019

Kingdom Hearts 3 release date set for January 2019

Square Enix won't be hosting its E3 2018 press conference until tomorrow, but it's getting the announcements going a little early. In the wee hours of the morning, the company made an announcement many Kingdom Hearts fans have been waiting a long time for. Yes, the company finally announced when we can expect Kingdom Hearts 3 to release, and it'll be here early next year.

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E3 2018 press conference schedule and what to expect

E3 2018 press conference schedule and what to expect

One of the largest gaming trade shows of the year is nearly upon us. Though E3 2018 doesn't officially kick off until Tuesday, June 12, most major publishers will host press conferences packed with their biggest announcements ahead of time. Electronic Arts is leading the charge this year, unofficially kicking off E3 tomorrow, June 9. EA's show begins four days of announcements from big game publishers, and with so much happening in such a small amount of time, it can be hard to keep everything straight.

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Just Cause 4 leaks ahead of E3

Just Cause 4 leaks ahead of E3

The Just Cause series has proven to be a successful one for Avalanche Studios, and considering that it's been nearly three years since Just Cause 3 launched, it's time to start thinking about what's next for the franchise. Square Enix is expected to reveal Just Cause 4 during its E3 press conference, and a slip-up from Valve seems to confirm those plans. For a brief period of time last night, an advertisement for Just Cause 4 was featured on Steam's home page, suggesting that a reveal is indeed on the way.

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Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer shows off old school mini games

Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer shows off old school mini games

It's been a little bit since we last heard from Kingdom Hearts 3, but over the weekend, Square Enix debuted a new trailer for the game. You should temper your expectations going in, however, because this trailer doesn't show off much gameplay or give away any real plot details. Instead, this new trailer is almost entirely centered around mini games you'll be able to play during your adventure.

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