Two downsides to the whole thing though:
Spotty suggested level system. Multiple times I was like “ok cool let’s do this” with my party at level for Tressa’s story and I just got swatted like flies.
Related, keeping everyone up to date for their story was a pain. For the *most* part you could power through with 3 of your A team and 1 carry, but there was one spot in Therion’s chapter 4 which required a certain level to be able to pickpocket key items! (Unless you save-scum an 8% chance)
I finished Octopath over the weekend and it’s been a while since I sunk about 90 hours into a game. Overall I liked it a lot! I think there’s a few points worth calling out:
* It’s an anthology JRPG, think of it as 8 short stories.
* Tressa is the best girl, and the real prize was the friends she made along the way.
* Olberic is a snoozefest manstory.
* Seriously H’aanit and Ophilia need to hook up.
Despite the gimmicky looks, the visuals and combat held my interest until the end!
Update: once I actually made some I forgot to drink it and now it’s cold.
Tall girl & big dork.