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After a tremendous 2017, Japanese role-playing games were due for some regression, and that’s exactly what happened this year. There were no all-time classics like Persona 5 or Nier Automata in 2018.

Yet it was a decent year for the genre, and we got some JRPGs that I enjoyed quite a bit.

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Every party member in Octopath Traveller has a special ability that allows them to interact with NPCs throughout the world. Ophilia the cleric and Primrose the dancer can temporarily recruit NPCs into the party and summon them during battles. One unassuming old man is able to unleash Hell upon enemies. I’m pretty sure he’s a retired jRPG protagonist, and he’s become one of my favourite allies to recruit.

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Eight people gather in a tavern, swapping stories and preparing for adventure. It's not clear why they're travelling together -- there's a pious cleric and a murderous dancer in this odd crew -- but they have united nonetheless.

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The producer of the gorgeous upcoming Switch game Octopath Traveller made waves this week with a quote in which he said that mechanically it was a spiritual successor to Final Fantasy 6. Other people have made similar comparisons.

But Octopath is nothing like Final Fantasy 6 — it’s more like a SaGa game, with some experimental ideas that work, and some that really don’t.