|Darc Requiem said:
I'm over 80 hours at this point. This getting ridiculous. I took my car in to get serviced on Saturday morning. They were like "it's going to be 2 and half hours" usually I would have bounced. I was told the tech, It's okay. I'm prepared. I sat in the lounge playing Octopath Traveler the whole time. Then I went to get my car detailed, played Octopath Traveler while I waited. Thankfully I have certified USB-C rapid car charger for my phone. I got my Switch batter down to 30%. I went to the mall to order some contacts. By the time I got back to the car, I hid the Switch under my seat, system was already back to 70%. Went to grab a bite to eat and by the time I got home the Switch was 95% full when I plopped it back down in the dock to keep playing. I used to laugh at those ads of people playing the Switch outside, etc. I basically lived a Switch ad on Saturday. I've never played my Switch in public before. I usually only use undocked mode when I travel to home to Virginia visit family or if there is something on TV, like a UFC event, and I want watch TV and play at the same time.
That's cool! I brought mine to work yesterday (we work 24,5 hour shifts) and played after I went to bed. For me, Octopath is kind of the perfect game for the handheld argument, it has a charming and simple visual style that only gains from the smaller display and lowered resolution and there are no technical demands causing any sort of issues at all (which is not the case with a resource hog like Zelda, for instance). However, for me the problem remains that the Switch is extremely uncomfortable to play in handheld mode. I just can't stand the ergonomics of the thing, the joy-cons are useless for me, attached or otherwise (I use a Pro controller at home) and there's just no way to wield it comfortably at all. Maybe my hands are fucked up or something. For me, the main issue was always that "big games" don't fit small screens and control schemes, but Octopath is designed to solve that in every possible aspect.
Anyway, personal anecdotes on portable gaming aside; the game is truly fantastic, I've only managed about 7 hours or so thus far, but really loving it. Great music, awesome visuals, cool combat and surprisingly engaging RPG elements (I like the in-town skills and original take on summoning and capturing beasts). I'll keep playing at home, but I will keep playing, this is easily my favorite 3rd party game on a Nintendo console for maybe a decade or more. Good job Square Enix, it turns out you still know how to make proper games even if you screwed the pooch on the FF series!