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4.6 out of 5 stars Based on 94 Customer Ratings

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"Lovely balance of classic and modern JRPG style"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

If you're looking to pour hours into a solid, fairly linear JRPG, then look no further. Bravely Default has what you need.

It sports a classic job based system, but with a twist of being largely customizable. You can equip one Job as a main, then add in the abilities of any other Jobs you have acquired to make your ultimate team.

The combat is turn based, like plenty of other RPGs, but spruced up with the brave and default additions, among other features. Choosing Brave grants your characters more actions per turn, but at the cost of not being able to act until they return to a positive number of battle points. Choosing Default is like defending in any other RPG, but you gain a battle point to use at another time. It adds a little more strategic value to how you plan your battles, and freshens up the whole experience.

The Story starts off as something completely cliché, especially coming from Square. The land has been plunged into turmoil as the Four Crystals have been engulfed in darkness. Each corresponding with an element, the earth is being torn asunder, the seas are becoming poisonous, volcanoes are erupting, and the wind has ceased. While the major plot point is to awaken these crystals, it seems something darker is lurking in the shadows. There is much more to this tale than originally revealed.

The Characters are almost archetypically as far from each other as possible, yet they come together by unconventional means. They all have their own agenda, yet are drawn together by fate, and whisked away on this grand adventure.

The Visuals are like something straight out of a story book, and the 3D effects are neither overbearing, nor underwhelming. The landscapes are beautiful and the cities and towns are all unique and well designed. The character models are a little bit of a weak point for the overall score, as they are a bit basic. Even so, they seem to fit the setting well, and don't bring the game down in my opinion.

The Music is certainly something to rival the Final Fantasy soundtracks (I'd be disappointed otherwise, coming from Square Enix.) However, variance in dungeons is something that lacks. While all the tracks are lovely on the ears, hearing the same songs in the same type of dungeons tends to leave one wanting a little more.

There is also a town-building mini-game that you gain access to quite early into the game, which rewards the player with access to rarer items, and things not bought anywhere else in the game. The building is all done in real time, and is enhanced with streetpass. If you find that you have no one you can streetpass, fear not, as you can connect to the internet and bring in people from all over the world who own the game.

Bravely Default is a game that takes the original style of JRPGs and brings it up to a completely new level. It builds off of just about everything that has been successful in the past, and gives it a much more modern feel. Overall, I think this game is absolutely fantastic, and if you find a copy of this (fairly) hard-to-come-by title, secure it! 5 Stars, 10/10, the whole shebang.

5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.
"Pushes the much ignored envelope"
5 stars"

A re-envisioned old style RPG, it really pushes the genre several steps forward on a relatively fresh console during an otherwise stagnant time period.

With pacing built both for old school fans who have less free time these days, and new fans who don't enjoy the hardcore grinding of the past, it has a much wider appeal than much of the genre

The story too though, not entirely revolutionary, shows the genius of Naotaka Hayashi who has written stories for other popular series such as Steins;Gate, and his skill is as apparent in Bravely Default as ever

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
"This game though...."
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

I thought of waiting for the price to go down but I couldn't wait…and Im glad I didn't.

This game…how could I have not pre-ordered this- Sincerely, this title is everything Final Fantasy fans desired in an FF title and more. They really put so much heart and thought into every stage, minor characters and soundtrack. I never really got attached to a character until I met Ringabel who I think is the best RPG character out there besides maybe Bartholomew Fatima from Xenogears :P

Once you purchase this game though…

keep moving forward. Keep playing. Don't give up. Don't settle for the EASY way out and still push through. That's all im going to say without giving away spoilers.

“where the fairy flies” INDEED.....

1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
"Wow"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

A new twist on turn based battles amazing music, graphics and story.

1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
"The best JRPG I've played in years"
5 stars"

I've always been a fan of JRPGs, and bought Bravely Default on a whim when I found it had an English release – I wasn't expecting to be completely sucked in to an exciting, breathtaking story with a hell of a twist. This game restored my flagging faith in the genre, and I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for a fulfilling story and a challenging, addictive battle system.

1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
"Worth it"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

One of the best JRPG games ive played. Has Final Fantasy quality

1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Description

Bravely Default is available exclusively on Nintendo 3DS. Embark on a journey in the world of Luxendarc, the welfare of which relies on four elemental crystals. According to tradition, crystals are looked after by chosen priestesses, the vestals, who all bear the name Oblige. As of late, terrible events have befallen the land and the power of the crystals seems to be waning. Follow the quest of Agnès Oblige, the Vestal of Wind, and her companions, as they race to restore balance in Luxendarc by awakening the crystals.

Features:

  • Traditional JRPG feel with an inventive storyline involving parallel worlds.
  • Ground-breaking Brave/Default system makes for engaging battles.
  • Exchange profiles with other players to learn abilities or summon them in battle.
  • Take a break from the main adventure by rebuilding the village of Norende.
  • Choose between many jobs, equipment and abilities to customize your party.
Release date Australia
December 7th, 2013
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Box Dimensions (mm)
135x125x15
UPC
018113993430
All-time sales rank
Top 1000
Product ID
21766737

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