Bravely Default II – Game Review

They’ve done it again! Square Enix has created another game everyone to enjoy on Nintendo. They are already famous for their franchise games like  Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and Kingdom Hearts games. I do say the game is well done and feels more like an English version of a Final Fantasy game. The characters are witty and the class system is unique allowing them to combine two classes. Not only that the game is strangely addictive so that it makes you wanna play more. So let’s take a look under the hood of Bravely Default II, shall we?

Bravely Default II Review

Style of the Game

    The overall art style in the game is good. Does a good job in giving an introduction to new areas. It makes the whole area seem like a piece of art when being first introduced. The game is heavily influenced by a Western-style of art and culture. Especially with the mannerism with the characters of how they act. The soundtracks are catchy and good. It leaves you seeking more in terms of music. Making you eager to hear what other soundtracks they have put into the game.

The monsters can be from cute to literally what the hell is that? The game may be made by Square Enix. But almost all the monsters seem original to this game’s title. So there was no copy and paste with the monsters. The overall style of the game is well done. When entering the big cities it’s like your walking into a canvas.

Battle System

    The uniqueness of this game is literally in the name of the game. The Brave and Default combat system allows for some unique combos. So when your character defaults they are taking a defensive stance. Another important thing it does is charge your Brave Points. Which allows you to use Brave. How brave works is that it allows you to take extra actions with your character. You can default up to 3 Brave points which allows your character to act 4 times. The way you use these points can vary as well. You can make your character do a full assault or if your team is hurt use it to heal and attack. You also don’t have to default to use brave points but it will allow you to use negative brave points. But it will delay your character in the next several turns by using it. 

Jobs and Classes

The jobs and classes however are kinda similar to the Final Fantasy franchise. You will have jobs like white, black, and red mage; those are just to name a few. So you will face some similarities but it doesn’t hurt the game in its gameplay. The cool thing about the jobs is that you will be able to look at what level your character gains new abilities. So if you’re an ability hunter the job list window does a good job in giving you details about what each ability does. It has a nice way of letting you know how much you want to grind for that one ability.

The ability to set sub jobs as well is another good feature in the game. So if you’re trying to add versatility to your job. Add a sub job like a black mage that can use their white mage’s abilities which adds versatility in job customization. The only downside to this is that using sub-jobs won’t level up that job. Another takeaway is that anything in that class you completed you will have access to in the battle system. This is an area Square Enix is all too familiar in. With lots of years behind its career in creating good role-playing games. Their battle system doesn’t skip a beat when it comes to engaging gamers in developing a strategy to defeat monsters.

Conclusion

With a vivid art style, balanced battle system, and good storytelling. Bravely Default II is a game that everyone can enjoy. The game is nice and I liked how it had a more western-style approach to the game itself. The game felt like an English version of the Final Fantasy series in a good way. So can you be the hero of light and save the world from calamity?

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