RPG gold. Must have title.
If you're an old school gamer with roots in early Final Fantasy games you will absolutely love this game. It has it all, music,pace,plot,graphics,compelling personalization, just a touch of modern spin with streetpass and most of all it is fun! The humour that Ringabel brings is delightful, Tiz can be slightly stoic and a bit of a wiener but overall the characters are likeable and someone you will be rooting for. Weather you want to be a ranger that also uses black magic, or a summoner who dabbles in knightly endeavors you can set up your party any way you like as you acquire more jobs. While not too difficult the game isn't a mindless turn based attack fest, boss fights will be tough without good strategy and careful execution. Overall this is on par with Chrono Trigger and the great Final Fantasy games of my childhood. I think any self respecting RPG fan would have to be crazy not to pick this up.
You will sink so much time...BUT IT IS ADDICTING!
THIS GAME IS AMAZING. When the demo first released, I was sold on this game. If you love the old style RPG's, then you will love this! I have already sunk so much time into the game and it just released! There are sooooooo many jobs to level! Black Mage, White Mage, Ninja, Conjurer, Spell Fencer, Knight, Arcanist, Bard, Monk, Vampire, Knight, Thief Ranger, Red Mage and even MORE! PLUS you can switch out different abilities with different jobs just too give you that perfect fight! The story is great too and the voice acting is...well its okay! :D If you are wary, then play the demo. It gives you a good idea from there. Otherwise, BUY IT! :D
There is so much that could be said about this game.. If you enjoy old school jrpg's or rpg's, I'd say there is 99% chance you'll love this game. You'll also catch onto the mechanics and the overall system very quickly, whether you're new to the genre or not. Not to say that it's not a great system because it is! I don't want to ramble on.. I'll just say this , if you're on the fence about buying this game, do it! You won't regret it, I promise.
To the person asking if this game is 2DS compatible, YES IT IS! All 3DS games will work on the 2DS. From day one of the 3DS, Nintendo has stressed to game developers that they need to make the game's 2D compatibly (before 2DS) and now even more so because of the 2DS. Although the name might not sound like it, the 2DS is part of the 3DS family. All 3DS games will work on your 2DS.
I have played the game before and will definitely be buying an NA copy. :)
I give this game a 9.5/10
Fun but repetitive
It had a fantastic story allot of plot twist but.. they could did allot more than what the did and the story was fun.
reason to own a 3DS
I will buy this game regardless if we get a collector edition or not. A HUGE thank you to Nintendo for working with SE to bring this over. Been looking forward to this game for a LONG TIME. Field/town graphics resemble FF IX. If you’re a fan of OLD SCHOOL rpg gameplay then this is for you
This game is simply amazing, from the sound to the gameplay to graphics(though i would prefer less chibi) but still amazing none the less. gets repetitive toward the end(NO SPOILERS) but all in all, great game, well worth more than 40 dollars.
Amazing! Does Not Disappoint!
This game pretty much has it all. A phenomenal story, excellent graphics, a great sound track, and replay value. The characters are well developed and it's hard not to become attached to them. It's very hard to put down once you jump in. I really hope Square and Nintendo continue to put out titles like this. Overall, I am very impressed and would definitely recommend.
Very good game! :):D:)
Great combat system. Amazing graphics. Epic music. And a good story with some good charecters and no emo people like so many RPGs today. The graphics look great even more so in 3D. It's a little old school in parts but with some modern stuff to and some heart. I say buy it!
I'll start out my review like this: If you're a die hard Final Fantasy lover, get this game, if you expect a new Square Enix series this game is literally fool's gold. The story was terrible and a regurgitation of FF's crystals storyline. This game excels at having stolen or reused material. The spell book is exactly or almost exactly the same as Final Fantasy's and yes SE created this game, but am I wrong to expect something new or for Bravely Default to have it's own twist and no, letting spells only be used if your Job level is high enough isn't that twist. Besides that the world travel music is EXACTLY the same as Ni No Kuni's and for those who liked the party chat, that is the "Tales of" series skits as they called them.
Another issue I had is how the Brave/ Default is showcased. I played the game on a Normal difficulty and going from the first dungeon where I beat the bosses easily, I went to the second dungeon, the fort where you meet Edea, and got slaughtered by those Pigs/ Boars. Training from level 6 to 10 I proceeded to head by back into the dungeon and Brave Spammed those Pigs and beat the black mage with ease. That's the problem though, unless you want to spend all of your cash on items for healing you need to be able to Brave spam your enemies and end it before they strike and deal with too much damage for common enemies. Grant one can turn off the encounter slider and run through a dungeon, but encounters and level training has been a major part of RPGs since the start and the classics taught me that; you don't run from monsters and beat the bosses. Play Skyrim, run past your enemies and when you meet your first wild dragon for a one-on-one fight time how many seconds it takes to be destroyed then you'll start to see why RPGs shouldn't have encounters turned off, but turned down. Plus the other thing about an awesome battle system in an RPG is that it shouldn't be the selling point of the game! RPGs are known for their stories because you wanting to know how it ends and this game "doesn't make me want to save the world", that's a quote from another review elsewhere I feel that way about this game. The story is a cruddy one rehashed from FF's crystal ideology. The characters: Agnes is boring and your one dimensional goody two shoes that is plain. Ringabel is your player with a magic book and if he's not making a comment about women every other line it means he isn't talking. Tiz also is pretty plain; he always does the right thing, but doesn't have much emotion outside of getting the job done, but he develops somewhat. Edea is easily your star in terms of character; trying to find the truth behind the lies she's been told, she's feisty, tough , and not afraid to show her skills though most of the time Ringabel is getting under her skin.
The graphics while good are inappropriate for the mood of the game. The graphics kind of kiddish and look like the setup of the pop up books to get the 3D effect, but the rating for the game is T for Teen. Literally what's wrong is having these graphics is you'll walk into a room where a mass killing has occurred and you see torn clothes here and there, but other clues other than the characters saying there's blood. So the grapics give the wrong atmosphere I feel. The mirco transactions in the game with SP are pathetic. For those who say whatever, people may buys these to get past a boss and then SE sees a chance for more money and where does it end: when we're buying all in game items with real money or a lesser extent?
Though the game does do something well: The monsters use the Brave/ Default system and you never should ever get lost and you'll be happy until Airy tells you like a five year old to get this or go there, "Inserting a T for Teen", be quiet Airy. Besides at the end I hated Airy even more for her role in a plot twist and the fact they make you backtrack towards the end of the game.
So if you're looking for a remake with a different name from Final Fantasy get this; if you're looking for an awesome RPG that improves the genre forward Square Enix will keep you disappointed after their questionable FF 13 series, and the befuddlement of FF14.
A JPRG for the ages
I had almost given up on Square Enix ever coming out with a good new RPG for any system...that is until now. They finally came through. It's a shame the Final Fantasy series didn't go in this direction, but at least the developers still know how to make a good RPG. It's addictive and enjoyable. I plays just like a turn based Final Fantasy game but it makes it better. The story is engaging, but it's familiar. The job system is back and integrates with the story and not just thrown in just because people wanted a job system. Buy this game if you loved the Final Fantasy series before it became what it is today.