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.
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.
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.
Square Enix redeems themselves!
Lately Square Enix has been on a bad streak with FFXIII trilogy. But this game has made up for their mistake. This game put my faith back in Square Enix. Great job Square Enix. Keep the good games coming
I love this game!
I actually do not have the game yet it will arrive here on March 7 2014, but I played the demo and it was AMAZING!!!
This game is so much fun
I first got hooked onto this game by playing the demo, and that was when i realized this game was perfect for me. The star of the game is definitely the brave and default combat system, and the variety the job system creates. The only real downfall to this game is there is some backtracking that is pretty much just a waste of time, but the combat in the game definitely makes up for it. If you have a 3DS or a 2DS GO BUY THIS GAME!
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.
Modern Mix to Old RPG
This game looks and feels like an old JRPG, but adds some awesome modern twists that will keep you hooked til the end. I have been playing for 13 hours now and still feel like the game is fresh everytime I pick it up. The characters are classic, and the voice acting is top-notch so no complants. I am a hardcore gamer, and I will admit that this is one of the best games I have picked up in years, and reminded me why I loved all the old RPG's of the past.
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.
It feels like a must for people who love jrps
I got the collectors edition for this and it's the first jrpg in a long time to feel like it's actually trying something new. The gameplay is really fun to mess around with and the characters feel right at home in their environment and in their group.