Bravely Default

Bravely Default

Am playing this now.
A Fantasy JRPG developed by Silicon Studio and Square Enix (Final Fantasy series) for Nintendo 3DS (with AIRSHIPS and Sky Knights of the Eternian Sky <[an enemy, so far.])
Combat consists of traditional turn-based battles, but with more strategic options such as
‘Brave’ and ‘Default’, thus the title of the game.
I’m really loving the graphics of this game, beautifully done backdrops (though the characters are rather cutsie, but who doesn’t like cute?) as well as enjoying the game play itself.
Here, see for yourself-
Bravely Default

And did I mention there are Airships!?! 🙂

Comments: 16
  • Dee Stroyer April 29, 2014 04:35

    This game made me furious. I seriously don’t understand why some people are going bonkers over it, saying it’s everything Final Fantasy should be. Granted, the first half is a lot of fun (apart from the immature treatment of the female characters. Seriously developers, grow up.). So many different jobs/classes to experiment with, side quests, exploration… But that all stops halfway through the game.

    *** Here be spoilers ***

    After saving the four crystals, you’re dropped into an alternate timeline and told you have to do it all again. The side quests are ‘optional’, but you’ll have to do them if you want the proper ending. I wasn’t too annoyed at this point. Yet.

    After doing all this, I was dropped into an alternate timeline and had to do everything AGAIN. And again. And again. A total of four times!

    The game has you go through the exact same dungeons and bosses four times. It’s incredibly repetitive, apart from some minor changes to dialogue and enemies. So boring! It’s one of the worst game design choices I’ve seen in years and I’m a professional game tester. I have no idea what the game developers were thinking. It’s just plain lazy. Because of this the replay value on this game is zero for me. I was so disgusted by the 4th time of being told to replay the whole game that I put it down and haven’t picked it up again for months. It’s rare for me not to finish a game, but I’m still too angry.

    Verdict: AVOID.

  • Dee Stroyer April 29, 2014 10:10

    Sure, I’m always happy to recommend games. Since Bravely Default is a 3DS game, I’ll keep my suggestions limited to the platform for now.

    At work most of us agree that Fire Emblem is currently the best game on 3DS. It’s a great strategy game with good characters and interesting story, with the amusing option of making your units fall in love with each other by placing them together in battle, thus creating offspring that you can later recruit. Mwahaha. It’s also the only game I play with the 3DS slider on, as the visuals are great. It can be either a very punishing or rather casual game depending on your difficulty setting.

    If you’re looking for something altogether more relaxing and casual, I suggest Animal Crossing or any of the Harvest Moon games.

    Animal Crossing operates in real time and places you in a small town of your own to care for. There’s a ton to do in this game and you can pick it up for ten minutes to a couple hours each day, depending on your mood.

    In the Harvest Moon games you own and run a farm and try to woo the local bachelors. The days are quite short, so again it’s good for casual gaming.

  • Dee Stroyer April 30, 2014 10:38

    I haven’t played the Shin Megami Tensei Games on 3DS yet. I played the first one on PS2 and it was tough. I love the newest additions to the series, Persona 3 and 4 (sadly not on 3DS), which are so vastly different from the previous games that they are hardly recognizable. P3 and P4 are a bizarre yet addictive cross between a dungeon crawler, Pokemon and a dating/high school simulator. Wacky stuff. I prefer P3, as P4 is much lighter in tone. Persona 5 is currently in the works!

    I’ve heard great things about Etrian Odyssey and I’m going to pick it up soon, but again these are very punishing games. The enemies will kill you often and you have to draw your own maps. They’re making a Persona EO at the moment (Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth).

    I also enjoy the Lego games, but I prefer to play them on bigger consoles on multiplayer with the missus.

    Rune Factory is great, though I’ve only played 2 and the much awaited release of 4 has been cancelled in Europe. Curse the 3DS system’s region lock!

  • Dee Stroyer May 6, 2014 07:56

    I do localization testing. Unfortunately that’s all I can say due to NDAs and junk. 😉

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