So I had just gone and finished my play-through of Bravely Default, and i have to admit its a damn fine RPG. Its been a while since I have had that much fun in a game in a loooong time. Ive been in the need for an RPG that delivers and that's what I got. At first i didn't wanna play this game cause it was done by the makers of the horrendous game "Final Fantasy - The 4 Hero's of Light" but after taking a look at the demo, I was intrigued and decided to give it a try...and i must say, I was impressed... but I'm rambling. Let me explain why this game is awesome.
The story starts off pretty basic. The 4 crystals of Fire water earth and wind have become enveloped in darkness and its up to a priestess of the crystals,a farm boy, an amnesiac, and a solders daughter to go out and fix them. While the story starts off very basic. It quickly starts to show off warring factions of different religious ideals and how bot the crystals hurt and harm the world in which they live in. It's a surprisingly deep story with a few plot twists that you really wont see coming at first and will throw you for a good loop if your not expecting them. There are two possible endings to the game. one where you defy and one where you continue on the same path. The second choice gets you the true ending and a secret video that leases at a sequel that is making me very eager to see. I cant really tell you too much about the plot. but just know that it is very enjoyable.
The characters of the game are probably one of the best parts, each one is very unique in his personality and style and through the game you learn more and more about them. Not only the main characters, but the bosses.You meet them multiple times and fight as they get stronger and fight them in different combinations. Some proving so devastating I felt they were even harder than the final boss (Performer, pirate, monk, and dark knight is a constant onslaught fight that you better be ready for). Anyways, the main characters are: Tiz the Farm-boy, Angnés the priestess, Edea the solders daughter, and Ringabell the amnesiac. Which brings me once again to the character names. Oh god do these names have some puns in them that are groan worthy yet clever at the same time. For example: the Monk characters name is Barras Lehr (Bear wresstler) the Black mage is named Ominas Crowe and The Templar's name who is Edea's dad is named, and i kid you NOT, "Braev lee" and his wife is named "Mazher lee". The Puns....The puns... My buddy Leo would be proud.
But despite the names, the characters are pretty interesting and fun to fight...if a bit annoying to kill at times. The voice acting in English is alright, but I had the whole game set to the Japanese voices and they were pretty awesome in my opinion, I may do a play-through with the English voices just to get the other side of things later on.
The battle mechanics were actually my favorite part of the game. Its a typical Turn based RPG except for a few mechanics they added that seem to only heighten the strategy and game play. The "Brave" and the "Default" commands for starters. At the beginning of each turn you get a battle point that you can use for attacking, magic, items. etc. But when you default you defend without using that battle point and take less damage. You can store up to 3 of these Battle Points. Now the second half of this is the Brave ability where you use a battle point to get an extra movement in that very turn. So you could attack up to 4 times or attack then heal or set up a barrier spell or any number of combinations. Not only that, but certain moves require that you use a specific number of BP to use them. You can even "Brave" without battle points. But if you do that, your BP goes into the negatives and you cannot act until your BP resets to zero.
Also the strategy doesn't end there, as the bosses can use brave and default commands and it become a strategy game trying to figure out if they will bring out an extra massive attack or guard. It's amazing how much you have to think in these fights and figure out just what exactly is happening.
Not only that but the Job system in this game is very intuitive. Every job has a purpose. EVERY JOB CAN BE USED, and each one has their own unique skills. Once you learn them you can mix and match skills with other job classes to increase your battle potential and strategy. For example my Spiritmaster also had white mage magic equipped, and had angelic ward (a random damage dampener) revenge (when she gets hit her BP goes up by 1) and Slow-Parry (when she gets attacked she activates slow on the enemy which make them act last a turn) skills, so she became virtually untouchable.
There are so many abilities to choose from and so many ways to mix and match jobs its amazing.
You also have the ability to summon special moves from people you have met via the internet or street pass in battle and use a signature move to battle against enemies in a pinch. which can help out a great lot.
I could keep taking about this but its best if you get the game an see what i mean.
The difficulty ranges from Easy to Murderous if your not careful when battling. If you can predict well, the enemy will have no problem against you and you can get a clean sweep. However, as I mentioned before, some bosses are relentless in their attacks and you have to have a mix of skill and luck to beat them. It's a challenging RPG, but not an unfair game to say the least. It's not like old school final fantasy games where if you didn't have the right skills you were boned. Here, you can actually figure out a few good plans of attack, it all depends on what you do and who you have in your party. I beat the game with a Swordsmaster, Spiritmaster, Ranger, and Arcanist. But what you use to fight is up to you and I honestly feel like there are no bad choices when it comes to the jobs here.
In conclusion Bravely default is a great RPG. It's not perfect, sometime in the middle it starts to feels rather repetitive even if there was a story meaning behind it. But overall, I enjoyed the game. the characters were fun, the combat was intuitive and both face paced and engaging, The story, while nothing new did put a nice spin on the classic Final Fantasy story and was a good return to form For Square....Lets hope they actually learn from this...but I'm not expecting much....especially considering 13-3. Hopefully, the sequel to this game will be good cause i can hardly wait. But overall, I say this was a fantastic game and a great addition to the 3DS library.
I'm not gonna give a number rating on this cause I've given up on that sort of style of reviewing. From now on the games I play will either receive a "Good to Game" stamp or a "Never Play this" stamp. And Bravely Default - Where the Fairy Flies is definitely "Good to Game".
Until next we meet fellow gamers.
This is DeathZer0 of the Legend Hunters, Signing out. Later Guys~