A Review of Bravely Default
There’s a lot I could say about Bravely Default, all of which would be positive, but I’ll try to keep things brief given the space I’m allotted. The long and the short of it is that this game makes for an amazing RPG. As someone who has always loved this genre the most, they can easily be disappointing or fall short of your standards. Bravely Default does neither though. Instead it provided a lot to work with and plenty to enjoy the entire time.
To begin with, perhaps all you really need to know about Bravely Default is that it was originally supposed to be part of the Final Fantasy franchise. At some point, though, the developers decided it just made more sense to push this title on its own. However, and again, as a big RPG fan, if this title had been made into the next Final Fantasy, I can confidently say it would’ve been the best version in years. Easily.
At first, this game actually seemed kind of simplistic. After, we’re talking about a game for the 3DS. It’s not that the platform can’t put out some pretty decent RPGs, but it’s also easy to be disappointed by some of them too. That’s just the reality.
The game is definitely simplistic in terms of the controls. For example, every turn you can choose the default move (which is just to block and take on a Battle Point) or you can choose to be “brave” and expand the point for another attack.
When you combine this mechanic with Bravely Default’s Job feature, it becomes easy to get lost in the game’s overall flow, which is both unique and a lot of fun. Furthermore, I’d say this is probably the freshest combat system an RPG has seen in a very long time. That’s pretty impressive for a 3DS game, as I’m counting all platforms.
I’ll also say that the story was pretty decent too. You follow Wind Vestal Agnes Oblige as she travels to awaken four different crystals that are hidden throughout the world. She is joined by the survivor of a town that was recently destroyed, a princess with attitude and an amnesiac. So, like most RPGs, you control a real motley crew. But don’t worry, things change enough along the way that you won’t be able to predict how each character acts or reacts to the world around you.