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Bravely Default - Nintendo 3DS

by Nintendo
Nintendo 3DS
Teen
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (342 customer reviews) 5 answered questions 85 / 100

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Edition: Standard
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  • ASIN: B00GV4V8XC
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches ; 2.2 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: February 7, 2014
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (342 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #397 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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Bravely Default Collector's Edition

Square Enix’s highly-acclaimed fantasy RPG brings deep, strategic combat to the Nintendo 3DS system in an ambitious game that bolsters its turn-based combat with a compelling new risk/reward system RPG fans will obsess over. Explore Luxendarc as Tiz and other memorable characters on a visually stunning quest to restore balance to the world.

Hand-drawn 3D backgrounds and a rousing score bring Luxendarc to life. Enter a brave new world of turn-based combat! Time your turns tactically and turn the tides in your favor with the new Brave and Default system. Flex your strategic muscle by combining more than twenty jobs with hundreds of different abilities. Summon friend’s characters to fight by your side, or borrow their abilities*. Recruit citizens with the StreetPass feature to rebuild Tiz’s destroyed village. Be part of the community in this fresh take on the single player RPG!

* Wireless broadband Internet access required for online play.

Key Features:
  • A unique, innovative twist on turn-based combat
  • Complex, lovable characters in a top-tier RPG
  • Time your turns tactically with the new Brave and Default system
  • Summon your friend’s characters to fight by your side, or borrow their abilities*
  • Form flexible strategies by combining 20+ jobs with hundreds of abilities
  • Acquire StreetPass tags and use them to gain access to powerful equipment and items in-game
  • Evocative music and gorgeous hand-drawn watercolor backgrounds with 3D elements

Edea is one of the memorable characters who will help Tiz on his quest
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The world of Luxendarc is brought to life in beautiful hand-drawn backgrounds
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Tactical turn based combat are used in battles throughout the Brave and Default system
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162 of 170 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Square-Enix Has Offered In a Long Time February 7, 2014
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The Good:

+Very unique combat system
+A lengthy quest that'll keep you busy
+Return of the job system allows for lost of customization
+Charming characters overall
+A lot of old school charm
+Great soundtrack
+Stunning visuals

The Bad:

-Pretty straightforward story (though this is definitely intentional)
-Some players are probably not going to like that the game will sometimes get bogged down in grinding for hours

Back in the 90's and early 2000's, Square was the king of the RPG. In particular, Final Fantasy was once revered as one of the greatest JRPG franchises of all time. In recent years Final Fantasy has had something of a mixed reputation. So, in fact, has Square-Enix. Yet Bravely Default comes as a surprise. It harkens back to what made Square so great in the first place. It is an old school RPG right down to the core. If you were a fan of Final Fantasy back in the days when they were known as Squaresoft instead of Square-Enix, you may very well love Bravely Default. It's overall a fun game.

There isn't much to keep track of in terms of story in Bravely Default. Compared to the rest of the game, it's fairly simple and straightforward. You control a band of adventurers who are out on a quest to revive the four crystals. If you're familiar with Final Fantasy this is all pretty familiar and straightforward. The good news is that the cast of characters are actually quite likable. You'll meet them all pretty early on in your quest. The story may not be what will entice you about Bravely Default. Though the characters are likable there are quite a few "by the book," moments. Rather what is likely to excite you about Bravely Default is the battle system.
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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful
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I don't know about you, but I have sure missed the kind of PlayStation JRPGs, and specifically the Final Fantasy games, that Squaresoft published in the 90's. The many classics from that era had an intangible magic that is fairly rare in the industry these days. Thankfully, Bravely Default is a lovely gem that could easily be mistaken for some long-lost Squaresoft gem from that period, and playing it reminds me of the way it feels playing Final Fantasy IX and Xenogears. This is a special treat. Warning: somewhat long review incoming, either buckle up, or jump ship now if that's not your thing. Having become intimately acquainted with the eshop demo, as well as putting it quite a few hours into the main game by now, I feel confident in my ability to give an informative, honest assessment.

The story in Bravely Default features four protagonists, all of which have backstories that any veteran of the genre would regard as painfully cliche at first glance. You get Tiz Arrior, a young man recently beset by horrible tragedy and great loss. He is joined by Anges Oblige, a sheltered priestess girl who must save the world by healing huge crystals through prayer, Ringabel, an amnesiac ladies man with a magical book, and finally Edea Lee, a spy for an enemy nation who joins the heroes at a later point (try to guess why she does this. Here's a hint, it's cliche, lol). Of course, political intrigue, giant elemental crystals, and world saving shenanigans ensue. It almost sounds like a "Four protagonists walk into a JRPG" bar joke, doesn't it? Thankfully, what Bravely Default's story lacks in innovation, it more than makes up for in execution.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravely enjoying this game - WITH UPDATE February 7, 2014
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I have heard rumors about this game and when the demo came out, I tried it and immediately reserved the collectors edition from a game store. I am only a couple of hours into this game, and already it blew my mind, the first AR movie looks good both in standard and in 3d, the backgrounds are gorgeous, and the story thus far is amazing. It takes a lot of the elements from the old style RPGs but adds a twist - a risk/reward combat system which allows you to choose early combat, or save up brave points by defending and then going whole hog on an enemy (its fun to take out an enemy of you store up enough points in one shot) or using a special ability to Speed up your turn, but to do this you either need to use money to buy potions, or let your system sleep for 8 hours, the job system reminds me of the Final fantasy tactics games where you can level up the current jobs, or switch out and gain levels learning new things, and making each character unique. Also the streetpass and friend list comes into effect, you can use powers and abilities others have by passing them while your system is in sleep mode and also use them to rebuild your town, a good benefit for those like me who enjoy extra things to do. The soundtrack is reminecent of old FF games, haunting and beautiful. Overall I say this game deserves a place in any players library and while the story may be linear, the ways to get there are immense. Enjoy.

UPDATE(WITH LITTLE SPOILER) - for those who have not beaten it, or beat it without trying, I only am in chapter 5 - but I discovered there is an alternate ending. When you do the Rite after Airy says stop keep pressing the x button and keep going until the crystal shatters - you will unlock another story when beaten will get you an outfit for Anges, but then you will go back to before you shatter the crystal (usually suggested to do the final Crystal), there will be changes to the story and to the opening screen shot. Enjoy
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good looks really good.
Published 17 hours ago by Geary
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun throwback to older JRPGs
Fun throwback to older JRPGs. The story gets really bland about 80% in, but picks up at the end. The job system is Top Notch, and the customization options are superb.
Published 1 day ago by E. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for any RPG fan
Excellent Game, as what you'd expect from Square/Enix in an RPG great story and continued playability is great. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Gynntonyx
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 13 days ago by Jonathan Y Wong
5.0 out of 5 stars ... Chapter 2 so far and it is by far amazing! There's a lot of...
I played this game and only made it to Chapter 2 so far and it is by far amazing! There's a lot of details I'd love to go into but I'll summarize just a few:
1- The charecters... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Mi-Chan
3.0 out of 5 stars Could've stood to take a few more chances.
It's decent. I love the look and style and presentation of this game to death. The 3D is attractive and well-implemented, the character design is adorable, the voicework is often... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Jason Duane
3.0 out of 5 stars good game, but very repetitive
Fun game, very similar to all other final fantasy-style RPG's by square enix. Highly repetitive in the later chapters (twice too many repeats in my opinion).
Published 18 days ago by Polychaos
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game! It has a classic feel to its ...
Great game! It has a classic feel to its gameplay. Most modern JRPGs have weak stories with gimmicky mechanics but this is a huge exception. Great dialogue. Great voice acting. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Robert
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good game.
I was a little disappointed because I had so many expectations. Still a pretty good game though.
Published 24 days ago by rion18
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Perfect!
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