Generally favorable reviews - based on 67 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 64 out of 67
  2. Negative: 0 out of 67
  1. Apr 14, 2014
    It sounds like a lot, and it is, but not in an overwhelming way but in a fantastic, three in the morning, I can’t stop playing this game kind of way. When it all comes together and you destroy a boss that gave you troubles just a few job levels ago, it feels great.
  2. Jan 28, 2014
    Bravely Default is a flagship series in the making and worth exploring even for the uninitiated; its craftsmanship is simply too good a testament to the medium to pass up.
  3. Jan 28, 2014
    It's a return to Final Fantasy's roots, and it's beautiful.
  4. Dec 5, 2013
    More than a testament to JRPGs timeless traditions, Bravely Default represents the contemporary quintessence of this genre through the inspired use of technology and its audacious gameplay mechanics.
  5. Jan 29, 2014
    Bravely Default is one of those games that we knew was going to be something special when the first previews started showing up in Japan. The final product is nothing short of Game of the Year material. It may be too early to call it, but for now, it's definitely a front-runner for such distinction.
  6. Dec 3, 2013
    Bravely Default is a superb game, plain and simple. Fans of the genre will love every second of it and newcomers will definitely understand why the genre is so much loved all around the world.
  7. Feb 6, 2014
    Enthusiasts will love the throwback gameplay, and the unique spin on battles complements both veterans and newcomers. There are plenty of reasons to keep playing and replaying the game, not the least of which being the variety of jobs available to test.
  8. Jan 28, 2014
    Bravely Default stands currently as my first big game of the year contender and while there are a few minor missteps along the way, it’s still a giant leap forward for what a traditional JRPG should be in the modern age.
  9. Dec 30, 2013
    For 2013, Bravely Default is easily the best RPG of the year that will keep fans of this genre extremely happy as they join these characters in their fight for freedom.
  10. Dec 2, 2013
    An excellent classic JRPG adventure in the vein of the 8, 16 and 32 bit master gems. A great new addition for the always growing 3DS catalogue and an exciting new IP for Square Enix.
  11. Dec 2, 2013
    This is an outstanding game in every aspect, that also adds very interesting ideas. If you've ever enjoyed an Japanese RPG, this is a title you cannot miss.
  12. Dec 2, 2013
    Square Enix delivers one of the best JRPGs we've tried on 3DS. The new battle-gameplay mechanics are fun and immersive, and the story-line will keep us close to the 3DS for as long as the adventure lasts. It's a must-have for every 3DS owner and by far the best of its genre, plain and simple.
  13. Jan 28, 2014
    Bravely Default is the best JRPG you could play on the 3DS. If I were Square Enix, I would give this same team a Final Fantasy-sized budget and let them make a proper, numbered entry in the series.
  14. Jan 28, 2014
    If you have any affinity for the Final Fantasy brand, you’ll absolutely love Bravely Default.
  15. Feb 16, 2014
    Bravely Deafult is the best game from Square-Enix in a long time and a must for fans of classic Final Fantasy. The battle and work system, as well as the history and the graphics is natural progresses of a gamemaking many deemed nostalgic.
  16. Feb 9, 2014
    Bravely Default is a joy to play for old school JRPG fans. The music, graphics and mechanics all blend together perfectly and it continues in a already strong lineup of RPGs on the 3DS. This little handheld is becoming quite the powerhouse for these kind of games.
  17. Feb 3, 2014
    Bravely Default is an RPG for everyone.
  18. 90
    Bravely Default is so full of old time good RPG fun that you could literally shake a stick at it and it wouldn’t change a thing given how much quality is in this game.
  19. Jan 29, 2014
    A terribly entertaining, meaty adventure that stumbles slightly with too much boss fight repetition near the end.
  20. Jan 29, 2014
    Bravely Default really is something special.
  21. Jan 28, 2014
    Its shameless implementation of 90s-era mechanics and design does mean that participants will need to have a love for conventional JRPGs—and perhaps a bit of patience to endure the homogeneity of the first part of the game—but beyond that, Bravely Default is a great experience.
  22. Jan 28, 2014
    If you like JRPGs and own a 3DS, Bravely Default is easily one of the best available for the system.
  23. Dec 19, 2013
    Bravely Default is a masterpiece within the RPG genre. A title that combines nostalgia and modernity firmly and gently and offers a truly unique experience.
  24. Dec 12, 2013
    The fans of RPGs will be delighted with this game.
  25. Dec 9, 2013
    Bravely Default matches all the cosy warmth of traditional themes and familiar role-playing customisation systems with fresh concepts and interesting twists that use many of the 3DS most underused used features. The game provides the JRPG genre with a much-needed shot in the arm.
  26. Dec 5, 2013
    Bravely Default is the best Final Fantasy game since part nine. Traditional JRPG-elements are perfectly combined with good new additions in the combat system. Bravery Default also utilizes the 3DS's capabilities quite well.
  27. Dec 3, 2013
    It would be a crime not to play this little gem of a JRPG, that shows to everyone (to Square Enix in the first place) where the Final Fantasy saga should have gone. In fact, even not owning a 3DS would be a valid excuse: go out and buy one.
  28. Dec 1, 2013
    Any 3DS owner with even a fleeting interest in role-playing games and a desire to get lost in an incredible, engaging adventure would be doing themselves a huge favour by picking up Bravely Default without delay.
  29. This is the road the Final Fantasy series should have taken; a refreshing new take on JRPG that will have fans of the genre giddy with excitement.
  30. Nov 25, 2013
    Ironically, Bravely Default is one of the best Final Fantasies in years. Taking the very best of 8/16-bit entries of the series, and bringing them up to date with some beautiful graphics, clever features and engaging gameplay, this is a must for someone looking for a more traditional JRPG.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 398 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 77 out of 99
  2. Negative: 13 out of 99
  1. Dec 6, 2013
    Awesome game, near perfect.
    People will hate on the voice acting and script, but that's their opinion.
    CG: 9.5 PR: 9 VI: 10 AU: 10 GP:
    Awesome game, near perfect.
    People will hate on the voice acting and script, but that's their opinion.

    CG: 9.5
    PR: 9
    VI: 10
    AU: 10
    GP: 10
    LA: 10

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  2. Dec 9, 2013
    Wow, the atmosphere is classic, the scenery is elegant. I am waiting for such a game so long time. Maybe I am a bit out of date, but this isWow, the atmosphere is classic, the scenery is elegant. I am waiting for such a game so long time. Maybe I am a bit out of date, but this is really my style. The only thing I don't like is the character setting, too cute. Full Review »
  3. Feb 8, 2014
    The game's visuals are great. The soundtrack, a masterpiece. The gameplay is engrossing, but highly repetitive. To complete random battlesThe game's visuals are great. The soundtrack, a masterpiece. The gameplay is engrossing, but highly repetitive. To complete random battles without crippling yourself you will have perform anywhere from 16 to 64 commands in a single turn. After a short while, it gets repetitive. Repetitive are also all the dungeons of the game. The Job system is the star of the gameplay, but if you played FF3, FF5 or their derivatives, this is just more of the same. Bosses will often perform the same 2-4 moves in order, being almost impossible to defeat for the wrong combination of jobs, but extremely easy for the right one, which doesn't really allow for any emergent gameplay, despite the jobs' apparent potential for it.

    Finally, the rating is only 6 because story is to me the most important part of an RPG. Bravely Default tries to include higher depth and coherence than the usual JRPG fare, but fails to introduce any new structure to the game, which is an unforgivable flaw. Each dungeon concludes with a boss or event. If you are walking somewhere and there is a cave nearby, be assured that's your next story destination. There are 4 crystals and 4 continents, plus you can guess the order in which you will visit them from the very beginning. The game is, in short, extremely linear. While the plot tries to throw twists and mysteries at you, you will see everything coming long before it happens. The characters themselves are pure stereotypes. As a final blow, the endgame is already famously jarring and repetitive, involving forced grinding through the same content multiple times for a good ending.
    Notably, though, the english voice acting is remarkable. You will probably still hate Agnés.
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