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  • Summary: The successor to Square Enix’s Bravely Default game. Time has passed since the events of the previous game, bringing about plenty of new dangers to encounter. Agnés Oblige has been kidnapped, and as a knight in her service, it’s up to our hero, Yew, to save her.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 70
  2. Negative: 0 out of 70
  1. 100
    Traditional where it needs to be, and wildly humorous when it wants to, this is the perfect follow up to the spectacularly successful original title.
  2. Feb 22, 2016
    90
    The team behind Bravely Second put forth a big effort and love while creating the game that's easy to spot in every detail. Despite being a direct sequel sharing similar graphics, music and gameplay with its predecessor, the interesting new plot, that will keep the player anxious to know more; and the well designed battle system, that makes it fun to level up, make this title stand out as one of the best RPG ever made not only for Nintendo 3DS, but overall.
  3. Apr 13, 2016
    90
    Bravely Second: End Layer is a worthy follow-up to Bravely Default, which in itself is one of the best RPGs on the Nintendo 3DS. Granted, if Bravely Default didn't move you the first time around, Bravely Second probably won't, either. For better or worse (but mostly better), it's a straight-up second helping of its predecessor.
  4. Mar 15, 2016
    82
    Bravely Second is an old school roleplaying game, done in a modern way.
  5. Apr 8, 2016
    80
    Although it's not going to win over those who struggled to get into Bravely Default from the early going, Bravely Second should hold great appeal for everyone else.
  6. Power Unlimited
    Feb 26, 2016
    78
    This is a how a traditional JRPG is meant to be. Fans of that genre get exactly what they want but don’t expect any radical improvements on the classic conventions. [jan. 2016 / page 068]
  7. Jun 23, 2016
    50
    By trying to optimize it, the brave/default system inadvertently lays bare the arbitrariness structuring the player’s relation to the game, the role one ostensibly plays becoming repeatable and, indeed, automatable in yet another striking parallel to the looming “new economy.”

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 26
  2. Negative: 4 out of 26
  1. May 6, 2017
    10
    Best JRPG of Nintendo 3DS, long and excellent game with an absorbing and shocking story. A beautiful art design with brilliant scenes. ThereBest JRPG of Nintendo 3DS, long and excellent game with an absorbing and shocking story. A beautiful art design with brilliant scenes. There are so many reason to play this JRPG master piece, Expand
  2. Sep 29, 2016
    10
    Uma espetacular junção de Valkyrie Profile e Final Fantasy Tactics, a ultima vez q fiquei tão impressionado com um game assim foi na primeiraUma espetacular junção de Valkyrie Profile e Final Fantasy Tactics, a ultima vez q fiquei tão impressionado com um game assim foi na primeira geração de console da sony, foi um choque nostálgico relembrar aquela obras primas em um portátil atual, entretanto Bravely Second: End Layer tem suas especificidades que garantem uma divertida e contagiante aventura, unindo o melhor de duas épocas distintas. Expand
  3. Apr 15, 2016
    10
    I've never played the first game, but anyone that is a fan of RPG's in general should check this game out. It's not a buy a 3ds just for thisI've never played the first game, but anyone that is a fan of RPG's in general should check this game out. It's not a buy a 3ds just for this game type deal, but it comes very close. Expand
  4. Jul 11, 2016
    7
    Let me start by saying that the first Bravely Default is one of my favorite games of all time- The characters, the story, the art, the uniqueLet me start by saying that the first Bravely Default is one of my favorite games of all time- The characters, the story, the art, the unique battle system- It was a beautiful game and a must-play for JRPG fans. I was ecstatic when I heard there was going to be a sequel, especially since I only played the first game 8 months ago so I didn't have to wait too long!

    HOWEVER, as many have already said, Bravely Second is a big disappointment to fans of the first game. While the overall gameplay and battle system is greatly improved, the story and characters were... not.

    They re-use dungeons from the first game, floor for floor, which is a bit lazy. But that isn't the biggest issue. Oh no. No, the biggest issue with this game can be summarized with two names: Yew and Magnolia.

    In theory they are both fine characters (Magnolia more so than Yew), but their dialogue is just atrociously cringeworthy. I honestly want to chuck my system across the room every time Yew spouts "FOR THE GRAVY!" Really translation team? Really? In general he's just kind of irritating and as others have already said, he and Magnolia just seem to try way too hard. Luckily, the return of Edea and Tiz help to soften the cringe by still remaining themselves and being fun and loveable characters just as they were in the first game. However, it just makes the player miss Ringabel all the more.

    With a game like Bravely Default, which, being a Square game, is VERY dialogue and character heavy, poor dialogue and obnoxious characters can really make it hard to play. They take away from the charm the first game had, sadly.

    The story is also not as compelling at the first game. The first game's story felt much more urgent, more unique. The game overall had a good amount of comedic charm and 'darkness' as well, but this game seems to utterly lack the dark elements or dire situations of the first. It does not tug at your heartstrings or have you gripping at your system at the drama. If anything it has you rolling your eyes at the constant "FOR THE GRAVY" quotes and really awkward and not very well done romance between Yew and Magnolia. It also has you wishing you could open up that damned gate back to Ringabel's world, dump Magnolia and Yew in it, and drag Ringabel back with you so the three of you can go save Anges undisturbed by the seemingly pre-pubescent lovebirds.

    While the battles and overall gameplay are much improved, there is one HUGE problem with them:

    It is now INCREDIBLY easy to level up WAY overlevel very, very fast. By chapter 3 my characters were already around level 50-60 and the bosses were never a challenge at all. I usually beat them in about one turn, which took a lot of the fun out of the game. Veterans of the first game should consider turning random encounters down to low at all times to avoid this.

    That said, if you really just need more Bravely in your life like I did, then it's still a worthwhile game. Just note that the story will not captivate you as the first one did.
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  5. Apr 27, 2016
    6
    I've changed my mind it's pretty meh, it's got some good music a great battle/job system and some really cool looking art, buuuuuuuuuuut...I've changed my mind it's pretty meh, it's got some good music a great battle/job system and some really cool looking art, buuuuuuuuuuut... the characters are pretty freaking cringy and seem to get distracted pretty easily from the main quest which is of pretty great importance. The dialogue seems like it was written for prepubescents which is a damn shame because as far as character concepts go I like yew and magnolia I think they're interesting they just say a lot of stupid unfunny stuff which takes away from what could be a pair of pretty interesting characters. The thing is people are giving this game Effing 8's and 9's some doing so while also acknowledging that the story is a joke and the characters are annoying and try too hard. I can't rightfully give an RPG anything higher than a 6 if it's story and characters don't satisfy, I mean cmon that like half the game dude. Overall I'm pretty disappointed with this game Not because it's bad but because I liked the elements from the first game so much that this game fails to deliver on. If you don't care about the mediocre story and characters and the gratuitously frequent use of bad humor then the games definitely worth a buy otherwise stay clear unless it goes on sale. Expand
  6. Jan 24, 2019
    6
    Loved the first game and was really excited to play the sequel considering it was set at the same location with apparently the sameLoved the first game and was really excited to play the sequel considering it was set at the same location with apparently the same characters.

    The dialogue and the main protagonist was beyond cringe-y. Not sure whether this was a localization issue or whether the main character was supposed to be so unbearable and uninteresting.

    As I played on, I appreciated the quality-of-life improvements but ultimately I couldn't help but feel that this game was just a hammy parody of the previous game. Towards the 20-some hour of play, I just couldn't take the game seriously anymore. Maybe that was its intention, but I think it's a bad decision considering how epic and touching its predecessor was.

    If you've played Bravely Default and you found the characters endearing, don't play this.
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  7. Apr 25, 2016
    2
    The combat is great, loads of new and interesting jobs but the dialogue is just terrible, seems to have been written for kids. Which is aThe combat is great, loads of new and interesting jobs but the dialogue is just terrible, seems to have been written for kids. Which is a shame, as it is an otherwise great game, but my whole experience has been skipping every bit of speech resulting in me not really having much clue about the story besides the battles. If the dialogue was just slightly better then this game would be really good and would draw you in as engrossing JRPG's are meant to be, but it is just so poorly written that the experience is ruined. Expand

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