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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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  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: 15 out of 32
  2. Negative: 6 out of 32
  1. 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
  2. Jan 27, 2019
    10
    Mi puntuación a Bravely Second es de 10, me explico;
    La duración del modo historia es excelente, mas de 50 horas ( en mi caso 67h y 43min ).
    Mi puntuación a Bravely Second es de 10, me explico;
    La duración del modo historia es excelente, mas de 50 horas ( en mi caso 67h y 43min ). La jugabilidad es muy original y divertida, por turnos y con diversas mecánicas como, invocaciones, magias, diferenciaciones de clases, etc. Los personajes tienen mucho carisma ya que los conocemos del anterior juego ( Bravely Default ), Bravely Sencond es su continuación directa. Contiene una de las mejores bandas sonoras de la historia de los videojuegos, si la del primer Bravely ya era fantástica, éste lo supera. En definitiva le pongo un 10 sobre 10 ( comparándolo con juegos de su plataforma, 3DS ). Mi onceava crítica u/o review.
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  3. Aug 19, 2016
    9
    Gameplay-wise this game takes the already well-crafted formula from Bravely Default and makes it even better. New jobs with each one their ownGameplay-wise this game takes the already well-crafted formula from Bravely Default and makes it even better. New jobs with each one their own niche, more balancing and interesting new features like chain battles and more combinig options.

    Story-wise, and without stepping on spoilers, the story of the first game is way better. This one seems like they didn't know where to go and it's a mix of little things. The big bads, Ba'al are given a little explanation that is very unsatisfying.

    There's lots of re-use of assets from the first game, and the OST is way less epic and does less impact than Bravely Default's, it's more generic than the master pieces Revo did for the first one.

    But the gameplay is so good you will play for the battles and the characters more than the plot, music, and environments "per se".

    Great game, even if the first one was more well-rounded.
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  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 19, 2016
    6
    Bravely Second has a good battle system and the variety of jobs but what holds this game down is the story. It is too juvenile and has badBravely Second has a good battle system and the variety of jobs but what holds this game down is the story. It is too juvenile and has bad voice acting. Either it gets lost in translation or Nintendo is catering to a young teen audience. Expand
  6. Jan 23, 2017
    6
    I was so pumped for this game, so excited. I loved the first game and really looked forward to the new art style and continuation of the storyI was so pumped for this game, so excited. I loved the first game and really looked forward to the new art style and continuation of the story in the sequel. Unfortunately the sequel didn't actually add anything to the previous game. The dialogue became significantly more childish and inconsequential in End Layer. I found myself cringing and growing impatient throughout 80% of the games early dialogue. I ended up trading the game back in at Gamestop after getting about 30%-50% through. This was really hard for me, as I usually complete every game I choose to purchase and start, and I had loved almost every aspect of the first game and watch Bravely Second's teaser trailer 6 or 7 times once I finished the game. I had expected the sequel to build character relationships even further, and tell a new and enticing story that would at least equal the first game's simple, yet fun, story. It did not, and months after trading the game in I believe I made the right decision. (Hopefully Octopath Travellers on the switch is fresh, and not overly childish like Bravely Second.) Expand
  7. Oct 3, 2020
    2
    Continuing a brand new and great JRPG series, Bravely Second takes everything the first game did and poo-poos all over it. Take away yourContinuing a brand new and great JRPG series, Bravely Second takes everything the first game did and poo-poos all over it. Take away your favorite characters from the first game and replace them with a 1-D French girl from mars Expand

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