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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: 16 out of 33
  2. Negative: 5 out of 33
  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. Apr 27, 2016
    7
    Return to Luxendarc to live a new adventure; It happens two years after the events of Bravely Default.

    In this new adventure we can visit
    Return to Luxendarc to live a new adventure; It happens two years after the events of Bravely Default.

    In this new adventure we can visit most of the same city and dungeons (with a some new ones) That we could see in the first game.

    Includes several improvements for a fastest level up and combat system considerably
    There are some new jobs, and this time we can get the level 11, with a new and unique powerfull skill.

    The history is just ok, full of funny moments and easter eggs from movies or tv shows, if you like the classic jrpg this is for you.
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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. Oct 24, 2019
    6
    As a fan of the first, I was extremely let down by the sequel. The game feels more like an expansion to the first, which isn’t a bad thing.As a fan of the first, I was extremely let down by the sequel. The game feels more like an expansion to the first, which isn’t a bad thing. The combat is great as ever using the brave and default system along for combat complexity. The new locations are interesting and have good music to accompany them. The new classes are interesting and fun to use including a Knight that can posses enemy’s and a Catromancer, this can allow you to use enemy abilities and talk to cats. However, the characters and story are abysmal. It’s painful to sit through the dialogue and story and the voice actors do the best but still comes off as irritating due to the childish dialogue. The combat this time however is flawed, I was able to get past the vast majority of boss fights by buying high level magic items which you can get plenty of by upgrading your town (this May also be true for BD however I was unaware while playing the game). They also haven't learned from their mistakes, the game requires you to play through the entire game twice to unlock the true ending which is tedious and feels like padding.

    Overall I would only recommend to fans of the first who really want more of the characters, world and combat. Dispute what some say it is definitely not for new comers as it’s so self referential it can suffocate new players.
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  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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