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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: 13 out of 27
  2. Negative: 4 out of 27
  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. 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
  3. 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
  4. Mar 18, 2018
    7
    The combat mechanics and job system are refined a bit from the first game. It's overall a decent game but dragged down with really bizarreThe combat mechanics and job system are refined a bit from the first game. It's overall a decent game but dragged down with really bizarre dialogue between the characters. The writers couldn't decide if they were writing unfunny cheesy comedy or a serious story, as the script constantly shifts gears between them. I still played the game all the way through and had a mostly enjoyable time, but the game could have been better. Expand
  5. 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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  6. Apr 28, 2016
    6
    So, almost everything about this game is an improvement over BD. The classes are different and interesting, the abilities seem well designedSo, almost everything about this game is an improvement over BD. The classes are different and interesting, the abilities seem well designed with synergy between the classes a forethought, continuing battle mechanics solved the issue of battle being trivial due to your party being able to go all out on non-boss fights, MAGIC IS ACTUALLY USEFUL. The music is fantastic, at different times reminiscent of FF4, FF6, and FF7, while still feeling different and modern. Heck, even the UI and command structure got some much appreciated QOL upgrades!

    Why the 6 then? Well, I did say *almost* everything...

    The story is **** abysmal. It's So, so, so bad. It's very lighthearted, and extremely cheesy on purpose, and it just doesn't fit. The previous game had, among other things, an endboss who's goal was to ruin heaven with jealousy and strife, and devoured worlds in front of your eyes to break your will to fight him. This game so far has neko girl who substitutes cat noises into words as much as she can and a sniper girl named "Aimee" with the worst accent and writing I've ever seen short of "Jill, the master of unlocking" in the PS1 RE. The voice acting is average, but the script they're reading would have served a better purpose as toilet paper. The story/writing being so bad is an utter disappointment, because they got literally everything else right.
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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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