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  • Summary: Step into a brand-new world with four brand-new heroes. A new world, a new story, and all-new Heroes of Light await in an original RPG experience arriving on the Nintendo Switch system in 2020! This successor to the original Bravely Default game comes from the team that brought you theStep into a brand-new world with four brand-new heroes. A new world, a new story, and all-new Heroes of Light await in an original RPG experience arriving on the Nintendo Switch system in 2020! This successor to the original Bravely Default game comes from the team that brought you the Bravely series and Octopath Traveler, and features music from Revo (Sound Horizon/Linked Horizon), acclaimed composer of the Bravely Default soundtrack.

    * Brand-new entry in Square Enix's Bravely Series
    * Travel the world in search of the four Crystals with the latest incarnation of the brave band known as the Heroes of Light
    * Latest creation from Team Asano, creators of the Bravely series and Octopath Traveler
    * New world filled with new characters, but with the atmosphere and excitement the Bravely series is known for
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 80 out of 111
  2. Negative: 2 out of 111
  1. 100
    It seems inevitable to me that there are going to be a lot of people that dismiss Bravely Default II as a “retro-style JRPG.” They’ll see the turn-based combat, the very “JRPG” design of the characters, and all the other genre tropes that the game indulges, and assume that that’s all it is. Nothing could be further from the truth. Nuanced writing, impeccable design and subtle subversion highlight that Bravely Default II is, instead, a game that uses its genre rather than allow it to become beholden to it. In many ways it's a highly metafictional thesis that explores what people love about JRPGs, and what is genuinely important to the genre. In doing so the game has become this wonderfully nuanced, beautiful, entertaining and emotive experience, and in my book, that makes it a masterpiece.
  2. Feb 25, 2021
    90
    The wait for Bravely Default II has been long and hard, but now that it is finally here it convinces with high quality graphics, storytelling, gameplay and sound. While this title is not without flaws, these are minor compared to the overall excellence of this title. A joy to play at home on the big screen or on the go, this title is a great addition to any turn-based RPG fan's library.
  3. 85
    Bravely Default II is a fun sequel that does it’s best to improve on it’s predecessor. While the dungeon designs are simplistic and the side quests lack variety, it’s hard to ignore what Bravely Default II does well.
  4. Feb 25, 2021
    80
    As a standalone title, Bravely Default II stands as a superb JRPG. But when it gets to be compared to the original, it sadly falls short. No matter how great its strengths are, they will always be remembered as being even greater before. Yet you should still not miss it if you are into the genre or if you loved the original, as it is a wonderful title no matter what you compare it to.
  5. Feb 25, 2021
    79
    Bravely Default 2 is a nice JRPG with a strong combat system, that only falls short in terms of its story.
  6. Mar 8, 2021
    73
    Bravely Default 2 is a decent JRPG cut from the same cloth as its inspirators. The combat is undeniably addictive, but its old-school sensibilities see it occasionally suffer from poor pacing and frustrating periods of grind.
  7. Feb 25, 2021
    40
    AIt hits all of the usual story beats and it will scratch an itch for JRPG obsessives, but there’s an absolute lack of substance. There’s no discernable creativity, flair, or ingenuity in any part of it. It doesn’t want to either reinvent the wheel or even add a lick of polish to it. It is a game which exists and functions as it was meant to; a JRPG as by-the-numbers as they come, I just wish the developers had been brave enough to take a few more risks.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 80 out of 128
  2. Negative: 27 out of 128
  1. Mar 23, 2021
    10
    If you’ve played the first bravely default, or any of the other titles, you’ll love this one, the characters are just as witty, cute, andIf you’ve played the first bravely default, or any of the other titles, you’ll love this one, the characters are just as witty, cute, and endearing as previous titles. Personally I would say this title far surpasses the first one for the 3DS Expand
  2. Mar 1, 2021
    10
    Original graphics, dignified history gave a good rpg, classic battle system and impeccable soundtrack
  3. Feb 27, 2021
    10
    Best RPG in a while. Definitely better than P5R where there is only repetitive combat.
  4. Feb 27, 2021
    8
    The spiritual successor of old-time classic ATB Final Fantasy.

    First, tbh, I partially lose my hope with how SE do jrpg for quite some time
    The spiritual successor of old-time classic ATB Final Fantasy.

    First, tbh, I partially lose my hope with how SE do jrpg for quite some time and never play new FF after X. This game is a true spiritual successor to classic FF I-V.
    If you love FF V, this game is quite similar to many aspects such as job system and class change.
    The story is simple and set in a fantasy world, something FF I-V and IX did well. No time traveling or change the timeline bs that the newer FF and even FF VII remake tried to add but failed to execute well, leaving the story as incomprehensible.

    The art style is glorious and beautiful, in particular, background, world map, and town. I hope more jrpgs follow this style, even though it is harder on their artists.

    The downside is that, since it is modernized of ATB FF, it might not be for you if you don't like turn based. Some mechanics are conservative. This means if you are more of a fan of modern jrpg or wjrpg, check the demo first if you still like the game as this game might not be mainstream.

    My score 8/10 is a temporary score as I just got my game today and it is based on the demo and the first few hours of the actual game. Will update my score and review it when I play more.
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  5. Apr 15, 2021
    7
    I'm a sucker for JRPG, and the game brings all the things that make a great JRPG. I just wish creators would take a bigger leap from 3DS andI'm a sucker for JRPG, and the game brings all the things that make a great JRPG. I just wish creators would take a bigger leap from 3DS and make the graphics, designs and overall style better. Chibi didn't work for me, because of them I couldn't really connect with the characters. Expand
  6. May 15, 2021
    5
    This game is so incredibly mediocre it is incredible. It takes almost all the bad tropes of old JRPG's and presents them as if they are someThis game is so incredibly mediocre it is incredible. It takes almost all the bad tropes of old JRPG's and presents them as if they are some kind of lost art. The worst being the story.

    The combat is fun, if not repetitive, even on the hardest difficulty you will soon be setting the in-game speed to 4x. Side note: any game that allows and encourages you to change the MAIN PORTION of the game to 4x speed likely has a fundamental problem.

    The main character is a complete blank shell, he has no backstory, no history, no personality, no goals, no desires, it is as if he was brought to life for the sole purpose of the game.

    The music is good but generic nothing to write home about.

    The voice acting is probably the best part of the game. It is cheesy, but in the right ways,

    If you are really desperate for an old school jrpg, I would suggest playing an actual old school jrpg. If for some reason none are available, this is an O.K. alternative, but expect nothing outstanding or new.
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  7. Mar 30, 2022
    0
    this game has very boring gameplay mechanics and a very boring soundtrack. I don't like this game it all

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