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Generally favorable reviews - based on 111 Critic Reviews

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  1. Positive: 80 out of 111
  2. Negative: 2 out of 111
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  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
    100
    Bravely Default 2 is one of the best games to point to when people ask what makes JRPGs fun.
  3. Mar 8, 2021
    95
    Bravely Default II is a throwback to the Final Fantasy games of the '80s, in all the best ways. Some modern quality-of-life enhancements smooth the road a bit, but all the good stuff you remember is here for the taking. If grinding monsters for levels, unlocking new skills, and hunting for missing crystals is your idea of a good time, then Bravely Default is your video game nirvana.
  4. Mar 23, 2021
    91
    I would absolutely recommend Bravely Default II to any RPG fan out there that’s in the market for something new, regardless of whether you have any prior experience with the series or not. It’s a really solid, charming RPG that will provide you with hours and hours of entertainment. The job system is remarkably diverse, and the battle system is just unique enough to keep it from feeling like a chore even after countless encounters. Definitely check out Bravely Default II when you get a chance, you won’t be disappointed.
  5. Feb 28, 2021
    91
    A no-brainer delightful JRPG to start the year with beautiful aesthetics, endearing characters, and an easy-to-engage storyline. I implore you to not miss this call to our classic JRPG foundations.
  6. Nintendo Force Magazine
    May 17, 2021
    90
    Bravely Default II is one of the Switch's best RPGs, and that's not small praise for an RPG on a system that's already home to some of the genre's best. [Issue #52 – May/June 2021, p. 69]
  7. Apr 2, 2021
    90
    Enormous maps, a gorgeous visual world, marvelous soundtrack, amazing combat and a jobs system that feels just right to go with this experience all contribute to make a turn-based RPG that features the right elements to stand out within the Switch catalogue.
  8. Mar 10, 2021
    90
    That little complaint aside, Bravely Default II does a wonderful job of scratching the classic JRPG itch, while also subverting the genre’s tropes and conventions in fascinating, sometimes surprising ways. It’s a fresh take on the familiar tale of four Heroes of Light, full of charming characters (Adelle!), beautiful locations, and sharp writing, with captivating battle and job systems to go with it. Even if, for me, it doesn’t quite hit the same highs as Bravely Second, it comes damn close—and that’s high praise.
  9. Mar 10, 2021
    90
    Bravely Default II is truly a JRPG fan’s JRPG, and while I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t hoping it would smash my expectations the way the first game did, I’d be similarly dishonest if I were to say that I didn’t enjoy every minute of it.
  10. Feb 25, 2021
    90
    A reboot of the series that still stays true to its roots, Bravely Default II is most certainly worth the half-decade we waited for it. This is a must-have for fans of the series and JRPG fans in general.
  11. Feb 25, 2021
    90
    Bravely Default II is a great way to get into RPGs. A combat system and a spectacular soundtrack accompany a story that no fan of the genre should miss.
  12. Feb 25, 2021
    90
    Bravely Default II is the pinnacle of old-school JRPG. By delivering what makes the charm of the works of yesteryear while updating the script, the rhythm and the general tone, he achieves a real tour de force.
  13. Feb 25, 2021
    90
    Bravely Default II couldn't be through with the past, as shown by the JRPG's traditional elements which inevitably, if not deliberately arouse nostalgia. While its wider, undulating world invites exploration, this episode seriously lays everything down, from the decidedly abrupt narrative to the extremely demanding strategical battles, exploiting the risk rewarding system and jobs' combination skills at full extent. Such kinds of class, whether wisely revised or exquisitely original, are worth it. Hence Tomoya Asano signs a deeply moving fairy tale intended for the genre's erudites, a beautiful proof of bravery.
  14. 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.
  15. Feb 25, 2021
    90
    Fans of the Bravely series will have a blast with Bravely Default II. It may not stray far from its predecessors but it does deliver another thoroughly enjoyable journey with updated graphics and a whole new story with loveable characters.
  16. Feb 25, 2021
    90
    Bravely Default 2 works like clockwork, and just to witness the technique that the Brave / Default system requires it is worth giving one of the best JRPGs that exist on Nintendo Switch a shot.
  17. Feb 25, 2021
    90
    For JRPG fans, Bravely Default 2 is a new twist on familiar comfort food. Subtle innovations make a proven recipe worth exploring all over again, and JRPG fans will find a lot to digest.
  18. Feb 25, 2021
    88
    Bravely Default II is a solid game, perfect for new players, but also for veterans. You never get tired of playing because combat, characters and jobs will keep you entertained in an artistic and precious world.
  19. Apr 26, 2021
    86
    Those visual and technical annoyances and failure to stick the landing properly on its otherwise strong narrative muddied the experience for me. Bravely Default II is a beautiful, interesting throwback RPG that falls short of its full potential because of small details. The 2020 worldwide pandemic during Bravely Default II’s development may be a factor, but I wonder if this twice-delayed game needed a few extra months.
  20. CD-Action
    Oct 12, 2021
    85
    I wanted to both scold Bravely Default II for its many flaws and kiss it for some stellar moments when it shone like a diamond. At the end of the day the latter decisively outweighed the former. The game boasts one of the best combat systems I’ve seen in jRPGs, towns that are a work of art, and a breathtaking soundtrack. If you like the genre, there’s a chance you’ll fall in love with Bravely Default II. [04/2021, p.48]
  21. May 5, 2021
    85
    Bravely Default 2 on the Switch is a competent JRPG that doesn’t really try anything new, but it does everything so well that it doesn’t even matter.
  22. Mar 15, 2021
    85
    Despite a couple shortcomings with the story and extraneous elements, Bravely Default II is a rock-solid JRPG that will appeal to anyone with a love of world exploration, character management, and turn-based combat.
  23. Mar 1, 2021
    85
    Bravely Default II is not for those who desire a simplistic thoughtless combat experience where progression is achieved with little thought. This game embodies the opposite of that philosophy and is meant for anybody who has the patience to fail, think, and learn. While not housing a stellar narrative, it does a decent job of providing one alongside an addicting gameplay loop that any JRPG fan should consider diving into for the endless combat possibilities alone. Each player’s combative journey has the potential to be unique to them and them alone, and that is what ultimately cements Bravely Default II as one of the best JRPG experiences on the Switch.
  24. 85
    In Bravely Default II, you either break the battle system with some beautiful strategy, or it breaks you. And that’s the thrill of it. Taking charge of massive customization options to build a party that can uniquely demolish the varied bosses is incredibly satisfying and never gets old. When you couple that stellar action with a phenomenal soundtrack, it becomes possible to forgive the game’s uninspired story and technical hiccups. And while I really wish Square Enix were not struggling so much to tell a great story lately, Bravely Default II is still an utterly addicting RPG and an excellent addition to the Nintendo Switch library.
  25. Feb 25, 2021
    85
    The unbalanced difficulty and the monstrous power gap that separates the common monsters from the tough bosses could represent a big obstacle for users who are mostly interested in the story and unwilling to devote themselves to grinding body and soul. Conversely, players who are orphaned of the high level of challenge that characterized old-school products will find their match in Bravely Default II and in the deep customization of the party that the title includes in their arc. So arm yourself with courage and set off in search of the Elemental Crystals together with the four Heroes of the Light.
  26. Feb 25, 2021
    85
    Without straying too far from the formula set by its predecessors, Bravely Default II proves there's still life left in old-school JRPG ideals with challenging and addictive combat and some beautiful sights and sounds. Its punishing nature might put some players off, but the satisfaction of mastering its systems is well worth the time and effort.
  27. 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.
  28. Feb 25, 2021
    84
    Bravely Default II is a classic JRPG in the style of the early Final Fantasy games. However, it also tries to adapt to modern times. It offers more mechanics, complexity, a deep story, an extraordinary artistic section and fun battles.
  29. Feb 25, 2021
    83
    Overall, Bravely Default 2 is a solid RPG with a unique battle system and a satisfying job system. Having allowed time to pass between the first two iterations and this one, Bravely Default 2 remains a natural extension of the older games, though improved in various aspects. Without question, Bravely Default 2's job system is the shining aspect of the game and does enough to keep my interest despite a relatively predictable story.
  30. Feb 25, 2021
    82
    Bravely Default 2 is what you're looking for if you're on the hunt for an extremely traditional yet (at times) punishing JRPG, both on the go and at home.
  31. Feb 25, 2021
    82
    Bravely Default II is a fantastic JRPG. There are some small issues that prevent it from becoming an instant classic, but the feeling we got after watching the true credits will stay with us for a long time.
  32. May 10, 2021
    80
    Bravely Default II is an RPG with an interesting battle system that allows you to stock multiple turns to use at once. With many main and sub jobs to choose from, the game also offers plenty of customization options. While the way the story progresses can get repetitive, the various lands you visit and their cultures and history feel grounded in reality.
  33. Apr 15, 2021
    80
    Of the three games so far in the series, Bravely Default II quickly became my favourite. Despite the sharp disparity in boss difficulty compared to random encounters, it was easy to get into a rhythm of moving from area to area, conquering foes and acquiring new jobs, then grinding to unlock all the new abilities available. The story, while predictable, is still solid with an excellent feeling for both irreverent and serious moments. I often hummed along to the game’s many songs, and I can clearly picture the game’s various regions and the little ditties that went along with each biome. With an all-new cast, it’s also the most approachable, and comes highly recommended. Though the game can be completed at a much faster pace than I managed, my nearly 80 hours with the game are ones I have no regrets spending. For those looking for a throwback JRPG with heart and an addictive combat system with the ability to blend together job combinations, there’s nowhere else to turn.
  34. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Apr 12, 2021
    80
    The old-fashioned JRPG, which excites someone, scares others. If you don't have 60+ hours of spare time, you hate grinding and the clichés of Japanese RPGs are creeping up on your throat, turn around right away and have Fortnite. Otherwise, you must not miss it. [Issue#310]
  35. Apr 9, 2021
    80
    Bravely Default 2 is the best JRPG that never came out of 1998 Japan. It has a deep combat system, a sunny disposition, and a weirdly positive outlook. Don’t pick it up unless you’re willing to make it a lifestyle choice for a month or so, and you have to be at or near the maximum possible biological tolerance for classic-style JRPGs. Bravely Default 2 is the absolute Platonic ideal of the form, with upsides and downsides that are both traditional for the genre and unique to it.
  36. Mar 30, 2021
    80
    Despite falling a bit short in the story and characters department compared to its predecessors, Bravely Default 2’s satisfying combat encounters, deep job customization and stellar soundtrack makes it a worthy comeback for this fan favorite series.
  37. 80
    Bravely Default II doesn't do all that much to differentiate itself from the games that came before it. How you'll feel about that will depend on what you want out of the game: do you want something that is familiar and comforting, or a title that innovates on a decades-old formula? If you're here for the former you'll absolutely enjoy your time with Bravely Default II, even if some of its failings start to grate on you. If you wanted the latter then the excellent combat, art, and music will help you overlook Bravely Default II's otherwise tired tale.
  38. Mar 22, 2021
    80
    For fans of role-playing games, especially JRPGS, this game will come as a breath of classic RPG air. Turn-based battles with a twist, an intricate and intersectional job system, and a ragtag group of heroes are all key components that make the experience memorable.
  39. Mar 20, 2021
    80
    I’ve been waiting for this game for a while now, and I’d say it mostly lived up to my expectations. There’s everything I love about the series here, from the characters to the challenging bosses to the well-organized systems. Sure, it’s mostly a linear experience, but there’s enough variety and sidequests to keep things fresh. And like any good Bravely Default game, there’s a handful of big twists to shock and amaze you.
  40. Mar 18, 2021
    80
    Bravely Default II is a familiar yet enjoyable JRPG. Though some aspects like its visuals may not hit the mark, the job and combat system are excellent and give you freedom with your party. It can feel a little safe at times, but Bravely Default II is still a solid choice worth seeing through to the end.
  41. Mar 18, 2021
    80
    Any way you look at it, Bravely Default 2 is a fantastic launch for fans of classic JRPGs, a genre that hasn't had it easy, even in the portable model. There's still a lot for me to find out, especially in terms of the systems and the interconnection of the abilities in the Jobs that are unlocked as you play. I'm more susceptible to the extrinsic values associated with the progression and micromanagement of games like this, which invariably ends up pushing the story into the background. I'm certainly going to keep on playing it; it will continue to deserve commitment and a place between the cat and me, and that's perhaps the highest praise I can give it.
  42. 80
    Ultimately, Bravely Default 2 is a solid RPG that harkens back to Square Enix’s first steps in the genre. Fans and newcomers alike are quite sure to discover a hearty and satisfying offering of exploration, questing, turn-based combat, and endearing story beats. Now, I get to move on to the real post game: guessing what the next game in the series will be called.
  43. Mar 14, 2021
    80
    The excessive grinding and generic story might put some people off, but if you can push past the initial bumps, you'll find a great JRPG waiting for you.
  44. Mar 8, 2021
    80
    Bravely Default II returns to what gamers loved about the first installment while using the better hardware to upgrade the graphics. The return of the Brave/Default system, a wide variety of jobs, and the many interesting, outspoken characters are offset by quite a difficulty spike in story-related fights which too often require extensive grinding.
  45. 80
    Bravely Default II borrows much from the games and franchises that came before it, while still carving out a fun and thrilling identity of its own.
  46. Mar 5, 2021
    80
    While there are some visual issues and style choices that can be off-putting, the game overall looks great. You can also avoid some of the hassle of grinding by racking up items and money while you and your Switch are sleeping. Just make sure to swing by town regularly to pick up your rewards and set your characters exploring again. Fans of old school RPGs will love Bravely Default 2 but others might be better off picking up something a little more daring.
  47. Mar 5, 2021
    80
    A charming neoclassical JRPG that, while somewhat flawed technically, will appeal to theorycrafters and those looking for gaming comfort food.
  48. Mar 5, 2021
    80
    Overall this is a decent, yet seemingly old-fashioned Switch sequel to the 3DS roleplaying games which showed an original approach to turnbased tactics.
  49. Mar 4, 2021
    80
    All in all, Bravely Default II is a game that chose to play it safe. It offers few surprises or twists, but it does offer one of the most excellent and enjoyable JRPG experiences on the Nintendo Switch. Whatever the story lacks, the gameplay more than makes up for, and I was delighted to advance and find what new jobs I was going to get. It's well worth the money for any Final Fantasy fan or anyone looking for an old-school JRPG. We have to hope that for the next game, the developers decide to go for Brave instead of Default when it comes to the story and setting.
  50. Mar 4, 2021
    80
    Bravely Default II is a well made, mechanically expansive, JRPG.
  51. Mar 2, 2021
    80
    If you're looking for a classic, JRPG experience, Bravely Default II is a fantastic pick up. Like the previous series entries, it brings old school role-playing into the modern era, with beautiful graphics and flexible systems.
  52. Mar 1, 2021
    80
    Bravely Default 2 brings us back to an older era of simpler RPGs with deep systems and shallow stories. If that sounds like a feature, not a bug, then this is the RPG for you.
  53. Feb 26, 2021
    80
    Featuring a new world, a new, colorful cast of characters and brilliantly designed environments, Bravely Default 2 can be an absolute trait for a significantly large amount of time. It does fall short, though, on all the shortcomings of the genre; unsurprising and often predictable plot elements, the need for grinding and the challenge, which is there, and requires the player to trod carefully.
  54. Feb 25, 2021
    80
    While just falling short of being towards the top of my favourite JRPG's, Bravely Default does a lot right. Its job systems and battle system are great fun and the sleep mode sailing game always gives you something fun to return to. The characters and voice acting, in parts, leave a bit to be desired and some of the environments are a bit fuzzy. On the whole you get a lot of game for your money, its an enjoyable, challenging experience and worth your time.
  55. Feb 25, 2021
    80
    Playing Bravely Default II was a truly memorable experience. Games like this just aren’t made very often any more. The flaws are very visible and your mileage will vary depending on what you value in your RPGs, but there is a great game here for fans and newcomers alike as long as you’re willing to look for it. Even with the issues noted throughout this review, Bravely Default II grabbed my attention and refused to let it go for 75 hours. It truly cemented my love for the job system.
  56. 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.
  57. Feb 25, 2021
    80
    Bravely Default II is a gem. It serves up amazing visuals with a combat system that both veterans and newcomers will love. It marries excellent characters with a rich in-game world, and delivers it with a majestic OST. It's not perfect but it's an excellent RPG that every Switch owner should try.
  58. Feb 25, 2021
    80
    Bravely Default II succeeds at delivering what it’s best at: offering a taste of the past with the emphasis on creative class combinations, hordes of foes, and big boss battles. Bravely Default II deftly harnesses some of the ancient enchantment of classic grind-and-go console RPGs – but don’t expect anything beyond that.
  59. Feb 25, 2021
    80
    Bravely Default 2 is a long, familiar JRPG journey with excellent customizable combat and beautiful backdrops that pass the time as you work through its extended stretches of grinding.
  60. Feb 25, 2021
    80
    What Bravely Default II has retained from previous games has been polished to a high standard and delivers the perfect slice of turn-based JRPG nonsense you’re craving. However, be warned as the areas that have changed aren't as solidly executed and can have frustrating results. Bravely Default II is definitely worth the look for JRPG fans or fans of the series, but be prepared for an experience that's a tad rough at times.
  61. Feb 25, 2021
    80
    Bravely Default II can get frustrating at times, but it more than makes up for that by being endlessly charming and endearing, and remains a joy to play through from start to finish.
  62. Feb 25, 2021
    80
    Bravely Default 2 is occasionally weighed down by its poor pacing and sometimes sluggish gameplay, but it still offers a sprawling and expansive JRPG that sticks closely to the roots of the genre while offering up a few unique twists.
  63. Feb 25, 2021
    80
    It's more Bravely Default, which is more classic JRPG formula, distilled for a modern era.
  64. Feb 25, 2021
    80
    Just like the previous chapters, Bravely Default II delivers a true-to-the-roots JRPG experience that is a little short in surprises, but truly enjoyable.
  65. Feb 25, 2021
    80
    Bravely Default II is punishing at times, but if you're willing to spend time grinding for XP, there's plenty to reward the most patient of players.
  66. Feb 25, 2021
    80
    Bravely Default II is a formulaic but well executed JRPG.
  67. Feb 25, 2021
    80
    As if it was ever in doubt, Square Enix has demonstrated once again that it understands exactly what ingredients are necessary to make a great RPG. The interesting, risk-based combat is supported by a diverse class system and a well-told story, which all combine to make for an experience that can be tough to put down. That said, one can’t help but feel a consistent sense of ‘been there, done that’ with Bravely Default II; Square certainly could’ve pushed the envelope just a little more with this entry. That aside, you really can’t go wrong with Bravely Default II. This is a well-crafted and expertly-made RPG that is easily worth your time and money; we’d highly recommend that fans and newcomers alike look into picking this up.
  68. Feb 25, 2021
    80
    Bravely Default 2 is a modernized classic that draws upon the best and worst of JRPGs.
  69. 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.
  70. Feb 25, 2021
    78
    Bravely Default 2 is a classic JRPG that certainly doesn't reinvent the wheel, but its intriguing combat system and the customization offered by the many classes available can make it interesting for fans of the genre.
  71. Mar 3, 2021
    77
    As with its predecessors, Bravely Default 2 scores with its unique and complex round based fighting system and an inviting atmosphere. But beside other minor strengths, the game suffers from its strong grinding constraints and its imbalance by constantly toggling between too easy removable and overwhelming enemies.
  72. Mar 15, 2021
    75
    Bravely Default II isn’t revolutionary by any means, but it’s still good classic era JRPG fun that’ll scratch the itch for an old-school adventure at least for a little while.
  73. Mar 12, 2021
    75
    Do you also have to play this game? That depends. Personally I'm more drawn towards games like Persona 5 and Yakuza: Like a Dragon, who give their own spin to the age-old jrpg-formula. But if you aren't waiting on the goofy, postmodern tomfoolery of those games and desire that old trusting feeling of a classic middle-age fantasy-environment, then you'll be appeased with Bravely Default 2.
  74. Mar 11, 2021
    75
    Bravely Default II is a good RPG that undermines everything amazing the previous two games. The new battle style discourages risk taking and thus less freedom with the job system. The first 30 or so hours are great, despite a slow start in terms of gameplay, but the last 20 are too frustrating to be worthwhile and the story ends on an unsatisfying note.
  75. Feb 25, 2021
    75
    Bravely Default 2 is great for people longing for the Final Fantasy experience from the NES era. If you are okay with the long dungeons and repetitive fights, you will enjoy the combinations of different classes in fights in this refreshing game.
  76. Feb 25, 2021
    75
    A missed opportunity to present a title at the height of his older brother. A classic RPG that does not innovate at any level and that can be improved in its approach and playable mechanics, although fans of the Genre and of the first installment will surely appreciate its proposal... which is also terribly beautiful to behold.
  77. Feb 25, 2021
    75
    Bravely Default 2 is one of those games that quickly fade to oblivion. There's absolutely nothing remarkable about it. On the other hand, you do get a great character development system, solid, tactical combat mechanics, and some challenging bossfights. The end-result is a game that plays it very safe, designed for players looking for garden-variety jRPG.
  78. Feb 25, 2021
    75
    Clearly, Bravely Default II is not without its flaws. A wonderful art style, delightful OST and intriguing storyline can only go so far, especially when technical glitches, odd UI mechanics and dungeon crawling make up most of the RPG. There is an element of frustration here too, where fans of the franchise may feel less compelled to sink 80+ hours into a game that feels somewhat off key. So, while it doesn’t quite reach the glorious heights of Bravely Second, Bravely Default II unfolds as a decent third entry to the series with enjoyable, albeit chilling, twists and turns.
  79. Feb 25, 2021
    75
    Bravely Default 2 is a comfortable game in an uncomfortable season. It offers a well-refined experience with a few exciting elements but doesn't quite grasp the experimental or groundbreaking design it was shooting for.
  80. Feb 25, 2021
    75
    The third chapter in the Bravely saga fails to improve the main issues of the previous games: while Bravely Default II offers an astounding depth for its job system, that requires players to really understand its mechanisms, the game lacks all of those elements that make a JRPG really impactful, from a meaningful story to a deep characterization.
  81. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Apr 9, 2021
    74
    Bravely Default II has some technical issues, but Claytechwork managed to make a good JRPG that deserves to stand alongside genre’s finest (well, at least those of the recent years). [Issue#252, p.68]
  82. 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.
  83. Mar 24, 2021
    72
    Your enjoyment of Bravely Default II will largely depend on how much of a fan you are of grinding. With the large glut of epic, innovative JRPGs available in 2021 there are plenty of more streamlined experiences. However if you’re into hardcore old school JRPG’s with brutal difficulty spikes and detailed job systems, Bravely Default II will be exactly what you’re looking for.
  84. Mar 5, 2021
    71
    Bravely Default II is a title whose solid gameplay mechanics and job system sustain the traditional story that has been going on for decades. The grinding is excessive, sometimes even ridiculous and tiring, unbalancing the experience in a regrettable way when past installments offered a much more balanced and fair package for the final experience.
  85. Mar 9, 2021
    70
    Looked at through the nitty-gritty of its stat-based party management, Bravely Default II is a commendable third outing that at its best reaffirms just how joyous the IP’s approach to both RPG gameplay and nostalgia remains all these years on. Unfortunately, with its inevitable transition to console comes a bevvy of technical stutters, questionable limitations on visual fidelity and a rather blunt necessity for extended periods of grind, those of which even the fond art-style can not hide for long. Which is a shame, as the beating heart of not just the series, but of JRPG’s storied history, remains as alive and as engaging as it’s always been. Something which fans of the 3DS releases will no doubt latch onto with dogged determination and eventual glee. Bravely Default II does have more than its share of bumps in the road, but it’s a road still worth taking.
  86. Mar 9, 2021
    70
    Bravely Default's old-school influences make it quite a peculiar game. It has an excellent combat system, full of strategies and really charming characters, but the story can be very simple and the mandatory grinding moments extend the game to about 60 hours of which not all are worth it. For those who want a JRPG with modern nuancess this game may not be a big deal, but for those looking for a game like the old ones, in Bravely Default 2 they will feel at home.
  87. Mar 7, 2021
    70
    Existing between Ages of gaming, Bravely Default II is struggling with its penniless look and its repetitive gameplay. Nonetheless it gets better the more time you spend with it, and the game will reward you if you learn how to master it.
  88. Mar 4, 2021
    70
    Bravely Default II is a game laden with frustration, with unfairness, with a lack of respect for the player's time. It's a game that could be massively improved, but only ever in small ways. It's an active step backward in terms of quality of life and playability features for the series… But when it works, it works wonderfully, its combat systems soaring to satisfying heights, its storytelling exciting and chilling. It's a game forever at conflict with itself, offering freedom then punishing you for pursuing it. I hate myself for loving it, but I love myself too much to ever go back to it. To sum it up, it's an arduous, glorious, frustrating, beautiful mess. It's a bit of a love-hate relationship.
  89. Mar 2, 2021
    70
    Bravely Default II ticks off all boxes for people looking for an old school, turn-based RPG experience but at the same time makes it very difficult for the casual gamer to enjoy it. Even if you get a hang of the gameplay, the story is such a remarkable slog, and the dialogue delivered at such a slow pace that it could easily replace melatonin as my go-to sleep aid. If you’re here for this sort of game, they do wonderfully with their dedication to the job system and the enemy design, and even if it’s not necessarily my jam, I can absolutely respect the work and effort put into this.
  90. What Bravely Default II ends up giving us is a nicely polished traditional role-playing game that gently shifts a few of the genre’s defining bars a centimetre or two higher while safely ducking under others. Fans of the form will find it warm and comforting, but I don’t expect it will win over many converts.
  91. Feb 25, 2021
    70
    If you’re a fan of old-fashioned RPGs and aren’t turned off by the idea of grinding for hours on end in order to overcome the latest big bad, chances are you’ll quickly become besotted by Bravely Default II. And no one would blame you, as it really is a charming game with lots to offer. The grinding will be an issue for many though, occasionally bringing their adventure to a halt until they’ve gained more levels or totally retrained their characters in new jobs in order to be effective. The first couple of times it happens you’re likely to grit your teeth and work your way through it. But the sixth, eight, tenth? That’s when some players are likely to throw in the towel. And it’s a shame, because at its core, Bravely Default II has all the ingredients of a classic.
  92. Feb 25, 2021
    70
    It's hard to call Bravely Default II a masterpiece, but it's not trying to be one. Yet still it's a solid game, full of classic JRPG charm. And perhaps it's a great reminder of why we love the genre in the first place.
  93. Feb 25, 2021
    70
    There is a lot to like in Bravely Default 2, as its character class system and story gradually unfold into something engaging and interesting - it just takes a long journey through some rough territory to get there.
  94. Feb 25, 2021
    65
    Bravely Default 2 isn't a bad game but, unfortunately, it never goes beyond the stage of a nice old-fashioned turn-by-turn experience and the game is pretty dated in many ways. The Brave and Default systems are still doing the job, while the Asterisks ensure the diversity of builds by allowing players to experiment to the fullest. But here we are, after this successful déjà vu background, there isn't much left for this second canonical episode. The game has a lot of difficulties to work correctly, the artistic direction, except the villages, leaves to be desired and the annexed content is of a deep boredom. As for the scenario, it's almost the same thing as BD1: those who made it know what we are talking about.
  95. Jun 1, 2021
    60
    There is so much potential here that doesn’t quite reach the mark, and it’s quite mind boggling as to why some of these problems exist when they didn’t in their previous work. However, with that incredibly addictive gameplay alone, along with the plethora of side-content, I can see traditional Final Fantasy fans having a lot of fun here, even if it’s a bit of a shallow adventure. Now that this engine has proven it’s worth in terms of gameplay, I am very excited for their next project if they have more time to spare in the writing room.
  96. Apr 13, 2021
    60
    The battles are not interesting enough to make the leveling process anything but a necessary evil for those hoping to keep pace with the game's challenges. At 60+ hours long, it will test all but the most dedicated retro JRPG game lover's patience.
  97. Apr 6, 2021
    60
    It is fortunate for Bravely Default II, that the strength of its combat and world designs outweigh its odd design choices and uninspired writing, if only barely. It is enough to keep the experience enjoyable, but it is unlikely that it is one that will stick with you for very long.
  98. Edge Magazine
    Mar 25, 2021
    60
    Yes, it really does get good after 20 hours, but even then it never lives up to its name - not-so-bravely defaulting to genre convention at almost every turn. [Issue#357, p.108]
  99. Mar 22, 2021
    60
    Bravely Default 2 is more of the same from the series. The game still keeps what it’s great at, namely its battle system, Job customization, and music. Fans of JRPGs will find familiarity here, but with the transition over to Nintendo Switch, I was hoping that there’d be more sizable improvements. Its tepid story as well as the puzzling omission of quality of life features that were present in previous games left me feeling a bit underwhelmed overall. Bravely Default 2 is a good game, but there are aspects that keep it from being a great one.
  100. Mar 17, 2021
    60
    Although the game system is well done and the environments are beautiful, the rest is still bland and unimaginative. However, the battles are a strong bright spot - and if you like Japanese role-playing games in the old style, there is a lot to like here. Do not expect any groundbreaking new features or an outstanding story though.
  101. Mar 12, 2021
    60
    An interesting story is hampered by too much filler. The combat system is great, but pacing issues makes the game less enjoyable.
  102. Mar 2, 2021
    60
    The Brave and Default combat system strikes a near-perfect balance between two rival battle mechanics that have struggled to coexist over the decades, but that’s about the extent of the game’s individuality. Beyond that, it features a comically overused premise, music that’s simply remixed to suit your current locale, countless dungeons that offer no new experiences and only serve to pad the game’s supposed worth, and an overall gameplay loop that’s worn out before the end of the first chapter. Besides looking a bit nicer on newer hardware, the reason for this sequel’s existence isn’t clear.
  103. Mar 2, 2021
    60
    The hardcore JRPG lovers looking for meaty Switch representation will froth over this, but as a new entry in the field, Bravely Default II only displays acid rain level nostalgia. It’s the dinosaur they just added feathers to, to make it seem like something new, but really, it’s all the same skeletal system we’ve known and studied already for so long.
  104. Feb 25, 2021
    60
    A disappointing waste of a fun combat system and an impressive graphics engine, with ugly artwork and unremarkable storytelling that expends all its goodwill disappointingly quickly.
  105. Feb 25, 2021
    60
    I’ve grown to enjoy it more and more as I’ve played. But despite how much I can enjoy it, I can’t get away from those minor frustrations, as much as I’d like to. Bravely Default 2 makes a compelling case for itself as a modern JRPG that evokes the classic era, but it doesn’t do as much with the concept as modern contemporaries, and it never quite reaches the soaring highs of those classics, either. This is a game in between a rock and a hard place, and while it will definitely find its audience, it won’t make it onto any list of essential RPGs as its predecessor did.
  106. Feb 25, 2021
    60
    I'm left with mixed feelings about Bravely Default II. There's a lot to like and a core that's still fun and engaging. But the removal of some key quality-of-life features gives this experience a lot more friction than the prior games. I've loved the Bravely Default series for letting me feel like I'm 15 again--with all the time in the world to grind out a full set of level-99 characters--while still respecting my time by recognizing I don't actually want to do that. Bravely Default II asked me to put in the tedious work and lost some of the series' identity in the process.
  107. Feb 25, 2021
    60
    The presentational and balance problems ultimately don’t take too much from Bravely Default 2. There’s a brilliant game here, with heart, smarts, and an admirable adoration for the classics of the genre. Its charm cannot be denied – and it provides a helpful cushion against those uneven and rough edges. With that said, to embrace a cliché – this is absolutely one for fans of the genre, who want a difficult, system-driven RPG – and aren’t as worried about the visual presentation.
  108. Feb 25, 2021
    60
    The tactical flexibility in Bravely Default 2 is among the best in class, and tinkering with its possibilities is a fine pass-time in itself. But it gets bogged down in a churn of routine battles, wayward balancing and humdrum fantasy. While the original game’s compact focus felt comfy on a 3DS, the Switch magnifies the blemishes of the sequel and leaves it looking a little underdressed.
  109. Mar 23, 2021
    50
    Not “bravely”, just “default”. You will, once again, enjoy the excellent combat system but that’s not going to keep you satisfied for 50 hours, is it? And the rest of the game is just way too bland, repetitive, unbalanced and poorly narrated.
  110. Mar 24, 2021
    40
    There are some things you expect coming into a Square Enix produced JRPG. You expect some grinding, you expect some weird dialogue, you even expect it to take a while to get going (I’m looking at you Final Fantasy XIII and the 30 hours it took to get good). What you don’t expect is for the game to feel like it’s just going through the motions with its story, for the central class system to not feel worthwhile, and for the battle system’s main claim to fame being you get to skip your turn to go later. Turns out Defaulting on this one is the right move.
  111. 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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  1. Feb 25, 2021
    Bravely Default 2 is a good and classic RPG for Nintendo Switch. However, it doesn't take any risks to offer something different.
  2. Feb 25, 2021
    Square Enix's line of retro JRPGs continues with an all-new world and tale for Bravely Default, though some of the old problems persist.
  3. Feb 25, 2021
    While I’ve had a wonderful adventuring in Bravely Default II’s familiar but streamlined JRPG world, it is not of the faint of heart, or those who aren’t ready to get deep into the details of stat math and build synergies. And even then there are more than a few rough edges to catch a frustrating splinter on while playing, something I also did literally when grinding battles in-between doing demolition on my kitchen pantry. Also the game’s sidequests are mostly terrible, but more on that in my full review. [Impressions]
  4. Feb 25, 2021
    Bravely Default 2 is a struggle, even in a time when I have nothing else to do but sink into a long, involved Japanese RPG full of dense systems. Every time I find my rhythm in the grind through a dungeon, it’ll throw me a challenge that hours of playing haven’t prepared me for. I’ll spend more time grinding, hoping that some skill farther down the tree will be the key to defeating the boss. There just isn’t anything else engaging enough — not characters, story, or even the feeling of accomplishment in finding the perfect combination of job skills — to reward the churn.
  5. Feb 25, 2021
    Really, what you’ll get out of Bravely Default II depends on what you’re looking for. The combat is still among the most interesting that I’ve experienced, and the job system — which dates way back to Final Fantasy III — has yet to grow old. Tinkering with character builds and then unleashing them on monsters remains incredibly satisfying. If that’s what you’re into, this is the game. It’s especially nice playing on the Switch, which is ideally suited for this kind of game, as you can chip away at a dungeon while lying in bed. The rest of the experience isn’t exactly bad, per se, it’s just… there. A bland fantasy realm with characters I can barely remember. In Bravely Default II, the grind isn’t the combat — it’s listening to all of the dialogue.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 316 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 43 out of 316
  1. Feb 27, 2021
    10
    Best RPG in a while. Definitely better than P5R where there is only repetitive combat.
  2. Feb 28, 2021
    0
    very poor game, apart from beautiful graphics, it offers nothing but a continuous and repetitive grind
  3. Feb 27, 2021
    9
    I've been having a blast with this. I haven't played the original games so I don't know how it compares to them but for me this is a veryI've been having a blast with this. I haven't played the original games so I don't know how it compares to them but for me this is a very Dragon Quest-esque JRPG. It doesn't do anything crazy or new but it's a chill adventure with great characters, locations and a fantastic battle system. It's a very traditional JRPG and that's not a bad thing at all. It doesn't have the wide expanse of something like DQ11 but it's a perfect Saturday afternoon game that will have you losing plenty of hours.

    My only real complaints are that the character models are ugly as sin and the game can be a bit messy looking in handheld but you get used to both suprisingly quick.
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