JRPGs have endured the vagaries of the gaming industry for close on forty years and it is not difficult to see why. The melodramatic acting, the deceptively simple yet intricate battle systems and fantastical stories all make for an engrossing play time. While the genre has evolved, with some games moving to real time battle systems, and graphics seeing improvement, the one thing that has remained a constant has been the grind. Bravely Default II is no exception, you will love the grind or else!
Bravely Default II is the third game in the series despite the “II” behind the name. However, you do not need to play those games as this is not a direct sequel, instead taking place on a new world with all new characters. It is like Final Fantasy in that way, in that each main numbered game is a whole new game with no connection to the previous ones. What it does have in common with those games is the Bravely Default battle system. No one has ever accused JRPG developers with a talent for creating names that attract a player's attention.
The Bravely Default system adds a new wrinkle to your combat tactics. While at its core it is still a turn-based combat system, the system gives the player the option of being aggressive or more conservative using the Bravely and Default commands. The former allows you to immediately perform up to four actions in your turn, but at the expense of losing the next three turns. Default allows you to bank your turns so that you can unleash a devastating blitz attack on your enemies.
...the system gives the player the option of being aggressive or more conservative using the Bravely and Default commands.
Oh boy, the bosses can be buggers, especially if you get the mix of experience level, job level and job combinations wrong.
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1 March 2021
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