Bravely Default II Review (Nintendo Switch)

Lead your party on a journey in our Bravely Default II Review as we go through the five kingdoms as we seek to return the Crystals to their rightful home. The world is in crisis. Floods, rising temperatures, nature has gone out of control – the theft of the Crystals threatens all living things. There is hope, however, in the form of the Heroes of Light: four fabled warriors who can bring the elements back into balance.

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Bravely Default II Review Pros:

  • Beautiful graphics.
  • 12.3GB download size.
  • 3 difficulties-casual, normal and hard.
  • Action RPG gameplay.
  • Cutscenes can be skipped or auto-advanced.
  • English or Japanese voice work.
  • Control mode-set it to one or two Joycon controls.
  • Can Invert axis.
  • 9 save slots.
  • Save when you want.
  • Camera-set but can be zoomed in.
  • Out of town-you can free roam the land and find treasure chests, cut down grass, and attack enemies.
  • Day/night cycles and at night you have a light.
  • Brave and default commands-in combat, default command accumulates power and brave command unleashes it.
  • Battle speed can be changed.
  • Turn-based combat.
  • Earn EXP and level up to increase stats.
  • Monsters/enemies can be seen and if you hit them from behind you get a combat advantage but if they hit you from behind you get a disadvantage to combat.
  • Party chat-you can talk between the characters.
  • Nighttime has more enemies/monsters roaming.
  • Full 3D camera control on the right stick.
  • Tents-use them out in the field to replenish health and MP.
  • Dungeon portals-these allow you to quickly go back out and do what you want and then come back and carry on.
  • Travelogue-used to manage quests, both main and the many optional side quests.
  • Lore-split into categories like monster, item, weapon, and armor, you can read about encountered items/enemies and learn what enemies can drop and location.
  • Can freely swap between jobs and Abilities.
  • You can kite a load of enemies together and trigger them in a fight where you will consecutively go through each encounter, it may be harder but it grants more rewards and a higher job exp reward.
  • Underdog bonus-if an enemy is stronger and you beat it, you get a bonus reward.
  • Enemies-you can tell if an enemy is overpowered or underpowered against you, as overpowered will have a red glow and lower power will run away from you.
  • Repeat combat-handy do the last action again button in combat.
  • Play how you want.
  • You can grind/farm enemies.

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Bravely Default II Review Cons:

  • Very daunting.
  • Slow pace.
  • A lot to take in.
  • The story takes a long time to get into and grab you.
  • The fixed camera angles are not always ideal.
  • It always feels like you need a guide or something to deal with all the many options and quests.

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Bravely Default II:

Official website.

Developer: Square-Enix

Publisher: Nintendo

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  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Sound - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Length - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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