Monthly Archives: February 2014
Posted by The Gaming Angel
Welcome back everyone to my esteemed blog. The JRPG genre has been faltering in recent years, leaving some fans wondering, will there ever be a true JRPG that can remain true to the old-fashioned mechanics while blending new intuitive elements? Square-Enix, of all companies makes an attempt to answer that question with their newest RPG Bravely Default for the Nintendo 3DS. So, does Square-Enix still have what it takes to bring out a good JRPG? Let’s review.
Graphics: Bravely Default sports a wonderful array of graphics. Character models are very well done with Akihiko Yoshida taking the lead on the character artwork. Monster designs are very impressive, with some creatures being cutesy, and others fearsome. The most outstanding aspect of Bravely Default is the world itself. Locale in this game, especially towns have hand drawn backgrounds that really pop. The characters sprites seem to blend in beautifully with these environments. This is something that is often attempted, but rarely executed well. Square-Enix attempted and delivered. Score: 9/10
Sound: Naotaka Hayashi and Sound Horizon’s Revo combine their talents to bring an excellent musical score that blends compelling music to draw you in and keep you there, especially in over world and battle scenes. The voice acting is fairly hit or miss. Some voice actors actually take their roles seriously, while others sound as if they are just being a mouthpiece to get a paycheck. Score 8.5/10
Gameplay: Bravely Default features a typical RPG storyline. You play as Tiz Arrior, a young man who loses his entire home after the wind crystal is taken over by a malevolent force. It is then you run into Agnes (Ah ness) Oblige, the Wind Vestel that everyone is after. You, Agnes, Ringabel and Edea run into each other fairly early in the game. This is a good strategy, because it allows you to get acquainted with these characters, know their individual stories, and eventually become attached to their personalities. The gameplay of Bravely Default is amazing because it blends traditional RPG elements, such as the job class (approximately 20 classes) and a new aspect to the traditional RPG battle system. Enter the Brave Default system. This element gives players the option to choose “Brave” an offensive approach that allows them to act multiple times at the sacrifice of AP, or “Default” a defensive approach that allows you to gather extra AP to unleash attacks on your foes without penalty.
Some of you may think about just going all out brave the entire time, but the more your AP goes into the negative numbers, the more times you are unable to act with that character until it replenishes. This brings a refreshing tune up to the traditional turn-based RPG engine, while keeping the nostalgia alive. You can also use skills that other players who are further in the game have already obtained via the abililink feature, and link with friends to help rebuild your shattered village. This game has a huge amount of features and a challenge to match. Score: 10/10
Bravely Default is the JRPG fans have been dying for. The story is great, the characters are fun, and the battle system is among the most fun and challenging gaming mechanics I have ever played in a JRPG. Don’t miss out on this game folks, this is a keeper!
Final Score: 9.5/10