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Bravely Default is a JRPG from Square Enix, a throwback to the classic days of turn-based combat, world maps and out-of-this-world narrative twists and turns. However, Bravely Default is more than that. Lead developer Silicon Studio, despite publishing their game with Square Enix, also makes Bravely Default into a sort of parody -- albeit somewhat of a hypocritical one. This way Bravely Default both mocks and embraces the pros and cons of classic JRPG development.

Telling the tale of four "Heroes of Light," Bravely Default begins with these characters working towards cleansing the crystals that bring balance to the world, all while battling a faction which seems to want nothing more than the world's end. Of course, being the JRPG that it is, there's something much more nefarious at work that has much farther reaching consequences than the Heroes of Light may realize at first.

Gameplay boils down to standard exploration mixed with random battles and turn-based combat -- plus the bosses, too. Players wander around the overworld map, at first walking and then with a boat and even an airship, searching for towns, caves and other destinations. Once inside these destinations, it's either full of random battles or a safe zone of NPCs to talk, shop and progress the story with. Combat involves taking tuns where each character may have multiple swings or spell casts depending on the job. Yes, Bravely Default has a classic Final Fantasy job system for its four characters.

The success of Bravely Default following its release led some to decree the return of the JRPG, though if a resurgence is occurring it has yet to kick in. Though, at least, Bravely Default will be receiving a sequel in Bravely Second in 2015.

This game is also known as:

  • Bravely Default: Flying Fairy in Japan
  • Bravely Default: Where The Fairy Flies in Europe

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Murdered: Soul Suspect was (fortunately) in good company

Aug 06, 2014, by Leo Chan | 3 comments
Bravely Default explores free-to-play on Japanese eShop

It's like a long demo that's just long enough to whet your appetite (or sate it)

Jul 07, 2014, by Leo Chan | 8 comments
February NPD Number Crunch: Xbox One almost catches up to PS4

Industry retail sales turn to growth last month

Mar 13, 2014, by Leo Chan | 17 comments
Bravely Default commercial precludes February 7 launch, dramatic narrator approves

Square Enix casts its spell on NA, quite brave if you ask me...

Feb 05, 2014, by Amy Thomas-Kjær | 5 comments
Bravely Default's demo now available for North American 3DS players, exclusive content

North America don't need no "Flying Fairy" subtitle

Jan 02, 2014, by Rory Young | 13 comments
Bravely Default exclusive side-story demo available January 2, full game February 7 on 3DS

They've held Bravely Default away from us so long that it hurts

Dec 18, 2013, by Rory Young | 7 comments

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Jun 05, 15 12:52pm

The Courage to Disobey:

Square Enix disappointed their Final Fantasy fans since the release...

Apr 16, 14 2:16pm

The following review will use the following weighted scoring system

Graphics - 10%
3D Effect - 5%

Mar 11, 14 2:59pm
added Bravely Default Job Guide v1.20
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added 19 new screenshots
Swampert X
Jan 12, 14 5:40am

The opening cutscene of the game is one of the most amazing I've ever seen on a handheld console...

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Release Dates
  • North America: Feb 7, 2014
  • Japan: Oct 11, 2012
  • Europe: Dec 6, 2013
  • Australia: Dec 7, 2013
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