Excerpt: Bravely Default is a new JRPG title from Square Enix. The title was originally released in Japan with only a Western based audience in mind, which could explain a lot of the quirkiness in the game, but the positive reception the game received around the world led to a release in North America last month.
Excerpt: Bravely Default is a game with a weird name, but an extremely familiar taste. Like an old, familiar shirt that you used to love back in the day, but put away because you wore it so much that the seams began coming loose and you didn't want to tear it into tatters. Bravely Default is a new name for a game series that literally everyone knew about, and almost as many loved...Final Fantasy.
Summary: won’t win anyone that hasn’t been a fan of RPGs over. It brings the best and worst of RPGs to the table. Gamers that will love this game are the ones that grew up on RPGs and can remember the Super Nintendo titles. What they’ll find here is a game that is great to play from beginning to end, with strong characters and an enjoyable combat system.
Excerpt: In my early gaming days, the SNES and PlayStation iterations of Final Fantasy were the pinnacle of role playing greatness. While Tidus, Yuna, and the rest of the PS2 crew holds a special place in my heart, there was nothing like making not one, but three PSOne motors burn out due to marathons collecting materia, junctioning spells, treasure hunting with chocobos, juggling classes, and watching a sadistic clown take over the world.
Excerpt: It’s hard talking about Bravely Default without bringing up Final Fantasy. Bravely Default features a story centered on crystals, spells with names like firaga, and airships. Yet in many ways, it’s better at doing Final Fantasy than recent Final Fantasy games. Instead of a convoluted story with so much bizarre terminology that it requires its own dictionary, Bravely Default builds upon a clean, classic template.