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Bravely Default II

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch
Genre: RPG/Action
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Square Enix
Release Date: Feb. 26, 2021

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18. 'Bravely Default 2' (Switch)

by Judy on Feb. 15, 2021 @ 12:00 a.m. PST

Bravely Default II is a successor to the original Bravely Default game and will have players embark on a new story in a new world, featuring all-new Heroes of Light.

Chris "Atom" DeAngelus: Bravely Default was effectively an old-school Final Fantasy game in everything but name, and its sequel improved upon that with more jobs and more cool skills, so it's no wonder that people are looking forward to the first Bravely game to hit consoles. The old-school JRPG combat, new features and new jobs will likely be welcome to Final Fantasy fans, who might not enjoy the franchise's more action-oriented direction. Everything we've seen of it thus far looks fun, and if it's anything like the first games, it'll be a must-have for any RPG fan.

Joseph Doyle: Bravely Default intrigues me for perhaps the wrong reasons. From the demo, people have stated that the grinding is more fun in this game than others of its genre, which is a huge win for someone who's grown as impatient as me these past few months. The game will incorporate some of the graphical choices made in Octopath Traveler, which was wonderfully beautiful.

Cody Medellin: The original was one of those quiet hits of the 3DS era. On a system absolutely brimming with quality RPGs, this throwback was one that you could easily recommend to genre fans. Switch fans may have gotten their fair share of RPGs, but only as few titles are exclusive to the console. Having the sequel appear on the Switch goes a long way in helping the system match up to the 3DS's legacy for role-playing fans.

David Silbert: As Square Enix puts out ambitious games like Final Fantasy VII Remake, titles like Bravely Default are a thoughtful reminder of the JRPGs of yesteryear. With its picture book visuals, beautiful music, and terrific combat, the series has carved out its own place in Square Enix's catalogue. The naming might be a bit obtuse — Bravely Default: End Layer already exists as a sequel — but Bravely Default 2 should be great fun all the same.

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