Bravely Default - Retail Essentials

Release date December 6th 2013 Price n/a
Format 3DS
Publisher Square Enix Distributor CentreSoft
Developer - Contact 0121 625 3388

Bravely Default - Retail Essentials

MCV looks at the cult Japanese RPG's arrival in the UK along with the new features it comes packing.

Bravely Default comes to stores on December 6th. 

Bravely Default is an RPG that came out in Japan last year. It has a cult following on this side of the world and this updated port has recieved over 100 improvements in the localisation process.

The story takes place in the world of Luxendarc, which has been torn apart by a great chasm. Four crystals which bring light to the land are disrupted turning the world into a very dangerous place. The narrative follows Agnès Oblige as she tries to bring light back to the world.

Core to the battle mechanic are the ‘Default’ and ‘Brave’ systems. The former option lets players forgo a move to store battle points for use later, while using the latter option allows characters to use multiple attacks in a single turn.

The title uses a job system allowing characters to specialise in one of 24 roles including Magic Swordsman, Ninja and Time Mage.

Players have special, powerful attacks called Deathblows – these are moves that can only be used when a character’s metre is full. These attacks are based on what weapons characters are holding. There are 27 Deathblows available and each of the nine weapons have three levels of attack.

The title features a minigame that sees players rebuilding the village of Nolende by recruiting fellow gamers through StreetPass.

This localisation features both the original Japanese audio as well as a brand new English dub.

Nintendo has been targeting fans of JRPGs through mobile advertising on games of the same genre, as well as on websites like ONM and Den of Geek.

Marketing has focused on getting fans to pre-order the Collector’s Edition from ShopTo.

Nintendo 3DS has had a great year for RPG titles including the likes of Fire Emblem and most recently Pokémon X and Y, and Bravely Default fits right in with this stellar line-up. Since Bravely Default launched in Japan last year, fans have been clamouring for a western release and now they are able to get their hands on it. The developers have made over 100 improvements to this edition from adding new story elements to the Bravely system. A lot of the improvements were based on the fan survey so this is a title where the developers really listened. I think it’s one for the fans whether RPG fans or 3DS owners, to pick up this Christmas.

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