Top Critic Average
Bravely Default offers a handful of modern twists on what is otherwise a fairly traditional JRPG, albeit one that is exceptionally refined, characterful and well-made. It’s no revolution, and if random encounters and turn-based battles turn you off, you won’t find anything to change your mind here. But fans and open-minded newcomers will enjoy a substantial adventure that proves the JRPG is alive and kicking.
Bravely Default is ambitious without being unconventional: an effective, engaging addition to a genre often hamstrung by tradition.
A brave game indeed as it attempts to marry the best of old school Japanese role-players with new and modern ideas… and generally succeeds.
Bravely Default’s depth and variety largely make up for a slow pace and repetitive mission structure
Thanks to its excellent battle system, Bravely Default breathes new life into a traditionalist genre.
Bravely Default is a masterful blend of old and new
If you've got a craving for that classic RPG feeling, this is your game. Four heroes; four crystals; a world to be saved--you know how it is.
It's a return to Final Fantasy's roots, and it's beautiful.
Bravely Default is an RPG for everyone. Its configuration and customization possibilities make it a great choice to be someone's first RPG or 500th RPG. It has a story that starts out cliché but ends up leaving a lasting impression, gameplay that stays interesting for triple-digit hours, a blend of innovation and tradition, graphics and music that please the eyes and ears, and when it's all over, left me with a feeling well beyond satisfaction.