Video Game Review: Bravely Second: End Layer

Details: Played for about forty-five hours. More information can be found at https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/bravely-second-end-layer-3ds/

Score: 6.9/10

Bravely Second is the sequel to Bravely Default. While fun, the most disappointing aspect of this game is the lazy reuse of many of the assets from the first game.

Bravely Second takes place two years after the events of Bravely Default. A new evil empire attacks the world and a group of familiar young heroes must band together and defeat this enemy.

The story was decently entertaining. It’s very anime. The last game had some meta, fourth wall breaking elements to it and this game has those as well, which was fun actually.

Gameplay is almost exactly the same as the prior game. It’s a turn based role playing game; you take turns casting spells, attacking, healing, etc. The signature systems in this game is the Bravely Default system and the Bravely Second system. The Bravely Default system is just the ability to defend during a turn and add an extra action to your next turn. The Bravely Second system just freezes time and lets you deal more than the normal damage limit. I’ve never used the Bravely Second system since it seems to involve some form of micro transactions. I will say that you must use it at least once in the game because it is relevant to the narrative.

There are also many small changes that mostly improve the overall experience over Bravely Default. These changes include how jobs work. These are minor changes, but mostly help.

There are online functions, but I’m playing in 2020 so I skipped all that annoying crap.

Visually, this is a Nintendo 3DS game so its a pixelated mess. It’s pretty good compared to other games on the 3DS though.

The best part of this game is the audio. This game is almost fully voiced and the voice work is pretty great. The music is also fantastic and what you’d expect from a well finance role playing game.

Overall, this was fun, but more of the same. They reused much of the visual assets from the last game so the game felt very repetitive. The story is new, but familiar, as expected from a sequel. If you enjoyed Bravely Default, you’ll probably enjoy Bravely Second.

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