just aren’t enough RPGs about mortagees defying bank managers.
There still aren’t, for despite its title Bravely Default
has nothing to do with refusing to pay off your home loan.
Instead, the somewhat curious title of this turn-based JRPG -
one which very much harks back to the olden days of, erm, the 1980s
and ’90s - is based upon the fighting mechanic within. Rather than
just going the biff, waiting for a retort, going the biff again then
waiting for a retort once more, you’ve the option of ‘Brave’,
whereby you take future turns in advance to get all defeatational,
or ‘Default’, whereby you sit a turn out in order to go the multiple
whappity in future. Or, of course, you can pre-program auto-grind
functionalities to cope with the incessant battles that you’ll mosey
That’s between the astounding abundance of textual
interludes, all beautifully – if often cheesily - voiced, and
looking resplendent in their hand-drawn meets Ghibli-like cutesy
gorgeousness. Seriously, we do hope that you like reading. Lots.
If so, you’re in for a treat as your eventual gender-balanced
party of four – Agnès and Airy fairy pal, bumpkin type Tiz, ex-enemy
chick Edea and bookworm Radiohead fan-bloke Ringabel - set off to do
something relating to the firing-up of magic crystals that’ve gone
on the fritz, leaving the world in looming gloominess mode.
As well as your typical big map exploration, BD’s stuffed
with side quests, 24 job classes (hmm, could this be the answer to
Australia’s impending employment crisis?) and even utilises
StreetPass for stuff like battle assistance and to suck passers-by
into going all construction worker for you.
Square than Enix, any fan of classic NES/SNES/PSX RPGs like
Final Fantasy will almost certainly fall for Bravely
Default. Just don’t get so hooked that you forget to pay your