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Bravely Default II: Demo Overview and Preview.
2021-02-09 19:56:33

With February around the corner, Square-Enix is primed to release their latest JRPG, Bravely Default II. With the visuals and gameplay of an older Final Fantasy title, Bravely Default II features the Job system allowing players to change the classes of their party members. The newest demo offers you up to 5 hours to clear two bosses in the game’s Chapter 1.

Last year, Square-Enix offered players a brief demo for Bravely Default II. The first build also came with a feedback survey. The newest demo incorporates much of that feedback along with a bit more gameplay to enjoy.

What to Expect from the Bravely Default II Demo.

If you have yet to try it, Bravely Default II will take place in Chapter 1. The game will offer you the four protagonists off the bat: Seth, Gloria, Elvis, and Adelle. Each one comes pre-equipped with one of the early-game classes, such as Vanguard, Black Mage, White Mage, and Monk.

Adelle’s name sounds like the name of a sorceress from Final Fantasy VIII, Adel. Bravely Default’s Edea was also named after a sorceress from the same game.

You’ll garner one new Asterisk, or class-change, before the end of the demo: Bard. This performing art will be used to buff your allies’ stats. You can also make it your default class, thus leveling it up, or as a sub-class. It’s entirely up to you on how you want to approach it.

In my experience, I found the demo to be fairly challenging. The new weight system means I can’t stack defense equipment on my party members and need to balance out what to give them. I ended up losing several times to the second boss, Anihal, the Beastmaster asterisk, before preparing once again in the shop with more items and better equips. Thankfully, this forgiving title gives you Teleport stones to warp out of dungeons and even warp points to move closer to the boss fight when you return.

For Newcomers to Bravely.

Bravely Default II comes from the titles that predated it on Nintendo 3DS: Bravely Default and Bravely Second. The first title came out in 2014 and offered one of the greatest soundtracks on the system’s library. If you’re familiar with composer, REVO, he composed the opening theme songs of Attack on Titan and Sailor Moon Crystal.

Bravely Second came out on 3DS in 2016. The direct sequel to Bravely Default followed the tales of the four heroes with two of them being main party members alongside new characters. Unfortunately, Bravely Second had both cast another writer and a different composer, Ryo, who’s known for the second opening theme of the anime, Fire Force.

Despite these changes, I found Bravely Second to be superior to its predecessor in a number of ways. While the title never quite became as successful overall, the gameplay quality-of-life improvements included stacking battles for EXP, balancing several classes, and removing a dreaded time loop of sorts that plagued the second half of Bravely Default.

Even with its glorious references to Puella Magi: Madoka Magica and Fullmetal Alchemist, Bravely Second was a standalone JRPG that could rank among the best on the 3DS. It astonished me to see the developer of the game apologizing for his past work due to its lackluster success. It explains my confusion for why this title wasn’t called “Bravely Third” and as such, I stand with fans when I say Bravely Second doesn’t warrant an apology.

However, after Bravely Second, the development team created Octopath Traveler on Nintendo Switch. This highly successful sprite-based HD-2D JRPG became an instant hit and one of the console’s best games. Following this act, it’s also great to see Tomoya Asano’s team working on the Bravely series once more.

Final Thoughts

I’m excited to try the final version of the game. While Bravely Default had its heart in the right place, I was a huge fan of Team Asano’s later works. Bravely Default II will join up the Nintendo Switch’s stellar lineup of JRPGs. Among them include Dragon Quest XI S, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Xenoblade Chronicles, Pokemon Sword and Shield, and the studio’s past work, Octopath Traveler.

Bravely Default II will come out for Nintendo Switch on February 26, 2021. Be sure to try the demo if you haven’t already. Finally, be sure to follow us on our social media channels below for our next batch of gaming content.

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