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Bravely Default 2 review: A tactically smart JRPG that lacks a sense of adventure

The impressive depth of Square Enix’s sequel is bogged down by routine battles and humdrum fantasy

Key Credits
Shota Fukubaru (Designer), Hajime Onuma (Artist)
3 / 5
Bravely Default 2 review: A tactically smart JRPG that lacks a sense of adventure

The tactical flexibility in Bravely Default 2 is among the best in class, and tinkering with its possibilities is a fine pass-time in itself. But it gets bogged down in a churn of routine battles, wayward balancing and humdrum fantasy. While the original game’s compact focus felt comfy on a 3DS, the Switch magnifies the blemishes of the sequel and leaves it looking a little underdressed.

  • Plenty of tactical depth
  • Challenging boss encounters
  • Some great quality of life features
  • Too many battles get in the way of exploring
  • Bland story and characters
3 / 5
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