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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)

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

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