A Big Ol' JRPG Throwback
HWM Singapore|April 2021
Bravely Default 2
Tim Augustin

AT A GLANCE

DEVELOPER Claytechworks

PUBLISHER Square Enix / Nintendo

GENRE RPG

PLATFORM Nintendo Switch

PLAYERS Single

Bravely Default 2 feels like an old JRPG, and very much on purpose. The story puts you in the boots of Seth, a young sailor who finds himself washed up in Excillant (ah, JRPGs and their dumb naming conventions) after a terrible shipwreck. Naturally, our hero has amnesia - which means that you’ll have to deal with a lot of him saying, “I dunno!” whenever other characters question his origins or motivations.

Fortunately, the people of Excillant are friendly, and Seth doesn’t find it too difficult to fit in and start making friends. He’s joined by several companions, and soon, his presence in Excillant is given purpose: Seth and friends must journey through various kingdoms to retrieve magical crystals before an almighty evil is unleashed upon the world. The side quests you pick up along the way largely boil down to generic fetch quests though, which is disappointing.

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