Bravely Default is one of my favorite games of 2013, and Square Enix has a demo of its highly anticipated sequel, Bravely Second, playable at Tokyo Game Show 2014.
The major differences between Bravely Second and its predecessor are apparent almost immediately. The years between development have led to a far more beautiful game this time around. Not that Bravely Default was ugly by any means, but Bravely Second is just that gorgeous. Character models look a lot better and more expressive, but more telling is the the detail put into city art and the forest setting
Elements from the fore and background just jump off the screen even without the 3D turned on.
The demo puts you in control of the roguish firecracker Magnolia and Yuu, the youngest member of the Crystal Orthodoxy’s Knights. I mistook him and his two cohorts, Jean Angard and Nikolai Nikolanikofu, as villains during their reveal last week. Indeed, they are just tough dudes with hearts of gold, and they don’t have a shred of bad in their bones. The players all team up to track down native-American inspired character named Marie in a forest.
She holds the Tomahawk asterisk, granting her the powers to cast support magic and fire elemental bullets from her rifle.
While the dialogue proved a little too difficult to handle in Japanese, the same playful, lighthearted nature of the first game carries over magnificently into this game through the characters actions and facial expressions. I can’t wait to get to know this new cast of characters, as well as get reacquainted with Agnes and the other returning ones.
As for the combat, it mostly remains the same. Speed it up, slow it down, select actions with the d-pad and shoulders buttons. Speedy and efficient, just as your remember it. Yu’s starting job a Wizard, a new class with a new ability to sacrifice an action point to boost the power or modify the effects of his basic magical attacks. He can mist a group of enemies, meaning they take damage whenever they act, or power elements up in the form of darts or a hammer. The mist action works best apparently because that’s what finally took down Marie and ended my demo.
Magnolia starts the game off as a Valkyrie if her spear didn’t give it away, and Yu’s companions kick things off as a Swordmaster and a Red Mage.
I’m in love with the little I’ve seen so far, and I am dying to jump back into this new universe Square Enix has going. Bravely Second releases this December in Japan, but seeing how it was a huge success in the Western world, it shouldn’t take so long to localize this time.
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