Final Fantasy Brave Exvius

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Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Classic role-playing gameplay but tedious, frequent combat.

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Ease of Play

Multiple menus, character development take time to understand.

Violence

Old-school cartoon violence is totally non-graphic.

Sex

Mild flirty references to pretty women; some female characters/enemies in sexy outfits.

Language
Consumerism

In-game messages suggest optional purchases upon login; latest title in long-running franchise across movies, games, merchandise, and so on.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Heroes use potions to heal, power themselves up.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Final Fantasy Brave Exvius is a free-to-play social JRPG (Japanese role-playing game) set in the melodramatic world of Final Fantasy. The game features optional in-game purchases, non-graphic combat, and the occasional scantily clad female character. Players are encouraged to "friend" one another, use friends' heroes in combat, and send friends gifts. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

FINAL FANTASY BRAVE EXVIUS follows two young knights across an embattled realm. While pursuing a mysterious Dark Lord bent on destroying the world's magical crystals, the young warriors meet an even more mysterious girl who begs for their help.The three join forces and cross the land, using powerful Visions to fight the darkness and help people in need.

Is it any good?

If slightly updated, repetition-filled old-school role-playing is what you're in the mood for, this one might work for you. If you're looking for visual complexity and an original storyline, steer clear. Final Fantasy Brave Exvius is an original fantasy created for mobile. Made in the new social RPG vein, it teeters between the same pros and cons of every other game in this genre, including pricing schemes (it's free) and frequent login purchase prompts. The latter, while pesky, aren't as troublesome as they could be, thanks to the game's generous energy and rewards systems.

Combat is turn-based and takes energy to engage in; fortunately, your energy pool lasts a good long while since battles alternate with exploration, shopping/crafting, and fun character interaction. Heroes come with an interesting variety of practical and magical skills, and the easy tap-and-swipe control setup makes using them a snap. You can even hit the “Auto” button (a nod to modern social RPGs) and let the game play itself, a feature that seems pointless until you're forced to endure the exploration mode's painfully frequent (and mandatory) random battles. Beyond combat, crafting is fun, as is recruiting other players' heroes to help you defeat powerful bosses. And while the nostalgic pixel art won't win any awards, it does what it needs to do to pull players in. Unfortunately, the "save the world" storyline is utterly forgettable, but the gameplay steps up and provides a few nice surprises. All told, the game's best feature is its generous free-to-play style that lets everyone check out the game without spending a lot for it. Otherwise, Final Fantasy Brave Exvius is a middle-of-the-road game made of as many predictable, tedious elements as fun, entertaining ones.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the value of free-to-play games. Are they real entertainment or thinly disguised advertisements?

  • Think about how a friends list affects a mobile RPG. Does it add anything to the game? 

  • Discuss what makes an optional in-game purchase worth it. What do you expect for your money? 

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