Parents' Guide to

Bravely Default

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Polished and fun RPG with mild violence, some mature themes.

Game Nintendo 3DS 2014
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What you will—and won't—find in this game.

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age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+


The game has a beautiful soundtrack, amazing characters, and manages to be fun in general even with sensitive topics on the table, however, -1 star for around chapter 6 when you know what the next two hours of "progress" is going to be, overall, great game in general
age 17+

Great but very dark

It's a very good deep rpg. With great character customization and strategy, but parents beware. This game deals with some pretty dark themes. Religious discrimination, genocide, chemical warfare, and drug addiction. It doesn't glorify any of theses thing and doesn't show them directly but it. It either shows the after effects or has them happen of screen. This game is rated T for teen but in my opinion it's close to being M and it did get the equivalent of that rating in other countries. I would recommend not letting anyone younger than 15 or 16 play it, or at least talk to children about some of these issues as they appear in the game.

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Is It Any Good?

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Bravely Default sticks pretty close to the formula established by the decades of games that came before it and have come to define the Japanese role-playing experience. Fans of such games aren't going to be terribly surprised by any plot twists, and most of the character types are going to seem pretty familiar. Also, fans likely will take to the process of upgrading equipment and changing jobs -- characters can switch among dozens of roles such as time mage, monk, and valkyrie -- fairly quickly. Intriguing StreetPass features allowing players to exchange characters with one another to be summoned for single attacks are interesting but, in the end, largely a novelty.

Where Bravely Default really stands out is in its titular commands. Players can assume a "default" or a "brave" stance on each turn. The former puts them in a defensive position and banks an extra move that can be spent on the next turn. The former lets you spend up to four banked moves at once, unleashing devastating attacks. This system makes possible all sorts of interesting tactics and turns each battle into something much more complex than simply tapping a button to select the same attacks over and over. It's this combat twist that will win over most players and keep them coming back to finish the game's 50-plus-hour campaign.

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