Bravely Second: End Layer

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Steel yourself for the next evolution of the series that reinvented turn-based RPGs—the successor to Square Enix's Bravely Default™ game. In this standalone adventure, Agnés Oblige has been imprisoned, and as a knight in her service, it's up to the hero, Yew, to save her! Form the ultimate team and strategy, then risk it all in this fast, fresh RPG.

The innovative Brave and Default battle system is back and deeper than ever. Balance risk and reward in turn-based battles: characters can make multiple moves in one turn, but then they may be unable to move for a while. Win a battle in a single turn and you can instantly start a more difficult encounter to earn better rewards. Level up characters and jobs quickly, but be careful—defeat means losing anything earned along the way. Select from 30 jobs and over 300 skills and abilities to customize each party member in the most strategic manner. The more you learn, the more tactics you'll wield.

Now go forth! Defy the mysterious kaiser and face down his army before it’s too late.

  • An innovative twist on turn-based combat
  • Lovable, multifaceted characters in a top-tier RPG
  • Get started with the Bravely Second™: End Layer demo, The Ballad of the Three Cavaliers. Bravely Second™ : End Layer A pre-launch prelude to the main adventure focusing on the Three Cavaliers – Yew Geneolgia, Janne Angard, and Nikolai Nikolanikov
  • Allows players to unlock rewards in the full version of the game
  • Time your turns tactically with the Brave and Default system
  • Form flexible strategies, combining even more new jobs and abilities
  • Dare to risk everything in fast-paced, turn-based battles
  • Team up with heroes and returning characters to rescue Agnès Oblige from Kaiser Oblivion's Skyhold
  • Balance risk and reward in deeply strategic battles
  • Switch between 30 unique jobs for numerous tactical possibilities
  • Freely mix and match 30 unique jobs, and then save your favorite combinations for instant use
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Square Enix
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Bravely Second: End Layer reviews and comments

Bravely Second is a direct sequel to the original Bravely Default, however since at the start the game quickly recaps the prior's story, it isn't strictly necessary to play the first game. The gameplay at large is mostly unchanged, other than some welcome quality of life improvements such as being able to chain battles together for more EXP, areas displaying a recommended level for the party, etc. and the addition of a few new jobs. Second is less grindy than its predecessor while maintaining the fun of the battle system, even if it is treading a lot of the same ground. If you only care about gameplay and the story of the game is superfluous to you, just play Bravely Second. However, as someone who thoroughly enjoyed Bravely Default's story and characters, and was excited to see where the plot would go next,  Bravely Second is quite a letdown, not doing the returning original characters justice and fumbling much of the execution on new characters.

Without going on too long about the game's story faults and writing shortcomings compared to the original (and trust me I could go on) the main issue is that Second's character arc's and dramatic moments are quite lacking compared to the first game. Default had a clear progression all 4 main characters go through over the course of the game, with each of the characters getting multiple moments centered around them, and by the end of the game they had clearly all grown and changed as people. Second on the other hand, while the main character Yew certainly has plenty of time to shine, the other new party member Magnolia barely gets any development or interesting moments despite having a character premise that you could do plenty with (she's a demon hunter from the MOON FOR CHRISTS SAKE). Instead near every moment with her is wasted by trying to hamfist a romance between her and Yew, having her fawn over him constantly. Two of the main party members are returning protagonists from Bravely Default, and the story does hardly anything with them either. They don't grow from their continued adventures, things that happened in their lives in the two years after they literally saved the world are rarely if ever brought up, and overall they just feel like flatter versions of their portrayals in the original games. There simply isn't the same charm to the party characters and their interactions, despite this game having a more lighthearted tone and more comedic relief than Default.

I could continue to go on about how the other two party members from the past game were also disappointing in their depiction, how the themes of the game are interesting at their core but could've been executed better, but I've harped on long enough. If the gameplay was something completely brand new, perhaps that would've overshadowed my personal feelings of playing the same game but with worse writing, but alas, 'twas not to be.
«Disappointment of the year»
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