Bravely Default II arrives this month, so let’s take a dive into the upcoming turn-based grind-heavy JRPG. Digging into the video game’s opening hours exposes numerous comparable elements to the “modern-day” handle the traditional design template, just like other video games in the franchise and Octopath Traveler. Looking for more? Our evaluation lands later on this month.

Dungeon Delving

First, the video game’s dungeon structure is formulaic however enjoyable. Once you have it down, you’ll truly never ever question about where you are at in regards to advancing through the numerous, numerous dungeons. Essentially, the structure is warp point (a fast teleport back to the start of a dungeon in order to utilize a camping tent, recover up, conserve, etc), and after that an additional warp point later on in the dungeon beside a conserve point. This implies in charge is ahead. In Bravely Default II, you wish to be conserving at every possible checkpoint you see like this, since in charges can represent an incredibly big trouble spike that might need you to adjust your classes, equipment, and abilities prior to entering into fight.

Explore Everywhere

What I’ve been taking pleasure in specifically about Bravely Default II up until now in the very first couple of chapters is open-world expedition. Each significant portion of the video game depends upon a significant city and numerous suburbs and dungeons. In the open world, you can roam around, discover chests dotted around the landscape, slice down turf for sometimes-incredible loot (I discovered some locations’ amazing, best-in-slot equipment by doing this), and even roam into unusual beasts. You likewise require to be careful when taking a trip the open world. If you see a suspicious land mass that doesn’t have any dungeons or anything on it, and there’s a conspicuous strip of land, peninsula, or nook, be extremely careful approaching any enemies nearby. They may be an elite rare monster. These creatures often represent an absurd power spike relative to the areas they are in, much harder than the area bosses, and can wipe out your crew in a single attack. These monsters give you reasons to come back to areas you’ve conquered to continue investigation. In fact, Bravely Default II rewards you for backtracking early and often, offering new quests in past areas and fast travel between capital cities. So go explore! It’s fun! Just be careful.

Alternate dungeons are littered around the landscape as well, and some have big secrets to discover. You can and should use these areas to level up and grind while you work on job combos to handle big bosses. Main story bosses are mandatory to continue your progress, but you don’t require to just grind on every bug, goblin, and ogre outside. Plenty of internal areas tucked away in the landscape let you pull out your dungeon-crawling lantern and look around. The enemies are likely tougher than outside, but you can find all kinds of excellent gear and even permanent stat-boosting items.

Grandiose Grinding

This is a game you’re going to be doing a considerable amount of grinding in, and you will be swapping around your job abilities to make that happen. In Bravely Default II, you can utilize monster bait to make your grinding more efficient and less time consuming. Are you going to be slaughtering insects en masse in the forest? How about taking on demons in a temple? Humans in a sewer? Whatever major enemy type you’re up against, there’s an associated bait food you can activate to make sure wave after wave of them will show up, one right after another. What does this do? Not only does it give you the experience, gold, job points and loot that the battles would give packed into one battle, it provides a nice multiplier to your job experience. You can stack this with area-of-effect skills and a job perk that you can obtain early in the game to become an experience and loot lawnmower, ready to gobble up foes and some essential extra padding for boss encounters. Turn your battle speed up to max, get your actions set up, and plow through battles rapidly for a big payout. You can’t turn the battles off in Bravely Default II, but weaker enemies will run away from you on sight, so you will only rarely have to fight if you’re not interested once you are high level for an area. You can catch them easily, so this does not impact mass farming.

Don’t Rush 

Over the course of the game, you will find many different “asterisks” which let your characters become new jobs. Passive job skills you unlock can be transferred around between jobs, and this is where your creativity and breaking the game skills come in. While I can’t talk about them today, there are all kinds of ways to create incredibly powerful combinations. That’s good, because bosses can have strong defenses and incredible attacks, you won’t be able to get through tough fights by just defaulting and using moves. Having a coordinated build to take on areas and bosses is key, and the game is good at delivering the tools for you to handle them. Be sure to do sidequests and explore if you’re feeling completely dominated in a area, and yes, throw on some beast bait and grind it out!

Bravely Default taps into that old-school turn-based JRPG well that we have actually seen recently with Octopath Traveler, and will most likely make gamers yearning that fond memories blast pleased when it gets here later on this month. Look for our complete evaluation more detailed to launch!