Bravely Default – First Impressions

Bravely Default was a game I was hyping for myself for a few years. I was a big fan of Final Fantasy 4 Heroes of Light on the original DS, and when I discovered that they were making a spiritual sequel, I went apeshit. The hype blew up even more for myself when I saw the initial trailers and it looked and sounded amazing. They took the artstyle I loved from the first game and expanded on it, and even the music I loved was even better than before. With all this, how could Square fuck this up?

Years later, the game finally came out and got rave reviews in Japan, which excited me even more, as I usually tend to lean towards their opinion on JRPG’s. Then it finally came out in the West and continued to get rave reviews. Thank God.

This was definitely the first game I bought for the console, and luckily for myself, the game pretty much delivered. It was definitely I enjoyed from 4 Heroes of Light, and it fixed some of my problems from the first game. I can select the enemy I want to damage, and I can select which team member I wanted to heal. 4 Heroes of Light has a pretty bland story, and was all about the adventure, but Bravely Default not only had a good quest, it even has a pretty decent story so far.

This game is pretty much what I wanted from Square, a throwback to the NES Final Fantasies, but with a modern twist. 4 Heroes of Light fulfilled that, but I feel that was a prototype for Bravely Default where they mastered the game. This game definitely is more targeted at RPG fanatics, as it’s definitely grind heavy, which is the main complaint I see from fans of modern RPG’s.

So far I’m definitely enjoying the game, and can’t think of many ways on how the game could end up being fucked up by the end.

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Top 10 Overworld Themes

In RPG’s with overworlds, it’s best to create a theme that adds not only the feeling of exploration, but is also a theme that is very enjoyable, especially when you have to hear it countless times throughout the games. These are for more traditional overworld maps, so no games that have “kind of” overworlds like Persona where there’s just a giant map or maps┬álike Pokemon. I’ll try not to use multiple games in a franchise to make the list as diverse as possible.

These are not in any particular order, but these are some of my favorites:

Dragon QuestUnknown World

It’s hard to pick out of many Dragon Quest games which one had the best overworld theme, an easier one might be which one isn’t amazing. I stuck to the first one as it had a more mysterious feel to it.

Chrono CrossOn the Beach of Dreams

The two Chrono games have outstanding sountracks in and of themselves, but this particular theme you hear when exploring the other world it just fantastic. That viola is just mesmerizing.

Wild ArmsFilgaia Overworld

Wild Arms is a fantastic game, and this particular track definitely fits the feel of the game with its similarity to traditional RPG music with its Wild Western flair.

Final Fantasy VITerra’s Theme/Overworld

Final Fantasy VI is a game no short of praise, as well as its fantastic soundtrack. Terra’s Theme in particular is a great overworld theme to kick off the end of the Nintendo/16 bit era of Final Fantasy.

Tales of PhantasiaThe Second Act

This is the theme from when you venture through the past, and I personally think this is the better of the three overworld themes in the game. Comparing overworlds from later games in the series, you can see that many are quite similar to the overworld themes from this game.

Star Ocean 2Field of Expel

Much like the game itself, the overworld theme has a grandiose feel, and the game lives up to the theme as well.

Breath of Fire 3Overworld Theme 1

This one is quite different from other overworld themes, and has a lovely flair to it. It’s quite relaxing compared to others.

TerranigmaOverworld Theme

This theme is quite mystical, and makes me want to really revive the world in the game. Love hearing it when I’m exploring.

Phantasy StarPalma Theme

While later games in the series had much stronger soundtracks, for some reason the theme for Palma in the original game strikes me as the most memorable.

Bravely DefaultHorizon of Light and Shadow

Last, but certainly not least, this is yet another fantastic track on the godly soundtrack of Bravely Default. It’s grandiose opening flows perfectly into the more softer ending of the track before it loops.

And that my readers is my personal top 10 list of overworld songs.