Bravely Second: End Layer – Showing Square Enix Still Has What it Takes to Bring Old-School Style of Gameplay to Life

Bravely Second: End Layer is the second installment to the Square Enix 3DS RPG which takes a whole lot of inspiration from the Final Fantasy franchise, more specifically those of its earlier entries. The 2nd installment has just been recently released and it allows players to enjoy some new features, as well as new Jobs.

Bravely Second: End Layer – Showing Square Enix Still Has What it Takes to Bring Old-School Style of Gameplay to Life

Bravely Second: End Layer Brings More Into the Mix

Bravely Second: End Layer is the kind of role-playing game that you no longer see too often as of late. It contains a narrative that’s full of charm which nineties kids will get a kick out of since it may produce a nostalgic feel (even though this is a brand new game).

As mentioned earlier, the second Bravely Second title will have new Jobs, and all of the previous ones make for a triumphant return. These Jobs are all interesting and do stand out a bit more than the original ones. First, there’s the Charioteer, which is able to equip weaponry on the head slot thereby letting them do extra attacks in battle. There’s also the Wizard which can apply different effects for the spells that they cast.

There are other Jobs that promote a fun mix to the familiar archetypes. For instance, there’s the Catmancer, which is basically just like a Blue Mage from Final Fantasy. For those who don’t know what a Blue Mage’s specialty is, they can learn enemy abilities. However, in the second installment of Bravely Second, the premise for the Job is still the same, but with a lot more cat-related stuff.

Since this is a sequel, it is to no surprise that the same battle system is applied from the original title. It is the type of turn-based RPG that you might have come to know and love back in the old days. When it’s your party’s turn to attack, you can either choose to Brave or Default. If you choose the former, then it will act more than once a turn but with a cost. Should you Brave three times and attack four times in a single turn, the character who did that successively will become inactive for the next three rounds.

However, should you choose Default, it will increase your defense and stores a turn. The trick here is knowing when to use Brave and when you should go for a Default. This is a great and unique type of battle system but can still deliver a sense of nostalgia.

While Bravely Second: End Layer is a great game in itself, those who immediately jump into the second installment might not appreciate it as much as for players who have tried the original title.


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