IGN has reviewed Square Enix’s Bravely Default for the Nintendo 3DS and has given the game an 8.6 out of 10. IGN praises the game’s risk-reward battle mechanic, from which the game gets its title, the strategic elements of the game, which include the job system, the art style, and the “splendor” of the world. While IGN thinks the story is rather generic, it is still well-told and in a grandiose way. The voice acting is hit and miss, but overall IGN believes it is one of the more enjoyable entries into the JRPG genre.
“Bravely Default offers a handful of modern twists on what is otherwise a fairly traditional JRPG, albeit one that is exceptionally refined, characterful and well-made. It’s no revolution, and if random encounters and turn-based battles turn you off, you won’t find anything to change your mind here. But fans and open-minded newcomers will enjoy a substantial adventure that proves the JRPG is alive and kicking.” – David Evans, IGN