Japanese Role-playing Games are often known for being quite long endeavours, with games like Final Fantasy IX being spread over as many as 4 PlayStation discs. The question though is, just how quickly can some be completed? A staff member of Dengeki Online, known by his online tag “dol_goemon” has answered this question with Bravely Default: For the Sequel, which was released in Japan last week (and which the international version of the game is based on).
One of the truly great things about Bravely Default is that you can customise just about everything – the difficulty, the enemy encounter rate, the speed of battles and so much more. By playing the game on easy mode with wild encounters completely disabled, dol_goemon managed to finish the game in 20 hours and 25 minutes. For reference, I have been playing the game on normal mode, with random encounters set between 150-200% (depending on my preference) and having only really started the first chapter of the game, my play time stands at 10 hours and 48 minutes (at time of writing).
dol_goemon later elaborated that this feat was achieved without the use or purchase of the game’s Bravely Second feature, where a player can use Sleep Points they’ve earned by keeping their 3DS in sleep mode or purchased on the eShop to temporarily freeze time in battles.
Bravely Default truly was a game designed with the intention of it being fully customisable to fit the player’s individual needs! Have you bought it? If so, how are you finding it? And if not, why not?