8 – Bravely Default (21 points)
With the Final Fantasy series being mired with mediocrity the past few years, Square Enix needed a hit in the RPG department. They got it in 2014’s North American release of Bravely Default. A love letter to what made SquareSoft so great back in the day, it took a ragtag group of characters and molded a special story. More games need to take advantage of the Job system, as Default’s utilization kept the gameplay fresh over dozens of hours of excellent play.
With a sequel on the way, and Final Fantasy XV taking the series towards action-RPG territory, we may have seen the birth of Square Enix’s new pride and joy into the traditional turn-based role play game genre.
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