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greyXstar avatar 9:33 PM on 01.08.2014  (server time)
Can We Talk About Bravely Default?

Alright, so before I jump into this blog, I just want to wish my Destructoid family a belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. The blog editor wrecked two of my blogs last month beyond repair. Even though we can get too negative and snarky for our own alot of the time, this is honestly the best community I've ever been a part of.

With that out of the way, I've decided to make it a habit of blogging more regularly. Not as a resolution, because no one ever keeps those. I guess it's just a matter of not seeing the type of commentary and criticism I'd like to see, and well...might as well do it myself, right?

So let's light this candle. Let's talk about this whole Bravely Default...thing.

No, no. Don't worry, it's not the censorship thing.

It's the demo thing. Specifically, how it differs from the actual game.

From what I've read around all the internets, there are huge differences between how the demo plays, and how the full game does.

[li]First of all, the demo drops you off in an area that's about two or three hours into the full game, with zero explanation as to what's going on or who the characters are. This was done to avoid spoilers. But it makes things very confusing, and it forces you to grind, or get thoroughly smashed into the dirt.[/li]
[li]The demo is mostly comprised of fetch quests from villagers. The full game doesn't have any of that.[/li]
[li]The main game doesn't require StreetPass tags or Friend Codes (but you guys and gals should totes add me anyway: 2320-7559-5845). Instead of tagging people for your village, profiles are uploaded and a few of them are randomly pulled from internet each day.[/li]
[li]The monsters don't spam status effects in the full game. The demo is beyond brutal with this, on top of the fact that you're level 1 in an area where you should be level 4. This should make things much easier, and cut down on the grinding.[/li]


Just thought I'd throw this up as a PSA for anyone who hadn't seen this info before. It's a relief for me, because personally, I'm not a fan of the demo. Don't get me wrong, I'm super hyped for the game. So much that I've got the Collector's Edition preordered, which is not something I typically do.

I like the idea of not wanting to spoil anything, but I think it would've been better served if Squeenix had given us the first hour or two of the game, to get acquainted with the story and characters. Just my $0.02 that no one cares about. But what say you? What does everyone in C-Blog land think?

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