CraveOnline: "Bravely Default is, in so many ways, the way Square Enix should be making portable RPGs. While not perfect, this title is the epitome of getting-back-to-your-roots game development, and it feels like a game that I played growing up.
In fact, Bravely Default’s adherence to classic RPG design is both its greatest triumph and its biggest flaw. Fans of the genre will absolutely love the sticktoitiveness Square Enix and developer Silicon Studio applied when making this game. It’s a love letter to JRPG mechanics, like job systems and grinding, but it’s also a bit too steeped in cliche and repetition to attract newcomers."