By Spencer . March 28, 2012 . 2:17am
The third time’s the charm, apparently. After two downloadable Bravely Default: Flying Fairy demos, but we finally got to see some gameplay plus a 3D cutscene. This preview stars Tiz, a young boy who survived a disaster, as he returns to Calderia. "Oh, it’s been a long time. A month, right," an adventurer asks Tiz in the demo’s event scene.
Unlike other Bravely Default: Flying Fairy previews, this one lets players choose to play the game or watch an augmented reality cutscene. In the playable part, the adventurer breaks the fourth wall and tells Tiz they can keep in touch by using Streetpass or the Internet. Tiz looks puzzled and the demo then lets players walk around town. Bravely Default: Flying Fairy starts zoomed out so you can see the entire area and when you start to move Tiz the game zooms in on your location. While Tiz looks like a 3D model the rest of the world has a watercolor look to it.
Bravely Default: Flying Fairy has pretty intense 3D effects. Aside from Kid Icarus: Uprising, I tend to play 3DS games with the slider close to the maximum. I had to dial Bravely Default down, close to the lowest setting, to make it more comfortable to play. Text boxes pop out of the background, but the 3D effect is mostly used to make the game appear as if you’re looking into the world.
I wandered around Calderia, found a potion inside the Inn, and fetched water from a fountain for an elderly man.
He gave me 300 pq, enough to buy a long sword and Mythril sword from the town’s weapon shop.
Equipping gear changes Tio’s look. He starts the game with a dagger. The screenshot below shows him with the long sword and Mythril shield.
The demo also has an item shop with HP restoring potions and hi-potions. With a potion in hand, I was ready for battle… except Tio can’t leave town. It also looks like the game has a magic shop indicated by a Final Fantasy style staff sign in front of a door. It was locked, but it looks like players will have to purchase spells in Bravely Default. The menu also has an option for special attack, but it’s grayed out on the status menu.
Square Enix plans to release another Bravely Default: Flying Fairy demo so we might be able to check out combat next time.