This Is What The ESRB Had To Say About Bravely Default

By Ishaan . January 27, 2014 . 9:31am

Bravely Default has been rated by the ESRB, and has received a “T” (Teen) rating. The ESRB cite the following content descriptors for the game: Fantasy Violence, Mild Blood, Mild Suggestive Themes, and Use of Alcohol.


Here’s the full rating summary the ESRB posted about the game:


This is a role-playing game in which players help a band of heroes save the fantasy kingdom of Luxendarc. From a 3/4 overhead perspective, players traverse the land, explore dungeons, and engage in turn-based combat against human characters and fantasy creatures (e.g., goblins, dragons, giant insects). Players use weapon attacks and abilities that are depicted with light effects, slashing sounds, and mild explosions; more elaborate attacks (e.g., summoning spells) are depicted with short animated sequences.


A handful of scenes depict instances of blood: a blood-like effect as a monster is slashed across the stomach; bloodstains on an enemy’s sword. During the course of the game, the dialogue contains references to suggestive material (e.g., “I would be happily obliged to make space in my own bed for you,” “At this rate I shall be compelled to clasp you to my breast, and plant a kiss upon your lips”). The game includes occasional references to wine and beer usage; a barkeeper and patrons are depicted drunk in several text/dialogue interactions.


Classy. Admittedly, it is a little odd to see a recent ESRB rating without a mention of “f*ck,” “sh*t,” “a*shole” and other flowery language… but in a nice way. Bravely Default will be available in North America on February 7th.

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  • KoRLumen

    It’s funny because from those two lines of dialogue, I think we can deduce exactly who’s responsible for that language.

    • Tylor Boreas Makimoto


      • KoRLumen

        Plot twist LOL

        • Ric Vazquez

          I see what you did there XD

      • GH56734

        The Japanese artwork seems to infer she could be the kind of person to say so :P

      • Solace

        You made me laugh, good sir. Thank you.

    • I was thinking the same thing. x’D

    • There is also the Red Mage, Fiore de Rosa I think, whose actually part of what caused some of the censoring we’re all whining about

    • Samsara09


      • KoRLumen


  • MrRobbyM

    I know ratings don’t really mean much, but I find it funny Bravely Default and Dark Souls 2 share the same rating.

    • British_Otaku

      As do Ace Attorney 5 and GTA5.
      Is there a similarly ridiculous “E for Everyone” match up to our two examples?

      • idrawrobots

        Donkey Kong Barrel Blast is rated E and has “mild carton violence” and “suggestive themes”.
        Professor Layton and the Unwound Future is rated E-10 and has “mild violence” (some how not cartoon violence, must be because it’s so realistic looking).

        • British_Otaku

          I miss your bubble butt battle avatar dude…

          I meant examples of games which are in a single rating but VERY far apart as far as idealism, the approach or content accessible.

          I suppose Layton (only played part of one, I need to find my mate and punch him to get my game back) does delve into murder mystery, but E and E-10 aren’t the same rating and they aren’t far apart.

          • idrawrobots

            With my comparison, I was showing that one game can seemingly have “worse” content, but be rated “better”. I can’t stand the ESRB. I don’t like running around plugging myself but back when I was doing video game writing I did this quick blurb.


          • British_Otaku

            I follow you there. It isn’t just the ESRB I bet, but all rating systems end up rating media in a haphazard fashion. Even the things that should be pretty consistent, like when they pick a game apart to see whether the violence is enough to mild, done in a way which is cartoonish or whether it is even present or aimed in such an angle that it should have a notice they mess it up. :P

      • Hinataharem

        AA5 is M? Wow, neat

    • Jimmy Bump

      I can think of tons of match ups like
      Metal Gear Solid 4 and Persona 4
      Shin Megami Tensei IV and Killzone Mercenary
      Soul Hackers and Metal Gear Rising
      Monster Hunter and Final Fantasy 7
      Mad World and Persona 3
      Wipeout 2048 and Daxter
      that just names a few, but there are tons more.

      • idrawrobots

        I’m not sure what direction those all are supposed to be going, but all of the MegaTen games deserve M rating.

        • Morningstar

          Story wise, Persona 4 and Maybe 3 can get away with a T. If only Mara wasn’t in either.

          • Kaetsu

            Mara isn’t in P4…but she is in Mitsuru.

          • vileBrenman

            Um mara is a persona in both p3 & p4

      • Jero

        SMTIV is rated M, at least my copy. I think T for Bravely Default is quite accurate, though I don’t think “mild suggestive themes” and list them as “he kinda said he kinda wanted to maybe kiss her” is a good aproach.

    • Kornelious

      Dark Souls 2 is rated T!!! What sorcery is this?

    • Kaetsu

      Yeah but Bravely Default features “slashing sounds” and “mild explosions” so it’s very violent.

  • I understand the language is more formal, but I’m not sure I’d call it suggestive that one says they’d clasp someone to their breast and kiss them. But knowing how we are in the states, I understand that they have to address stuff like that and handle it more seriously than they might normally need to. So silly and sad. vuv;

    • Shippoyasha

      Yeah, *any* relationship building or teasing or innocent kiss being flagged as potentially risky is just absurd. Can’t even imagine how they’d handle it if it was beyond silly innuendo.

      • Samsara09

        I think they don’t have a sexual life,lol.Just kidding.Well,had the dialog not said breast,the taboo word,I think they would ignore it.

        • Sigfried Silverblade

          Breast is taboo?
          And what about when I buy chicken breast?

          Or is that not the term anyore?

          • Samsara09

            well,some people never got breastfed,see.
            I was kidding.To some people,just the image of breasts is a sin.LOL.

          • tensei

            It gets worse- to some people, women are sin (being the bearers of the Original Sin).

        • Solace

          The best part is that I’m pretty sure that line is using “breast” in the archaic, gender-neutral sense of the term. I’m willing to bet it’s Ringabel who says it. He’s a dude.


    • KoRLumen

      And yet, American mainstream media is rife with explicit content, suggestive or otherwise. I don’t get it.

      • Sigfried Silverblade

        Videogames are for children, and thus, content has to be policed with the childrens in mind.
        Television is treated differently, as it is the parents responsibility to censor what the children see in television.
        Internet is also mostly parent responsibility to know where their children go and what they see.

        • KoRLumen

          “Video games are for children” We both know this is BS. I guess the general media doesn’t, though, lol.

          When it comes to children, everything is the parent’s responsibility. It makes no sense to say that parents should know how to regulate their children’s use of TV and Internet and not apply the same thing to games. Just one of many sick double standards pervading Western culture today.

        • Its alot easier for a child to turn on the tube and watch explicit content than it is for one to run to the store, buy a game and play it in the household without anyone noticing. America’s censorship is stupid, period.

        • Samsara09

          If an adult can be considered a child,then yes,videogames are for children.LOL,next time,read what you write.

          A question,if I may:do you play videogames
          Really.Most of them are intended to be played by everyone,regardless of age.

          But many of them clearly aren’t intended from children,and you can usually see that with just a trailer.With those games,they usually make it a point of flaunting it’s mature nature.

          In many cases,the children themselves can see if the game is not for them…considering the parents properly educated them,which usually isn’t the case.Then,in a last scenario,the parents could intervene if the kid made a wrong judgement call.That is why,when I was a children,I didn’t buy a game that was too heavy for me,or scary.We shouldn’t underestimate them..

          ESRB honestly thinks that those things it described will stop children from buying it?Please.

          Bravely default teen?Have they really played the game?There are some parts that are real heavy for children,but I think the kids wouldn’t pay attention.

          • Sigfried Silverblade

            Sarcasm. Ever heard of it?

            Or was my post was worded so seriously that it was hard to notice?

            From where I stand, I see that only videogames are rated with the “intent” to protect children, mostly basend on what seem to be the assumption that parents have no capacity whatsoever to understand videogames at all to censor what they allow their children to play by themselves.

            That MUST be why videogames take so much more flak for light sexual inuendo than any other form of media.

            But I might not be seeing the whole picture.

            I’m an adult and I play a lot of videogames.
            They are mostly not for children, and I certainly think we are generally too LAX on what we allow our teens to play.

          • Anthony Hadow

            Since when can you hear sarcasm on the internet? Also, your argument is flawed. I could say the same thing about tv. Well parents don’t have the capacity to understand tv so it has to take more flak than any other form of media. You could say the exact same thing about books too. Censorship guidelines are broken for all forms of media. Why is it that TV show A can say a bad word and get rated different from tv show B which said same bad word.

          • Sigfried Silverblade

            Yeah. I got it. One friend of mine read my post and said it read serious and a bit offensive, and that I had failed at arcasm.
            I guess I’m really bad at sarcasm, should have used some simley os j/ks on my first post.

            I’m not being serious. I don’t know what reason there is for the difference in censoring. I was trying to be funny by presenting a skewed vision that would be the vision “censors” use when censoring games.

            As for TV channels, well, I think, but do not know for sure, that different channels use different standards as to choose what they wanna show and what they don’t, and they decide on a time frame for program and also on target audience.
            It seems to work a bit differently from videogames.

            Also, on another note, I’m sorry for anyone who felt offended when I said “videogames are for children”.
            I’m am not criticizing your gaming hobby nor saying you are still children.
            I love playing videogames and do not believe there is an age where you must stop playing (nor watching cartoons or reading comics).
            It was a bad attempt at a joke.
            And sincerely, do not let comments like those, even when serious, offend you. They will be coming from peole who never tried to understand your hobby. Why bother?

        • DarkLight

          “Videogames are for children”sure the ones that get the E/E10 rating.

        • Sir Asdfghjkl

          I remember hearing that same argument for these odd “cartoons” japanese people make and produce. What was it called again?

        • Anthony Hadow

          Since when are children not a demographic for tv? Also, since when is it not the parent’s responsibility to choose what video games they let there children play?

      • Anthony Birken

        I thought many Americans breathed that type of content…

      • Samsara09

        As you said down there it is a mix of double standard with hypocrisy.In many countries where there is a clear religious influence we will be seeing this.

      • It is; but even the ratings for those reflect double standards and madness. Frankly, it’s all a serious mess.

    • Samsara09

      Honestly,if the USA parents educated properly their children,there would be no need to be fussy about what the little kids play or not.Even young,they can still make choices,and I am sure they can know what they can’t play.

      • Hah! Asking parents to do their job, take responsibility or be open-minded is asking too much of them. And I say that as a parent of a baby (a parent that is worried for when my child comes across children of incredibly ignorant parents).

        • M’iau M’iaut

          You had your little one? Congrats!

          • Thank you very much! ♥

          • M’iau M’iaut

            Boy or girl? Create a new twitter if you must, but come share the details! The gang would love to congratulate ya!

          • We’ve got a wee lass in our company~. I shall do so!

          • XiaomuArisu

            Congrats Samus!
            From Haku luvs you too!

          • Haha, thanks much! x’D

          • mirumu

            Congratulations! You’ve entered a brave new world. :)

          • Thank you much! Haha, I really did. But everyday in this new world is as fun as it is exciting at least~.

          • Congrats! Imma leave this song in conmemoration~

          • Thank you!
            (That will forever be one of my fav vgm tracks~.)

        • MrSirFeatherFang


        • Zikrayrus “Zikk” Dis Pear

          Whelp, if you can’t go to twitter, Miau brought Twitter to you.

          So hey~ Congratulations!

          • Haha, I noticed! It’s so nice. >u<

            Thank you much~.

        • Congrats!!

        • Ferrick

          Congrats! :D, may you and your family experience eternal happiness :3

        • malek86

          A baby? Omg, congrats! The next generation of gaming starts here!

          • Thank you! Haha, we’re already letting her “play” on the 3DS with us, so I hope the gaming will be strong with her.

          • Samsara09

            it will.Everything is a question of habit.Especially at the first years.

        • So that’s why I haven’t seen you as much on Twitter lately?

        • Samsara09

          congrats.Enjoy your child and be happy.Sorry for being late.It ain’t just USA though.Most countries this is happening.

  • Rock Volnutt

    So is the game still censored or not?

    • Dragard Kaos


    • GH56734

      The Japanese release isn’t in the sense it has all the original costumes including the ones altered or removed, plus language options for all the ones available in the PAL release.
      However, the text is still the same. (Don’t know how they called Ringabell’s removed costume in English in the JP version though)

  • ZetaSiren

    ugh censorship…

    • idrawrobots

      Not really censorship.

      • British_Otaku

        Editing a costume or CG is censorship unless you aim to argue that the game or that content is somehow more lewd or equal to the original take.

        • idrawrobots

          No, I mean that this editing wasn’t done by the government but was done by choice by the company that is localizing the game. It’s not censorship.

          • Endy Operin

            Then how is it called?

          • Ganali Castillo


          • GH56734

            It is censorship.
            I’d say self-censorship, or a publisher censoring a game he published.
            Not only slight alterations to costumes, but Ringabell’s costume was completely removed. And then there are the “age of consent” alterations: Everyone aged by 3 years.

          • British_Otaku

            So if One Piece (just going with the first thing to mind) has blood, foul language removed out of the games/comics/tv show for the sake of localisation, as it isn’t censorship?

            Perhaps, you could call it “self-censorship” like GH56734 but it doesn’t change that they made the call for you about what content they want you to see it in what will be rated a T game anyway.

          • idrawrobots

            I can perhaps go with that, but when looking up the definition of the words censor and censorship they both come off as editing per another party and by force.

          • British_Otaku

            There are two types of self-censorship to me.

            Self-censorship where I care, this is one of those cases as there is a genuine uncensored version out there even in English as it has every language, but only if you have a Japanese 3DS (which I happen to, but that doesn’t lessen my annoyance by much). It is them deciding on your behalf that you don’t deserve a portion of content or the original intended take. Here is fairly moderate, but still not something I’m pleased to see.

            Self-censorship where I don’t care. It could be something that is completely forgettable like ages being removed from a game and maybe cases like Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus where they have streaks of light and such censoring naked characters. As there isn’t an uncensored version and that is the original take, I don’t have a problem with it.

          • idrawrobots

            You have to think that sometimes that kind of censoring goes on before a game is even made too, to insure a certain rating. And when a game is localized the same process happens again so that maybe a game can get a T instead of an M, so it can reach a wider audience.

          • British_Otaku

            I do think about it for maybe half a second, but never consider it an valid excuse. >_>

            Do you mean to say that in this case, Bravely Default would have gotten an M (Who knows? If Ace Attorney can do it… :P) just from having this changed to this?


            They already went into the self-censorship I’m not fond of with changing ages, but still we can’t have something that Tekken (T for Teen) would have, every character in TTT2 can be in a bikini or fundoshi iirc. And you know that Senran Kagura was rated T without even making the ages clearly over 18 (listen to the character speak and they mention ages at points). >_>

            If censorship can help them reach a wider audience, this isn’t one of those cases. Neither was it with Fire Emblem Awakening’s changes to the beach episode DLC.

          • flameraver64

            That’s how localization works, to an extent. I bet you tons of Japanese games, when localized, removed or completely changed jokes and references only Japanese people understood (say, a pun describing Japanese food or something).

            By your logic, that’s self-censorship and it’s bad because how dare the localization company make the call about whether or not to have you read a Japanese joke!

          • British_Otaku

            Nice of you to present this response.

            Translation is exempt from my personal take of “self-censorship” believe it or not. I cover further details in my response to idrawrobots below, but the gist is that as long as the core meaning is maintained and they aren’t running away from anything important I don’t have a problem with something that was Japanese not making it.

            Also, I’m a big Ace Attorney fan (even if I am looking into playing Gyakuten Saiban as well) so I would be tearing myself apart if I was that attached. It is a case by case basis and this is one of those cases.

            Ideally, something that is a simple pun on Japanese food could be maintained, but I know you mean more drastic stuff. :P

          • flameraver64

            See, where I fall on this is that “self-censorship” CAN be a form of “translation.” Everyone realizes that each culture has slightly different “values.” I brought up food, but it can be things like mythology, history, etc. They might change the name of a weapon because Americans/Westerners might not know the Japanese myth that was the source for the weapon’s name.

            I guess in my mind, it’s OK if they want to extend that “translation” to translating societal values regarding sexuality or whatever. And, it’s aided by the fact that what they “removed” or “changed” in the game is so minuscule and unimportant that I just don’t care that much. It’s not really content, and it’s just 1 costume, and there was no “point” or story importance behind those costumes being exactly how they are.

            I get that there’s a principle behind it, and that technically all censorship is “bad,” but honestly this just doesn’t seem important enough to me

          • British_Otaku

            It can be a form of translation, yes. In addition, our cultures do have different values. However, that isn’t an excuse to change some things…

            In this case, it is incredibly incremental to the point where it shouldn’t have any effect on the rating at all especially if all of the lead characters are aged up to 18, 19 and 20 from 15+ (which is probably going to cause some errors in future localisations and translations).

            What exact societal issues do we have with characters around those age ranges or less in bikini in optional arguably provocative clothing in T rated video games? Nothing if we look at Tekken Tag Tournament 2 on the market. >_>

            I act on a principal where even one costume would shake my confidence in a purchase. I have heard that the script has been altered as well (same with Fire Emblem Awakening even between the UK English and American English releases), but I’ll just take the costumes as a sign that I should order For the Sequel.

            Here we have multiple costumes (here is one of the more common pictures I assume everyone has a single censored costume):


            This is insignificant to you and it is even relatively speaking insignificant to me, still given that the game is a safe T no matter what, that the ages were already changed, that they are fictional characters in a video game and that the costumes are still aiming for the same angle. I can’t accept it.

            I hope that post was coherent.

          • vileBrenman

            I can kind of understand the censorship of that blonde girls costume (her name escapes me). But angnes’ vampire suit there is no very reminiscent of LuLu from FFX belt dress

          • Xinen

            Nicely put. It’s why I don’t like the changes and would only import. Thankfully For the Sequel has english text.

    • AuraGuyChris

      So is your avy.

  • AuraGuyChris

    As someone who has barely read about the game’s story and characters and also has avoided TVtropes, let me guess. Both of those example lines come from Ringabel only.

    (Answer Yes, No, or You’re a bit correct).

    • GH56734

      Well, you only need the info from the Japanese pre-release coverage to get your answer :P
      It’s the generic flirty bishounen archetype (think, Zelos)
      Also, tvtrope is overrated,
      Now I remember I looked on that page and it doesn’t seem like anything of note was posted… besides a character listing and a gigantic spoiler (which has info that’s not even correct now that I checked the updated release), but then nobody bothered to update it.

      • AuraGuyChris

        …Uh, I’m going to pretend you said yes.

        • GH56734

          Oh, sorry :(
          So, tldr: Yes, and tvtropes isn’t a reliable info source (as a general observation, not just this game’s page).

          • British_Otaku

            I’ve found a few good stories through TVTropes, but yep, it isn’t the best source for information as not enough of the pages get updated frequently.

  • Kaetsu

    During the course of the game, the dialogue contains references to suggestive material (e.g., “I would be happily obliged to make space in my own bed for you,” “At this rate I shall be compelled to clasp you to my breast, and plant a kiss upon your lips”). Probably Ringabel lol.

  • Ganali Castillo

    I dont get it. If the game got a Teen rating then why censor some of the job clothing’s ? Its not like a teen hasn’t seen something worse.

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      Because they dont want to keep swapnote closed permanently

  • Ric Vazquez

    ESRB ratings get more and more ridiculous as time passes.

  • Jimmy Bump

    Woah! Nice spam bro! Where did you find it? I mean its so amazing that you couldn’t even use real letters for but rather a dumb font. My one question is why do dumb people post this crap?

    • DarkLight

      You do know you’re talking to a bot right?

      • Jimmy Bump

        Yeah I know I just hate seeing them.

  • Samsara09

    ESRB,if you wanted to be funny,you should have put M on this game.

  • JohnNiles

    *reads references to suggestive material*

    Oh my.

  • Göran Isacson

    Oh Ringabel. You so loose.

    Also while I’m just in chapter three so far you also getting kinda repetitive and old so I’m hoping that the plot-twist that will happen to you (because holy shit you have amnesia and a book that foretells the future of COURSE there’s gonna be a plot twist) will let me maintain my interest in you as a character.

  • Katyna Ashe

    Its teen, and they wrote some lines from the game for example (showing for audit they did their job). I for one am glad to see a game come out here which I can enjoy as an adult, while passing it to my child if I wished. Don’t get me wrong, I like my mature games but its nice to have some overlap with the little ones!

  • GOLD

    pre-ordered saturday cant wait to play

  • a pizza.

    I wish I got paid to “rate” video game content….

  • Samsara09
    dark souls 2 got T .It even had bad language like Pr*ick,and the sort,corpses,tons of blood,souls,etc.
    Lol the children,they are just eyesores for this company.this is a gigantic business…I imagine ESRB asks to be bribed to let M game escape with a T….and a T game for E.

  • Solace

    “Suggestive material” in the dialogue, huh? Those examples are cracking me up. I get the feeling I’m going to love Ringabel.

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