I haven't been online, or on the computer for that matter, very much since I got Bravely Default back on launch day. I've been playing the hell out of this game, and having recently beaten the game on the true ending, I can now review the game, and tell you whether or not you should get it. I'm telling you right now that if you're a fan of JRPGs, or Final Fantasy in general, it's worth it.
It plays very much like an old school Final Fantasy game, which I have missed playing for a long time. It brings back the interchangeable job system that originated in FF3 (perfected in FF5), and they function just like they did in the old days. Even the familiar spells make a comeback, and it really felt like I was playing Final Fantasy again. The voice acting is great, and the graphics are amazing. The soundtrack also deserves mention, especially the battle themes. All of them will get your blood pumping as you hammer the enemies into oblivion, or make you want to sit there between turns listening to the good parts.
You can even adjust the difficulty on the fly. Having trouble with the boss on Hard or Normal? Set it to Easy and mop the floor with them. The best part? You can adjust the random encounters as well! Too far in the dungeon with an exhausted party? Turn the encounters off, beat it back to town, heal and restock, and go back in with your party at full strength. Need to grind your levels or jobs? Turn the encounters up and slaughter them in droves.
The party consists of Tiz, whose entire village was swallowed by an abyss, Agnes, vestal of the Wind Crystal (which I guess means she's the Avatar or something), Ringabel, who has amnesia and hits on any woman within range (resulting in me dope slapping him), and Edea, who betrays her kingdom after seeing her troops slay innocent people. Accompanying them is Airy, who claims to be a cryst-fairy (Don't know what that is. Either way, I don't trust her). Luxendarc was falling apart due the crystals becoming corrupted, and we were tasked to awaken them. Once we got to the crystals, we had to fight some bosses before the crystals could be awakened. Basically, FF1 in a nutshell.
Once all the crystals were awakened, we entered a pillar of light and it reset everything. You have to do this several times, and each time you do, you have to fight the bosses again. Eventually you can knock these bosses down like dominoes once you've figured out their strategy. You might also notice something different about your fairy companion.
I would mention the final area, but I don't want to spoil the MAJOR PLOT TWIST that will make M. Night cry.
Overall, Bravely Default is one of the best handheld games I ever played. Fans of JRPGs will feel right at home.
It gets a 9 out of 10.