Final Fantasy Brave EXVIUS a game developed by A-Lim who have made other RPG mobile games like Brave Frontier. Published by Square Enix it derives a lot from the developer’s previous works such as brave frontier and is available for both android and IOS.
The game has a final fantasy storyline which would be shocking if it did not have the series name in the title. You play as Rain and Laswell, two childhood friends who are enlisted in the Grandshelt Kingdoms army. As they return to Grandshelt they are interrupted by a girl who appears trapped in a crystal. She begs them for help in the earth shrine telling them that the crystal is in danger. Upon reaching the earth shrine they find a cloaked man destroying the crystal and unfortunately being badly outmatched by this unknown villain they are defeated. However, Rain is given the “power of visions” to help combat this villain. Upon reaching their home Grandshelt castle they have found it has become overrun and the cloaked man is responsible. He is also revealed to be Veritas of the Dark. A member of the sworn six of Paradia he seeks to destroy all the crystals to end the world. Fina then joins them as she is freed from the crystal to thwart Veritases plan which would no doubt be vitally useful if she had not lost all her memories. Overall the story is quite compelling and as the mobile game progresses you learn a lot more about the characters and the world, however, there is rather a lack of information on the antagonist as not even his order of the sworn six of Pardia is mentioned in the game. Or at least yet anyway.
The gameplay is very similar to Brave frontier. But, there are a number of additional features bolted onto the game which makes the whole experience a lot more entertaining. Like Brave Frontier, the combat is like a basic RPG turn based system where you select an enemy to attack and tap your units you wish to attack it. Unlike in Brave frontier, however, you have choices on how your units can attack as you can select different types. These can be magic like with good old fira or skills which drain your unit’s mana. A unit can also use its own limit burst if it has been charged. Basic missions work by selecting a mission which consumes energy that replenishes after real-time. You are then presented with waves of enemies that need to be beaten to complete the mission and progress unlocking more missions. To obtain Units you can either spend Friend points or Lapis to summon units. Friend points can be obtained through using a player in a fight -more if there a friend- and daily login bonuses. Lapis can be obtained via login bonuses and completing challenges and missions. Lapis yields higher summons whereas friend points will give common unit types. You can upgrade units via sacrificing other units to gain EXP for that unit when it is not in battle as battles also yield a unit EXP. Also, if you have the correct items and the unit is not at its max tier it can be evolved resetting the characters level to zero but increasing its base stats and giving the character a better limit burst move. There are also exploration missions which let you explore an area like the classical final fantasy games finding chests, bumping into enemies and collecting materials to craft equipment with. The game also allows you to travel into towns and interact with NPC’s allowing for the game to give you additional quests and buy items from the shops with gil which is obtained from battles or selling equipment or units. With the addition of towns and areas that you can physically explore it adds a lot to the game as you actually feel you can explore the game. The obtaining of Espers (the final fantasy summons well known to the franchise) that you can level up to help your team gives more depth to the combat.
Graphically the game is what you expect from a mobile game taking its style from brave frontier however with a shade of the final fantasy universe. The maps you will explore in the exploration quests are also fairly pretty and the monsters well designed. Even the towns are fairly diverse giving the game a real feel like the original final fantasy games. The music and soundtrack also adds to this making the game not just look but feel like a final fantasy game with the well-designed tracks fitting the exploration levels, towns and difficult battles.
Overall Final Fantasy brave Exvius is a great gaming experience and one that certainly works for the mobile device. With the amount of variety in the missions such as the difference between exploration quests and the main quests that can be taken and how quests can be given by NPC’s via interacting with them gives the game a much more interactive feel to the world then most RPG mobile games. Also with the features such as the auto battle system which allows your party to automatically attack during conflicts it makes those times when the grind for resources is needed to be less arduous. So if you are looking for a game which blends the more successful aspects of mobile game design with the final fantasy universe then this is the perfect game for you. And hey, the games still pretty new so no doubt more content will be coming.