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We spend an hour with Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, Square Enix’s new smartphone RPG By Tony Garsow on May 15, 2016 at 6:37 PM

If you missed it, don’t kick yourself. The soft launch of Square Enix and Alim’s Final Fantasy Brave Exvius in North America went live late last week for iOS and Android-enabled smartphones.

In the video below, we take a spin through the first hour of the game, which includes the introduction and tutorial.

Final Fantasy Brave Exvius features its own original story, putting you in the combat boots of cheeky, brattish knight Rain. His friend and fellow knight Lasswell is the young man’s foil, scolding him one moment then joking the next. The two are on a routine mission when they encounter a woman encased in crystal who pleads with them to save the world. She imparts the “power of visions” upon them — the ability to summon allies from distant worlds in order to protect the crystals.

Yes, these “visions” come in the form of many Final Fantasy series characters, but surprisingly there are a quite a few original characters that’ll show up as well.

Combat in Brave Exvius is turn-based between ally and enemy parties, and encounters (save for certain bosses) play out in several phases before the victory bell rings. You’ll be able to bring a party of up to five characters from your ranks plus one extra member selected from the game’s social features. During your turn, you can click on a character’s portrait to begin their attack sequence. Sending multiple characters to attack in succession will trigger a Spark Chain — dealing additional damage. If you’ve played Valkyrie Profile game, you kinda know what’s up here.

Swiping left on a portrait will allow you to access your healing items like Potions and Ethers and swiping right will allow you to access skills, spells and limit breaks. Swiping down will allow a character to defend for that turn. When you unlock Siren, the first summon you’ll run across, they can be equipped to a specific character and used when a certain gauge in battle has been filled. Note that elemental properties are at play here, and equipping characters accordingly is highly effective. Thunder. Siren. Use… You get the picture…

In addtiion to mission-style progression, some locations will allow you to freely explore a designated area to harvest resources and engage in random encounters. By participating in either story missions or exploring areas will expend the game’s freemium resource (called NRG/Energy here.) This can be replenished over time or through micro-transactions. You’ll also be able to use the game’s currency to roll for high-ranked units. Equipment and magic can be forged in town through resources you collect in the field, and NPCs will offer you various quests.

The Final Fantasy Brave Exvius soundtrack is a wonderful effort by composer Noriyasu Agematsu, and Alim’s spritework gives legacy and original Final Fantasy characters a sharp look. If you’ve enjoyed Square Enix’s other mobile offerings of late, we recommend you add this game to your “must play” list.

Final Fantasy Brave Exvius is now available for iOS and Android.

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  • Ray Rothwell

    Soft launch? What does that mean? It says it’s available but I can’t find it on the App Store.

  • Randy Marsh

    So it’s out? With no real announcement? Also, I can’t find the English version on the English Google Play store with normal searching, had to do hard searching from the Google. Also says “This app is incompatible with all of your devices”, which I’m calling hogwash on since I’ve been playing the Japanese version for months without any problems, so I’m guess the ENG version is different or this is region locked atm for some reason.

    I’m curious to know how you guys were able to get your hands on it.

  • Haru Chan

    is the game on US ios store cuz i can’t find it ;/

  • Randy Marsh
  • stevenm281

    it means it released without real marketing/advertisement.

  • Adrian

    Soft launch? Yeah right. I’m pretty sure SE doesn’t even want us playing this game yet. First they had their ” pre-registration campaign” and then immediately took down the website. Now it’s near impossible to find the game on the app store (you need a direct link, searching doesn’t work), and to top it all off it says the game isn’t even available in the United States when you DO actually find it. How annoying. The only way to get it is with a direct download link to the apk. Just let us play the damn game already!

  • Robert Stukenbroeker

    Says not available in US store.

  • Randy Marsh

    Yep, its region locked atm most likely due to them not intending to release it at this time. Someone hardcore derped this release.

  • Miqote

    Whoa, wait this came out? Oh snaps…

  • CRIMSON-XIII

    id pay 20$ for this on ps4 fullscreen obviously, but they dont want to give us.

  • Miqote

    you could play it on a tablet and it would be much bigger than a phone

  • CRIMSON-XIII

    eh, i play on console, i guess i wont play it :/

  • Randy Marsh

    Might as well let all you people know. Game isn’t supposed to be out until after E3, offical trailer and registration just went up today.So yeah, someone totally derped this release up.

  • stevenm281

    I’m interested in the game but I dont have a smartphone, and gaming on one isnt fun (for me).

  • Justice V

    Damn completely missed the launch.

  • RedSpade

    Ok, i get where the “Brave” part is from. OK alim… Gameplay is similar to brave frontier alright 😐