PAX West 2019: Bravery Network Online

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Bravery Network Online | Grace vs. Tazu

This might sound odd a week after playing the demo, but I’m still not entirely sure what’s happening in Bravery Network Online. I know it’s turn based, and that it has lush art and tunes, but as for the plot itself, I’m a bit flummoxed. There’s something in there about Bravery Network Online taking place in a post-post apocalyptic world where resource management is no longer an issue and the popular sport is a game called Bravery. But everything else was a bit of a blur, and frankly that’s okay. Cause from what little I experienced of the game, there’s a lot to draw in fans.

Bravery Network Online | Flaunt

Some of you may have already pieced together the reason I demoed Bravery Network Online – the art. I didn’t know then that the artist behind the game was named Guillaume Singelin, but I’m not surprised to discover he’s a comic book artist. Because there’s something instantly captivating about the art in the game. In a weird way, the style reminded me a little bit of Scott Pilgrim, and that’s high praise coming from me. But no game is just about the art, so let’s cover the combat.

Bravery Network Online | RiotHammer

I was also drawn to Bravery Network Online by the simple fact it’s a turn based brawler. It’s not an RPG like I suspected at first, but more of a turn based Street Fighter, in a way. You select a team of a few combatants, and fight against your opponent’s team. You’re able to swap characters out, but at the expense of using an attack that turn. And by “attack”, I may mean something different than you expect. This gets to my confusion in the game. Yes, it’s a brawler, but it’s also kind of a fashion show? By doing more flashy things you can wear down your opponent’s will to fight, and that’s not the average response. There’s also a bit of a type weaknesses here, though this is far from Pokémon. It’s really it’s own unique thing.

Bravery Network Online | Lunch Invite

I found the combat quite fun, especially how you have a leader that can do a devastating move if you have enough of a meter charged. The game was flashy, beautiful and interesting. You don’t have to completely understand it to appreciate it. I think that Gloam Collective might have a hit on their hands here. If you like interesting and beautiful games, you’ll be able to check out Bravery Network Online later on Steam.

Bravery Network Online | Decoy

About Josh Speer

Josh is a passionate gamer, finding time to clock in around 30-40 hours of gaming a week. He discovered Operation Rainfall while avidly following the localization of the Big 3 Wii RPGs. He enjoys SHMUPS, Platformers, RPGs, Roguelikes and the occasional Fighter. He’s also an unashamedly giant Mega Man fan, having played the series since he was eight. As Head Editor and Review Manager, he spends far too much time editing reviews and random articles. In his limited spare time he devours indies whole and anticipates the release of quirky, unpredictable and innovative games.