FINALLY beat Bravely Default. Had to fight the final boss three or four times, because my higher-risk quick-kill strategy (two Ninjas, one Thief, one Performer, Hasten World) was getting annihilated by the final form. Eventually decided **** it and went for 3 dual-shield Knights with Blood Shields and Super Charge backed by a Spiritmaster. Ultimate defense. Man, that was a fun game once you get through the, uh, more repetitive parts.
Definitely agreed on the repetition towards the end. I myself adopted a strategy against the last few bosses to lower their Magic Attack with the Pirate's special skills since it was mostly magic that got me in the tougher boss fights.
I myself am currently playing Suikoden Tactics (making this my second time). Definitely a good entry level strategy RPG with plenty of anti-frustration features such as the bubbles that appear above enemies indicating if they can move and attack you based on where you want to move one of your characters, and if you can kill an enemy with one blow. I'm actually not bothered by the potential of permadeath by non-story characters since, if you die, you can restart with retained experience, consumed items restored, and permadead characters revived.
Trails in the Sky FC via Steam will likely be my next game, and I'm thinking of going through Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon again with the official player's guide since I was definitely more in need of visual aid in the tougher battles rather than verbal aid, the latter not really helping me during my initial playthrough. Whether I enjoy the game or dislike it as I did before, I'll still likely play the 3DS Fire Emblem since it makes permadeath optional.