Summary: While digital swashbucklers have gorged themselves on inferior spin-offs bearing the Final Fantasy label recently, it feels like an age since 2001’s FFX awed players with its sweeping story, inspired characters and stunning, Hollywood-style production values; and while the stellar presentation of this latest instalment will be familiar to fans, an overhauled combat system helps make this Fantasy one of the freshest, most engaging quests in Square Enix’s evergreen...
Excerpt: The PS2 era saw the absolute best of the Final Fantasy series, Final Fantasy XII being the apex. It is, along with Star Ocean 3 and Persona 4, one of the best games the system has to offer and easily the best Final Fantasy game yet. With FFXII, long gone are the one-dimensional characters, anime tropes, stock personalities, and decades old combat system.
Excerpt: Whereas each new Final Fantasy game usually brings new mechanics to the series, the game traditionally had, up until now, featured random skirmishes and anime esque storylines. On the other hand, the twelfth iteration of the popular and ever fantastic series is a complete Resident Evil 4 style reinvention of the franchise.
Excerpt: Final Fantasy XII returns to the world of Ivalice and brings the series back to its single-player roots after it diverted with the online Final Fantasy XI . Certainly, fans had high hopes for this game with a long four years in development and such a long time passing since the last single-player Final Fantasy , but it has also been controversial with its significant departure from the traditional Final Fantasy battle system.
Excerpt: Four years of waiting, several delays, and quite a few changes once hindered Final Fantasy XII from reaching North America, but now the game has been flung to the public to be picked apart and devoured. It has a difficult heritage to uphold, as it will be subjected to far more scrutiny than a non- Final Fantasy title. However, Final Fantasy XII seems to be the most carefully constructed title in the series to date, and it may be strong enough to withstand the pressure.
Excerpt: Final Fantasy XII for the PlayStation 2 is a game riddled with drama both inside and out. Not only does the tale of Vaan and company make for an interesting story, but so does the game's development. With countless delays, the producer having a breakdown and being dismissed mid-development, extremely high Japanese praises, and a lukewarm reception of the NA demo, Final Fantasy XII raised much debate long before the game was even released.
Excerpt: One year after the conclusion of Final Fantasy XII , Vaan has achieved his dream of becoming a sky pirate, and he's busy traipsing about Ivalician ruins with his childhood friend Penelo. Unfortunately, as he meets up with their old friends Balthier and Fran to seek out the Cache of Glabados, things don't go quite as well as he would have hoped.