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GF Rating
8.3

4744 ratings

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

A Masterpiece

posted by godsmith2 (WILLIAMSTOWN, WV) Jun 13, 2012

Member since Oct 2011

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Final Fantasy XII is a game that is a drastic change from the series previous 10 (not counting XI) installments, but still manages to offer a great experience.  

The story is set in the small kingdom of Dalmasca, which has been taken over by the mighty Archadian Empire. Here, we find our viewpoint character, a young orphan by the name of Vaan, who in a long sequence of events enters a resistance movement to liberate Dalmasca from it's Imperial overlord. 

In a departure from Final Fantasy tradition, the plot doesn't really focus on character development and melodrama, but rather a complex political drama concerning nation-states and rulers. Because of this, 5 of the 6 player characters lose relevance somewhat early in the tale, and that I feel is the game's primary flaw. Characterization is fairly weak, as is backstory and likability, which does somewhat hurt an otherwise masterfully told narrative. 

Gameplay wise, this isn't a standard Final Fantasy game either. One has the option to almost fully automate the combat system, for example, setting a parameter in the game like "Cure <30%" will make your party's AI cure any ally under 30% health. If you aren't a fan of automated battling, don't worry, you have the option to completely disable the system at any time and enter commands manually. Also of note is the absence of random battles, which are now conducted right in the field, almost like an MMO.

On the sound front, FFXII is well done. Voice acting is fantastic, and the music (despite losing veteran composer Nobuo Uematsu) is still well done. Graphically, FFXII is incredible as well, possibly being among the nicest looking PS2 games ever to be made.

With the main story lasting upwards of 40 hours for most, as well as side quests that extend the game for potentially dozens more, this is undoubtedly an RPG worth your time to purchase, as long as you can ignore some Final Fantasy traditions that are broken as well as somewhat bland protagonists.

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GF Rating
7

Good

Tedious but fun

posted by Syn_ (ROCHESTER, NH) Jan 9, 2012

Member since Jan 2012

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

This game is tedious as anything, but I got into it. Granted there were times I went running for a strat guide, and some of the bosses were completely bogus, (especially the end /battles/). It was still a good game, with believable characters and a good plot line :)

All in all, I pushed to the end and finished it. I did have a gripe with the summons though, Definitely not as cool as the ones is FF-X, but maybe that's just me.

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GF Rating
7

Good

Gets the big things right, but not the little ones

posted by MichaelO (PITTSBURGH, PA) Aug 16, 2011

Member since Sep 2010

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

On the one hand, it is obvious that this game was made with a lot of effort. As a result, they did a lot of things right. The story and storytelling are decent (if cliche), and the overall structure of the controls and gameplay is pretty seamless and bug-free. There are quite a few sidequests and a big world to keep you occupied. The game also has an ingenious system for programming the AI of your party members so that they act on their own in accordance with what you want.

Unfortunately, the details of the gameplay mechanics are poorly done. Characters don't have classes and become quite homogeneous in battle. The weapons are also poorly balanced. There are tons of cool weapon classes, but most of them are too crummy to take seriously. Others are overpowered. Since all characters can use all equipment, this means I rarely used most of the weapon classes. Similarly, magic was not balanced well against weapons, and since all characters can use all magic, the same thing happened.

The flaws with the gameplay mechanics sort of ruined this game for me. I could never fully get into it, and I was glad to have it over and sent back once I beat it.

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