Rated 10 out of 10
by RPGgamefanatic amazing change in the series
Final Fantasy XII was my favorite in the series, it was seriously underrated but i like it because the storyline didn't follow the traditional Final Fantasy's along with the battle system its cool because of the major free roam on the extremely huge map and the side quests.
Rated 9 out of 10 by KHisAwesome Fun, But Feels Like an MMO
Final Fantasy has been held up to be a great RPG series since it started. I have played half of the main-titled games, and love them all. Final Fantasy XII still holds up to be one of the best, but its predescessor being an MMO influenced too much on it. I love this game, but the battles are untraditional. Rather than walking around and an enemy randomly pops up, enemies are already on the map, and you press X, and the game world freezes. You select a command, what enemy you use it on, wait for the attack gauge to fill up, walk near the enemy, and it attacks for you. Instead of turn-based active time battles, you get real-time battles, a very familiar system similar to Kingdom Hearts. But now for the story: Honestly, the story doesen't really kick in for a while. Just surprise yourself! The game is very impressive, and the world is huge. Vaan is the main character, an orphan who does jobs for some dude named Migelo in the beginning. I have hardly played at all, so sorry if this review doesen't help. 9/10
Rated 10 out of 10 by Qu1ggs simply amazing
This game is amazing for the story and characters to the gameplay and graphics. I got this game when it came out and it kicked my butt for 8 years but I couldnt stop playing it. The story is awesome way better than the traditional ff games. the characters go great together eachone just gets better the further you get. An amazine open world with absolutely stunning design every area is truly a work of art and the seamless battle system is amazing there are tons of side quests to be done you can do the main quest whenever you want so seriously take the time to explore the amazing scenery found thougout the game. The graphics are beautiful they are some of the best I have ever seen and im not just talking for that generation of consols they are better than some ive seen on the xbox360 and ps3 the cut scenes are amazing they really bring the story to life. I hope this game gets remastered so people on newer consoles can play this masterpiece.
Rated 9 out of 10 by Nidav3 It get's hate because of the changes to the series
Even though Final Fantasy XII may not be like the other Final Fantasies there is a lot of good things going for this game I find it to be the best PS2 Final Fantasy and that's saying something. The thing people notice the most about the game that aren't similar to the others in the series are the battle system and the license board both which let's you customize how each character play while your not controlling them and the weapons,magic, stats,etc. each character use. This is the longest Final Fantasy game that I've played and that's not a bad thing the game is at the right difficulty where the only real frustrating thing's you encounter aren't optional. This game is filled with a lot of side quest and secrets to keep you playing after you beat the game. The best part about the game is that it's filled with exploration and not a straight line like FFXIII and to some extent FFX. So if you could put up with this game not being like the rest you'll enjoy it and it's also cheap so you won't be losing that much if you don't like it.
Rated 7 out of 10 by Taiyumi Not what I expected
Ok, so I'm a huge Final Fantasy fan. I bought this when it first came out and thought it was very cool. I liked the way the new battle system took the strategy to another level and even making the characters the way I would like them. Instead of being forced to have a healer, you could choose who you'd like to heal etc... However, the storyline wasn't a mature one like everyone would like to say it is. I would have loved to see romance. Also, why include that Vaan want's to be a sky pirate and then neglect to say any more about it until later on in the game? It seems so pointless. "Hi, I'm Vaan and I want to be a sky pirate but I'm not going to mention it until the last part of the game." So that turned me off to the game, as well as the license board. Horribly done. I believe many of the people who played, screwed on because of this board. It would have been nice to at least have see what we would have been unlocking rather than "Heavy Armor 3".
Rated 10 out of 10 by Cghost21 Have 360 ps3 and play this more than anything
First i would like to say that this game is a very well put together game. People are complaining about the new battle system. it is by far way better then the old battle system. in the last game you could be running in an open field and all of a sudden the screen takes you to fight mode which is so not cool. the new system is more interactive and more modern. Dont get mad at the game because you didnt learn the new system. thats like getting mad at a shooting game because you forget what button is to shoot so u say it sucks. cmon please. how about the person that compares it to old final fantasy games but has never played one before this. please read some of the bad comments so you can really see where these people are coming from. the game is quite long the story is very catchy and it is very fun. get the strategy guide to help you so you wont be like the guy on here that said i dont know what to do. if he paid attention to the story he would know what to do so please get this game if you are an rpg fan you will enjoy this game.
Rated 10 out of 10 by Batman1984 This was good!
Well the games been out for a long time. And at 1st i'd have to say i did not like the battle system it had compared to the classic turnbased ATB like in FFX or X-2 but after playing a few hrs got used to it preety quick and fell in love with the game. played over 400hrs (2sep profiles) and still not quite masterd it after putin it down a couple years ago. (couple bosses unbeaten) The customization is great and chracters are sweet and the free roam is awesome. Lots to do lots to explore and lots to get. programers and designers put alot of HIDDEN stuff in it with out a stratigy guide you wouldn't know anythhing or how to get certain things be missin out on a lot of good stuff. This game I think is still WOW when it comes to that aspect of the game. Out of the series 1-13 i'd put this one as 4th or 5th best, only for the battle system ( i like the classic turnbased rpg like FF1-9) Awesome game in genral if u never played it you should ^_^
Rated 10 out of 10 by The Sandman Just plain amazing
Yeah I was at gamestop I was wondering what would be a good game to buy? I saw it I thought "There is a new final fantasy?" so I decided to buy the collectors edition. As soon as I started playing it I was like "Whoa, this is new". The graphics are a whole lot better than the other final fantasy games. After I got far in the game the puzzles got real challenging. I liked it. It was a real challenge. The storyline was a bit confusing. I'm dumb and I couldn't understand some big words. It controlled really well though. Gambits were confusing at first but you get the hang of it after a while. I like how you are not limited to what weapons you use. I don't like how they took away the names for certain spells and items.(Respect the classics)I don't like how you can't name the main character anymore. I've beat the storyline boss and I'm still not done with all the side stuff and I've put in 115 hours. I would buy this game if I were you.
Rated 10 out of 10 by chibimello My favorite Final Fantasy
I think this game is by far the best. When I first bought this a few years back I couldn't put it down. The storyline is so infectious and well thoughtout. And the voice acting, soundtrack, and characters all blend together beautifuly. The game is pretty long and has tons of lasting appeal. And my favorite part was the free play battle system. It gave me a chance to make my character the way I want them to be. The possibilities are endless. And there's plenty for you to do and plenty of places to travel. And what's great is that you can play the game at your own pace because there's extra bosses for you to defeat and missions to be handled. Also it can be a pretty challenging game too. I think what's most important about a game is building a connection with the characters and having your own viewpoint on what they're going through and feeling their emotions. I found myself being entrapped with all the situations they encountered. I'm really in love with this game. I would totally recommend this to all RPG fans alike. I think you won't be disappointed.
Rated 10 out of 10 by Justin Sampson So many weapons, so many monsters.
wow! This game is wonderfull. This is my favorite final fantasy game. It seems slow at first, but if you give it time you will love it. Many people dislike the new battle system, but without random encounters and seemless battle screens, I wonder what they dislike. The best part of this game is the incredible amount of things to do after you beat the game. All of the legendary equipment is really hard to get and you probally will beat the game your first time before you get any of it. It is soooooo rewarding when you finally get the best sword in the game, the tournesol, and you will love it. The other part of this game that is great is the incredible amount of side quests and optional bosses in the game. The hardest boss in the game, Yiazmat, will take you about a month to beat. He has multiple health bars, and you can leave, save your game, and when you return his health will be where you left. Play this game through and don't be afraid to get some help off a website, the game can be difficult in spots. Balthier is the coolest character in a final fantasy game ever.