Final Fantasy XII is yet another interesting role playing game from Square-Enix,
the Japanese entertainment company. Final Fantasy XII has a renovated strategic
combat system which provides great complexity and superb game play backed up by
excellent music. The battles are fought along with context during exploration
without any random encounters making the plot very interesting and linear.
Though Square Enix have shipped various games with Final Fantasy brand since
2001, Final Fantasy XII has been the most ambitious, lengthy and lavishly
produced role-playing game of all. Final Fantasy XII has a cohesive game play
with a new combat system and unique visual style. The amiable cast of
characters, remarkable art direction and umpteen number of challenging battles
in this new game live up to the name of Final Fantasy series.
Final Fantasy XII starts very slow when compared to typical RPG and can take
around 3-6 hours to make you pushing forward. Final Fantasy XII allows you to
travel through beautiful world of Ivalice with massive adventures and mature
storyline which has all types of emotions like love, hatred, treachery,
misfortune all starting with an invasion. The world of Ivalice has excellent
graphics and has unique theme compared to previous version. The Moogles and
Chocobos have been redesigned to some extent apart from the Airships and other
staples of Squre Enix.
The powerful Arcadian empire start their war campaign on Dalmasca, which is a
neutral kingdom and the king who wants his people to remain in peace, signs an
treaty with Arcadia which gives them occupational rights at the end of war. But
at the end, the king of Dalmasca gets assassinated and his daughter commits a
suicide due to her father’s death. Now Arcadia takes control over Dalmasca and
their people are struggling for freedom. Vaan who is a young and energetic store
worker also acts a thief on city streets. He is a brother of the Dalmasca
soldier who died during the battle and Vaan feels that he should free people of
Dalmasca from tyranny of Arcadians.
The plot of Final Fantasy XII has plenty of surprises with many ups and downs
which make it interesting. Yasumi Mitsuno, who is the scenario and concept
plotter, has done a very good job by charming the storytelling elements similar
to popular TV shows “24” and “Lost”. The plot has very expressive and gorgeously
produced cinematic cut scenes with well-written dialogue. The characters of the
game show genuine lifelike emotions during cut scenes with very good use of body
language and facial expressions. There is plenty of exploration, lot of combat
and excellent game play which is hallmark of Final Fantasy series.
Final Fantasy XII utilizes a turn-based engine similar to its previous versions
and allows camera movement which allows users to shift to any angle as they
please. It is a fantastic role playing game and blows all its competitions for
Play Station 2. The only drawback is that license-board systems and gambit is
too complex to get familiar with. The art style of Final Fantasy XII is
different from earlier version, but has some similarity to Japanese role playing
game - Vagrant story of the year 2000. Final Fantasy XII has some similarities
with respect to sound design and visual styles with Vagrant story.
The sound track is composed beautifully using synthesized instruments and
accompanies each and every moment in the game. It has some popular themes along
with original background compositions which suit the mood of the game along with
a game’s voice acting which deserves a special mention. Final Fantasy XII has
support for surround sound setup and wide screen display which makes it
remarkable for present game standards.
The new gambit system, upgrades of license-board and full-camera control and
some important updates in this game. The load times are very quick with detailed
skeletal and facial animation of characters. The game play ranges from forty to
hundred hours depending on your preferences.
Final Fantasy XII is yet another role playing game from Square Enix Corporation
that has won the hearts of hardcore gamers with its impressive 3D visual effects
and sensational soundtrack accompanied by an exciting plot.
Final Fantasy 12 InformationGame: Final Fantasy 12 Developer: Square Enix PDD 4 Publisher: Square Enix Genre: RPG Medium: DVD-ROM Platform: PlayStation
2 Final Fantasy 12 Release Date
Japan: 16 March 2006
USA: 31 October 2006
Europe: 23 February 2007
International Version: 9 August 2007