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5.0 out of 5 stars
The genius of Final Fantasy XII, 27 Feb 2007
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars
I really did think upon seeing the adverts for Final Fantasy XII, it was just going to be an absolute waste of time and effort, but as a true fan of the genre and the franchise i thought i would purchase the game anyway, and to my suprise i fell in love with the game.
Yes the fighting system was extremely bizzare if you have played any of the previous titles but it works so well no longer are battles just randomly thrown at you now you can actually see the enemies, the other advantage is there is less loading because you fight in the area you are running around in, the battles flow really easily and have a newly found 'complete' dimension to battles, not just a back and forth, enemy attacks you attack of the previous titles.
Another stroke of genius is the licences, with these you can develop the characters in anyway you want, rather than everyone having a 'set' path and position in the game anyone can be the mage,healer or the summoner.
The game also has things called gambits, these are in place so your party members actually do something as it would be way to hard to control everyone, you can cantrol everyone, but with the speed at which the battle runs you would be very hard pressed to pull this off as it now is 3-dimensional, thus makes it way to hard to control everyone as you just don't 'hop' from person to person, you get to choose what the gambits are and the priority of which the gambits are preformed.
Then we come to the graphics,stunning, there is just know other way to describe them, not only the standard in game graphics as they are exceptional, i would go as far to say they eclipse those of Final Fantasy X, but the FMV's are just superior to anything i have seen on the PS2, i very much doubt you will see better graphics now with the release of the PS3.
The music is OK in the game but know way near as good as the previous titles, and the voices of the actors do wear a little thin after a while, another thing i have to say about this game is it is probably the hardest of the Final Fantasys to date, so with this in mind you will have many different emotions through-out the game from joy to annoyance to a complete andrenaline rush when you complete a really hard part of the game, so its an emotional rollercoaster ride which is one, of many, reasons why i love this game, so overall this is a really good game and if you call yourself a Final Fantasy fan then you need to play this!