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This review is from: Final Fantasy XII (PS2) (Video Game)
I am about 2/3 of the way through the game at the moment and i can honestly say this is one of the best games I have ever played.
I only say this after much debate with myself due to the fact I play every new final fantasy with an open mind to how the game looks and feels. Before i played Final Fantasy XII I didn't like the fact square had changed the battle system nor how the game looks so much like a MMORPG.
The opening scene can only be described as epic with lush graphics bringing you 8 minutes of total eye candy. I will not tell you what happens because you need to see it for yourself.
The batte system does a fine job of bringing you in to the game with basics that most rpg players can quickly catch on to. The command list is still here in a familar fashion as always, you have the attack command, different magic spells (white,black,time,green) and items. Limit breaks are now called mist knacks and each player can have a total of 3 throughout the quest. Summons known as espers (FF6) are obtained by first finding them and then defeating them in battle, remember only one summon can be assigned to one character and once allocated can not be changed.
As you begin you adventure you will notice two things, one is how big the areas are, especially the main city of the game Rabanastre. The streets are full of life with lots of shops and people to talk to. Second is certain areas change weather over time thus bringing more dangerous creatures with it.
The story evloves around Vaan a wanna be sky pirate who walks the streets and often steals to make a living. You will soon be introduced to Vaan's friend Penelo who seems to come from a similar background as Vaan, Fran and Balthier who is sky pirate. You go to steal treasure from the royal palace and soon find yourself involved in a star wars like battle between different empires.
The music and sound feel right for the environment your playing in with tracks ranging from epic battle music to slow temple vibes.
Before I played the game I tried and tried to find faults, I was starting to go mad because I was convinced Final Fantasy XII was not going to be as good as previous titles in the series boy was i wrong.
One game one word OUTSTANDING!