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Final Fantasy XII (PlayStation 2)

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Description

Two powerful empires, Archadia and Rozaria, are at war. All they care for is victory over the opponent. In order to achieve it more quickly, Archadia invades the small kingdom of Dalmasca. The young prince of Dalmasca falls in battle shortly after his marriage to the beautiful princess Ashe. The king is murdered under mysterious circumstances just before signing a peace treaty with Archadia. The iron rule of the empire is established in the small country.

The player takes control of a young thief named Vaan who lives in Rabanastre, the capital city of Dalmasca. Through a series of events Vaan finds himself involved in the political struggle, hoping to avenge the death of his treacherously murdered brother.

Final Fantasy XII is set in Ivalice, a fantasy world which also served as a setting for Final Fantasy Tactics. The game differs from its predecessors in several core gameplay-related aspects. The game world is composed of vast areas with visibly walking enemies. There are no separate battle screens in the game; combat takes place in the same environment as exploration. Player-controlled characters can freely move during combat. Actions are still selected by choosing commands from a pop-up menu, and each character has a traditional ATB bar that determines when he or she may act; however, overall the combat resembles the "real-time with pause" system of Western role-playing games such as Knights of the Old Republic.

The player can issue specific commands to the party members, or assign to them combat strategies (called "gambits" in the game). New magic, abilities, and equipment are bought from stores or found in containers in the world. Before a character can use any of these, the player has to buy a corresponding license by spending license points earned in combat. These act like skill points, and can be allocated by the player manually on the character's license board.

In addition to the enemies and bosses found by following the story, the player can also accept "Hunts" posted in bars or offered to the player in conversations. These are optional encounters where the player has to track down and either trap or lure a very powerful monster before defeating it.

Screenshots

Final Fantasy XII PlayStation 2 Main menu
Final Fantasy XII PlayStation 2 Balthier, Vaan and Basch
Final Fantasy XII PlayStation 2 License grid bird-eye view
Final Fantasy XII PlayStation 2 Weapons inventory

Alternate Titles

  • "最终幻想12" -- Chinese title (simplified)
  • "Финальная Фантазия 12" -- Russian spelling
  • "Zui Zhong Huanxiang 12" -- Chinese title
  • "Finalnaja Fantazija 12" -- Russian title
  • "FFXII" -- Common abbreviation
  • "FF 12" -- Informal name
  • "ファイナルファンタジーXII" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Building a bridge to Western RPGs Oleg Roschin (164812) 4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; or, the plot Dickens.. lasttoblame (393) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
The best of both worlds Melody (119) 4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars
This is Final Fantasy's funeral Bregalad (914) 2.14 Stars2.14 Stars2.14 Stars2.14 Stars2.14 Stars
Final Fantasy 12, good game, but not a Final Fantasy Ben Burdick (6) 3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars

The Press Says

UGO (UnderGroundOnline) Oct 31, 2006 A 100
Nuts Feb 23, 2007 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
JagoGame.com Oct 12, 2006 9.7 out of 10 97
VicioJuegos.com Mar 18, 2007 92 out of 100 92
USA Today Nov 09, 2006 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Edge Nov 23, 2006 9 out of 10 90
Computer Bild Spiele Mar 07, 2007 1.86 out of 6 83
Vgames Jun 01, 2007 82 out of 100 82
Console Obsession Mar 21, 2007 8 out of 10 80
GameCola.net Mar, 2009 7.3 out of 10 73

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Er. 11 Indra was here (19212)
Apr 10, 2013
EXTREMELY minor nitpick 1 Simoneer (30)
Nov 23, 2010
Who else likes the battle system? 2 Joshua J. Slone (4621)
May 24, 2007

Trivia

References

Gilgamesh from Final Fantasy V and Final Fantasy VII makes a cameo appearance in the game as a Mark. The music theme that plays during your fight is also the same. He still has eight arms and his personality hasn't change much either.

Awards

  • GameSpy
    • 2006 – #3 Game of the Year
    • 2006 – #2 Console Game of the Year
    • 2006 – PS2 Game of the Year
    • 2006 – PS2 Game of the Year (Gamers' Vote)
    • 2006 – PS2 RPG of the Year

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Oleg Roschin (164812) added Final Fantasy XII (PlayStation 2) on Mar 18, 2006