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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.


Final Fantasy XII PlayStation 2 Main menu
Final Fantasy XII PlayStation 2 Gambits are mini-programs: conditions are displayed
Final Fantasy XII PlayStation 2 Lowtown in Rabanastre. Note the different races populating the world
Final Fantasy XII PlayStation 2 Title screen is an overlay on top of the intro movie

Promo Images

Final Fantasy XII Wallpaper
Final Fantasy XII Wallpaper
Final Fantasy XII Wallpaper

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

It's too late to get serious Oleg Roschin (174012) 3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 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
This is Final Fantasy's funeral Bregalad (938) 2.14 Stars2.14 Stars2.14 Stars2.14 Stars2.14 Stars
The best of both worlds Melody (119) 4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 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

Critic Reviews Feb 23, 2007 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100 Mar 13, 2007 10 out of 10 100
Jolt (UK) Feb 26, 2007 9.8 out of 10 98
GameZone Nov 02, 2006 9.8 out of 10 98
Gaming Nexus Oct 31, 2006 A- 91
Gameplay RPG Dec, 2006 9 out of 10 90 Feb 22, 2007 9 out of 10 90 Mar 21, 2007 9 out of 10 90 (UK) Apr 18, 2006 9 out of 10 90 Mar, 2009 7.3 out of 10 73


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Who else likes the battle system? 2 Joshua J. Slone (4616)
May 24, 2007


1001 Video Games

Final Fantasy XII appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


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.


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Oleg Roschin (174012) added Final Fantasy XII (PlayStation 2) on Mar 18, 2006