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by adam on 11/28/2007

This is, in my opinion, the best game of the FF franchise thus far. Previously I would have said FFVII, but FFXII wins out head to head. The main reason is though both games sport great gameplay, the newer installment does not have the insanely long cut scenes that made VII plod along at times. FFXII is very open ended and offers many enhancements to the franchise. I think most will enjoy the gambit system, the license board and the new, real-time battle structure. I like the fact that I can make any character a damage dealer or magic user and the overall versatility the license board permits. Great game!

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Final Fantasy XII stars a princess named Ashe, who teams up with Vaan, an urchin, and several other characters to protect their homeland of Ivalice against invaders.

The story of FINAL FANTASY XII takes place in a world called "Ivalice," in an age when magic was commonplace and airships plied the skies, crowding out the heavens. A world of many races, the humes, bangaa, viera and, of course, moogles, all call Ivalice home.

War was on the horizon. Seeking to strengthen its base of power, the great Archadian Empire had been invading and subjugating its neighboring kingdoms one by one. The small Kingdom of Dalmasca was one such kingdom.

When the occupying Archadian forces established a new consul in Dalmasca's Royal City of Rabanastre, it caught the attention of Vaan, an urchin living on the streets. To Vaan, the Empire was a hated enemy who had taken the life of his brotherhis last surviving family member. Vaan hatched a plan to sneak into the castle housing the new consul and unburden him of one or two of his treasures. But before he would have the chance, Vaan got far more than he bargained for; a resistance movement of former Dalmascan soldiers rising up against the Archadian Empire was launching an assault! Amid the ensuing confusion that engulfed the castle, Vaan saw something he could scarcely believe. There, among the members of the resistance, was the figure of the sole remaining heir to the Dalmascan throne, the Princess Ashe, who'd been given up for missing...

Our story follows Vaan, Ashe, Vaan's friend Penelo, the sky pirate Balthier, his partner Fran and many more on an adventure through Ivalice that traces the mysteries behind the Archadian Empire's invasion.

Since 1987, the FINAL FANTASY series has sold over 60 million units. FINAL FANTASY XII carries on the proud tradition, bringing new ideas to the series and innovation to the RPG genre.


Manufacturer Square Enix Usa
Mfg Part# 90407
SKU 202222137
UPC 662248904078
UPC 14 00662248904078
Format PlayStation 2
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ReviewSource EuroGamer
Review Hands-down the best instalment in the series since "VII." There, we said it. It succeeds on just about every imaginable level, combining a loveable and well-designed cast and suitably twist-ridden storyline with the most unique slant on the series' traditional turn-based combat system since it went all tactical to stunning effect.
ReviewRating 9
Every aspect of the graphics brings color to the world of Ivaliceblues and oranges reminiscent of the Mediterranean evoke a landscape alive with a mix of European and Arabian imagery.
Airships feature prominently in FINAL FANTASY XII. They come in all shapes and sizesthe main airship in this story is a medium-sized craft that measures over 1,000 feet from bow to stern. Airships are used for everything from the trading of goods to the waging of war.
The story isn't all that's newexperience an evolved battle system with numerous features never before seen in the FINAL FANTASY series.
ADB Active Dimension Battle is a shift from ATB (Active Time Battle), lending more realism to the battle by allowing seamless switching between the field and the battle scene.
Load time between the field and the battle scene that is unrelated to actual gameplay has been eliminated, ensuring smoother gaming.
Besides time elements, such as the attack timing, the player can fully utilize the field geography in terms of differences in ground level, intricate terrain, places with low visibility and the like.
Enemy monsters can also take advantage of the varied tactics that ADB offers, possessing sophisticated AI to ambush parties, back up their comrades and restore HP.
Ivalice sounds better, too, with in-game events and movie scenes presented in Dolby Pro Logic II.
Mission Select: As you travel the world of Spira on your airship, the Celsius, you can usually access the mission select screen by talking to buuddy; however, at certain critical points the mission select screen will appear automatically. Select an area from the list that appears and swoop into action.
HotSpots: Will appear on the mission select screen. HotSpots unlock new missions and events that are critical to the story and determine the flow of your game.
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Game Format PlayStation 2
Game Genre Action
Deeko This is an extremely well-crafted game...
Play Magazine grand, so overwhelming, so vast,...borders on the impossible.
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