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Final Fantasy XII August 25, 2007

Posted by Brian L. Belen in Reviews, Video Games.

It took half a year, but I finally got to see my brother get around to putting Final Fantasy XII to bed. And yes, it was very much worth the delay.

Overall, it is perhaps the best installment in the series to date, managing to do justice to the Final Fantasy legacy in spades. It takes plenty of the old-school elements that made Final Fantasy great and infuses them with enough innovative or “remixed” elements to make for a very compelling gaming experience. Past installments of the franchise have thus far demonstrated that Square-Enix have gotten the console role-playing game genre down to a science, and it shows in FFXII. Its story is the stuff of which grand adventures are made, the graphics and soundtrack are simply topnotoch, and its sophisticated (and some might say complex) battle system make for a thoroughly mesmerizing gameplay experience.

There are a few blemishes, to be sure: the most egregious of these is perhaps the absurd amount of dungeon crawling towards the end. Yet for all that the game remains one of the few good reasons left to still invest in a PS2. For my part, I can’t wait to see what its small-screen sequel has in store, and I’m sure others feel the same way.



1. Hey! Where’d My Vacation Go? « BRAIN DRAIN - August 27, 2007

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2. gameswag - September 2, 2007

I really liked FF12 also, and thanks for the comment on my blog. Would love to see your set-up!

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