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  • Summary: Enter an era of war within the world of Ivalice. The small kingdom of Dalmasca, conquered by the Archadian Empire, is left in ruin and uncertainty. Princess Ashe, the one and only heir to the throne, devotes herself to the resistance to liberate her country. Vaan, a young man who lost hisEnter an era of war within the world of Ivalice. The small kingdom of Dalmasca, conquered by the Archadian Empire, is left in ruin and uncertainty. Princess Ashe, the one and only heir to the throne, devotes herself to the resistance to liberate her country. Vaan, a young man who lost his family in the war, dreams of flying freely in the skies. In a fight for freedom and fallen royalty, join these unlikely allies and their companions as they embark on a heroic adventure to free their homeland.

    Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age improves upon the 2006 classic Final Fantasy XII, now more beautiful and easier to play than ever. The high-definition remaster introduces several modern advancements, including reconstructed battle design and a revamped job system. With newly implemented trophies and share functions, as well as stark visual and sound improvements in true HD for the first time, players both returning and new to the game will experience a grand adventure that spans the world of Ivalice in an entirely fresh and improved way.
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  1. Feb 27, 2018
    90
    Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age is an extremely solid and polished remaster of the most unusual mainline entry. If you’ve never played FFXII this is the best way to give it a go and if you are a veteran, having the changes from the previously Japan only IZJS version give you another reason to revisit Ivalice.
  2. Feb 5, 2018
    90
    The Zodiac Age brings what we loved from this twelve-year-old release to a new set of gamers in the best way possible. The PC version is an added bonus for fans, not to mention newcomers, as it’s easily the best way to playthrough the lengthy adventure, provided your machine is capable of running it well. Sure, the protagonist doesn’t seem all there and is arguably one of the worst in the entire franchise, but we are treated to an intriguing political plot as it unravels slowly in the background. This is a remaster for the ages, introducing high speed mode to eliminate the needless grind and the various new graphical options only help exemplify the quality of late-PS2 games. Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age for PC is the complete package.
  3. Feb 20, 2018
    90
    Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age is not only a great remaster, but a massive improvement to an already excellent game. The story is engrossing, the characters really grow on you, and it’s an epic RPG that both doesn’t feel the least bit grind-y and won’t waste your time. The Job System is just perfect and is a minigame in its own right. Finally, the big Star Wars influence makes FF12 feel like Knights of the Old Republic 3 – and that thought kept me going until the end. I can’t believe I had to wait 12 years for this game, but at least it was worth the wait.
  4. Feb 14, 2018
    85
    Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age on PC is an excellent port and the definitive version of the game, thanks to a variety of additional options not found in the original PlayStation 4 release, such as the ability to activate cheats, play in New Game + mode from the beginning, graphics customization and the absence of any major issue.
  5. Feb 15, 2018
    85
    A decent port of a great Final Fantasy with one of the cleverest combat systems in RPGs.
  6. Feb 26, 2018
    84
    Gameplaywise and visually impressive remaster and a great JRPG, but slightly disappointing in regards of story and combat system.
  7. Sep 24, 2018
    60
    Final Fantasy XII is a good game that broke a lot of ground upon release, as an RPG, as a work of fantasy, and as a Final Fantasy entry. With that said, The Zodiac Age feels like a bare-minimum up-port, with little besides the textures being improved. Fans of the original adventure will probably love it, and fans of the series who never played it should give it a try, but on its own two legs in the present day, it doesn't offer much that other RPGs don't do while looking and feeling much better in today's technological landscape.

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  1. Positive: 14 out of 24
  2. Negative: 5 out of 24
  1. Aug 6, 2019
    10
    Final Fantasy 12 is one of the most beautiful things you can see anyone who likes rpg and this thing is really surprising if you wish to beFinal Fantasy 12 is one of the most beautiful things you can see anyone who likes rpg and this thing is really surprising if you wish to be deeper than you are. Expand
  2. Mar 11, 2021
    10
    This game is extremely fun, once you've played it, you'll remember it after many years, it's replay value is very high.
  3. Feb 12, 2018
    10
    FF XII: The Zodiac Age is a revamped and expanded port for the PC of the PS4 title. The Zodiac Age contains many improvements on the originalFF XII: The Zodiac Age is a revamped and expanded port for the PC of the PS4 title. The Zodiac Age contains many improvements on the original FF XII, the largest being the Zodiac job system. These improvements were unreleased outside of Japan until the release on the PS4.

    The PC port of the game is near perfect, complete with support for 60fps in 4k. The game looks very good and the performance is fantastic. It can be comfortably said that this is one of the best Final Fantasy ports on PC. If you are a fan of the game, or of the series in general, you owe it to yourself to get this definitive version of FF XII.
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  4. May 7, 2021
    9
    Normally, I wasn't planning on playing Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, but it went up for sale and I couldn't pass on it. In the end, I'mNormally, I wasn't planning on playing Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, but it went up for sale and I couldn't pass on it. In the end, I'm glad I decided to play this game because otherwise I'd miss out on a gem.
    Final Fantasy XII's plot is intriguing and different compared to the plot in other Final Fantasy games.
    Same goes for the gameplay; it's innovative because it makes you feel like playing an offline MMO game instead of a typical turn based JRPG. The gambit system is basically programming an A.I., it's genius and I love it! The license boards add extra layers of character customization and optimization, giving you the opportunity to build each character differently. Overall, the combat system is extremely fun, the customization/optimization is fantastic and the mechanics work perfectly!
    The characters are very good overall; Vaan is an underwhelming protagonist but the rest of the cast are quite amazing, especially Balthier, Basch and Ashe.
    The world of Final Fantasy XII is arguably the best in the series in my opinion; there are some spectacular places that you can explore in the game.
    Also, the music is great, the visuals hold up well and the CGI cutscenes are stunning.
    Now, although Final Fantasy XII excels in most areas, the main story feels disjointed at times and some dungeons get a bit tedious after a while.

    Pros:
    + Interesting plot
    + Addictive gameplay
    + Unique mechanics
    + Engaging characters
    + Beautiful world

    Cons:
    - Inconsistent narrative
    - Some dungeons are overwhelming and tiring

    Narrative: 6/10
    Gameplay: 9/10
    Content: 8/10
    Characters: 8/10
    Music: 8/10
    Graphics/Audio: ?/10

    Final Rating: 9/10
    - Amazing -
    Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age is a very unique and rewarding RPG.
    If you're a fan of J/RPGs but you haven't played the original version of Final Fantasy XII before, you should definitely give Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age a try, as it's arguably one of the best games in the series.

    Do I recommend it?:
    Absolutely! Even to those who don't play JRPGs at all.
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  5. Apr 2, 2022
    6
    Not a terrible game. It was fine. but I wouldn't recommend it to others. The gameplay is basically auto-battles where you have to program yourNot a terrible game. It was fine. but I wouldn't recommend it to others. The gameplay is basically auto-battles where you have to program your own team's AI using rudimentary if-then statements which this game calls "gambits." Between the auto-attacking, the long walks through generic landscapes between plot points, and the sparse story, it sometimes feels more like a MMO than a single player Final Fantasy game. Most of the playable characters in your group might as well have been NPCs with as little backstory and character development they have. Sometimes NPCs do join your group temporarily, that have more backstory and development than the actual characters do. There are 6 main characters in total, and 4 of them could be removed without affecting the story a single bit. Expand
  6. Feb 4, 2018
    5
    Final Fantasy XII is out for PC now, with improved visuals, new mechnics, and other options to try and justify charging $40.00 for a 12 yearFinal Fantasy XII is out for PC now, with improved visuals, new mechnics, and other options to try and justify charging $40.00 for a 12 year old game that you can get brand-new for $15.00 on Amazon for the PS2.

    I never played this when it first came out. To be honest, I was starting to move away from Square by the end of the PS1 era of their RPGs. And their new ones on the PS2 never really grabbed my attention. I grew up with and loved some of their classic games, like Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger, but as the years went on, Square seemed to move further and further away from the kind of game development that caused me to fall in love with them in the first place.

    After seeing some pretty good reviews for Final Fantasy XII online and the reviews on here, I decided to give it a chance and see how it held up. Visually it is a beautiful game and Sqaure did a good job remastering the graphics of the game. For all intents and purposes, their OST for the game is fine too. It's not going to blow anyone's mind, but the music is "good enough".

    That's about all the good stuff I have to say about this game, unfortunately.

    The writing feels half hearted, it's another basic story they have going on, that has been retold since they started doing RPGs in the late 80's and early 90's. Character behavior is weird, a lot of times someone will do something, without really ever being able to justify it.

    Vaan, one of the main characters is basically an orphan and lives off the streets, stealing from people and working odd jobs for friends. At some point he gets it into his head to break into the royal palace, bypass a ton of security and steal "something" from the palace. He doesn't even know what it is he's looking for, he's just looking for something, anything to steal. It makes no sense.

    Speaking of characters, none of them are likeable in any capacity. For me, they were all just kind of there. All of them have about as much character and depth as a puddle of rain water and show about as much. They are just talking heads, there to drive the narrative forward, unfortunately they fail to grab my attention in any sort of meaningful way.

    It's nice that Sqaure introduced a system to play the game, without having to worry much about the actual mechnics, they have a normal, easy and hardmode you can start off with. And easy mode, (new game plus) starts you off with characters all at level 90. This would actually be more impressive if Final Fantasy XII were a game you could enjoy just for the narrative, but it's not. Starting off in new game plus is just going to make the game that much more boring.

    XII has a basic concept of a leveling system in place, which has been a standard since Final Fantasy 1. The issue is they keep fouling it up by trying to get fancy or "unique" with how it's all handled. Their job system is like a poor mix of Final Fantasy V and Final Fantasy X and it's completely garbage. What's the point of even having a job system if you are going to lock players into one or two roles?

    The combat is just a mess. It's like a mix of the classic Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy 10 and Final Fantasy Online. All the fights are bascially "live", but still has a weird turned base feeling to it. Other party members will run around and do whatever based on their "gambit" system. You can also command each party member, but to be completely honest, the whole thing is such a mess, it's so chaotic, it's just easier and less frustrating to let the computer do what it wants to do.

    I'm pushing to play the game right now, just so I can justify the money spent on this title, but there's no way I could recommend it to anyone, especially at the current asking price.
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  7. Sep 29, 2021
    0
    On PC the game can run at whatever framerate you wish, but the game wasnt meant for that so the audio is always out of sync, other than thatOn PC the game can run at whatever framerate you wish, but the game wasnt meant for that so the audio is always out of sync, other than that its a fine port that supports modern resolutions and has a speed up option because even the developers realize how boring the game is.
    The combat system is an abomination and completely ruins the game, its the same old turn based stuff but you can pointlessly move around while you wait for your action bar to fill up. To add insult to that you dont even need to select your actions, the game can literally play itself, and the amount of mandatory grinding is insane.
    Playing this is a completely joyless experience, only meant for the dullest of people.
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