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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. Positive: 71 out of 75
  2. Negative: 0 out of 75
  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Sep 29, 2017
    100
    An excellent remaster of one of the most underestimated episodes of the series released at the dawn of old-gen consoles. Veterans will appreciate the number of new features and newcomers can taste this great Japanese RPG with beautiful visuals. [Issue#277]
  2. Jul 11, 2017
    90
    Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age is, easily, the definitive edition of FFXII. It offers the same great adventure that many played and loved on PS2 and enhances it with many elements and additions that improve the overall experience. However, even with all of these, the game cannot avoid showing some aspects that look like little bit aged. Nevertheless, all of them are minimal and do not significantly affect the game by any means.
  3. Jul 5, 2017
    90
    Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age is a remaster done right. The core content remains the same, but the changes in various systems add a new layer of discovery... Not every facet of the game has aged well, but the clever combat and fantastic cast earns this entry its status as classic RPG, and the Zodiac Age is the best way to play it. [Aug 2017, p.152]
  4. Jul 25, 2017
    90
    This might be the best RPG 2017 has to offer. The Gambit system and the MMO-like fights are very modern and the rest of Final Fantasy 12 is still a joy to play.
  5. Jul 10, 2017
    85
    Put aside any misconceptions you may have about the idea of re-selling old games in shinier coats, this is no lazy rehash and it was always a dang fine game to boot!
  6. Sep 13, 2017
    80
    The Zodiac Age is mostly a triumph. The few issues that do exist aren’t enough to detract from the overall quality of the underlying game, and most of the updates, upgrades and tweaks really work in the game’s favor.
  7. Jul 20, 2017
    50
    Final Fantasy XII was outdone by the competition when it came out eleven years ago, and The Zodiac Age changes absolutely nothing in that regard. An overpriced and undercooked re-release of a game better left forgotten.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 48
  2. Negative: 2 out of 48
  1. Jul 11, 2017
    10
    When I bought this game on PS2 I could barely get through it because it was such a line infested jag party, but now that they have finally putWhen I bought this game on PS2 I could barely get through it because it was such a line infested jag party, but now that they have finally put a fresh coat of paint on it... it's awesome and it feels like the official release of the game. I am not for remasters, but Square is on fire now and we are seeing some of that old Square magic here in Zodiac Age. Yet another must have title for PS4. Expand
  2. Jun 27, 2019
    10
    It's an overall more satisfying experience to play thanks to quality of life features, the class system makes a more balanced gameplay, if aIt's an overall more satisfying experience to play thanks to quality of life features, the class system makes a more balanced gameplay, if a bit less flexible than in the original game. Expand
  3. Jul 16, 2017
    10
    El clasico FF12 para ps2 me parecio fantastico en su epoca pese a las criticas recibidas por su sistema de combate, y esta nueva entrega paraEl clasico FF12 para ps2 me parecio fantastico en su epoca pese a las criticas recibidas por su sistema de combate, y esta nueva entrega para ps4 es aun mejor. El juego tiene tanto fanaticos que lo aman o gente que lo odia por tener un cambio tan grande con respecto a las anteriores entregas de la saga. El nuevo sistema de licencias es es genial y te da la posiblilidad de elegir dos trabajos por personaje lo que da mas diversidad al equipo sin llegar a ser repetitivo como en la version original. Graficamente es una de las mejores remastered que he visto, y un detalle que no es menos para los que disfrutan la banda sonora de los juegos es que podemos elegir entre la musica original o la orquesta que suena simplemente fantastica. Si amaste el juego en la ps2 vas a adorarlo en esta nueva version, si nunca lo jugaste ahora es tu momento de disfrutar de esta joya que recibio criticas por su sistema de combate en mundo abierto y los gambits que es unico ya que ningun otro juego imito este sistema aunque a otros les puede llegar a encantar. Expand
  4. Jul 30, 2017
    9
    This game returns memories. I liked this game on PS2 because it has a very good story and a gameplay. Remastered version of this game is evenThis game returns memories. I liked this game on PS2 because it has a very good story and a gameplay. Remastered version of this game is even better. I will not talk about the graphics and the sound because also graphics and sound was very good on PS2 and now remastered version only makes it better. I will actually talk about of improving the battle system.

    In PS2 version, all the characters had the same abilities which does not make a difference between them. Because they have the same abilities it was not the purpose of using all the characters, but only those you liked the most, the others was just a backup team. Also, there is no tactics in the battle if all characters have the same abilities and this makes the battle system boring. This was the same problem for me in Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy XIII. I like the Job system which they used in previous games and I'm glad they return it back. The Zodiac Job System in remastered version make battle system much better because now all characters have different abilities (different jobs) which gives a tactical aspect in battle. Together, Zodiac Job System and Gambits System allows the player to create his own strategy in the battle by balancing strengths and weaknesses of the characters. This is the biggest improvement in remastered version of Final Fantasy XII.

    This is the best remastered version of old Final Fantasy game and I wish they did the same thing with remastered version of Final Fantasy X. They could improve the battle system of Final Fantasy X by adding the Job system as they did with Final Fantasy XII.

    I hope they will use the Job system and the ATB system in new Final Fantasy game because with combination of those two system they can make the best battle system in JRPGs.
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  5. Jul 13, 2017
    9
    Excellent remaster of one of my favorite Final Fantasy games. It feels good to be back in Ivalice! I've been able to put about 20 hours in inExcellent remaster of one of my favorite Final Fantasy games. It feels good to be back in Ivalice! I've been able to put about 20 hours in in 3 days thanks to having summers off as I work in the schools. The "new" Zodiac job system is amazing. I really have enjoyed being "forced" to spec a certain way and build a party around that. Graphically, it's not the best looking PS4 game, but it looks remarkable compared to it's PS2 counterpart. Cinematic scenes look really good. The remastered music is awesome. The optional speed up options 2x and 4x speed are a godsend as well. The negatives come in the same place they came back when this game first released. Vaan and Penelo suck and add very little value to the story. The camera is still crappy sometimes when you're fighting up against a wall. Looking forward to playing FF12 until I get the platinum. Expand
  6. Aug 6, 2017
    8
    Definitely a good game but doesn't impress as a Final Fantasy game. One should know that this game is the same game from PS2, just some minorDefinitely a good game but doesn't impress as a Final Fantasy game. One should know that this game is the same game from PS2, just some minor class system which doesn't add much to the game.
    What's in it ?
    * Good battle system to grind ; although boring and slow : you can write your own AI to the characters and watch the combat happen. But it is so repetitive and fails to impress late game. Techniks are not needed at all. Magic is good for buffs and debuffs , unnecessary for damage. Most of time you let the team combat themselves by direct attacks.
    * Impressive world theme, unoriginal scenario : The world consist of so many good places and stories. The Judge system is a really good fiction. But the scenario gets stuck after a point. Very traditional scenario. Get relics, defeat villains and save the kingdom, etc.
    * Characters are likable but dull : You can't get used to most characters even after hours. My personal favorite character is a villian. Most of the cast are dull and doesn't talk much. Balthier and Fran is nice others look dumb.
    * Soundtrack is awesome as all other FF games.
    * Lots of bosses and side quests which are better than the scenario itself. Plenty of time to spend in Ivalice.
    * Loading times are so-so.
    * Dungeons are well designed, monsters are variable and cool, boss fights are very good.
    * Summons (espers) are useless , takes too much grinding to get useful, overall sucks.

    Last word : If you like to play JRPGs this is a must buy. If you played this on PS2 or PC (with emulators) pass this one.
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  7. Jul 31, 2017
    0
    Unpardonable sins:

    -They changed the awesome fonts to plain ones like Courier New. -They removed the Prelude music at startup (the main
    Unpardonable sins:

    -They changed the awesome fonts to plain ones like Courier New.
    -They removed the Prelude music at startup (the main theme of Final Fantasy!).
    -They removed the opening cutscene that played behind the title screen and changed it to just a black background.
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