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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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  1. Positive: 61 out of 85
  2. Negative: 10 out of 85
  1. May 21, 2020
    10
    One of the best FFs imo. Grown up story. Nice fighting and character development system. I really enjoyed playing again on PS4. EspeciallyOne of the best FFs imo. Grown up story. Nice fighting and character development system. I really enjoyed playing again on PS4. Especially with the double speed option. Great game. Expand
  2. Apr 17, 2020
    10
    There is only 1 bad thing to say about this game.
    1. They never made a DLC
    ...Own this game. Finish this game.
  3. 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
  4. Nov 16, 2022
    9
    El mismo juego sobresaliente de entonces, con sus fallas argumentales, remasterizado. Yo, más feliz que una perdiz.
  5. May 6, 2019
    8
    So, I played the original FF12 on the ps2 centuries ago, and It was easily the worst RPG I ever played back then: the story was boring,So, I played the original FF12 on the ps2 centuries ago, and It was easily the worst RPG I ever played back then: the story was boring, uninteresting, hard to care and the characters had the personality of a cardboard with drawings on it: only good character was Balthier because had something called "personality", something that the rest of the cast severely lacked. And don't get me started on the combat: the most boring and uninvolving combat system ever created, you'd literally do nothing for 90% of the game and the only times you would do something is on some bosses - and even only side-missions are somewhat challenging/frustrating.

    So, centuries later, we get the legitimately complete version that never arrived "because" and added the jobs and other tweaks and...I won't lie, it changes a lot of things. In positive too!

    First of all, one of my main complaints of the original game was the License Board: it's probably the worst evolution of the Sphere grid you could think of, where essentially you buy the license to use the items BUT you don't actually use them which means you could unlock Holy and not being able to use it because the LB sucks major balls. Another issue was that each LB was the same so you could easily gear up everyone "the same" as long as you had the armor to equip it.
    However with the new system, the LB still sucks unfortunately but now each character has job-limited requirements that while sounds backward, it actually makes good for tactical variation. In the original, you could just use 3 for the entire game and never change because they were all the same, but now each character can use different jobs and this makes them able to be unique, which is nice! Suddenly using a good combination of character is important because of their unique abilities and not because they're higher levels! I honestly enjoyed to grind in this game for once because I looked forward to unlocking actual unique skills for my white mage or my red battlemage, and since there are 12 jobs you can also mix them up!

    And the combat, while still as boring as before, they fixed it with the simple addition of the turbo, which essentially doubles or quadruples the gameplay speed and literally kills those dead times during grinding! In fact, a lot of the enemies die in one or two hits so being able to speed this procedure REALLY helps a lot! It makes boring combat still boring, but at least it's faster!

    The Gambit system is the same but I'm almost sure that it's much easier to get the gambits? I remember that in the original it was harder but I can't say.

    However, I can't say the rest is improved at all: the game story is just...well, square Enix quality really: a jumbled mess of plotlines that try so hard to look intriguing or interest but behind all of that there's nothing of substance. I hardly cared about any of the characters, mostly because there's nothing to care about and they're just there to "be the group of heroes". Vaan is the most infamous character in this case because he has literally no point in any of the story and just gets involved because "bad timing", same for Penelo who is just Vaan's love interest with zero personality, and Fraan being the fanservice girl with a skimpy clothing and talking in big words to explain that "this place is dangerous, watch out or you're screwed". Ashe is potentially good but the way she talks and acts makes it really had to like her and Basch could've been interesting but his presence is overall lacking and he feels more like a guide, telling us that "we need to go there and there". Balthier is probably the best of the bunch: not only he has a cool and charming personality but he has an interesting story behind and he's likable enough to make me care. I genuinely cared about Balthier because he had legitimate struggles...while the rest was too busy talking nonsense for something that I couldn't care, with Vaan and Penelo on each every scene to remind us the players that "HEY, HEY, YOU SEE THEM? THEY'RE THE MAIN CHARACTERS, DON'T FORGET, DON'T FORGET, SEE HOW THEY ARE THE MAIN PROTAGONISTS?"

    Okay look, it is clear that I don't have time playing Square Enix games and I generally don't care about them either - I'm probably one of the fewest persons who didn't like Nier Automata either - and I'm probably being far too harsh so is the game worth it?

    The answer is yes.

    No really, I do recommend it: it's flawed beyond belief, the story is a bore and overall it's a grind fest but in comparison to the first version this game is just so much better than I can easily recommend this version. I'm currently playing it because I like the remade license board and the turbo, very little yet amazing improvements that made the game extremely more enjoyable to play even though the story is so boring and badly told that I literally cry of laughter.

    I think it's still a solid game - and probably better than any recent SE games in a while
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  6. May 28, 2020
    7
    I never got a chance to play FF12 on PS2, so this is my first playthough on PS4. The remastered graphics look great for a PS2 game and itI never got a chance to play FF12 on PS2, so this is my first playthough on PS4. The remastered graphics look great for a PS2 game and it definitely has that look from that generations, which is not a bad thing. I enjoyed the story even though it could be hard to follow at times, only because the kings English everyone uses. The story made more since as i finished it and started a new game+ and watched the intro again, I think i was lost on who people were when i first watched the intro. I really enjoyed the characters and felt they grew close together through their adventure. I like the skill tree/licenses mechanic of unlocking new skills and having to unlock new licenses in order to equip better gear. The Gambit system made this game much faster to play as you can set what you want everyone in your party to focus on when attacking and not really have to do much since its all automated, which adds a different kind of strategy then im used to. I would really like to see square do a full on remake like they did with FF7 and integrate the battle mechanics they implemented in FF7R. The option to be able to set the game speed really made things better because with out that feature it would of been a slog, you move around like you have cement boots. I like the side hunts you can do, i dont like that i have to get the hunt from the board go find the patron who will give me the details, then go find the monster to hunt, then return to patron to receive my reward. way to much back n forth. All in all was worth playing at the 50 hours i put into the game i had a fun time. Expand
  7. Oct 24, 2021
    0
    Отсутствует полная русская локализация. Нет озвучки!

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