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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: 29 out of 30
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  1. 100
    The Spring of 2019 has been a wonderful stroll down memory lane of Square Enix glory, and Final Fantasy XII is the high note it ends on. Featuring every quality-of-life improvement to date, and the ability to play in handheld or on a television at a moment’s notice, it’s an easy decision to call the Switch version the definitive experience. Final Fantasy XII may end up being the best of the franchise on Switch, but with so many titles still available, hopefully it won’t be the last.
  2. May 13, 2019
    90
    Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age is a good remaster that improves all aspects of the original version with new mechanics that feel great. Despite being less clear in portable mode and specific problems with the camera, it is an excellent game that you should not miss.
  3. May 20, 2019
    90
    With the enhancements and ability to play anywhere, The Zodiac Age on the Switch is everything I wanted from a portable release. It was obviously not feasible to have this on Vita but I’m glad Square Enix put this on a portable because the gameplay perfectly suits portable play and it is the full game with even more features than the PC version that was already a step above the PS4 version. I know its unlikely but the only thing I’d want more from this version is the ability to sync my save with Xbox One since I have that version as well.
  4. May 14, 2019
    85
    Final Fantasy XII was a great game on the PS2 and The Zodiac Age is a great remaster of that classic. The new mechanics works perfectly, visually it's still an outstanding work and the game deserves to be replayed or rediscovered by a new generation of JRPGs enthusiasts.
  5. Jun 17, 2019
    80
    Final Fantasy XII is a solid entry in the main series that has definitely been improved by updates made with the remaster. Elements of the game that were quite a shake-up at the time stand out much less given where the series has gone over the last decade. If you missed it the first time, this is the best version I could recommend thanks to the portability and all of the most up to date additions and improvements. More importantly, the game is fun. After countless hours of turn-based battles, it was a pleasant change. If you missed it the first time, it’s time to fix that mistake and grab Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age.
  6. May 20, 2019
    80
    Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age is great. It was great in 2017 on the PS4. It’s greater now on the Switch. It looks amazing and the frame rate is consistent in the dock and in handheld. The price point is an issue. A port of a game more than a decade old should not cost the same as a full price Triple A new release title. There are indie games on the Nintendo Shop that are amazing for only a fraction of the price. Hell the original PS4 version of the Zodiac Age can be found in most stores of $25 and it is ostensibly the same game. If you can find a copy on sale, it is an essential title to add to your Switch library.
  7. Aug 26, 2019
    60
    On a scale of best to worst Final Fantasy titles, XII sits somewhere in the middle. It exists in a bland limbo of mediocrity. The best qualities lie in its art direction, music and animation. Being able to play with a high speed mode truly illustrates just how slow and tedious the combat actually is and by circumventing it entirely, a huge portion of the experience is compromised but also the overall product is made more enjoyable.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Apr 10, 2020
    10
    Uno de los mejores juegos de mi vida,lo pase mil veces y las qe me qedan,y esta version es perfecta.
  2. 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
  3. Apr 30, 2019
    10
    Final Fantasy XII was a hugely overlooked game back in the day as the PS360 was already present, but it speaks to its strengths that it stillFinal Fantasy XII was a hugely overlooked game back in the day as the PS360 was already present, but it speaks to its strengths that it still feels like a modern game even today. His approach to open world by giving large but varied areas while still feeling like you are making progress is the kind of great feeling that follows you throughout the game.

    The new gameplay changes allows you to have characters who can fill roles that pushes you to level all of them, and the exclusive features such as the ability to reset jobs instead of being locked to one through the whole game makes experimentation easy and enjoyable. For people with not enough time on their hands, the fast-forward feature allows you to make great amounts of progress even on limited time. It was also highly revolutionary with its gambit system, which still is even today one of the few games that made basic programming enjoyable and intuitive as a visual programming language. I have teached kids how to understand programming concepts with this game. This system allows you to program your party members to do actions for you. in short, you are designing their AI by yourself and it works very well, in a very pedagogic manner.

    The story is also a greatly overlooked one, as it follows Matsuno's flavour of political stories that manages to bring out the humanness in people. It's not so much about good or bad people than it is about the environment they live in and the set of beliefs they have. It's the closest you have to a palatable, Game of Thrones-esque storyline in Final Fantasy alongside Tactics. Not to mention the excellent Sakimoto soundtrack re-orchestrated into rousing arrangements, and the stellar VA cast including class A voice actors such as Gideon Emery, Simon Templeman (Kain!) and Nolan North among many others.

    For people who wants an engrossing experience while witnessing an adult storyline that has few of the anime, shonen-bound trappings but a lot of the western literary references (Shakespeare, Dickens among others) in mind, there is no doubt that it is the best Final Fantasy experience you can have on your switch right now.
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  4. Sep 23, 2019
    9
    I don’t get why ppl give this game so much flak - I loved it and would rank it in my top 3 FFs. The battle system was fantastic - I don’t knowI don’t get why ppl give this game so much flak - I loved it and would rank it in my top 3 FFs. The battle system was fantastic - I don’t know why it hasn’t been replicated. My only real complaint about the game was that it was a bit too easy... coulda made it a bit more challenging. Expand
  5. Sep 6, 2019
    8
    This is one of the best FF games in my opinion though I didn't play all of them but this one has so many good things except its story.
  6. May 9, 2020
    8
    i played this on ps2 years ago and honestly hated it. The game felt repetitive and padded out. Thankfully the zodiac age fixes most of myi played this on ps2 years ago and honestly hated it. The game felt repetitive and padded out. Thankfully the zodiac age fixes most of my issues with it.

    Pros

    First of all the fast forward function is a godsend. This 40 hour game shrinks down to a much more enjoyable 24 hour experience. Grinding is actually kind of fun and exploring the large dungeons is something I looked forward to this time around. The story sections come faster this way and that's certainly a better experience.

    Second the story is quite enjoyable. It's not on the same level as some of the earlier games in the series, particularly 7,8 and 9, but it's quite well told with some nice story beats particularly in the second part of the game.

    Third the characters are mostly pretty good. Basch and Ashe are kind of cliches but they work well. Fran and Balthier are much more interesting. It's a shame the cast is so small though. Now for the cons.

    Cons

    Vaan is a weak protagonist and penelo is very uninteresting. Overall though this isn't such a big deal. I actually quite liked the cast as a whole.

    The villain is very forgettable. Quite possibly the least memorable villain in a final fantasy game.

    The opening hours can be quite slow and there are some annoying parts for example running around a city yelling about basch von ronsenburg was a pain.

    The gambit system isn't the most interesting. I spent large parts of the game using only the left analogue stick. Even in the final boss fight I was just occasionally using cure magic. It was all pretty much done for me. Still it's quite relaxing to just run around and watch your characters beat up enemies for you and gain levels.

    Overall i'm really glad i revisited this game. I wouldn't mind revisiting 13 in the future as well but only if they add a fast forward function to it as well. Sadly both 12 and 13 come off as feeling quite bloated and repetitive in their original versions.
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  7. Sep 4, 2019
    1
    I read some reviews and thought I might like this game, but unfortunately, it's like Xenoblade Chronicles gameplay with worse graphics. It'sI read some reviews and thought I might like this game, but unfortunately, it's like Xenoblade Chronicles gameplay with worse graphics. It's not the kind of RPG I like. What I absolutely hated about this game is the difficulty in grinding to level up - it's just too onerous. Also the way you upgrade your weapons / armour is just nonsensically complicated for no reason. Not recommended at all. There are many other better RPGs out there e.g. Octopath Traveler. Expand

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