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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: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. May 14, 2019
    95
    Although the story could be better, it offers an exquisite gameplay perfect for lovers of the saga.
  2. May 14, 2019
    80
    With so much to do in the story, without trying to complete the Hunts and side missions, I can have no hesitation in recommending this game to RPG fans.
  3. 75
    A loyal and heartfelt remaster, but no matter how much Square Enix polishes Final Fantasy XII, the company is never going to wear down those occasional bumps that affected the overall package the first time. New RPG systems, rebalanced enemies, UI updates and speed options all boil down to a much smoother, nicer (prettier!) version of the game than the original European release. Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age is a wonderfully nostalgic, but undeniably flawed, return to Ivalice.
  4. Jun 3, 2019
    70
    Despite it all, I'd still say Final Fantasy XII is a good game. Its combat is almost entirely automated, but it's designed by you thanks to the programmable Gambit system, while character progression through the job system is deep and open to creativity. Running up to enemies and having the AI fight your battles for you may not sound great, but it is absolutely is. I'd be happy to play another forty hours, but preferably without any more story.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. May 21, 2019
    10
    Absolutely fantastic, the Zodiac job system makes things much more interesting as well. This is the best Final Fantasy in my opinion, apartAbsolutely fantastic, the Zodiac job system makes things much more interesting as well. This is the best Final Fantasy in my opinion, apart from IX. A must have for Final Fantasy or RPG fans, huge open world and a very challenging game. Expand
  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. May 1, 2019
    8
    Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age is an excellent remaster of the classic game. All Xbox One Final Fantasy fans finally get to play the gameFinal Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age is an excellent remaster of the classic game. All Xbox One Final Fantasy fans finally get to play the game with the additions and modifications originally made to the previously Japanese only released International Zodiac Job System version, along with some long awaited changes that brought the 2006 release updated to modern standards. I've loved Final Fantasy XII ever since it originally launched on PS2, but the additions of autosave and map-overlay features were highly appreciated and definitely long overdue. It may be a remaster of a decade old game, but it's a welcomed and well done remaster for Xbox Gamers. Finally, after 14 years, Final Fantasy XII is officially playable on the Xbox One family of consoles. Changes such as adding the OST-quality soundtrack option and allowing for New Game + from the start are noteworthy, but not really earth-shaking. Zodiac Age’s Xbox port also adds “cheat” options in the in-game menu for infinite license points or gil. These are definitely nice options to have and pair well with New Game + if you’re looking for more of a casual or quick run through of the game. Final Fantasy XII's Xbox version is a good port of an excellent game. It's not remarkably different from the original version of the game, but it's remarkably faithful and relatively bug free. It's still a Playstation 2 game at its core, and no amount of cranked up anti-aliasing or fleshing out, but it's still a visually distinct game with great art direction and a stunning localization. I'd highly recommend Xbox Final Fantasy fans check out this remaster of a great classic from Square Enix. Expand
  4. Jun 13, 2021
    5
    Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age
    April — May 2021
    Xbox Series X via GamePass

    Score: Five out of Ten
  5. Mar 15, 2021
    3
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. one word. BORING.

    The games "Gambit" system leads to an overall boring game-play experience once your a few hours into the game. Here's the jist of how to survive 99% of the stuff in this game. Step 1 Set up gambits so that the party will heal itself once under 50% hp, followed by revive KO'd members in case they can't keep up or insta death abilities, then set attacking nearest mob, with some skills like Steal or poach set under specific means if you want. If you really want to get spicy you can set specifics for magics like "If enemy weak to fire, use fire". After that Engage the Speed multiplier (Devs knew you'd get bored so they let you run the game at 2X or 4X speed). Then just steer your party around. Stop every 10mins or so to spend License points. Repeat. Spam mist skills on boss fights then let your gambits take over and finish it.

    Speaking of License points. One of the dumbest "growth" systems I've seen. You need to have a the right license for the right gear. Now I get locking down gear to classes like a ninja isn't going to go around wearing heavy plate mail. But a knight NOT equipping the armor you bought/found because oh, you don't have gear 4, you have 5, 6 and 7 but not 4... sorry you just can't use it till you unlock that license is asinine. you can't carry over skills to another job and can only change jobs seldomly by going to the hunting guild. Which pigeon holes you into doing a holy trinity setup Tank, DPS, Healer rather than doing something unique and fun like giving your whm a katana. The games world was initially introduced in Final Fantasy Tactics which also uses a job point system but in Tactics you equip a subjob to share abilities and you can learn things like "Equip Armor" which allows your squishy Black Mage to equip knight armor which gave that game so much diversity on how you could build your characters in comparison.

    The story is so sparsely told and leaves very little in the way of character development. Like Im 20 hours in and all I can surmise of the the characters is Vaan wants to be a sky pirate, Penelo is just following Vaan because... Childhood friend syndrome? Balthier actually is a skypirate and keeps saying he wants to rake in the treasure but never actually seems to. Fran just wants to make little Balthier bunnies? Then Ashe and Bash are like legit trying to reclaim the Kingdom. But Vaan's supposed to be the pro-tag right... so the game is centered around a kid who's only along for the ride because everyone is too nice to tell him to go home basically or because feels bad because Vaans older brother was killed by Bash's twin brother in order to frame him. There is actually a good overall arching story revolving around the game worlds politics its just wasted since so many people in your party that are just there because of happenstance or should be told to go home instead. Maybe this gets flushed out but I won't find out because I literally can't play this game for more than half an hour before I fall asleep on the couch.
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