While we wait for the Final Fantasy VII Remake Square-Enix has released another interesting remastered project. Is Final Fantasy 12 the Zodiac Age better the the original or just an dumbed down mess? Find out in my full video review!
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Enhanced gameplay features: Zodiac Job System - Improved leveling system that caters to the player's preference; Trial Mode - Take on monsters and enemies in up to 100 consecutive battles; Speed Mode
Latest-generation HD graphical capabilities, including characters and movie scenes fully remastered in high definition
True 7.1 surround sound, including high definition voicing and newly recorded background music utilizing the current generation of sound production
Modern advancements including PlayStation4 trophy support and share functionalities, auto-save and shortened loading times
An endless amount of gameplay and adventure including Hunts, Battles, and mini-games
Final Fantasy XII (ファイナルファンタジーXII Fainaru Fantajī Tuerubu) is a fantasy role-playing video game developed and published by Square Enix for the PlayStation 2 home video console. Released in 2006, it is the twelfth title in the mainline Final Fantasy series. The game introduced several innovations to the series: an open world split into zones, a seamless battle system, a controllable camera, a customizable "gambit" system which lets the player control the artificial intelligence (AI) of characters in battle; and a "license" system that determines which abilities and equipment are used by characters. Final Fantasy XII also includes elements from previous games in the series, such as Chocobos and Moogles.
The game takes place in the fictional land of Ivalice, where the empires of Archadia and Rozarria are waging an endless war. Dalmasca, a small kingdom, is caught between the warring nations. When Dalmasca is annexed by Archadia, its princess, Ashe, creates a resistance movement. During the struggle, she meets Vaan, a young adventurer who dreams of becoming a sky pirate in command of an airship. They are quickly joined by a band of allies; together, they rally against the tyranny of the Archadian Empire.
Final Fantasy XII received critical acclaim, earning numerous "Game of the Year" awards in various categories from noted video game publications. Selling more than two million copies in Japan, it became the fourth best-selling PlayStation 2 game of 2006 worldwide. By November 2009, over 6 million copies of the game were sold worldwide. A sequel, Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings, was released for the Nintendo DS in 2007. A high-definition remaster of the International Zodiac Job System version, subtitled The Zodiac Age, was released worldwide for the PlayStation 4 in July 2017.
DreamcastGuy I'm sorry you're sick, I know how that is i am battling an illness myself. Thank you for an indepth review. I played the original back in the day, got about a fourth through it so glad they brought it back. I currently playing ix on ps4 I'll get this in a month or two. Get well
Deco grinding in this game I don't think is necessary but it will be brutal grinding is fun in this game though due to having actual things to do like collecting bountys on rare bosses and cretures or exploring areas and dungeons
Never understood how this is not in MOST people's top 5 in the Final Fantasy series. I am and will always prefer a turn base system, but I felt they did a very good job with the battle system. Again thank you for spotlighting this game.
I LOVED the PS2 original and had done the vast majority of side bosses, Espers, and hunts, but never did ALL of it.
With The Zodiac Age, I've been slowly whittling away at getting the Platinum trophy, though I did take a long break (up until a few days ago, my last save was in late November!). Right now, I'm nearly there.
-All hunts completed except for Yiazmat
-All characters at level 99
-Bestiary complete except for Yiazmat
The only trophies I have left are the 2 associated with Trial Mode, the 2 associated with beating Yiazmat (1 for beating him and 1 for completing the Bestiary), and the 1 for beating the story. I'm going to dive into Trial Mode and play UP TO the stage with Yiazmat (I want to beat him first in the main game, since he's only got 1/10th of the HP in Trial Mode), then beat Yiazmat in the main game, finish Trial Mode, and beat the story. I'm WAY over-leveled for the story, so that will be my reward for my efforts, especially as the Platinum trophy will drop when the final boss is beaten.
i didnt think the game was too difficult. i really HATE that they made the game easier AND that they put restrictions on the character development. less freedom and more easy... sounds like the recipe of final fantasy 13 all over again -.-
would have loved if they had just put a difficult mode in with the monsters beeing a slightly higher level and more of them. also maybe some new regions and features. was about to buy a ps4 just because of this remaster, but then i learned about the changes which are pretty much all negative in my point of view
Serious question: how much should they have upgraded the graphics? Because the way I see it, it's either this kind of quality or a complete remake. Since the original is from 06, I think that the current visuals are the best if you just want a remaster and a complete remake.
FUCK NEWCOMERS, i want a hard final fantasy -.-. if you can get a pizza while the gambit kills off the boss then the game is too easy, and i could do that in the original. if the hd remaster is easier than the original, then its for toddlers -.-
This was one of the few Final Fantasy games I didn't like mainly because of the license board, basically every character could be built the same so they didnt seem unique to me except for quickenings. Or maybe I just missed something? That new mode they added intrigued me though, it made me debate on playing it again. Great review though.
This guy doesn't even know about chaining species. This is my first time playing the game and it hasn't even downloaded completely yet, can only play with Vaan and even I figured this system out early.
I feel like the grinding part of the game is pretty easy and getting around which makes this remaster awesome. Not sure about the end game as I'm not quite there yet. I've been doing some videos on this game as well. Love FFXII more than I remember though, definitely worth buying.
Though I love this game, it really highlights some of the problems I have with optional content in JRPG's. In my mind, the final boss should be the ultimate challenge in a game (unless there is post game content.) But if you do all that optional content in this game, you could literally turn your gambits on, go make a sandwich, and come back just in time to see your party finish off the last boss. It's like, what's the point of having all this incredible gear from the side missions, if there's no real threat worth taking on with said gear. Final bosses in JRPG's should scale based on what enemies you have felled in the game. Just focused on the story? Cool, Vayne will be around level 45ish. Took out Omega Mark XII? Vayne is now level 110 with a slew of new attacks to challenge you with. Again, it would be different if it were post game, but once you kill Vayne, them credits roll and it's over.
I don't understand the bads at all tbh. There are several monsters that have been made harder and have more ho and even have added stays ailments. and making money is pointless long and hard? That makes no sense lol. Gear from merchants are like 10k to 20k mid game. Weapons are same. Magicks are easy to get. They need to make it much much harder. You can go out to random places for 30mins and come back with 50k lol. The graphical upgrade is nice as hell. It looks like a PS3 game honestly.
in all seriousness I have played 7 different final Fantasy games. this one was by far the best. challenging but not to difficult. great flow. Interesting and engaging battle system. decent story. great and challenging side quests if you did the hunts. only flaw I found was some of the hunts were bugged.
"At the core of Final Fantasy 12 is still the same solid story we've always loved. It's the tale of a young man.."
Sorry, but no, gonna have to stop you right there. I think it's fair to say most people hated Vaan and found the story very boring. Especially since they tried to make him the protagonist.
I stood in line at midnight for the original release, I have also played the zodiac version on emulator. This is the best version by far. I was a little disappointed we dint get any new hunts or some cool costume changes with this version. You finally get one of the better FF stories without grueling grinding.
actually I think lowering the HP to some enemies and bosses is a good idea, still remember that one of the monsters that you need to hunt down had this insane amounts of HP on the ps2, I couldn't managed to kill it at all even though all of my characters were at level 100.. not only that, it can also one hit kills you or it can kills any of your characters in 4 hits, when I did a search for it I got surprised that it had like 8 or 4 million HP or something and man it was hilarious when I saw that back then, also there was a lot of people were complaining about that boss as well.
so I think the enemies HP downgrade was actually a part of the issues they have addressed on this Remaster due to the wide complaints the original had.
I HATED this game 10 years ago, I was going through some crap in my life when it came out, back then also as you said the PS3 was out and I was playing more the PC games in 2006-2007 I also blamed it for years for killing off turn based FF games, now when I play it now I love it, I think it was WAYYY to ahead of it's time when it came out and just came out at the wrong time
I also find myself liking this much more than the original FF12 on PS2. The original was my least favorite Final Fantasy by far. The quality-of-life improvements and small tweaks help a LOT in making it feel more "modern".
FF has a trend of hero, princess, love, adventure, world saving you know the high fantasy style story telling.
FFxii changed this to all politic/war i was a kid back then and couldn't appreciated it.
the gameplay was weird because FF was known for turn base, i hated 12 for killing turn base
but yea it was mostly cus story didn't grab me as a kid.
ii enjoy it now cus it is also Way better then the 13 trilogy i hated 13
the zodiac system make this game better imo.
thinking back i think we felt the same way about it. the story just didn't grab me because of how different it seemed compared to the other final fantasies i was used to like 9 and 10. also remember not digging the battle system. thanks for your thoughts.
i live in a poor third world country, during the 90s i gre up playing nes games and sega, after that it was mostly pc after a long time my next console was ps2 my first final fantasy in a long time was ff10 which was okay and i enjoyed, my brother bought it for me it was an illegal copy but we didnt care, the moment ff12 came out i bought a copy for my hacked ps2 it was amazing it felt like a mmorpg but it was sublime the system, the design the story was ok, but the gambit system was phenomenal, i cant wait for this version to come to steam pc and download it such a good game.-
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you can still get the zodiac spear, but the mechanics that allow you to get it if you don't open specific treasure chests have been removed. so open treasures away and you cans till get the rare weapons and items
The only thing that's really annoying me about this HD update is that it's a PS4 exclusive. Why on Earth can't we have it on other systems too, Square? Bleh.
I have a theory: Japan definitely seems to have a bias when it comes to this stuff and for the most part their games only end up on Japanese systems, often skipping the PC/Xbox (with the occasional exception from Capcom for example) entirely.
What I don't understand in FFXII's case is that the series has been multiplatform for years now, so why is Square now deciding to be a-holes about it?
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