After a dozen sequels and countless spin-offs, the Final Fantasy series has decided to reinvent itself in almost every way imaginable. Final Fantasy XII takes almost all of the RPG clich?s and turns them on their side, creating a fresh take on the series that works surprisingly well. Gone are Final Fantasy's tried and true formulas, all of those standard conventions have been reinvented for this brand new adventure. With its amazing graphics, epic storytelling and brand new game play, Final Fantasy XII is the role-playing game you've been waiting for all year.
But all of you Final Fantasy fans shouldn't be too worried about this twelfth outing, the game play may have changed, but the overall feel of the game remains intact. You're still going to spend forty plus hours trudging through enemy filled battlegrounds. The story is just as long-winded and convoluted as it ever has been in the past. And yes, you're going to spend a lot of time leveling up your character in order to bring down the huge bosses found in the game. In a lot of ways this is the same old Final Fantasy you've grown to love over the past twenty years.
Final Fantasy XII begins with a lengthy cinema and back story, involving a large-scale invasion, an assassination and a suicide. Fast forward a couple years and we're introduced to Vaan, an orphan boy who spends much of his day stealing from soldiers and practicing his combat on giant rats. Vaan dreams of one day becoming a sky pirate, but for now he must settle going on doing simple tasks for the townspeople and staying out of trouble. Unfortunately staying out of trouble is not Vaan's forte, he's a curious guy who will do just about anything to obtain the treasure he is after. One of his daring stunts involves him breaking into the royal palace while they are hosting a giant welcoming party for city's new government. Unfortunately Vaan isn't the only person who had this idea; after dodging guards, fighting sewer creatures and finding the treasure, our hero is met by a couple of real life sky pirates that really want that treasure you found.
After running for his life, avoiding a few close calls and witnessing a giant explosion, Vaan ends up teaming up with these sky pirates and finds himself in the middle of an amazing adventure that will take you dozens of hours to get through. Along the way you will meet fascinating characters, do battle with huge enemies, and learn what it's like to be a real sky pirate. The game is full of adventure and intrigue that will have you on the edge of your seat the entire way through, but there's no reason for me to sit here and spoil the story for everybody. The plot hits on a lot of popular Final Fantasy themes, including political upheaval, religion, love, hate and revenge. It's a complex story that is ultimately darker and more mature than any Final Fantasy game that came before it.
The story works because you never really know what's going to happen next. You may have an idea of where the plot is headed, but every step of the way the Final Fantasy storytellers flip things and take you in directions you would never have predicted. Even though it touches on familiar themes, Final Fantasy XII comes off feeling fresh and original. The story is unpredictable and almost impossible to explain to somebody, you really have to experience for yourself to get the gravity of the situation.
Final Fantasy XII delivers everything you could possibly want in a role-playing game; it has a deep story, a ton of quests, great graphics and a brand new combat system. It's one of the few games where you can actually say that it's well worth the wait!
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