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    Default Just beat XII for the first time...

    Just beat FFXII for the first time, this being the zodiac version, I'd never played FFXII before.

    Before I started the game, I was worried - this is because I am a huge fan of VII, VIII, and IX, and also a big fan of IV and V. However, I never 'felt' X (it was ok), disliked XIII, and had many issues with XV. So based on my opinions of X, XIII, and XV, I had the idea in my head that I was not into 'modern' FF as much. (Or rather than the word modern, you could just say 'post ps1 era').

    But man, was I wrong. XII was a pleasant surprise, and in my opinion, it absolutely craps all over XV, XIII, and X. My issues with those games? Well, XV is ok, but never really felt like an FF to me, and I found the open world too boring and samey. X was decent, but I just didn't love it. Something felt off, and the voice acting did not help. And XIII... well I just didn't like that one full stop.

    Whereas XII.... actually has decent voice acting, and a very interesting open world (yes I'd call it open world, I know it's connected areas, but there's loads to explore in each area and the maps are very large).

    XII's world was great and varied - you have rabanastre, which reminded me of tatooine from star wars. Deserts, jungles, ancient ruins, sky towns, coasts, snowy mountains - a wide variety of locations, all of which looked beautiful. But XV.... the world looked all the same to me. It was just.... texas.

    I dunno, this post may not have much of a point, but I just wanted to sing my praises for XII and tell you all what a pleasant surprise I thought it was based on my FF preferences previously.

    And yeah I mentioned star wars, well this one felt more star wars than ever. Rabanastre = Tatooine. Those alien guys are very star wars esque too, ya know, the breed that Migello is. You even have tusken raiders crossed with jawas as those people living near the sandsea. Balthier is like Han Solo, and is even wanted by a bounty hunter. Gabranth is like Darth Vader. Much of the music sounds like star wars score-esque music too. The music for the uplands location, the T something uplands (I forget the name) in particular has a part that sounds so much like a particularly famous star wars hook. Then you have all those airships. It managed to feel so much like star wars without even including space. Amazing. I know square have star wars references in the FF series here and there (biggs and wedge etc) but this one felt the most obvious for me.

    My only criticism of FFXII is that it is too overly long. Is it just me, or is this game like so much longer than any other FF game? Some of the dungeons went on forever, particularly the pharos tower. I dunno, maybe I'm getting too old and impatient, but this game felt too long. That is one of my few criticisms, the others being the barriers where enemies become immune to attacks and magic and you have to wait it out; and the other criticism being traps. Oh and Disease - that is one horrible status effect.

    But overall, a great game. I don't hear it talked about a lot among FF fans.

    Oh and Dr Cid was insane.
    Last edited by Jarvio; 09-15-2017 at 08:09 AM.
    Main series ranking:
    1 - VII, 2 - VIII, 3 - IX, 4 - XII, 5 - IV, 6 - V, 7 - II, 8 - X, 9 - XV, 10 - III, 11 - VI, 12 - XIII, 13 - I

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