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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Final Fantasy XII; The most different, and most epic, Final Fantasy ever


Retro reflections by Matt S.

With Final Fantasy XV out finally (and the review is coming, I promise!), it won't be long before people start to consider what's next for the series. Based on what Square Enix has shared, it looks like it'll be two remakes: a complete re-envisioning of Final Fantasy VII is the big one, but before that comes a HD remaster of Final Fantasy XII. And this is something to get excited about for next year, because Final Fantasy XII is one of the greatest games ever created.

It was a controversial title at launch, as it did some very different things with the Final Fantasy formula (even beyond the customary changes from one game to the next). It had a combat system that was a precursor to what we saw in Final Fantasy XIII and XIV. It had a far more open world design that was MMO-like in scope, and for the first time the music was not scored by Nobuo Uematsu. For many, it was almost a polar opposite response to the last single-player Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy X (remembering that Final Fantasy XI was an MMO), and with Final Fantasy X being so beloved, XII really rubbed people the wrong way.

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Final Fantasy XII; The most different, and most epic, Final Fantasy ever
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