10 reasons Final Fantasy XII is RPG royalty

We know you may not have tried the latest Final Fantasy to grace consoles. Number XII arrived when we were all excited about the Wii or PS3 and what could've been a Game of the Year contender had its limelight stolen by Gears of War and Zelda. No matter. Those who did try the latest offering from Square Enix were either true believers or got madly pissed about the new control scheme - it plays itself? Blasphemy! Seriously though, you'd be hard pressed to find a better RPG, even in the Final Fantasy series itself. Now before you get all butt-sore about that statement, read why FFXII is a true gem.

1) The characters look nearly real
PS3 may be able to model human faces right down to the dirtiest detail of a shaving rash, but it isn't worth the rendering time if the eyes look like marbles and mouths move like sock puppets. FFXII's characters are more stylized than realistic, but they're so very convincing that it's likely you'll just stop and ogle during those spooky moments when the skilled animation, direction and beautifully-rendered mugs come together to hypnotic effect in many a cutscene.

2) Absurd Mist attacks
If you want to deliver a face-cracking wallop to a mini-boss, then you should employ some Mist Knacks. They allow you to trade off your magic points in exchange for some devastating attacks. Best of all, Mist offensives can be chained and if you manage to execute a long enough sequence, you'll end with a special flourish attack powerful enough to knock Spain into Canada.


  • jimsondanet - October 5, 2008 3:04 p.m.

    yea i bought the game and i love it but... it aint as great you make it out to be, the summons are quickly obsolete(except maybe thank strongest of course), are a bit too 'innovative' in design and the magic system seems incomplete all in all it felt like a teaser or a market tester (i hope)
  • xxIceNeroxx - July 8, 2009 3:51 p.m.

    My fav FF game so far. And by the way, Flame Purge FTW!
  • musashi1596 - January 6, 2009 6:40 p.m.

    After completing it with at least 80 hours of play I hadn't used a summon once... I found them to be pretty ineffective. I used the mist ailities a little but they weren't too useful either. ...But I like that. It puts more emphasis on tactical combat instead of having a mega powerful get-out clause.
  • HmcR - January 22, 2009 1:30 a.m.

    knocking spain into canada made me really lol off my chair XD and yes FFXII is one of the best FFs, more like the more adult and a bit westernized edition.
  • dougle - January 8, 2009 2:08 p.m.

    not having random battles was also great!=D
  • dougle - January 8, 2009 2:02 p.m.

    love this game.about how the characters i for one rather have them as you put it "more stylized than realistic"...being too realistic to me takes aways/ruins the point of it being a game

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