System: Playstation 4
Release Date: July 11th 2017
Publisher: Square Enix
Final Fantasy is one of my favorite game series ever... from the grand sweeping cityscapes to the soaring airships, down to the rarely used submersible Final Fantasy is a series that has occupied more of my gaming time in my life than any other game series.
Today's entry is about Final Fantasy 12: Zodiac Age for the Playstation 4. The original FF12 was released on the Playstation 2 back in 2006; Zodiac Age came 11 years later July 11th 2017. When it first released in 2006 I was 16 and a moron; I didn't get the scope of the story or the feeling behind the actions in our characters. This more than any other Final Fantasy eluded my understanding; it's not about world destroying powers raining from the heavens courtesy of a platinum haired jerk, it's not about space Satan trying to destroy the world...Its about two nations going to war and catching smaller nations in the crossfire. Of all the stories Final Fantasy has told this one seems to be the most human; The characters include two war orphans, a suave yet mysterious pirate, a solemn isolated sister, a dishonored knight, and a princess who wants to save her nation.
If your a devout listener to the podcast you know that Final Fantasy 6 is my favorite game in the series, but FF12 is my favorite 3D game in the series. However I'm not going to say its perfect, I still don't like how the Espers have to be assigned to individuals. This has not changed from the initial release however due to the license board leveling system which is not dissimilar to the sphere grid in Final Fantasy 10. In addition to the license board system changing there were some changes to how a certain weapon was obtained, the audio was decompressed and a new Trial Mode was added. Expect more talk about this game when we return to the podcast, because it will also tie into some new additions to our plans.
Overall this game is the kind of game I don't mind waiting 11 years to understand and enjoy. I wish I would have been able to order the collectors edition due to the statuettes of the judges but I can't win it all