Final Fantasy XII Review by Insanity Prevails

Winning the fiftieth round of Articles of Excellence, Insanity Prevails marks the milestone with his review of Final Fantasy XII. Describing it as one of those games others seem to like but you can't pinpoint why, he explores a game featuring lacklustre elements to explain why it doesn't rank high in the Final Fantasy series.

 Final Fantasy XII     Score: 2.0/5
 Genre: Fantasy RPG

  I gave FFXII a lot of my time but it got to the point that I was forcing myself onward in the hope that things would improve.

quote Insanity Prevails
Sometimes I seem to come across a game that seems to do a lot horribly wrong and yet garners the praise of critics and gamers alike, which leaves me in a peculiar situation where I'm struggling to understand how people can see the positives. It doesn't help that the Final Fantasy series is essentially seen as one of most iconic in the realm of JRPGs. Yet, I cannot bring myself to like this game. While the failings are few, they are significant enough to ruin the experience and make me wish I had picked up a different title instead.

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However, while character portrayal through the voice acting is well done, the story feels a little basic and too familiar to really grab my attention. Maybe the gameplay was distracting me for all the wrong reasons but I found it hard to really give too much attention to the plot events that were running along. Something about empires invading and a rebellion and political struggles and a bunch of loveable rogues getting caught up in something that's much more than they expected. It's not exactly bad but we've been here so often and FFXII offers nothing to make it stand out. Character development doesn't seem especially strong here either, which may impact on things, but the pacing is also a factor that might have made me not care at all.
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