Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age - Nintendo Switch
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- The Zodiac Job System Improved character leveling system that now caters to the player’s preference
- Trial Mode take on monsters and enemies in up to 100 consecutive battles
- Latest generation HD graphical capabilities, including characters and movie scenes fully remastered in high definition
- True 7.1 surround sound, including high definition voicing and newly recorded background music utilizing the current generation of sound production
- Modern advancements, including auto save and shortened loading times
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Return to the World of Ivalice
Enter an era of war within the world of Ivalice. The small kingdom of Dalmasca, conquered by the Archadian Empire, is left in ruin and uncertainty. In a fight for freedom and fallen royalty, join these unlikely allies and their companions as they embark on a heroic adventure to free their homeland.
Several all-new enhanced gameplay features
The Zodiac Job System – Improved character leveling system that now caters to the player’s preference
New Game+ and Trial Mode
Take on monsters and enemies in up to 100 consecutive battles and continue your adventure with the addition of the New Game+ Mode.
Enter an era of war within the world of Ivalice. The small kingdom of Dalmasca, conquered by the Archadian Empire, is left in ruin and uncertainty. Princess Ashe, the one and only heir to the throne, devotes herself to the resistance to liberate her country. Vaan, a young man who lost his family in the war, dreams of flying freely in the skies. In a fight for freedom and fallen royalty, join these unlikely allies and their companions as they embark on a heroic adventure to free their homeland. Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age improves upon the 2006 classic Final Fantasy XII, now more beautiful and easier to play than ever. The high definition remaster introduces several modern advancements, including reconstructed battle design and a revamped job system. With newly implemented trophies and share functions, as well as stark visual and sound improvements in true HD for the first time, players both returning and new to the game will experience a grand adventure that spans the world of Ivalice in an entirely fresh and improved way.
- Includes several all new enhanced gameplay features:
- The Zodiac Job System Improved character leveling system that now caters to the player's preference
- Trial Mode Take on monsters and enemies in up to 100 consecutive battles
- Speed Mode
- Latest generation HD graphical capabilities, including characters and movie scenes fully remastered in high definition.
- True 7.1 surround sound, including high definition voicing and newly recorded background music utilizing the current generation of sound production.
- Modern advancements, including auto save and shortened loading times
- An endless amount of gameplay and adventure including Hunts, Battles, and mini games.
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Is it worth $50? No. I know the game was marked down to $41ish yesterday, but I haven't checked to see if that's still the case. Either way, the game is worth picking up, whether it be your first time with this entry in the series or if you've bought the game repeatedly.
Playing in handheld is an absolute godsend, but the graphics do have a slight blur. I stopped noticing after a short while, though. So maybe it'll be the same for you. The game plugs away at a steady 30fps, so outside of the light blurriness, it runs like a dream.
The only difference between the Switch and Xbox One versions is that XB1 runs at 60fps. BUT that's only for the One X model of the system. Since I play almost exclusively in handheld mode on my Switch, that was always going to be my choice for the game.
But why bother getting either version if you already own the game on PS4 or PC? Two simple reasons:
1. Three gambits to set up and choose from
2. The ability to reset your license boards
That's right; the days of losing minds over choosing the wrong job classes and effectively messing up your whole game are officially in the past. This is a feature that should've already been available, but it looks like this is the best Squeenix is willing to do.
As it stands, this is the definitive edition of FFXII and is well worth picking up for the first, or even third time.
Good: Quality of life enhancements such as the speed up feature is incredibly welcome but does take some of the "magic" out of exploring new areas when you feel more like Sonic than an adventurer. The port itself ran flawlessly and even included auto-saves which came in handy. Combat is great and I love the gambit system - I wish more games would have adopted it and taken it further. I would love a title with multiple if/then statements to really customize.
Mediocre: The change in Zodiac age for two job boards still feels limiting. It was exciting to initially unlock things as you go however once you get a feel for a build there are almost no surprises on the board for cool new abilities / ideas which will significantly change how you play. The boards entered a monotonous status later as it was mostly selecting more expensive versions of perks that I already have and was not clear on % / numeric impact on combat damage / defense. Additionally side quests start out exciting with Monster Hunts; but are structured in a way where you spent the majority of time running from place to place to fetch the right quest trigger.
Bad: Story & pacing were incredibly rough. The game consistently threw out names of fictional locations / characters without providing any context or setup to their place in the world. It would be a lot like trying to sit down and read the Silmarillion without knowing what Lord of the Rings was. The character party was only made up of 1-2 interesting personalities and there was almost no chemistry between them. There were moments in which even the party themselves would ask "What are you doing here and stay out of it" between each other in key plot points.
Overall there is fun to be had from the mechanics but everything else has not held up well by modern standards.
The Zodiac Age version enhancements are a great way to re-experience the game. Being able to select character classes from the license board opens a whole new way to customize your party to suit your desired play style. The fast-forward option can make grinding (what little I've found to be required) that much easier. Auto-save is also a godsend. As a parent and husband, I no longer have the time to "find a save point" before putting the game down like I did when I was 20.
I played through most of the ZA release on PlayStation 4, but found I had a hard time as a parent finding time to occupy the TV to play. Being on the Switch likewise opens up an amazing new way to play this game. I usually play in handheld mode, so I can easily pick up the game for a short burst and maybe take on a few hunts, gain a few levels, or advance the story from anywhere. This final fantasy game is maybe even more well-suited to quick bursts of play.I love this game, and think that this Switch version will likely be the last I ever need to purchase.
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Sound: You can choose between different versions of the soundtrack (there's a reorchestrated version, OST, or original iirc) which is nice to have. I believe the Switch port is based on the PS4/PC remaster of FF12, so there's supposed to be this issue with the soundtrack after you finish a battle or something. Honestly, I enjoyed the soundtrack so much that my ear didn't really pick up on those issues.
Gameplay: A bit different from the usual turn-based Final Fantasy games, but being able to actively control how often you encounter enemies in the open world (similar to Xenoblade Chronicles or FF15) is such a godsend - that way you can manage the difficulty level yourself! And with 2x or 4x speed, backtracking to certain dungeons or completing sidequests is a lot less onerous. The Gambit system has a fun strategic aspect to it, and keeps people on their toes as you often have to adjust your gambits depending on the enemy. While technically you can play FF12 in a turn-based fashion, the game play experience is heavily enhanced by gambits to automate otherwise menial tasks. The License Grids on the Zodiac Age version of the game can be reset (instead of in the original game where you got stuck with whatever you chose), so you don't feel locked into a particular class - it takes the pressure off choosing classes for everyone.
Story: I love a good political intrigue story, and FF12 doesn't disappoint. Storytelling is done very well, and I would argue is definitely up there with FF10.
TL;DR: was super bored with this game as a kid and never quite finished it, but appreciate it a whole lot more now and got a lot of play hours out of it.
La versión "Final Fantasy XII International Zodiac Job" fue lanzada para PS2 pero no la vimos en América hasta el relanzamiento de las versiones remasterizadas para HD, lo cuál incrementa los tableros de habilidades o licencias (License Points), dándole mayor versatilidad a los personajes al poder desempeñarse hasta con 2 trabajos de manera simultánea. Al igual que con los lanzamientos de FFVII y FFIX, FFXII contiene la opción de acelerar el juego para avanzar más rápido en las batallas y en el mapa, lo cual hace de la iteración HD una entrega fresca perfectamente jugable en el 2019 en la Nintendo Switch.
Considero FFXII la última gran entrega de la saga (son considerar los juegos en línea), un imperdible.
Valió la pena la espera.