Excerpt: I must be dreaming. I’m dreaming about a game. I can’t remember this happening before. Which game? The game you’re reading about. It’s a classic. The best Final Fantasy in ages. The emperor reigns back in his RPG empire. It’s all true I was sceptical, and I wasn’t the only one.
Excerpt: Four years of waiting, several delays, and quite a few changes once hindered Final Fantasy XII from reaching North America, but now the game has been flung to the public to be picked apart and devoured.
Conclusion: Of course, there will be fans who still don’t like it even after actually giving it a chance, but they’re missing out on an amazing experience. Final Fantasy XII is refreshing, lengthy and complex – more importantly, though, it’s a huge amount of fun.
Excerpt: Until its US release, you could probably say that the wave of anticipation for Final Fantasy XII had already broken on the shores of fan apathy. A quiet hope was all that lingered after beloved producer Yasumi Matsuno (Final Fantasy Tactics, Vagrant Story) was excised from the development team.
Summary: Final Fantasy XII shakes the series to its core with the introduction of a unique new combat system, while still honoring the franchise's reputation for epic storytelling, incredible spectacle, and compelling characters.