Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (PC) Review

By David Lovato 23.09.2018

Review for Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age on PC

Final Fantasy XII brought a lot of changes to the long-standing RPG series, like a new battle system and a more open world. It also included a lot of genre classics, things like job systems and a complex storyline spanning several characters. The game was a big hit, so it's no surprise it would eventually get the remaster treatment, being re-released as Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age. The question has to be, though, just how good is it?

Having not played much of the original, the biggest difference is obviously going to be in the graphics department. The game's resolution and textures have gotten a huge boost, and while the textures themselves are lovely and make screenshots look gorgeous, put the game in motion and you get a different story. Animations are choppy and models look blocky, hindered by the lower polygon counts of the technology of the early 2000s. Square Enix could have gone a long way in upping draw distance; bustling towns and the game's wilderness would have really come to life if objects and characters all existed on the screen at once. Instead, things phase into existence a few feet away from the characters, which looks bad, breaks immersion, and in general screams "All we did was up the textures."

Screenshot for Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age on PC

The Zodiac Age will likely appeal to fans of the original who maybe haven't given it a run-through in years, and should probably be the go-to version for series newcomers who want to catch up on its backlog, but it isn't likely to appeal to anyone else. The main plot is convoluted, although in more of a "historic fantasy novel" way than a bad one, but things like the open world, position-based auto-combat system, and various skills and jobs, are all now commonplace in the industry and aren't likely to wow anyone like they did when the adventure first came out.

Screenshot for Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age on PC

Cubed3 Rating

6/10
Rated 6 out of 10

Good

Final Fantasy XII is a good game that broke a lot of ground upon release, as an RPG, as a work of fantasy, and as a Final Fantasy entry. With that said, The Zodiac Age feels like a bare-minimum up-port, with little besides the textures being improved. Fans of the original adventure will probably love it, and fans of the series who never played it should give it a try, but on its own two legs in the present day, it doesn't offer much that other RPGs don't do while looking and feeling much better in today's technological landscape.

Developer

Square Enix

Publisher

Square Enix

Genre

Real Time RPG

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  6/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  0 (0 Votes)

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