Final Fantasy XII

 
A fantasy RPG masterpiece for PlayStation 2 fans.

What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence

As with past games in the series, this offers animated violence in a fantasy setting.

Sex

Some underdressed, chesty heroines.

Language

Some occasional swearing but not gratuitious.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One or two minor references to alcohol.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this compelling adventure game is Teen-rated and features plenty of animated violence, but it's not overly realistic (magic spells, flying airships, and over-the-top creatures). The game also showcases the sci-fi heroines, large-breasted women wearing revealing clothing and bustiers.

What's it about?

FINAL FANTASY XII takes place in Ivalice, a once-prosperous world, now subjugated by an invasion by the malevolent Archadian Empire. The game involves a feisty princess and a young rebel, Vaan, who vows revenge against the Empire for taking the life of his brother. But as with most other Final Fantasy adventures, which balance exploration, combat and dialogue, players will work toward unraveling a grand mystery by traveling the huge world with a unique group of characters (some of whom leave or join the \"party\" over the course of the game). The most dramatic change over past Final Fantasy games is how the combat sequences play out: The Japanese developers successfully fused \"turn-based\" combat -- where players can choose their offensive or defensive strategy in between turns with the enemies -- with \"real-time\" fighting, where there is no break in the action.

Is it any good?

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Unlike past Final Fantasy games, enemies can now be seen while walking around the environment instead of unexpectedly entering the combat screen. Also new to the series is the use of "gambits," a kind of programmable behavior you can give your characters before a battle plays out. Another interesting gameplay mechanic is a license system, which means characters must obtain skills before using them, such as melee attacks or magic.

Final Fantasy XII is one of the finest adventures in the longstanding series. is known for its gorgeous visuals -- and this game will certainly not disappoint. Both the non-interactive CG cut-scene sequences and in-game 3-D graphics are worthy of art direction awards, not to mention the game offers a widescreen mode (16:9 aspect ratio) for high-definition or enhanced-definition televisions.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what they like or dislike about this fantasy world, and how it deals with issues such as ethics, trust, and loyalty. To fully appreciate what their children are playing, parents might want to sit down to watch them play the game, view the fighting, read the dialogue, and enjoy the breathtakingly gorgeous cinematic sequences.

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 2
Price:$49.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Square Enix
Release date:November 13, 2006
Genre:Role Playing
ESRB rating:T for alcohol reference, fantasy violence, mild language, partial nudity, suggestive themes (PlayStation 2)

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Teen, 15 years old Written byKjsnow1102 April 9, 2008
age 0+
 

Good Game

I have played FFXII and i got to say it is a wonderful game. I think it is the best game out for PS2 that i have seen come out this year
Teen, 15 years old Written byLady-Lithium November 22, 2010
age 10+
 
My brother gave me this game and I adore it. It is long and it might be harder for younger children to play, but other than that, it's great. I love Fran. 10+
What other families should know
Great role models
Adult Written byAnimeAngel06 March 2, 2010
age 13+
 

What I saw in the game

I don't feel that it is the best Final Fantasy game I've played but I do like it. In terms of violence I see more on the news. With the Bunny People, I see more on the beach. The bad language, I hear more on the street and since when was there not a FF game without product placement. I also feel that there are good messages such as might does not make right, love transcends race, friendship is priceless, you should never run from your problems but instead face them and strive for your dreams. The game shows that war is never good, no matter your intentions. I may be reading into this a bit but that is how I feel about the game. In the end, it is up to what you or your parents decide.
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Too much swearing

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