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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
All about fighting for freedom, but focus on combat to achieve your goal limits positivity.
Positive Role Models
Your party of characters seem like good people who want to free their country from oppressive rule, but they use weapons, magic to defeat human enemies, magical creatures.
Ease of Play
Simple controls, easy to learn.
Violence & Scariness
Some violence, mild blood, combat against enemies (human, nonhuman) using weapons like swords, firearms, magic attacks. Some violent imagery in non-playable sequences, too, including a character impaled in chest, another one stabbed to death.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some female characters wear revealing clothing, whether it's showing cleavage (including cut-scene sequences) or exposing part of their buttocks.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age is a fantasy role-playing game (RPG). This is the latest installment in the popular franchise. Combat is against enemy soldiers and magical creatures (such as skeletons and dragons), using weapons ranging from swords to guns to devastating magic attacks. There's some blood and a few noninteractive scenes that depict violence (including deceased fighters with arrows or knives stuck in their chest). Some women show cleavage and buttocks.
Is It Any Good?
This excellent adventure is great for players who may have missed the original but are eager for a great role-playing game. From the engaging battles (between your party and enemies large and small) to the hunting options, from the deep progression system (that has you choosing jobs and skill upgrades for your party of characters) to the great-looking visuals (if you can forgive lip-synching that doesn't always match up), this epic journey looks, sounds, and plays like a fresh game, not just a dressed-up version of a previously released PS2 title.
Supported by a new voice track and cut-scenes, character interaction and plot development add meaning to your frequent battles, though some of the dialogue is trite or confusing (or both). It's the fighting -- including a programmable Gambit system to tell characters what to do in specific situations -- and the character leveling that will keep you glued to the game, not to mention the new modes (like Trial) that add a lot more gameplay to the mix. There are also some lesser known features, like the ability to toggle between the original and newly record orchestral versions of the soundtrack. Despite a few small niggles, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age is a fantastic Japanese RPG to boot up on your PS4, whether you've got a soft spot for the original or are new to the series.
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