I played the first two hours of it yesterday – talking to the citizens, touring the city, watching the cutscenes, learning the gameplay, etc. The graphics are amazing and the music’s suitable. As for the gameplay…I don’t like the inverted camera controls, but I guess I could work with it.
But I’m wholly uninterested in continuing the story. I’m having a hard time getting into it. I stopped after Vayne’s unimpressive speech that everybody applauds when he reaches Rabanastre (I saved first). Just like his mediocre speech, I’m unimpressed with the game. It feels different from any Final Fantasy I’ve played. It’s drab and seems really underwhelming. Never played an MMORPG, so I guess this is how one might play? Plus, I hear the story builds, but then falls flat at some point. Why should one invest in this game?
My favorite Final Fantasy games are IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, and X.
Of course, I spelled pique incorrectly, but so what? Whatever. They knew what I meant. I liked the game initially. The opening majestic, but a little bit too much like Star Wars, Episode I. Only here, it featured drumming Moogles, jamming Seeqs and Chocobos slaves dancing in a wedding parade. Then a war breaks out and things get even more familiar. On the ground, knights riding big birds are slamming into each other. Above, these futuristic airships shot each out of the sky. Look at the cockpit. That’s the view you’d have if you were in a Tie-Fighter. And no one in either Star Wars or Final Fantasy XII wears ties…
Always, I raised an eyebrow at the idea that this Final Fantasy was self-aware. It knew the series was Lords of the Ring with Star War aesthetics. It was no longer hiding that fact. Actually, this game wanted you to know that’s what this was. And that made me think awesome! this game is going to rock. I like Lords of the Ring AND Star War.
Playing as Reks was pretty cool. I knew he wasn’t going to be the main character, but I grew on him. He reminded me of Ramza in a way. So if you played the game, you know what happened to him. I was too busy trying not to open chests, that his fate took me by surprise. Fade to black. What happened to Reks?
We cut to a grown man in a tiny boy vest slashing sewer rats with a dagger. What? I know this game had a vast story of political intrigue. But first we had to go through Aladdin, I mean Vaan. After he exterminates rats, he performs the same heroic act reminiscent of Disney’s Aladdin. He steals. Only to have his honest thievery plundered by a girl with a weird derp haircut. Like her salon hairstylist was a derp. Or she derped her own hair. And all she did was nag Vaan about stealing while taking his gold. After I get my task for the first hunt, she’s on the street flirting with some random dude. With my money! And she has the nerve to tell me to get to work. The nerve of this broad! What’s wrong with her!
I let a T-Rex kill me in the desert because
Penelo I’ll try anything one. I kill a tomato-headed guy who just seemed like he wanted to have fun. Nothing personal, I guess. I was just on the hunt. I see wilting flowers that remind me of Reks. I get more backstory. Vayne gives an uninspired speech. I was just getting to the good part. The Playboy Bunny and Leading Man were just ahead. But in the back of my mind, I rationalized playing this game.
Don’t get me wrong, the story started strong. I noticed an expensive world with many NPCs to chat with. But…
The main thing that turned me off was the camera. When I play a game, I want to turn in the direction I look. Could you imagine going right after turning the steering wheel left? That’s what playing Final Fantasy XII on the PlayStation 2 was like. Speaking of which, I started to phase my PlayStation 2 collection out. I purchased Final Fantasy X for the PlayStation 3, then the PlayStation 4. The only game I had on the PlayStation 2 was Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy. I didn’t want to keep the console for that game. With over 40 – 100 hours yet to play, I just lost interest.
Fran and I sit by a water front. Fran tells me I was out cold, sleeping for a while. A race happens where I run against two people over a bridge. Balthier is somewhere in the dream as well.
That Reddit post was trying to fight against my desire to play a good story. At the same time, I didn’t want to struggle with invert camera controls. What peaked piqued my interest? The announcement of the Zodiac Age for PlayStation 4. And I’m so glad they remaster it.