Polygon Offers Up A Stellar Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age Review

After the hugely successful Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster, die-hard fans of the legendary role-playing franchise had just one question: When will we get to play a remastered version of Final Fantasy XII?

Though admittedly a wildly divisive game when it first launched back in 2006, FFXII has gained almost mythic status over the years. It was the Final Fantasy that strayed from the tried-and-true formula and made it work; as such, it was way ahead of its time in terms of RPG gameplay mechanics, and still kept that iconic FF flair and feel. Now, that long-awaited remastered version has arrived.

But even the best games in history don’t often stand up to modern scrutiny, even with a fresh coat of paint and a few gameplay tweaks. So how does this one fare? Well, for the answer, we recommend checking out Polygon, where critic Whitney Reynolds produced an excellent review of Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age. It’s tricky tackling re-releases of existing titles, especially when more than a decade separates the original launch and the recent effort, but Whitney expertly crafts an informative, enjoyable review.

The key is to focus on two factors: How it has aged, as previously mentioned, and the changes and updates, and how these impact the experience. She does both and the result is a review fans will absolutely appreciate. Clearly a fan herself, it helps to have that preexisting knowledge, and it also helps because you’d have a clear understanding of what FF fans desire. So, congrats Whitney!

P.S. On a personal note, I only played the game through once when it first came out but I did absolutely everything, and that includes beating the 50 million HP behemoth Yiazmat. Word of advice: NO, you can’t just sit there and rely on your Gambits for that battle. 😉

Why We Like It:

Deftly weaves analysis of the new experience with a recap of what made the original effort great. Again, this isn’t easy to do, but it’s done with great skill here.

— Though it’s tempting for any long-time fan, the critic doesn’t spray tangents or wax rhapsodic about trivialities. It stays centered on the goal of delivering a review of a remaster.

Understands what fans of the series ultimately want from such a production, and approaches the review with this in mind. As such, lovers of the franchise will be drawn to this analysis.

Read Whitney Reynolds’ Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age Review Now

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