Believe it or not, Final Fantasy XII is 15 years old today. The PlayStation 2 RPG first launched in Japan all the way back in 2006, on the 16th March. We still remember waiting what felt like an age for the game to release here in Europe (it was actually a year late), and reading all about it in the Official PlayStation Magazine. Those were the days, etc.
Square Enix has commissioned some new artwork of the game's core cast in order to celebrate the anniversary:
Anyway, we still think Final Fantasy XII is a masterpiece, and in this author's humble opinion, it still stands as one of the greatest games in the entire series. And the best part is that it was brilliantly remastered for PS4 just a few years ago, as Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age.
In our 2017 Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age review, we dubbed it an "absolute bangaa", which, to be fair, is a pretty good pun. We gave the remaster a 9/10, concluding: "Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age is a near perfect reworking of a PS2 masterpiece. The game's not without its minor flaws, but overall, this is a startling reminder of how magical Square's beloved series can be."
And just to solidify our love for The Zodiac Age, we have it ranked in the top 10 of our Best PS4 RPGs list. An honour to be sure.
Funnily enough, the game's actually going cheap right now on the PlayStation Store, as part of the 'Essential Picks' sale. It obviously gets a recommendation from us.
Are you a fan of Final Fantasy XII? Try to ignore Vaan in the comments section below.