Plot. The game begins in the world of Ivalice, Princess Ashe has wed Prince Rasler Heios Nabradia, heir to the throne of Nabudis. But in the meantime, the Archadian Empire has been taking over Ivalice's nations one by one, and the Kingdom of Dalmasca is attacked, and after a grueling battle, the Kingdom regretfully declares its defeat. 2 years later, a young man named Vaan who wants to be a sky pirate is called to adventure. Many allies come, and including Princess Ashe, who was thought to be dead. And also Captain Basch Fon Ronsenburg, a loyal knight who has been branded as a traitor comes to help. They join so they can restore Dalmasca and put an end to Archadia's invading schemes.
Music. Although Nobuo Uematsu has retired and is not composing in this game, the main theme of Final Fantasy is played in a new version. However, the music is still quite decent in its own style.
Good Aspect. Squaresoft did a wonderful job in making a fantastic version of Ivalice. I also enjoyed the designing, the environment of the game's world. I also liked the CGI scenarios in the intro and many other scenes. The action was excellent.
Rantings. I did not like the changes of this game. For example, I actually did not agree with the License system in order to get stronger weapons, quickenings, augments, armor, and so on. You have to train fiercely in order to get as many licenses as you can, that was a complete letdown. I also disliked the fact that this game was not turn based and the ADB I did not find it attracting. I feel more comfortable with the Active Time Battle than the Active Dimensional Battle system. And the more people progress in this game, the harder it gets.
Characters. Vaan is the main protagonist in this game, he lost his parents in a plague, then he lost his brother Reks during the war between Dalmasca and Archadia. He always dreams of becoming a sky pirate, and is good friends with Penelo, a young girl his age. In the meantime, Princess Ashe, who was thought to be dead, is in fact leading a resistance army to take back Dalmasca no matter the cost. Basch Fon Ronsenburg was framed for the murder of Reks and King Raminas, labeling him a traitor. Balthier and Fran are famous sky pirates who try to steal Dusk Shard, and it goes bad, when they meet Vaan and are also involved in the rebel assault at the palace of Rabanastre. My favorite of all of them is Basch, he's one of the coolest in the FF series.
Overall. Final Fantasy XII, in my opinion is like a combination of Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. Archadia seems to be very combined with the Galactic Empire from Star Wars, and also the feared Roman Empire. To me, this game is great, the best one I have ever played yet. This game gets a 9.6 out of 10