The game takes place in the fictional land of Ivalice, where the empires of Archadia and Rozarria are waging an endless war. Dalmasca, a small kingdom, is caught between the warring nations. When Dalmasca is annexed by Archadia, its princess, Ashe, creates a resistance movement. During the struggle, she meets Vaan, a young adventurer who dreams of commanding an airship. They are quickly joined by a band of allies; together, they rally against the tyranny of the Archadian Empire.
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Square has a hard on for terrible main characters. You know what I have have something hard about? GOD DAMN BUNNY GIRLS, BOYS AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. This game is the game you point to and say, "Wow, the supporting cast characters that are over the age of 18 are great. I wish Vann and his GF weren't here tagging along". Unless I'm the only one thinking that.
I like the combat, but I can see why someone would hate the very unique to the franchise combat. The judges are super cool.
FFXII is a flawed game with extremely high highs that has a great and long winded story, beautiful zones and music to match, and rewards creativity in gameplay and cheeseability of boss fights and certain scenarios. Where the game lacks is in its main character and difficulty curve later on in the game. Seriously, if you're a fan of the more action oriented JRPG series like Tales and Xenoblade but want a story that matches that of the legendary FF series, FFXII is my go-to recommendation.
This game isn't bad, far from it, it just suffers from the "trying something new" spunk. I found myself constantly under leveled, since there was no good place to grind. Especially before a certain boss on a certain airship. It's still not a bad game, I did find myself really invested in the story, but the issue with being under leveled just made the game too annoying to move on. I might pick up the remasters since I've heard better things about it.