Final Fantasy is a series every gamer is familiar with. With the first game released in 1987, and the latest game in the series coming out November of 2016, it’s safe to say that everyone has played at least one of these games. But did you know? Final Fantasy XII released on Halloween day of 2006, making the game 10 years old! FF XII is one of few FF games to spawn a direct sequel as well as giving us loads of iconic characters, and the chance to explore the iconic world of Ivalice.
Final Fantasy 12 mixed up the regular formula in a lot of ways, but the biggest was probably the changes to the battle system. Taking a step back from the traditional turn based system, FF12 introduced the Active Dimension Battles System. This system gave up the idea that each player character had to wait their turn to attack, instead letting the player set up special Gambits which allowed you to dictate the movements of characters you weren’t controlling actively. In addition to changing this movement system, the game also removed random encounters. Enemy soldiers and monsters were encountered in real time on the world map, giving players the ability to choose who and when to engage opponents on the field. This aspect gave the game more of a free flow, and make the traditional “grinding” aspects of RPGs much easier and more enjoyable.
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