PlayStation 4 Release of Final Fantasy 12: The Zodiac Age Now Has a Release Date, Will they Fix Its Old Problems?

Feb 01, 2017 11:03 AM EST | BC Tabotabo

The PlayStation 4 HD remaster of Final Fantasy 12: The Zodiac Age will be available soon. The game was first released in 2006. It was critically acclaimed and named by many as the best PlayStation 2 and role-playing game. However, it was also heavily criticized for its gambit and license systems. Will the PS4 release fix the problems from before?

According to a report by EGM Now, Square Enix has already confirmed that the upcoming release's launch dates. In North America, it will be released on Jul. 11 while the Japanese remake will come on Jul. 13. The Zodiac Age will feature enhanced character models, backgrounds, fonts, cut scenes, extra features, an auto-save system, shorter load times, and Turbo Mode.

In the past, it was reported that better combat, faster movement, and other upgrades could be expected. This includes a better game balance. Originally, FF12 was a very difficult game to play and as Square fixed the game balance making it easier for new players. However, for the hardcore gamers who don't want an easier gameplay, Trial Mode will be available. This will be a separate menu that offers new battle scenarios, each increasing in difficulty and complexity.

In addition, a Turbo Mode will also be available. Due to the difficulty in traveling and getting lost, The Zodiac Age now features a Turbo Mode where players can move faster by holding down a button. There will also be a better guide to ensure players don't get lost.

The Job System will also make the game more interesting. In the original FF12, the license system was used for character grown to unlock abilities and boost stats. However, considering that every character used the same board, they ended up being the same by the end of the game.

The new job system will allow characters to have jobs as archers, knights, red mages, among others. The job system will not only make the characters more interesting, it will also make the gameplay more interesting as well.

GameRant reports that FF12 wasn't the most popular game during its original launch. However, FF12 has also been given a 92 score on Metacritic and received a perfect score from Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu. This was the first Final Fantasy and PlayStation 2 title to do so. In addition, it was named as the best PlayStation 2 game and best RPG by GameSpot, GameSpy, and IGN in 2006.

Currently, there are a lot of great RPGs available for the PlayStation 4 including the newly released FF15. Will the FF12 make a comeback and interest gamers for its HD release? Your thoughts and comments below.

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