After all the work I did last week I decided it was time for a short break to regain strength. Lately I had the habit to start games (usually RPGs), play them for several days and stop then right in the last third. This is a very bad habit, so I wanted to change something about it, namely to finish a game from that list. My choice fell upon Final Fantasy XII. Yesterday night at half past three in the night I finally beat it – what a great game it was.
The story run pretty thin in the last part of the game, but I really really liked the gameplay. The new battle system makes battles so incredibly fluid. I had lot’s of fun blasting through the hordes of enemies. Sometimes it felt a bit hack’n’slash, but once you reach the next boss all that was forgotten. In those all what makes a great RPG system is back – strategy. Without a well picked set of gambits, a good feeling for timing buffs and healing and a bit of luck you can’t win these (unless you powerleveled for hours, lame :p ).
I was especially happy about the vast set of optional quests to do, most importantly the monster hunts. These are optional boss battles in their own right and can be even more insane than the normal bosses, depending on your level and special conditions. I propably had my greatest fight in any Final Fantasy ever against Gilgamesh. Holy shit that one was INSANE. The battle took 75 minutes but it felt like 15! No kidding, this was insanely intense. I was constantly busy with healing, buffing, keeping my party alive while I slowly did some damage. I will propably forever remember the game for this fight, great stuff.