Originally Posted by dxanex
I played (and completed) FFXII, and it doesn't even rank on my top 10 list. Even if it was called something other than Final Fantasy, I'd still say it was a sub-par game. Looked pretty, very polished...but the story was convoluted, boring and the characters (other than the sky pirate/Jack Sparrow dude) were totally forgettable.
I don't know if you've played FFX recently, but it hasn't aged very well. The story is very sappy, the writing piss-poor, and the voice acting laughable. FFXII on the other hand is extremely well-written and mature. Characters, while maybe don't have as much personality, makes up for it by, again, being well written and toned down. It's generally very much like a, older Final Fantasy game, yet because it was made after the merger it's somehow seen as newfangled Square-Enix garbage. Were it released before the merger, I've no doubt it would be well loved, and regarded as a classic.