Before I write anything else, I have completed the game to its conclusion, and most other things associated with it, so what i am about to write is my opinion, my opinion should in no way decide whereever you should drop 10 pounds on this game, however for the price it would be silly not too.
Final Fantasy 12, as a game took years to create, with quite a few "inside issues" at square, this was one game that took a lot of sweat and tears to bring to its end, and was it worth it?
I would say yes, the graphics although a little dated, are actually some of the best the Playstation 2 can do, this is a game that reminds me very much of an Offline Final Fantasy 11, the world is vast, very big, and you my friends only explore a few parts in the entire game, some maps may take you minutes, even half an hour to cross if you decide to stand and fight the enemy.
The story was one thing that didn't draw me, they introduce Vann as the main character yet the focus really isn't on him, more on a certain Princess, an Imperial Soldier that is now "traitor" and a certain sky pirate who has a bunny girl sidekick.
What do i mean by this? quite simply, in my opinion Vann is the observer, watching and getting his moment ocassionally to shine, think of him more as someone you control, like yourself who gets into all kinds of weird and wonderful situations, and involved with characters that bring him way over his head, yet, at the same time, he is there, just there.
Other characters take the lead so to speak, it isn't your typical main hero guy saves the day, more a team thing.
My only complaint is that it is nothing more then a glorified fetch quest with a story adapted around this fact, you may get a cutscene and get told what you are looking for is.. not there or elsewhere or something "may" happen
with all this being said Vann and Penelo do have their moments, although Vastly Over shadowed by Basch, Balthier and Asch.
The game has "mark" hunting, which means at various pubs "taverns" people have placed bountys on monsters, which start off easy and get increasingly more difficult, it is actually something that gets unlocked more when the story progresses.
So there you have it, we have Summons in the way of espers, we have a large world which you could get lost in, we have real time battling, no turn based, well kinda, you select a command and freely control a character, so its like "attack" "wait... zzzzzzzzzz..." "sword swings again" "dodge enemy" etc
I personally was disapointed in the game, granted I am sure I will be rated badly for being disapointed but the story wasn't the greatest.