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[QUOTE] I think that FFXII does develop the characters, but not in the obvious way of most rpg's... [/QUOTE] I'm just quoting a piece there, but I'm replying to the whole paragraph. Anyway, I agree with you halfway. The characters do reveal themselves in subtle ways, but that doesn't excuse the relative lack of development. While the characters were more believable and better developed than many other RPG characters that you get more extensive backgrounds for, I was still left hungry for development and thinking that in many cases, the events unfolding were not relevant enough to the characters. If the story doesn't cause changes in their person, and it isn't relevant to their pasts, then the characters aren't relevant enough to the story. Balthier/Balflear was relevant to the story...you got insight into his past and while he may not have gone through any dramatic changes in character, your perception of him as a character changed as the plot progressed. I thought he was handled very well, but he's definitely the exception. Saying things like "I prefer minimalistic storytelling" and "I like it when things are left open" is really seeing it through rose-tinted glasses. There is a lot of time wasted on irrelevant plot points that are easily forgotten that could have been spent on memorable character development. If the story, or rather, execution of the story in FFXII had been better, then I would be willing to attribute the development (or lack thereof) to storytelling style and not sloppiness. As it is, I have to say "it didn't come together as well as it should have." As for Penelo and Larsa...I felt like the game was pushing their relationship, though I can't say it was necessarily romantic. Still, their friendship and Larsa's sort of chivalrous behavior towards her made them feel like a potential couple to me. Vaan and Penelo felt more like brother and sister to me, as Vaan seemed too immature for Penelo. I actually liked their relationship, it's just I don't think it works romantically.
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