1. Balthier – Final Fantasy XII
Final Fantasy XII was okay. It had an interesting look to it, and it takes place in Ivalice (the land made famous by Final Fantasy Tactics). It did have some interesting characters and parts, but at the end of the day all I could think was “meh.” Vaan didn’t come off as a main character, the story was more convoluted than usual, and I had no idea what the bad guys were trying to accomplish! So it’s a game even some diehard fans skip, which is too bad for Balthier.
I say this as a man who’s played most of the FF games (although I haven’t touched FFXI or FFXIV), and I have to say Balthier is the coolest FF character ever created. He’s Han Solo, only instead of a Wookiee he has a hot chick with rabbit ears. Not only that, he was pretty much the driving force for the story. It was his airship you use, he made deals that enabled you to go to other lands, and his relationship with his antagonistic father was the most interesting rivalry in FFXII.
As soon as I got Balthier, I switched Vaan out for him. I’ll say this much: Square Enix chose the wrong main character for FFXII, and it should have been Balthier. It would have even been a more interesting game, starting with a debonair air pirate that, while on a job, stumbles upon these characters and is forced to be involved in this war going on. I really think FFXII would have been a better game if it were from Balthier’s perspective.
I really feel bad for Balthier, as he never makes any lists anywhere because many stay away from FFXII. It sucks, because he really is a great character. It’s unfortunate when a great character is forever forgotten because of the game they’re in. He’s one of my favorites of all time, but most people have never heard of him. It’s too bad.