Final Fantasy XII isn't going to be released in stores across Japan until next week but it's already acheived something ultimately unique. It has become only the sixth title to recieve the perfect 40 score from Famitsu magazine - meaning that each of the four reviewers score the game 10/10.
The famous Japanese gaming magazine is notoriously tough with its scores and the four reviewer panel makes it extremely difficult for a game to score perfectly. 1UP.com have reported that each of of the four reviewers praised the graphics, scenario and game system extensively. They made particular mention with regards to the freshness that the latest entry has brought to the Final Fantasy series.
To date, only five games have ever scored a perfect 40 from the magazine. These are Vagarant Story (PS1) Soul Calibur (DC), The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64), The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (GC) and the most recent, Nintendogs (DS). Interestingly, no system has ever had more than one game to achieve this score and this is the first for the PS2.
As mentioned, Final Fantasy XII is released next week in Japan with a US release following in August. Unfortunately, there is no confirmed PAL release date. If we were to analyse general release trends of Square-Enix games from the time they're released in Japan till they reach PAL lands, we generally find an 11 month gap. Baring some sort of minor miracle, it looks like we'll be waiting till 2007 to see whether this score is justified. More as it happens, here at PALGN.