3. Towns, FF12 had big empty fields with blocks representing masquerading as towns, FF13 didn't have them at all. This is something Xenoblade does way way way better.
I love Xenoblade but the towns in FFXII are better than every town in Xenoblade with the exception of Frontier Village.
Edit: having said that Xenoblade is better than FFXII in every other aspect
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