Final Fantasy: When is it Time to Call it Quits?

Final Fantasy: When is it Time to Call it Quits?

Last month Square Enix announced that a sequel to Final Fantasy XIII would be coming out later this year. While that news was met with applause from some, it also produced a few winces.

As a person who has been a long-time Final Fantasy fan, I definitely fall into the category of, “oh man, just call it quits already.” I’ve put many hours of my life into the games, and I can honestly say that if it were announced tomorrow that no new Final Fantasy games would be released, I would be OK with it. Sure there would be the initial pang of sadness, but I’d quickly realize that it was for the best.

See, as each new year passes, the Final Fantasy franchise keeps finding ways to thoroughly disappoint me. This isn’t to say that I won’t claim it to be one of my favorite gaming franchises of all time, even though I base it on everything from the originals up to X, and I will go to bat with anybody who says that the franchise as a whole is crap, because it’s not.

For those who are unfamiliar with Final Fantasy and how it came to be, the story is very inspiring and filled with hope. In the 80’s, Squaresoft was in a world of hurt. The games they had published weren’t enough to keep the company afloat and they had to file for bankruptcy. Hironobu Sakaguchi, a man every RPG fan should know, took the lead of the development team and created a game based off of current hits: Enix’s Dragon Warrior, The Legend of Zelda, and the Ultima series. Sakaguchi, and the rest of the team at Square, put everything they had into this little NES cartridge game they titled Final Fantasy because, for them, that was their sink or swim moment.

Fortunately for all involved the game was a huge hit, and has become the behemoth it is today. The only downside was that they weren’t anticipating a sequel, obviously, so while future installments would retain the Final Fantasy moniker, the cast and story would be completely different.

Some things have remained constant like having a character with the name of Cid, Chocobos, some of the Guardian Forces/Summons, and more. Having those tiny things threaded throughout the universe remind the gamer that, even though things don’t perfectly weave together to tell one long cohesive story, there are some core elements and values that make up Final Fantasy.

Many Final Fantasy fans fall into two categories: those who think that VII is the best in the series, and those who strongly disagree. I fall into the latter category. Sure VII introduced us to Cloud, Sephiroth (who isn’t the greatest villain, btw), and an epic story, but the main thing that stood out to all was the fact that a character was slain. Seeing Sephiroth spear through Aeris like she was a piece of shish kebob made many a gamer cry, and shocked the community as a whole. Never before had something like that been done, and it was a rare moment where gamers finally realized that they cared about the characters they were spending time with.

I will admit that the Aeris death didn’t make me cry, which was a bit odd because I normally cry at everything that’s sad (blame those womanly hormones), but I wept like a child while playing VIII. The intro to the game, and the overall score, was beautifully composed by the talented Nobuo Uematsu. It helped usher in feelings of love, loss, and hope. Final Fantasy VIII really struck a chord within me even though I know that many gamers were displeased with it. I can understand how they didn’t like the massive change in protagonist since Cloud and Squall are two different types of characters, but the relationship between Squall and Rinoa was very fulfilling and I found myself rooting for them within minutes of them meeting.

Throughout the decades we’ve been given amazing villains like Kefka, faced tough opponents like Emerald, Ruby, and Omega Weapon, and even had a showdown with Sin. The way the antagonists developed through the games also played a key part in the audience being able to connect with them. When you really think about it, all the way up until Final Fantasy X for PS2, Sakaguchi & Co. could do no wrong.

The stories were the kind where you would find yourself wanting to learn more about the world the characters were from, the languages, species, and so much more. I have found myself on random Wikipedia pages over the years just to learn more about the characters I loved or the summons I could conjure, and I know I’m not alone. The writing in Final Fantasy had such a profound effect on me that whenever I play RPG’s now I think to myself about how the team behind the FF franchise could’ve done a better job and fleshed things out and provided more depth. It’s a real shame that new fans of the franchise have no idea just how glorious things used to be, and since most will never want to play a game that isn’t to todays standards, those 8/16-bit classics will remain untouched.

For me personally Final Fantasy lost me when X-2 was released. I did play through it just so that I could have closure between Tidus and Yuna, since X left us waiting for more, but the game really jumped the shark and the franchise hasn’t been the same ever since. After the overtly feminine X-2 we saw Final Fantasy go into new territory with an MMO and then a slight return to form with XII, but with the incredibly linear XIII and second foray into the MMO world with XIV, will we ever get Final Fantasy back again?

That question, and that question alone, is why I think the franchise should be either put on an indefinite hiatus or flat out cancelled. I realize that it would be a massive blow to the RPG genre and many a gamer out there, especially myself, but it pains me to see how it has declined and will continue to do so. There have been things that fans have been clamoring for, like graphically updated versions of VII and VIII for current consoles, yet instead of releasing a solid seller we are given games like Dirge of Cerberus or X-2.

I realize that it would be wrong to only want Square to release updated versions of their classic FF titles but it would at  least pacify the fans while they really put a lot of effort into a true return to form. I sincerely hope that I am proven wrong and that future titles are kick ass and are everything we could ever want and more, but I honestly just don’t see that happening.

So, I ask you all this: How do you feel about the changes made to the Final Fantasy series? Do you find yourself enjoying the games the same as you did years ago, or have you noticed a steady decline in standards? Additionally, would you prefer a flat out cancellation of the series as a whole or would you be open to a hiatus that would allow them to concentrate all of their efforts and come out with something really mind-blowing? Let me know in a comment below!

  • certainly i know where you come from as FF9 was by far my favorite, i feel after X the game stranded a lot from their roots.

    being a FF11 player can tell you that one isnt bad as it relates a lot to FF3 in both design and concept, cant say the same about 14.

    Would like to see a FF game taking concepts from the originals or why not a sequel? if we can have X2 and XIII-2 why not making V-2 or VIII-2?

    • Lindsey

      Well they have sort of done that with the titles on PSP like Crisis Core and then there was Dirge of Cerberus on PS2. It just wasn’t really what the fans wanted nor what they have been asking for. I will say that the movie they did, Advent Children, was really good and I proudly own that.

      • oh yes, advent children was fantastic!

  • certainly i know where you come from as FF9 was by far my favorite, i feel after X the game stranded a lot from their roots.

    being a FF11 player can tell you that one isnt bad as it relates a lot to FF3 in both design and concept, cant say the same about 14.

    Would like to see a FF game taking concepts from the originals or why not a sequel? if we can have X2 and XIII-2 why not making V-2 or VIII-2?

    • Lindsey

      Well they have sort of done that with the titles on PSP like Crisis Core and then there was Dirge of Cerberus on PS2. It just wasn’t really what the fans wanted nor what they have been asking for. I will say that the movie they did, Advent Children, was really good and I proudly own that.

      • oh yes, advent children was fantastic!

  • Lindsey

    @doa766 – You bring up an excellent point and you are correct 🙂

  • Hitmen Kong

    I think it’s because Square Enix is actually really bad at creating games.
    Before Squaresoft merged with Enix, every one of their games were a huge success to both the critics and the consumers. Sad..

    • Lindsey

      I agree with you 100%. I was tempted to mention the merger and how that has negatively impacted the franchise as a whole but obviously refrained. It’s nice to see that other gamers out there recognized that! Thanks 🙂

  • Hitmen Kong

    I think it’s because Square Enix is actually really bad at creating games.
    Before Squaresoft merged with Enix, every one of their games were a huge success to both the critics and the consumers. Sad..

    • Lindsey

      I agree with you 100%. I was tempted to mention the merger and how that has negatively impacted the franchise as a whole but obviously refrained. It’s nice to see that other gamers out there recognized that! Thanks 🙂

  • D…..

    I loved 13. I recently bought 7 from the PSN store. I still play 4 and 6 from time to time on my SNES emulator. I can’t wait for Versus and I think you’re a little out of touch with what the rest of the world is playing in regards to 8 and 16 bit classics. FF forever

    • Lindsey

      It puts a smile on my face to hear that people are still playing the classics because they were a bunch of great games, but you obviously know that. I think you might’ve taken my comment about 8/16-bit titles in a different way than I intended as I meant that, to a lot of gamers these days, graphics are important. Unfortunately a lot of great titles are overlooked because they are unappealing to the eye. I fear that, because the graphics are retro, it might put off some gamers and they will pass on the ones in the franchise we are so fond of.

      • i think this bring an old topic into the table, gameplay vs graphics. FF games wasnt as good as other rpg’s for the NES but they had a great storyline, the content was depth and that made the saga grow even more.

        Now we have amazing graphics (that are welcomed of course) but seems what made the FF saga great isnt there anymore, probably the developers must learn from other companies and go back to the basics, to what made the saga to be the great.

        • Lindsey

          Graphics aren’t everything and the sooner developers realize that the better. A recent example is if you compare Dragon Age: Origins to Dragon Age 2. Sure DA2 is prettier but the game isn’t nearly as good as Origins.

      • BretHudson

        The classics are where it’s at! I own a few copies of FF VI, my favorite. One of them is in a Japanese collectors edition bundle. I wish Final Fantasy would bring back that magic, because I’m impressed with the amount of emotion they could get out of me with a 16-bit game.

  • D…..

    I loved 13. I recently bought 7 from the PSN store. I still play 4 and 6 from time to time on my SNES emulator. I can’t wait for Versus and I think you’re a little out of touch with what the rest of the world is playing in regards to 8 and 16 bit classics. FF forever

    • Lindsey

      It puts a smile on my face to hear that people are still playing the classics because they were a bunch of great games, but you obviously know that. I think you might’ve taken my comment about 8/16-bit titles in a different way than I intended as I meant that, to a lot of gamers these days, graphics are important. Unfortunately a lot of great titles are overlooked because they are unappealing to the eye. I fear that, because the graphics are retro, it might put off some gamers and they will pass on the ones in the franchise we are so fond of.

      • i think this bring an old topic into the table, gameplay vs graphics. FF games wasnt as good as other rpg’s for the NES but they had a great storyline, the content was depth and that made the saga grow even more.

        Now we have amazing graphics (that are welcomed of course) but seems what made the FF saga great isnt there anymore, probably the developers must learn from other companies and go back to the basics, to what made the saga to be the great.

        • Lindsey

          Graphics aren’t everything and the sooner developers realize that the better. A recent example is if you compare Dragon Age: Origins to Dragon Age 2. Sure DA2 is prettier but the game isn’t nearly as good as Origins.

      • BretHudson

        The classics are where it’s at! I own a few copies of FF VI, my favorite. One of them is in a Japanese collectors edition bundle. I wish Final Fantasy would bring back that magic, because I’m impressed with the amount of emotion they could get out of me with a 16-bit game.

  • Hgs

    Don’t you EVER call for the demise of FF. You crybaby. Go play ME2.

    • Lindsey

      I actually don’t care for the Mass Effect games 😉

  • Hgs

    Don’t you EVER call for the demise of FF. You crybaby. Go play ME2.

    • Lindsey

      I actually don’t care for the Mass Effect games 😉

  • doa766

    the time is when a new Final Fantasy numbered entry doesn’t outsell the previous one

    so far it hasn’t happened

    • Senshi_hotaru6

      Actually, that already happened 10 years ago. FFVII has sold the most of any in the series.

  • doa766

    the time is when a new Final Fantasy numbered entry doesn’t outsell the previous one

    so far it hasn’t happened

    • Senshi_hotaru6

      Actually, that already happened 10 years ago. FFVII has sold the most of any in the series.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think we should assume 13-2 or versus 13 is gonna fail. ~_~

  • Haroids

    I don’t think we should assume 13-2 or versus 13 is gonna fail. ~_~

  • Adapt

    My favorites are X>VII>XIII>VIII>IX>4,6>XII>11,14.

    The reason I say that is to comment on the fact that I’ve played almost all of them, something that geezers like to hold over the younger FF fans. They like to claim that we don’t know anything about the series.

    That being said, things evolve over time. Yes, the series has had its ups and downs. No, not every game can or will be your favorite. But if you don’t realize that the world around you is changing, you’ll be sure to hate them all. JRPGs just don’t work the same way they used to. Embrace change.

    • Lindsey

      Haha, I still like to think that I’m fairly young even though I turn 29 this year. I’ve been a gamer since I was 5 so I have seen the industry change. I don’t mind that the franchise has evolved. I loved that in VIII they introduced the Junction system, how in X there was the sphere grid, and I cracked out on the card games in VIII and IX. A big worry that I personally have is that the franchise will go downhill and will forever have a negative stigma attached to it because it has given me so many great memories. If anything I’d want it to go out on a high note however I am afraid that it will just continue on this unfortunate downward trend.

  • Adapt

    My favorites are X>VII>XIII>VIII>IX>4,6>XII>11,14.

    The reason I say that is to comment on the fact that I’ve played almost all of them, something that geezers like to hold over the younger FF fans. They like to claim that we don’t know anything about the series.

    That being said, things evolve over time. Yes, the series has had its ups and downs. No, not every game can or will be your favorite. But if you don’t realize that the world around you is changing, you’ll be sure to hate them all. JRPGs just don’t work the same way they used to. Embrace change.

    • Lindsey

      Haha, I still like to think that I’m fairly young even though I turn 29 this year. I’ve been a gamer since I was 5 so I have seen the industry change. I don’t mind that the franchise has evolved. I loved that in VIII they introduced the Junction system, how in X there was the sphere grid, and I cracked out on the card games in VIII and IX. A big worry that I personally have is that the franchise will go downhill and will forever have a negative stigma attached to it because it has given me so many great memories. If anything I’d want it to go out on a high note however I am afraid that it will just continue on this unfortunate downward trend.

  • Tanto

    ff gaiden, ff tactics advance 2, crisis core, revant wings, were all amazing

    type zero looks amazing

    keep it coming

  • owwie

    1.) For the main installment changes have been shit. There’s more to a game that just graphics and CGI. Games are about fun and I dunno when SE started to forget about this. Yet it generally applies to XII, XIII, and XIV. XIV at least having the possibility to improve which was no thanks to the original team and someone having to step in and fix his shit.
    2.) Yes but from SE it’s no longer coming from the main FF series in nearly the past decade. Least their handheld titles are in their own league. The decline isn’t steady it’s rather massive have it went from being on par with other great titles to dropping down to being an utter shit experience. An experience that no longer lives up to the Final Fantasy franchise’s name.
    3.) SE does not need neither or. They’ve made great games and we’ve seen that all it takes it the development team enjoying what they creating and wanting to create it. As long as restrictions and limitations aren’t enforced by the CEO we can expect a decent product and even that which can “blow our minds”.

  • owwie

    1.) For the main installment changes have been shit. There’s more to a game that just graphics and CGI. Games are about fun and I dunno when SE started to forget about this. Yet it generally applies to XII, XIII, and XIV. XIV at least having the possibility to improve which was no thanks to the original team and someone having to step in and fix his shit.
    2.) Yes but from SE it’s no longer coming from the main FF series in nearly the past decade. Least their handheld titles are in their own league. The decline isn’t steady it’s rather massive have it went from being on par with other great titles to dropping down to being an utter shit experience. An experience that no longer lives up to the Final Fantasy franchise’s name.
    3.) SE does not need neither or. They’ve made great games and we’ve seen that all it takes it the development team enjoying what they creating and wanting to create it. As long as restrictions and limitations aren’t enforced by the CEO we can expect a decent product and even that which can “blow our minds”.

  • Lindsey

    @doa766 – You bring up an excellent point and you are correct 🙂

  • BenjaminFlashBoots

    While i do agree with you on some points, FFX-2 and FF12 were terrible. At first i didnt really like FF13 but as soon as i stopped comparing it to the other, it immediatly became a great game. Better than 10? And i could agree the FF series is not what it used to be, and once i too did think the series was going down hill. But as soon as the trailer for FF13Vs came out i was aboslutely sure without a doubt that this game is gonna bring it back big time, if you havent seen it yet i really reccomend it. FF10 is my favourite game of all time, and i got a good feeling that Versus is gonna be just as good, if not even better! 😀

    • Lindsey

      I couldn’t believe my eyes when FF X-2 was announced. I thought I had hit my head and was in some bizarro universe. Everything about it was dreadful and playing pretty dress time isn’t my idea of fun. The only reason I played through it was to see what happened with Tidus and that was it. I was thoroughly disappointed that I wasn’t able to play as Auron because he kicked major ass. I loved the Anima summon as well.

  • BenjaminFlashBoots

    While i do agree with you on some points, FFX-2 and FF12 were terrible. At first i didnt really like FF13 but as soon as i stopped comparing it to the other, it immediatly became a great game. Better than 10? And i could agree the FF series is not what it used to be, and once i too did think the series was going down hill. But as soon as the trailer for FF13Vs came out i was aboslutely sure without a doubt that this game is gonna bring it back big time, if you havent seen it yet i really reccomend it. FF10 is my favourite game of all time, and i got a good feeling that Versus is gonna be just as good, if not even better! 😀

    • Lindsey

      I couldn’t believe my eyes when FF X-2 was announced. I thought I had hit my head and was in some bizarro universe. Everything about it was dreadful and playing pretty dress time isn’t my idea of fun. The only reason I played through it was to see what happened with Tidus and that was it. I was thoroughly disappointed that I wasn’t able to play as Auron because he kicked major ass. I loved the Anima summon as well.

  • BenjaminFlashBoots

    Sorry i mean to say it wasnt better than 10

  • BenjaminFlashBoots

    Sorry i mean to say it wasnt better than 10

  • Tanto

    ff gaiden, ff tactics advance 2, crisis core, revant wings, were all amazing

    type zero looks amazing

    keep it coming

  • Jared

    It wouldn’t hurt my feelings to see this franchise go on hiatus. I’ll be honest I was a late comer to the series (starting back on VII)…but since then I’ve made an attempt to play all of the major series (except for XI.. I’m not an MMO gamer, and III, since they haven’t localized an English version for a reasonable console)…though I admit I never finished VIII (I’m doing that right as we speak) or IX since my disk 3 broke, but its next on the agenda! None have still really stuck hard with me except for the PSone era games. When VIII first came out, I though it was pretty good, a bit dissapointed. But now after replaying it, I definitely see it in a new light. It’s still not my favorite, but its a close 2nd. I’m hoping to if FFIX will do the same. Aside from the visuals and cinematics of X, I agree that it was definitely evident that Square was straying from the path starting with that title.

  • Jared

    It wouldn’t hurt my feelings to see this franchise go on hiatus. I’ll be honest I was a late comer to the series (starting back on VII)…but since then I’ve made an attempt to play all of the major series (except for XI.. I’m not an MMO gamer, and III, since they haven’t localized an English version for a reasonable console)…though I admit I never finished VIII (I’m doing that right as we speak) or IX since my disk 3 broke, but its next on the agenda! None have still really stuck hard with me except for the PSone era games. When VIII first came out, I though it was pretty good, a bit dissapointed. But now after replaying it, I definitely see it in a new light. It’s still not my favorite, but its a close 2nd. I’m hoping to if FFIX will do the same. Aside from the visuals and cinematics of X, I agree that it was definitely evident that Square was straying from the path starting with that title.

  • My favorite was IX. Not only was it a fall back to the classics like I through VII, but it was very moving and the world spanning story was just awesome. It also holds my top pick for the best moment in any video game; the scean at the start of disk 3 where Zidane is doubting himself and you go through that long series of battles where the other characters jump in, help, and show Zidane that he’s not alone.

    Personally, I’m more a fan of Dragon Quest, but most North American gamers like Final Fantasy more.

    • Lindsey

      I’ve played through IX twice and every single time I get to disc 4 where you’ve chased Kuja I lose interest. There was something about the story that didn’t allow me to really connect with it. I did love Vivi and the way the characters were written, but there was something about the overall story that didn’t resonate with me like with VIII and X. I loved the card game, cried when Mog “died,” and loved the scene where Alexander becomes alive and wraps his wings around the city to protect it from Bahamut. That was really incredible.

  • My favorite was IX. Not only was it a fall back to the classics like I through VII, but it was very moving and the world spanning story was just awesome. It also holds my top pick for the best moment in any video game; the scean at the start of disk 3 where Zidane is doubting himself and you go through that long series of battles where the other characters jump in, help, and show Zidane that he’s not alone.

    Personally, I’m more a fan of Dragon Quest, but most North American gamers like Final Fantasy more.

    • Lindsey

      I’ve played through IX twice and every single time I get to disc 4 where you’ve chased Kuja I lose interest. There was something about the story that didn’t allow me to really connect with it. I did love Vivi and the way the characters were written, but there was something about the overall story that didn’t resonate with me like with VIII and X. I loved the card game, cried when Mog “died,” and loved the scene where Alexander becomes alive and wraps his wings around the city to protect it from Bahamut. That was really incredible.

  • Hell, the whole reason IX was set up to be a throw back because the fans wanted something like the old games. So, if Square-Enix made XV another throw back, we’d be set. *hint**hint*

  • Hell, the whole reason IX was set up to be a throw back because the fans wanted something like the old games. So, if Square-Enix made XV another throw back, we’d be set. *hint**hint*

  • Shraeven

    I still, to this day feel that VI (or FF3 in america) was the best of the series. I found the stories of Celes, Terra and Loche incredible compelling, and the game 9for me at least) was unique in that I actually got a bit teary-eyed during that scene where Celes is considering suicide.

    Not to say that VII wasn’t an excellent game, I guess I’m just more old-school than that.

    • Metr

      I always admired the Final Fantasy series, it’s one of the best examples of the evolution of games through time. The game mechanic is almost the same from I to XIII (leaving aside the online games), you just change the story, graphics, the way you get the exp or summon or level the different roles or classes or even make a mix of everything and see what happens leaving some common elements.

      In my opinion, they created a formula that could be successful forever if they put the necessary effort to recreate it every time. I’m an old-school fan, and I would say like Shraeven that FFVI or 3 in america is where they created a real impressive game. Story, characters, maps, exploration, quests, spells, skills, hidden stuff.. that’s what I look for in any RPG, not only in FF’s.FFVII marked a great difference, they moved from the 2D to 3D and they started to create awesome movies. Really I don’t need the graphics, I could imagine FFXII in 2D, but I think that when we all bought the PSX and started to play the game, we all got amazed by that stuff.

      I like the battle system of Crysis Core, I’m a bit tired of having to wait to kill a monster when the actual machines and game controls could handle a real active battle for example without having to interrupt the game to enter another fight screen, and it seems that they tried to change the battle system that way. But I think that the real problem the franchise is having is just lose the elements that people expect in an RPG.
      FFXIII had the awesome graphics, had a good battle system, and maybe had a good story but even when we all know that we need to wait ‘until the bridge is repaired’ to pass a certain area and advance, you can’t expect people enjoy a practically linear game. I had the feeling the game starts where it almost ends and you recover some freedom to explore and visit different areas. Also you can’t expect people enjoy the game if they just need to push one button to pass through all the game.
      Despite the fact I did not enjoy X-2 for the ‘Charlie’s Angel style’ destroying the mood I had with FFX, they again changed the formula a lot, and I had a feeling of playing stages than playing an RPG. I was about to like FFXII a lot, and I was curious to see how they tried to implement an MMORPG style to a single RPG, but in the end you can be walking through the map without touching a single button and kill everything in sight, so there become the boredom for me.

      They need to recover the spirit of the great RPG’s we all played and their ‘basic elements’, and yes, I’m willing to see the improvement of the cutscenes, the graphics, etc, in 2D, 3D, 4D O_o or whatever, but they need to mantain the ‘original formula’ of their RPG’s. That’s why I think they are having a good success with their remakes, but failing with the new ones.

      I would love to see Final Fantasy games all my life, I won’t be tired of Chocobos, Cid’s, etc, but as they did for a long time, they just need to create a good story (you can like it or not), put the essential RPG element(al)s in there, and recreate the formula adapting everything to the actual systems of the time. I started to be a bit dissapointed with the last games (starting with X-2).. but I pray to summon Phoenix and see a new rebirth for them.

      Sorry, the post is long and maybe I did not put the necessary effort to put all the ideas together, but basically is what I think about the FF series. Also sorry for the horrible english 😀

  • Shraeven

    I still, to this day feel that VI (or FF3 in america) was the best of the series. I found the stories of Celes, Terra and Loche incredible compelling, and the game 9for me at least) was unique in that I actually got a bit teary-eyed during that scene where Celes is considering suicide.

    Not to say that VII wasn’t an excellent game, I guess I’m just more old-school than that.

    • Metr

      I always admired the Final Fantasy series, it’s one of the best examples of the evolution of games through time. The game mechanic is almost the same from I to XIII (leaving aside the online games), you just change the story, graphics, the way you get the exp or summon or level the different roles or classes or even make a mix of everything and see what happens leaving some common elements.

      In my opinion, they created a formula that could be successful forever if they put the necessary effort to recreate it every time. I’m an old-school fan, and I would say like Shraeven that FFVI or 3 in america is where they created a real impressive game. Story, characters, maps, exploration, quests, spells, skills, hidden stuff.. that’s what I look for in any RPG, not only in FF’s.FFVII marked a great difference, they moved from the 2D to 3D and they started to create awesome movies. Really I don’t need the graphics, I could imagine FFXII in 2D, but I think that when we all bought the PSX and started to play the game, we all got amazed by that stuff.

      I like the battle system of Crysis Core, I’m a bit tired of having to wait to kill a monster when the actual machines and game controls could handle a real active battle for example without having to interrupt the game to enter another fight screen, and it seems that they tried to change the battle system that way. But I think that the real problem the franchise is having is just lose the elements that people expect in an RPG.
      FFXIII had the awesome graphics, had a good battle system, and maybe had a good story but even when we all know that we need to wait ‘until the bridge is repaired’ to pass a certain area and advance, you can’t expect people enjoy a practically linear game. I had the feeling the game starts where it almost ends and you recover some freedom to explore and visit different areas. Also you can’t expect people enjoy the game if they just need to push one button to pass through all the game.
      Despite the fact I did not enjoy X-2 for the ‘Charlie’s Angel style’ destroying the mood I had with FFX, they again changed the formula a lot, and I had a feeling of playing stages than playing an RPG. I was about to like FFXII a lot, and I was curious to see how they tried to implement an MMORPG style to a single RPG, but in the end you can be walking through the map without touching a single button and kill everything in sight, so there become the boredom for me.

      They need to recover the spirit of the great RPG’s we all played and their ‘basic elements’, and yes, I’m willing to see the improvement of the cutscenes, the graphics, etc, in 2D, 3D, 4D O_o or whatever, but they need to mantain the ‘original formula’ of their RPG’s. That’s why I think they are having a good success with their remakes, but failing with the new ones.

      I would love to see Final Fantasy games all my life, I won’t be tired of Chocobos, Cid’s, etc, but as they did for a long time, they just need to create a good story (you can like it or not), put the essential RPG element(al)s in there, and recreate the formula adapting everything to the actual systems of the time. I started to be a bit dissapointed with the last games (starting with X-2).. but I pray to summon Phoenix and see a new rebirth for them.

      Sorry, the post is long and maybe I did not put the necessary effort to put all the ideas together, but basically is what I think about the FF series. Also sorry for the horrible english 😀

  • Jon Snow

    I just want Kingdom Hearts 3.

  • Jon Snow

    I just want Kingdom Hearts 3.

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  • Nerdcoresteve

    I have yet to play anything newer than X-2, but I loved X-2 more than X.

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