They could be gearing up to wow all the disillusioned fans out there. If they launch Kingdom Hearts III, Final Fantasy Versus XIII, FFXV, and more...
Give me Final Fantasy XV and dont make it like FF XIII and XIII-2 Make it like FF VI, VII, VIII, IX, X
Speaking of FF15, I'd rather they just turn FF13 Versus in FF15 at this point and then start on FF16 for next gen. They've had plenty of time to change versus so most of the 13 mythology crap can be taken out.
How long are they gonna take on FF13 Versus? It has been like forever since it was first announced
What we have to wait til nextgen? Where is versus 13?
this is sad. I'm still waiting for games this generation.
Considering many of the things they're saying they're going to do to make next-generation games better, cheaper and easier to develop are the same things they said about this generation 7 years ago.... It's pretty obvious they're incompetent. They can only say, "no, really, next time will be different!" before even the most ardent of fanboys begin to realize that, hey, maybe Square Enix and the old Squaresoft aren't exactly equal in terms of ability.
Versus XIII.Finish that.Period.
As soon as SquareEnix said they were restructuring to appeal to the Western market it was clear that something was going to go wrong. The whole reason the West loved their games was because they did NOT pander to Western gamers! SE shot themselves in the foot, and I now see them as a bit of a joke. They need to get back to focusing on what they do best - which is making great JRPG's, rather than trying to over analyse the design to create some hybrid RPG's that appeal to no one. FFXIII is the single biggest disappointment this gen.
Just give me what I want and I will let you back into my heart SE.
They need to just let their Eidos holdings cover "western" tastes, they're infinitely better at it (Deus Ex, Hitman, TR etc.). I'm not like the others around here who think that they need to go "back" to FFIV-FFIX. Going backwards is not progress, nor is it going to teach them anything or heal any wounds. Some die-hards might be appeased, but the franchise will not be able to win over any new fans or expand that way. They just need to focus on good gameplay elements, real-time or turn-based combat (there's a way to do both and let the player choose from Fully RT, Semi RT and Turn-Based, if you really want to), as long as it's engaging to the player. It doesn't need to be turn-based entirely, in fact it would be somewhat detrimental as many newer players might see it as a step backwards. Perhaps more than that, they should try to let the player get off the rails, and allow for much greater exploration and missable content. XIII just had nothing in the way of exploration, besides Gran Pulse, and it really showed. With games like Fallout 3, Skyrim and Dark Souls to contend with in the RPG space, exploration and side-questing needs a greater focus. And stories need to come back down to earth, just a little. With FFX and FFXIII they went a little overboard with the metaphysical stuff. It's fine if you like reading the more bombastic John Dunne poems or religious literature, but the fact of that stuff is that it's quite difficult for every day people to relate to in a meaningful way. Yeah, they'll know what it all means once it's explained, but knowing what it means isn't the problem: making them CARE about that is the problem. The problem with L'Cie and Fal'Cie etc. is that these words don't mean anything to people. You can make allusions to what they are and explain it to people, but these words will still carry little weight with people when mentioned because they don't mean anything in reality. All of the best FF stories had real world themes in them, and some were quite contemporary. FFVII used environmentalism and eco-terrorism as themes, while alluding to the Y2K prophecies and corporate power grabs that people were so afraid of at the time. That's just one example. It was poignant, yet still fantastical. Anyway, all we can do is wait to see what their next move is. Agni's Philosophy looked good to me, so if they continue in that direction, I'll approach it with cautious optimism.
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