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The Slow, Excruciating Death Of Final Fantasy

Kotaku: "As someone who grew up with the adventures of Cecil and Terra, I find it depressing to even write, but here we are. It's 2013, and Final Fantasy is on its last legs. The 25-year-old RPG series is a shell of its former self. When we see a new Final Fantasy game, our first reaction is no longer 'awesome!'—it is 'sh*t, how are they going to ruin my childhood next?' I've written before about some of the problems facing Final Fantasy, and even drawn up wish lists of things I'd like to see Square Enix try to do, but All The Bravest is yet another piece of disturbing evidence that this company no longer cares about its fans."

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Snookies121283d ago (Edited 1283d ago )

Oh Tidus... How I wish any Final Fantasy game past yours was even half as good as FFX...

Blastoise1283d ago (Edited 1283d ago )

Lol funny picture though.

To be fair I do think Final Fantasy 12 was a totally awesome game. It should have been a spin-off, because it was so insanely different. But it was awesome none the less

Check out how impressive the graphics were, pretty good for a PS2

http://radiantdreamer.net/w...

http://wonderpodonline.com/...

guitarded771283d ago (Edited 1283d ago )

I'm with you on XII... Dare I say... I liked the gameplay in XII better than X. Yeah , I said it. But anything after XII I didn't care for.

VileAndVicious1283d ago

I loved everything about XII except the story. I believe I played it longer than any other FF game. There was so much to do

Blastoise1283d ago (Edited 1283d ago )

^
@VileAndVicious

I agree, the story was weak. I still have no idea what it was about...something about "Magicite" lol

Goes to show how epic the gameplay was and how much there was to do that the confusing story didn't really affect the fun I had

Snookies121283d ago (Edited 1283d ago )

Yeah, XII's biggest problem was the story... I've beaten it 3 times and STILL have no idea what is going on. It's just too boring for my mind to care at times. Also, most of the characters are kind of bland. (With the exception of Balthier, he was kind of awesome.)

The gameplay was wonderful though, had tons of stuff to do. :]

Also... Gilgamesh... Yeah... Him being in as a boss fight gets extra points.

VileAndVicious1283d ago

The fact that the story was so bland was very strange to me considering that the game came from the same team that made the original FF tactics and Vagrant Story. IMO those two games had the most robust stories ever seen in any RPG, especially for the time period they were made.

DragonKnight1283d ago

Final Fantasy can return to greatness the second they stop letting Toriyama direct the games. He's the one making all the terrible decisions and just ruining everything.

aLucidMind1283d ago

I agree; I really liked XII, with my only real complaint being how I would have preferred the main character have been Basch or Balthier+Fran been the main characters. Or have it alternate among all as that would have been perfect for the political story due to the very diverse, sometimes contrasting personalities between each individual in the group.

Outside_ofthe_Box1283d ago

Totally agree about FFXII. I felt the battle system while not perfect was a step in the right direction, but FFXIII took a thousand steps back with it's battle system.

DigitalRaptor1282d ago (Edited 1282d ago )

@ DragonKnight

I can believe that. Toriyama hasn't worked on Type-0 or Versus XIII. Coincidence? I think not.

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WilliamH1283d ago

For a long time Final Fantasy was the most beloved series in gaming. What Square-Enix has done to the series is shameful. I'm afraid to say it's probably too late to revive it now. Thank god we have Level 5 & NI NO KUNI!!!!!!

Godmars2901283d ago

Going back to characters based around a class, are in a world where not everyone has special powers, would be a change back towards the right direction.

guitarded771283d ago

That's an interesting comment. I was so distracted by world map design and linearity that I hadn't really thought about that part of it.

Godmars2901283d ago

They just need to go back to basics period. Ever since FF8 they moved away from the mechanics of the series while keeping and focusing on identifiable elements like chocobos.

refocusedman1283d ago

I truly miss the Kefka days or even FF 9 with Vivi. With every iteration FF becomes more and more like a japanese version of mass effect.

animegamingnerd1283d ago

before you know it we are going to have another final fantasy shooter wouldn't be surprise if that is what 15 is

rextraordinaire1283d ago

Never mention Dirge of Cerberus again. Some things are better left forgotten.

Oh, the pain.

doogiebear1283d ago

SMT series and Persona is the new king of JRPG's now

animegamingnerd1283d ago

persona 4 > over any final fantasy

oh yeah i said it and am prepare to get a lot of thumb downs

VileAndVicious1283d ago (Edited 1283d ago )

just a question. Why do so many people love Persona 4 so much? Ive played ALL of the Persona games (even Nocturne and Digital Devil) and I always thought that Persona 4 while fun, was no where near as awesome as Persona 3. Maybe it was because 4 was so lighthearted but I just thought that its characters and story just were not on the same level.

DragonKnight1283d ago

"persona 4 > over any final fantasy"

*looks at persona series global recognition*

Ok.

*looks at final fantasy series global recognition*

Ok.

"persona 4 > over any final fantasy"

Snookies121283d ago (Edited 1283d ago )

@VileAndVicious - I played both Persona 3 and 4. While Persona 3 had a better premise, Persona 4 wins hands down with characters. 3's characters were just too drab and serious. I liked 4 because it knew when to take things seriously, yet could still be lighthearted a moment later. There was a great mix of that in the game. All of Persona 4's characters had a really bright and exuberant personality. Story-wise they were both fantastic there, no need for comparisons in that department.

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