Submitted by Tolkoto 1030d ago | interview

The Final Fantasy franchise’s future hinges on Lightning Returns (interview)

Lightning Returns looks to be another massive departure for the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy. Will this one be as good as XIII-2 or as awful as the original? (Dev, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, PS3, Xbox 360)

DV_Bastian  +   1030d ago
Remember the good old days of Final Fantasy? They weren't perfect (seriously, go back and play them without your rose-tinted glasses on), but they were infinitely more compelling and magical than what Square Enix has been doing for the past several years.
DatNJDom81   1030d ago | Bad language | show | Replies(4)
NoTheMama  +   1030d ago
Speak for yourself! I only last week hooked up my ps2 & played FFX & was very impressed how awesome it still looks, plays, & sounds.
Now.....wheres that's FFX hd we were promised?
izumo_lee   1030d ago | Bad language | show | Replies(1)
arbitor365  +   1030d ago
Why??? just because people don't want to play another rehash of FF13 (which itself received mixed opinions), and just because they rejected your flop MMO, that doesnt mean that there is something intrinsically wrong with the final fantasy franchise. there is something wrong with YOU, square enix, and you alone.

here's an idea, and im just throwing this out there, but how about you actually try injecting some ambition and some innovation into the series? im not sure if Square Enix knows the meaning of those words anymore. but they sure as hell used to
NeXXXuS  +   1030d ago
mixed opinions aren't always a good thing, and in this case, it's not a good thing...
Root  +   1030d ago
"Will this one be as good as XIII-2"

Good...it was still bad, just not AS bad as FF13

Come on though, any game after FF13 was going to look better automatically.
Hicken  +   1030d ago
I preferred XIII to its sequel, and don't happen to think either was bad. Of course, I apparently approach the franchise differently to most other fans, so I'm in an extreme minority.

I think the worst part of all this is that the games aren't nearly as bad as people want them to be. Yet, no matter how good LR turns to be, it'll still be garbage in the eyes of many, including people who haven't played it OR its predecessors.

There's likely to be those that equate it to the situation with DMC, but I think there's a fundamental difference: each FF was supposed to be different than the last, anyway. Sure, there are overarching themes that tend to carry over from one game to another, but not everything is present in EVERY FF.

Oh, well. I'll go into this game with an open mind, as I do with all the others.
krautgamer  +   1030d ago
"extreme minority"

-Gespenst-  +   1030d ago
I'm excited for this game, but part of me wishes they'd just expanded on the direction they were going with XIII-2.

XIII had a stronger narrative, but XIII-2 had more meat on it's bones, and perhaps a slightly better story.

If they'd just combined those two things... They already had the music and the visuals down, both absolutely superb, but I was hoping the third game would have bigger places to explore and revisit, and overall would be a bigger more substantial RPG with larger scope than both the previous games combined.

Lightning Returns seems spin-offy and less like the enormous finale rpg I was expecting, but I suppose it could still be pretty good. If they've pulled off the doomsday thing without it feeling frustrating and without letting it license lazy game / world design; if they've managed to write a much more cohesive narrative and comprehensible, engaging plot, then it will be good.
Tei777  +   1030d ago
I'm sure the series's future hangs in the hands of the next FF, i.e FFXV... not some unwanted spinoff
wishingW3L  +   1030d ago
Toriyama is such a an untalented tool.
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kostchtchie_  +   1030d ago
ha ha epic, FF is already ruined, it has been this way since they released that garbage FF 12, i hope that SE are the next big company to die off, they deserve it so much along with other developers/publishers
contradictory  +   1030d ago
hey, look above your comment ^
Batman came first
kostchtchie_  +   1030d ago
ha ha yes, indeed
contradictory  +   1030d ago
square and FF are dead to me until they get their shit together

or should i say IF they get their shit together
linkenski  +   1030d ago
Final Fantasy seems to be a perfect example of how far away Japanese and western games are moving apart in terms of appeal.

Back in the day when there was no real voice acting in games we didn't notice or get annoyed by the differences in culture, nor did we scratch our heads as to how the character's looked.

Everything Final Fantasy nowadays is all blitzy and flashy, completely over the top.
ceballos77mx  +   1030d ago
FF vs XIII is dead, all if these stupid sequels are using the content that was worked all those years.
Ddouble  +   1030d ago
I'll say it hinges more on XIV and Vs. XIV for the constant income since it's a MMO and Versus for good old FF spark.

I will get Lightning Returns but only for the combat system, I really doubt that I would care about the storyline this time round.
League_of_Draven  +   1030d ago
RIP Final Fantasy
Tales RPG addict  +   1030d ago
SE their Fuckups are the main reason why I'm playing more NAMCO Tales games. I will always like FF1-FFX Forever. However I knew it my gut feeling was right. FF is getting worse while the NAMCO Tales series gets even better changing the battle system all the while respecting the love and Fans of the TALES series Worldwide in General.

Hideo Baba has more respect for his fans, and gets massive repsect for his fans. I mean Fuck he goes to Comic Con, Japan Expo, and TGS to promote the NAMCO Tales titles. Do you see SE doing that NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

They just don't give a shit anymore cause FF was dying slowly after Hironobu Sakaguchi left the company in 2003.
DEATHxTHExKIDx  +   1030d ago
idk how ppl think the FF series is dead. Theres been way more more good titles than bad. The only one I would say is actually bad is XIV because it flopped so hard.
Tex117  +   1030d ago
Square really has lost its way.

It has lost what made their games in the 90's (and hell, even the ps2 generation) magical.
izumo_lee  +   1030d ago
Really my post got reported for bad language?...ok....

As soon as Toriyama was appointed to lead the series the direction of the franchise has tailspinned into mediocritity. All this talk about 'saving the franchise' wouldn't have even been discussed if Toriyama was not the director. He has turned this beloved series into something that is no longer 'Final Fantasy' as we have known it.

Look at Final Fantasy: All the Bravest. What kind of leadership even allows this embarrassement of a game to be even released? How dare they take such beloved characters we grew up & basically ruin their legacy.

Squarenix has no respect for the history of the franchise or they would not have rehashed these games over & over & over again. How many versions of Final Fantasy 2,3,4 do we really need?

I'm upset that a franchise that i grew up with has become this dragged through the mud. Reading what Toriyama had to say actually made me sick to my stomach. Is this really what Final Fantasy has become? I'm torn between the love of the series i have & the hatred of what it is now.
Blacklash93  +   1030d ago
Maybe I missed something, but I don't see anything in that interview even suggesting LR will decide the future of the franchise.

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