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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?

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DV_Bastian1276d 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.

DatNJDom811276d ago BadLanguageShowReplies(4)
NoTheMama1276d 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_lee1276d ago BadLanguageShowReplies(1)
arbitor3651276d 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

NeXXXuS1276d ago

mixed opinions aren't always a good thing, and in this case, it's not a good thing...

Root1276d 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.

Hicken1276d 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.

krautgamer1276d ago

"extreme minority"

ooooooookay

-Gespenst-1276d 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.

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