90°
Submitted by RinkyDinkyDan 493d ago | opinion piece

Visual Obesity: How Graphics Killed Final Fantasy

Thumbsticks contributor Callum Rymer recently revisited Final Fantasy VI – that long cited ‘alternative’ hipster favourite of the series – before breezing through the light and fluffy Final Fantasy XIII-2. The experience left him shuddering, cold, wet and huddled in the depths of a motel shower. It is no secret that a cloud-sized cavity has cracked and worn away a series that has been exponentially eroding all sense of wonderment, awe and contentment for years. (Final Fantasy, PS2, PS3, Retro)

phantomexe  +   493d ago
Graphics did kill FF. Alot of people on this site have said the same thing. FF games use to be about deep story telling above all else but now the story and gameplay take a back seat to the graphics. I'd even say theres know strategy to them anymore now that there no longer turn based. It's sad it really is.
CLOUD1983  +   493d ago
+1 well said man my thoughts exactly.
Luke_fon_Fabre  +   493d ago
"no longer turn based" If you're talking about Final Fantasy XV, this is why they didn't make it main series in the first place. They knew people would complain about it.
MoveTheGlow  +   493d ago
They screwed themselves badly with the in-house graphics engine work last gen, but I'm not so sure that they're screwed in this upcoming generation. It looks like the engine Square made is something that bridges their past-gen, not reinventing the wheel the way their XIII engine did - I mean, it looks like they brought the PS3 Versus work over to this new system, not just redid the whole thing. With any luck, they made a framework that can scale, be used on portables too, and could be used for this entire gen, starting with XV as the pilot project.

Yes, the high-quality graphics still take a lot of art asset-generation time, but that's way better than spending a good bit of the console's cycle floundering around, trying to make a new engine, with XIII as a town-less afterthought. Here's hoping the former Taito exec can get their studios' stuff together, though - organizational management was a huge issue, something that made FF12 half the game it should have been, and probably made FF14 the mess it was.
#2 (Edited 493d ago ) | Agree(1) | Disagree(0) | Report | Reply
kayoss  +   493d ago
I dont think they screwed themselves due to the graphic. I think they screwed themselves by trying to westernized the Final fantasy series. It seems that the series is heading toward more action oriented then the traditional JRPG. They are so focused on the westernizing the series that they forget about what made it great back in the days... the story.
kalkano  +   493d ago
The number of people that can only look forward to the industry crashing, and burning, is very telling.
Luke_fon_Fabre  +   493d ago
People, the 'fall' of the Final Fantasy series has NOTHING to do with the series' next installment being an action RPG. NOTHING. The series has suffered poor direction and storytelling over the last few years. And if the series was westernizing, they would have become some generic medieval-setting game by now. It's all to do with direction and storytelling.
RinkyDinkyDan  +   492d ago
Well, I can't see the trend reversing anytime soon.

Add comment

You need to be registered to add comments. Register here or login
Remember
New stories
40°

Top Five: Censored Games

38m ago - With the immense popularity and controversy over the cancellation of Sony’s formerly upcoming com... | Culture
40°

Dead or Alive 5: Last round receives new gameplay video; showing off curves

38m ago - Tecmo's Dead or Alive series is well known for it's ladies and Tecmo has now released a new gamep... | Xbox 360
30°

Nintendo releases new Wii U and 3DS virtual console trailers - Mario Bros and Mega Man get revived

39m ago - Nintendo has released new trailers for the release of both Mega Man Zero and the original Super M... | Wii U
20°

Dungeons And Robots, Orion Trail Join Steam Greenlight

39m ago - One Angry Gamer "Looking for a four-player co-op experience featuring twin-stick action and loot-... | PC
Ad

Win a PS4!!

Now - Join us on Filmwatch to find out how you can win a free PS4 this holiday season! | Promoted post
20°

Enslaved On Sale On Steam For $4.99

42m ago - If you have not heard of Enslaved: Odyssey To The West than you are certainly missing something. | PC