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Will Final Fantasy XV Be the Death of the Series?

FF XV is fighting an uphill battle, but is it already too late for the beloved series?

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Godmars2901061d ago

Given the number of loyal of the series, as well as those who'll buy just for the brand name, its going to be a while before the franchise comes to any real danger of being shelved. Nevermind the remakes that will keep it in the - fan - public mind.

Erik73571060d ago

Don't think this will be the last one LOL.

Honestly I have never been apart of the final fantasy franchise and never liked any of their games but this one looks so cool.

It just looks super fun and the graphics look amazing.

poppinslops1060d ago

Yeah, FFXV is the first one I've wanted to buy... it appears to have a more 'mature' tone than the others - plus it's got a next-gen version of Ocarina of Time's fishing minigame.

Maybe Square Enix are trying to appeal to a broader audience?
Either way, I'm sure it'll do a lot better than 'FFXIII 4: Lightning Relaxes'.

DiaperFace1060d ago (Edited 1060d ago )

Square-Enix is definitely making the correct short-term business decision in broadening the appeal of the main Final Fantasy series, while also whoring it to mobile since casuals are an audience worth mining, and the Wii proved it. This, however, is probably not the correct long-term business decision, as the Wii also proved.

However, business aside, as fans, this is polarizing. Objectively, it seems to be a good idea because these huge changes to the core series bring in new fans and also are welcomed by some old fans and tolerable to others, so I'd say the majority of Final Fantasy fans will purchase FFVX, while the minority of stubborn purists will not (such as myself). This means an overall larger fanbase.

My own personal opinion, however, is that this is quite frankly a disgrace to the core series (it would be fine as a spinoff) and an insult to longterm RPG fans. Some familiar themes and characters and name don't make this a Final Fantasy. This is an action game disguised as an RPG, and that's only one of its faults but the main one.

Just hearing people like you say that you never liked Final Fantasy but this one looks "super fun" (meaning derp derp hack slash shoot) and that it has "gud grafx" is just sad and marks the end of my time with the franchise. Even XIII was better than this (though, again, objectively, it looks like it would be a fine game if it just weren't "Final Fantasy XV" because these need to be turn-based).

TL;DR: FFXV betrays its loyal fanbase to make a few bucks off the derpy action lovers, tainting this pristine RPG franchise. FFX was the last true FF in my book.

@poppinslops: Please, other FFs were "mature" as well, you just want a gritty brown Americanized FPS. Go play one.

kalkano1060d ago

@DiaperFace:

I've said it plenty of times: XV will be the lowest-selling mainline FF since 6. I expect 4-5 million copies. I think you're both underestimating how many old fans are jumping ship, and overestimating how many new fans this will pull in.

Most western ARPG fans will not give Final Fantasy a single glance, no matter what it presents itself as.

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Explojoseph1059d ago

@ DiaperFace I logged in to this account (which I never do) just to give you an up-vote and let you know I mostly agree. I noticed you had an overwhelming amount of dislikes. Truly sad, man. This just shows how tainted FF's fan-base has become. Me and my friends who grew up with the classics would have your back.

There's so much disconnect within Square's current fan-base, which never existed in my day (since Square hadn't convoluted the main-line series with MMORPG's and - now - action RPG's). I TOTALLY agree this should have been a spin-off.

What I don't agree with is that this is worse than FF13. Let's examine some of the things you had to say about 13 for a minute:

1. Staggering was shit, negating the importance of damage in favor of itself. It also rendered weapon upgrades almost useless, since damage took a back-seat to the importance of staggering.

2. There were level-caps at every interval of the game, causing a type of enemy-scaling mechanic, so you were never over-powered (which is very "un-Final Fantasy-like").

3. The Chrystarium was a joke. It was very linear, and offered no player choice. It was like a prettier Sphere Grid, but worse in every other possible way.

4. The entire experience was overly straightforward and bare-boned. The world was a series of tight corridors. There were no worthy side-quests for weapons, hidden summons, etc. There were pretty much no mini-games, no towns, and no sense of exploration and wonder.

5. The characters were uninteresting, rife with cliche's, annoying, and made no sense 1/3 of the time. Lame characters are a DEATH SENTENCE for a Final Fantasy game. Characters are essential to the experience.

6. The music was shit, due to Nobuo's lack of involvement. (This won't be an issue in FF15 since Kingdom Hearts composer, Yoko, will be doing the OST).

No matter how badly FF15e does, it's safe to say it will still be better than 13.

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Explojoseph1059d ago (Edited 1059d ago )

@ DiaperFace I logged in to this account (which I never do) just to give you an up-vote and let you know I mostly agree. I noticed you had an overwhelming amount of dislikes. Truly sad, man. This just shows how tainted FF's fan-base has become. Me and my friends who grew up with the classics would have your back.

There's so much disconnect within Square's current fan-base, which never existed in my day (since Square hadn't convoluted the main-line series with MMORPG's and - now - action RPG's). I TOTALLY agree this should have been a spin-off.

What I don't agree with is that this is worse than FF13. Let's examine some of the things you had to say about 13 for a minute:

1. Staggering was shit, negating the importance of damage in favor of itself. It also rendered weapon upgrades almost useless, since damage took a back-seat to the importance of staggering.

2. There were level-caps at every interval of the game, causing a type of enemy-scaling mechanic, so you were never over-powered (which is very "un-Final Fantasy-like").

3. The Chrystarium was a joke. It was very linear, and offered no player choice. It was like a prettier Sphere Grid, but worse in every other possible way.

4. The entire experience was overly straightforward and bare-boned. The world was a series of tight corridors. There were no worthy side-quests for weapons, hidden summons, etc. There were pretty much no mini-games, no towns, and no sense of exploration and wonder.

5. The characters were uninteresting, rife with cliche's, annoying, and made no sense 1/3 of the time. Lame characters is a DEATH SENTENCE for a Final Fantasy game. Characters are essential to the expereience.

6. The music was shit, due to Nobuo's lack of involvement. (This won't be an issue in FF15 since Kingdom Hearts composer, Yoko, will be doing the OST).

No matter how well/badly this game does, it's safe to say it will still be better than 13.

PhoenixUp1061d ago

This is absurd. Final Fantasy is too big a series to die. If anything FFXV will ecpand the series to a new audience just like FFIV, FFVII, and FFX before it

stuna11061d ago

I don't know about death. IMO more like a rebirth! The Final Fantasy series is like in a crysallis form, now that hardware has become so much more powerful I see the Final Fantasy series expanding beyond what we've seen up to point.

I can see the uncanny valley being breached graphic wise, story archs branching off into totally different series altogather and the world being as big as WOW.

What I would like to see is barriers being broken down between the different console factions as well as PC, where all the consoles and PC can enter-react with each other in meaniful ways, but perhaps I'm thinking to big!?

On a smaller note, I do believe they are going to do away with the numbering system.

In retrospect this is all my wishes and just my opinion.

kalkano1061d ago

I expect it to be a low point (sales-wise) since 6. My question is, will it's (relative) failure cause it to retreat to mobile, or will they try a return-to-roots AAA 16 first? I REALLY hope it's the latter. And, if done right, I really believe the franchise will soar to new heights.

Spectre_StatusN71060d ago

As far as I'm concerned Final Fantasy XIII was the death of the series.

deadchucky1060d ago

at least it was a turn-based not an action-RPG i really don't this FFXV will be bigger than FFXIII they change what make the series a success.

DiaperFace1060d ago

Yeah, any turnbased beats this disgraceful action trash.

chadwarden1060d ago

As far as I'm concerned, you're wrong

kalkano1060d ago

Agreed. X-2 was the death of the series.

die_fiend1060d ago

If FF XIII was the death of the series, how come they've made 2 games since?

I think what you meant was it was the worst in the series. XV is looking PIIIIIMP!

DiaperFace1060d ago

It shouldn't look "pimp." It's an RPG.

die_fiend1060d ago

Sorry Diaper but without sounding too patronising, I wasn't saying the game looks like a PIMP, which seems to be how you're taking it.

But the car they're driving is PIMP!!!!

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