"Final Fantasy XIII was a wake-up call to gamers all over the world, so why is Square Enix still asleep?"
"I don’t know exactly what happened that made Hironobu Sakaguchi and other Final Fantasy team members leave Square Enix. We can speculate, but no one really knows." ??? Sakaguchi all but bankrupted the company trying and failing to get the company into CG movie production. Ended up getting driven out in forced retirement. How can someone writing a FF related article not know that?
one word for you man, and it has a name by the name of YOCHI WADA
Sakaguchi was on watch when that mess went down. What's happening now with Wada is another thing.
Sakaguchi was a creative guy but not a great businessman, he has a hunger to make thing and take risks, Wada is a businessman without creative vision, the only big creative drive left at the company is Nomora. And concerning the CGI movie, it may have bombed, but it set the groundwork for SE lead in CGI development.
Also, People hate on FFXI but it was Sakaguchi's idea to create something new for anniversary.
Final Fantasy was my first real experience with an RPG and that series will always be something, well, I guess special to me. But, they do need to take their games to the next level and going the MMO route is not my idea of next level. I hope they can redefine themselves and give us a reason to keep the torch held high.
While I may disagree with quite a bit of this article, this is the part I definitely agree with. No more online sequels.
I've been bashed by my friends for having never even touched a Final Fantasy game, but judging from everything I've heard/read/seen, the series needs something to help boost it to classic status once again. Personally, I'm excited about the upcoming Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light for the Nintendo DS. I know that's more of a spin-off, but it will be the first FF game I play. =D
You'd be better off playing one of the PS1 or PS2 games. I played The 4 Heroes of Light at E3 and it was decent but it's more or less a remake of the original game.
Versus 13 will hopefully be the return of none mmo FF's
I'm gonna be a bit apprehensive about ff13vs cause ff13 was a real disappointment for me. My brothers and I love rpg's and we have finished every rpg game we have....except for ff13. Never in our personal history of gaming have we left an rpg unfinished in our house!!
then i guess it wasn't a rpg then you get what I'm saying lol.
You know how in school teachers used to say there is no such thing as a stupid question. Well this is one of those stupid questions.
If FF Versus 13 is done right and remains exclusive for the PS3 then it hopefully will be the revival pill.
LOL FF gets reinvented everytime Author doesn't know what he's talking about FFX, FF12, FF13 are all different, each is a kind of reinvention This is why the FF fan base is so split on the opinions of the games in the series. FF8, 12 and 13 are the most controversial ones in the series with a mixed response....thats BECAUSE the franchise re-invents itself So some fans are a fan of one type of re-invention others are a type of another re-invention.
Its more about FFX-2, FFVII: Cerberus - the whole mess surrounding a FFVII remake, and FFXIII being three different titles that are coming out at a snail's pace, and so far, have been disappointing. More and more Square's resources are going towards remaking FF1-6 on the DS than the actual next in the series.
U r wrong Mr, FF6,7,8,9 all have world map, all the FF from 1 to 12 have towns/shops/NPC's, almost all the FF until now have a good, great or amazing story (FF6,7) most of the FF have some transportation vehicle that move on ground/sea or even Air the most famous (Airship) and all the FF from 1 to 10 have turn based combat system and countless magics/summons (FFVII have 16 summon spells) also FF7,8,9,10 have some kind of mini games (card-game or arcades *Gold Saucer) and last most of the FF's have countless secrets to find and secret boss to fight. So after all this I am asking u what FFXIII have? Where is the world map? Where is towns/shops/NPC's? Where is unforgettable touching story that makes u play a game more than once? Where is the mini games? WTF with this idiotic combat system with the auto-pilots and the 1-player-control? who like this sh1t really? Where is the exploration in this game? do you feel ever in this game the need to explore a place because there seems to be some kind of secret to be found? there is no exploration at all in this sh1ty-jrpg-wannabe-game there is nothing!!! & WTF with this sh1ty transformers-summons? and only 6? FFVII have 16!!! I am sure if I keep writing I will find many more reasons to curse this fcking game that has nothing worth menthion other than the graphics!!! That's how low SE have fall and btw FFVII was my first JRPG and FFVII & Xenogears is my 2 all time favorite games both games from Squaresoft and now I am starting to hate this company and it's not my fault...
What he was proposing about "real time," infusing more RPG-ish restrictions on Zelda-style combat... that was done incredibly well in Demon's Souls. I hope beyond hope that DS winds up energizing the real-time-action RPG community - those games can be extremely well-done, complex, and tough as nails. I would like the JRPG world to take a Demon's Souls-esque turn, the way they moved toward turn-based strategy games until about last year. in a much brighter world, but where each weapon, piece of armor, etc. does something different to how you attack, mostly just through its statistics. Maybe it could expand on that by giving specific armor or swords some interesting technology-esque features. Still, his initial pining for the good old days included musings on the sound of the previous games. FFXIII has an extremely strong soundtrack if nothing else, but I heard nothing about the soundtrack when he started ranting about it.
'XIII was crap, the final fantasy series needs to change!' ...then goes on listing features needed "to be rehashed" from previous games. *rolls eyes*
You have to agree at least with the fact that XIII was indeed crap. lol
this game needed reinventing. hopefully this gets the franchise going again
I'm in an odd place on this one. FFXIII was my first FF game, but I still really liked it. It gave me a good chance to get used to the sort of style of game the FF series is based around. But I liked it a lot and only got it on a limb one day because I had heard so much about this series but never bothered trying it. So I felt I owed it to the series and people that have made the name so well known to try the older games. FFVII was my first, and I adored it. My first "proper" (if you will) JRPG, and it absolutely blew me away. Some people still say the graphics are extraordinarily bad to look at, but I went from FFXIII (best looking game I have played) to VII, so I don't see any problem, the game is a masterpiece. I literally a few moments ago finished IX, and I loved it even more. I mean the storytelling in these games is just brilliant but it was lacking in XIII now I can see how good these games are. The characters in XIII didn't have the depth these did, the story wasn't as well played out, and it was missing a lot (like talking to random people in these small, odd towns and such). Reading a lot on Versus XIII and it's supposed darker tone, I'm hoping it may be what the franchise needs to return to the greatness of it's older games.
I may be in the minority, but I'd like to see something more traditional like FF9.
It feels like FF13VS is dragging it's feet in progress and it's not making me optimistic at all. FF13 took 5 years to make, and that amount of time did not appear to translate into the end game.
I love how everyone who feels compelled to bash FFXIII automatically assumes their opinion is universal even though the game got good reviews from most places and a near perfect from famitsu and was the fastest selling FF game of all time. But hey why should facts get in the way of perfectly good unfounded heresay
You are such a tool. Try a Persona game or something man. Expand your library.
I own almost the entire Persona series and love them all and i still love FFXIII. Since you did not actually address any of the facts i mentioned i can only conclude you can find no factual error with them (begrudginly or not). If you feel you must insult me please perhaps you should be a touch more introspective and ask yourself which of us is wasting our time insulting people on the internet just because they disagree with us.
Very nice article! Thanks :)
FF13 was a real letdown, it tried to jam everything that was good about the FF titles since 10, but as we can see from the result everything fell apart.
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