BeefJack: "What’s the clearest path to killing the magic of a great videogame series? Running it into the ground, writes Yuliya Geikhman."
I don't know how to explain this clearly but I think the main problem of Square is that they have become too greedy and they are trying to copy the business model of Activision to achieve the same success as the COD series but things aren't going according to plan. Square tried to make FFXIII play like a FPS game, Square want to make FF a yearly franchise, Square is catering more to the Xbox crowd (even though the sales are on the PS3), Square is making way too many FF sequels/re-releases/spin-offs/ etc. too fast.
Exactly and people wonder why Activision gets so much hate over the COD series. If you don't get its because COD affects other games but the only problem is, that copy and paste yearly strategy only works with COD it wont work with any other game.
Deus Ex Human Revolution was my favourite RPG this year. FF still cool but I don't like the cast of characters in FF13, who wants to play as a skinny girls with little emotional depth and pink hair.
You wanted fat ones?
How about one's with nice bodies.
Deus Ex was Edios, a Western developer, so they hardly count as Sqaure turning around. @BldyShdw: Fat like this? Yes.
Eidos right? :)
People who don't live by stupid biases.
To tire us of Final Fantasy games you actually have to release them.
for real lol. ff13 alot of people hate, tho i think 12 was the worst (being able to beat bosses without holding the controller or being in the room = fail) now if Versus sux (which it wont since nomura is behind it) then we can say square is doomed, but with this ff13-2 looking atleast better than 13 and Type zero being an amazing game i dont know how people keep saying square fails with just ff13 and 14 as a supposed failure
Good one! You get +bubs for speaking the truth. Up until now FFXIIIVs is still in-development status, while the localization of FF Type-0 is in limbo. Nothing concrete and yet SE is going to announce a new FF game next year. -_-... Why don't they release their pending FF games first before they announce a new one? :/ @Pyscho_Mantis (below) I don't think its a developers problem, I think this is a case of management problem.
Im pretty sure FF will be back on top when Versus and Type-0 come out.
let a western developer take over a previously japanese game.... Silent Hill DMC Resi 5 ( appealing to western audiences apparently) FF 13 (same as Resi)
Assassins Creed sucks...i couldn't even make it through the 1stand 2nd one because they are so repetitive.
Agreed on AC1, but how exactly was AC2 repetitive?
LOL. Have you even touched FFXIII-2 to say that it's "more of the same"? Because everyone that actually did could notice that it's not. The general points made could even make sense. The example used does not. Writing about something without knowing about it is always a bad idea.
People's minds are made up. They're convinced that XIII sucked (it didn't; though I'll say- as I always have- that it's a poor FF, it's still a good game), and XIII-2 unwaveringly follows in its predecessors footsteps, despite every indication to the contrary.
1) Better script writers for their games. Preferably one that can make the characters dialog seem more believable to the western audience. 2) Reboot the series by going back to their roots like how street fighter and mortal kombat did. Bring back the turn based combat(cool looking like ff9) with incremental complexity as you progress in the game. Also i partially agree with Yoshinori Kitase when he said sequels for a game should be no more than 2 years apart from the prequel because if vs xiii came out before xiii-2, i doubt many of you would come back for xiii-2 which is a sequel to xiii.
- Better script *and* plot writers. There was alot about XIII that was just scene with no explanation or real connection. - Make Final Fantasy mean final again. Maybe do FF-2, but only when there's actual and major fan demand. And even then. Don't just drop them into the schedule because you can or have "leftover" material.
Remember that square is a business and if they have enough material left over to make a sequel then they have every right to do it. It's up to the fans if they want to buy it or not.
FTA: "The next Final Fantasy game may not even have turn-based battles." some one really needs to do their homework. FF hasnt had turn based battles since FF7... when they introduced ATB (active time battle). And FF12 further did away with it. No its the lack of exploration, choices, or ability to control all members of your party... that is making the new games "not final fantasy." Hell square even admitted that FF13 wasn't a RPG... though they didn't name what it was. Well I will. Long straight (beautifuly decorated) hallways with no turns but the ones you have to take any way? Combat out in the open with no transition? No control over more than one player? Sounds like a platformer... only it didn't have any jumping or timing or anything else that defines a good platformer... so it was a really bad platformer. So yeah... square took the series all the supposedly sophisticated gamers wait for with baited breath each year... and turned it into the least sophisticated genre of game in the industry... and then didn't even do a good job of it. Small wonder most people cant stand FF13.
People criticize Call of Duty games for being all the same, yet when Square Enix changed the formula with XIII, you bitch and moan. So what do you want? Oh and just recently people already hating on Metal Gear Rising for being too different from the previous ones.
. When people say that CoD is the same game they don't mean it literally, duh. What people want from their sequels is a game that feels fresh while still making you feel right at home. If you change a sequel so much that it doesn't feel anything close to the previous game you might as well make it a new IP.
XIII-2's premise is very far stretched, Lightning just got engulfed by stuff that came out of nowhere, at least X-2's motivation is for people to find Tidus.
The reason why fans aren't as interested in XIII-2 is because XIII wasn't very good.
That's really all it is, skepticism.
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