Final Fantasy XIII didn’t need towns and exploration. What it needed was to be seen outside the context of Final Fantasy.
Then I might actually enjoy it instead of it sitting in the gamefly package it came in. Doesn't live up to the quality of previous Final Fantasy (Final Fantasy 1 - 10) games.
I think it we would see articles like FF XV another repeat of FF XIII instead of articles about disc space or milking.
I think it would have been more accepted by fans of the genre but it wouldn't have sold as much. I mean, FFXIII sold almost 7 millions but there aren't any other Japanese RPGs that can pull out numbers like that.
Then I guess I would have been happier knowing it did not taint the Final Fantasy name lol. Can't wait for that FF X on PS3/Vita
No. The game known as FFXIII suffered from poor presentation. It wasn't a lack of "towns" but immersive world elements. Characters were introduced but given no level of depth or interaction. They were there for a scene, and then they weren't. The group wasn't out to save the world, just themselves, as by any real indication the world didn't give a damn about itself. Someone with the budget and resources given to the game, who didn't have IP lore to lean against like a crutch, would have put more creative effort into it. They sure as hell, knowing full well they only had the one shot, wouldn't have split said resources into a direct sequel.
It would give me hope that FF series could still be truly Epic. After Versus XIII, I'll know if SE deserves my money again.
If it had a different name, websites would have ignored it and reviewers would probably have given it lower scores (just like they do with most non-FF JRPGs).
It's weird, because they would have given it lower scores, yet the critics and fans of the genre would have been less critical of it. I've never had much in the way of preconceived notions, as far as how a FF is supposed to be, so XIII didn't bother me at all. I treated it the same way I treated Valkyria Chronicles and Persona 3: like it was the first time I'd played a game like it. But my stance on the game and its sequel is well-known, so no need to go into that again. I really think, though, that it wouldn't have been as trashed if it didn't have the FF name.
I've been thinking about this for a while. The game would probably have had similar scores had the game been named anything else - but people would have seen it as a promising beginning instead of being afraid of where the franchise is going. It has great combat and while it may be a diamond in the rough, it can easily be said that some things weere done in that game better there than in any J-RPG before (and a lot of things worse). However it would never have sold 7 mil copies, that's for sure. Maybe one, two million, tops.
I think I am the only one who likes 13
It would STILL suck
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