When i played Final Fantasy Vll for the first time all those years ago, i fell in love with it. It was the first time i had ever played a Final Fantasy game and it was my first RPG that I ever played also. It was something unique to me and fulfilling, being able to explore the world, find treasures, and leveling up before i moved on with the story. It gave me more than just a simple shooter, with enemies to kill as i go through the story with no sense of exploration or replay value.
I can play RPGs for hours after hours, spending 40 plus hours just to beat a game atleast and than go back and do it again trying to find better weapons and such. Thats what made me love RPGs, because it gave me the sense that i could do more than just follow the exact path the developers laid down before me. It let me make the choices if i wanted to level up, loot places and more. I had the power to do what i wanted.
Thats why when i keep reading comment after comment telling how linear Final Fantasy Xlll is, i get a feel that Final Fantasy has lost what made me love it in the first place. While i'll save my judgement for when i play the game myself, its just not going to be the same, loosing the ability to explore areas and find loot.
I dont want to be set on a straight course to my objective. I want to beable to do something different than someone else playing the game. I want to have to kill and loot caves over and over again, just to get enough money to buy a magic spell or new sword. I want to do what im use to doing when i play a Final Fantasy game. I dont want to feel like this is another Killzone 2.
I love the way Final Fantasy is, not that i dont want change, i just dont want Square Enix to ruin what Final Fantasy is just for a bunch of people who like boring, old straight to the point shooters, that dont give you any chance to explore and figure out what to do next. If thats what they want to play, they might as well just stick with their shooters all the time (not that i dont mind shooters, i just enjoy something different).
Theres just too many games coming out next year that i might just pass on Final Fantasy Xlll and get White Knight Chronicles instead. Maybe ill rent it and see if its still fun, but as of right now, my interest has shifted to other games. That and im enjoying Borderlands and Dragon Age (you defiantly need to buy these both if you havent already) way too much too, that i wont have alot of time for many new games for a while.
I can only just hope Square Enix gives us the Final Fantasy we wanted with Final Fantasy Versus Xlll, other wise ill have to just look for other ways to get my RPG dose, with games like Dragon Age 2 and Borderworlds.
Reader Questions: Will you be buying FF Xlll after hearing how linear it is? If so, Why? If not, what game is going to fill you RPG pill bottle until more RPGs come out? What other RPGs have your eye? Have you bought both Borderlands and Dragon Age?