Lost Odyssey - fixing a hole

The Brainy Gamer responds to Microsoft's misguided effort to make a Final Fantasy game for the Xbox 360:

"Lost Odyssey is what happens when the primary objective driving a game's creation is fixing a hole. Microsoft lacks a traditional hardcore RPG for the Xbox 360. Final Fantasy can't be purchased for all the money in Redmond, so Microsoft cherry-picks a few FF all-stars, bankrolls their new studio, and orders up a heaping helping of "epic."

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vagina3965d ago

this game is quite good, i enjoy it. and its us sales are above that than most ps3 games so... microsoft really didnt do too bad here...

InYourMom3965d ago (Edited 3965d ago )

I am really liking the game and I've never really been into JRPG's before. The blogger makes this sound like MS developed this game. He does know that the original creators of FF did it right?

He seems to have a hate for MS with all this personal commentary. The article is worthless and he provides no solid foundation for his complaints and it's more a rant than anything. Did he really say that MS built these guys their studio for them so they would make this game?

Robeezy3965d ago

I feel the same. I've only played one JRPG before and that was on the dreamcast (skies of arcadia i think). I figured i would give this one a chance and i'm really glad i did. The game is fantastic and a real work of art. I'm almost finished with the 3rd disc and can't wait for the 4th.

k2d3965d ago

The game is decent, but that one lead character is just too annoying.

When at first I heard about Sakaguchi leaving Squenix - I got really anxious.. but really, wasn't he was just the tip off the iceberg?
They have to let new talents step into the spotlight sometime, right?
We'll see how Square Enix manages come the time they release XIII.

wabashprof3965d ago (Edited 3965d ago )

Mistwalker Studio was started by Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi in 2004 with the financial backing of Microsoft. This is a known fact.

InYourMom3965d ago

I stand corrected. I didn't realize that they were a 2nd party dev studio.

What a shame, I have a feeling every game they put out will be hated on simply because they are trying to do JRPG on the 360.


Hironobu Sakaguchi is a nobody now. If Microsoft wants a game like Final Fantasy on 360 they'll need Square-Enix, not some old loser that can't even make a decent game now. Just look at the reviews for Lost Odyssey. The word "flop" doesn't even begin to describe how badly this game failed. Final Fantasy XIII will mop the floor with Mistwalker's constant garbage.

v1c1ous3965d ago (Edited 3965d ago )

is that lost odyssey IS a decent game :/

and the review scores got skewed because of a bad review copy. if you want a good gauge of the game, try looking at it's high "user community" reviews. you know, from actual gamers playing the game.

did the gooch get back the magic, or did he get lucky after flunking on blue dragon?

only "Cry On" will tell

destroyah3965d ago

That is false. Lost Odyssey flopped with reviews because it tried nothing new and ended up being nothing more than mediocre. Want proof? Just READ the reviews written by trusted websites. Even GameSpot, a website full of pro-Microsoft douche bags rated it low. One of their complaints were the loading times, which was then confirmed that the copies they got had longer loading times than the retail version but even after removing that complaint from their review, the score stayed the same. Their MAIN complaints weren't loading times. It was game itself. It just sucks.

Jack Bauer3965d ago (Edited 3965d ago )

PLAY THE GAME, dont read reviews... if you liked FFX, then you'll love Lost Odyssey... thats why it got lower review scores, if it had been released in 2001 like FFX, then the reviews would be a whole lot different... doesnt differ from it being a great game...ask anyone who likes jrpgs and has actually played it, minus critics obviously cause as a critic, even i would give it about what it got, round low 8 high 7...looking at it critically.

v1c1ous3965d ago

because u played it right?

and when heavenly sword got a 7, that was deserved too right?

or rachet and clank?

at least i played ff12 all the way through before realizing "this ain't all that" but i give it merit.

but i'm just wasting my e-breath on deaf ears, just press that disagree button as hard as you can, it's all you do.

destroyah3965d ago

Heavenly Sword? Yep it did deserve 7's for how short it was. I rented it, I didn't buy it, FYI. Ratchet & Clank? The only "7.5" came from GameSpot. Everybody else gave it high 8's and 9's. Not like Lost Odyssey, where the majority of the reviews were 7 and below.

Here's LO. 79%
Here's R & C. 88%

And Final Fantasy XII? Square-Enix doesn't need your opinion. That game won game of the year like 6 times currently holds a 92% overall average on Metacritic. Not just that, but it sold over 6 million copies. Just because you turn-based fanboys expected it to be some old school garbage that tries nothing new like Lost Odyssey doesn't mean it deserves a low review, which is why it DIDN'T get low reviews. Again, 92% and over 6 million copies sold.

You 360 fanboys better just keep hoping for Mistwalker to make a game that doesn't flop. Hironobu's wasting his time with M$. Not that anybody should even care, after looking at his games lately.

grilledgorlupa83965d ago (Edited 3965d ago )

You know reviews are actually important to many of us who dont have unlimited funds and time to play/try every ok game. Reading the reviews for LO not only did I save myself $60 I also saved myself $350 for not buying the system too.

Some of us actually read the review itself to get an idea if it is not only worth the money but also the time playing the game. If I wanted to play a pretty good turned based JRPG game that was challenging I probably get Persona 3 and in this case I am.

RecSpec3965d ago


I have to admit, the buzz surrounding LO was pretty intense for awhile, of course if that buzz doesn't last, it's nothing.

GUNS N SWORDS3965d ago (Edited 3965d ago )

calling hironobu, founder of both mistwalker and Square soft a no body is like calling kojima founder of kojima productions a no body.

both are off shoots of there former companies but work independently.

hironobu-Square soft 1983, mistwalker, 2001

kojima - konami 1986, kojima productions April 1, 2005

a list of hironobu's games he worked on strait from his biography

ASH: Archaic Sealed Heat (2009)
Cry On (2009)
Lost Odyssey (2007)
Blue Dragon (2006)
Final Fantasy III (Nintendo DS) (2006)
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (2003)
Final Fantasy X-2 (2003)
Final Fantasy XI (2002)
Final Fantasy Origins (2002)
Kingdom Hearts (2002)
Driving Emotion Type-S (2001)
Final Fantasy Chronicles (2001)
Final Fantasy X (2001)
The Bouncer (2000)
Final Fantasy IX (2000)
Vagrant Story (2000)
Chocobo Racing (1999)
Chrono Cross (1999)
Final Fantasy Anthology (1999)
Final Fantasy VIII (1999)
Front Mission 3 (1999)
Legend of Mana (1999)
Parasite Eve II (1999)
Saga Frontier 2 (1999)
Brave Fencer Musashi (1998)
Bushido Blade 2 (1998)
Chocobo's Dungeon 2 (1998)
Ehrgeiz (1998)
Parasite Eve (1998)
Xenogears (1997)
Bushido Blade (1997)
Einhänder (1997)
Final Fantasy Tactics (1997)
Final Fantasy VII (1997)
Bahamut Lagoon (1996)
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (1996)
Tobal No.1 (1996)
Chrono Trigger (1995)
Seiken Densetsu 3 (1995)
Final Fantasy VI (1994)
Final Fantasy V (1992)
Final Fantasy IV (1991)
Final Fantasy III (1990)
Final Fantasy II (1988)
Final Fantasy (1987)
Rad Racer (1987)

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360_Rules3965d ago (Edited 3965d ago )

Most are rehashes and yet Sony tools can't get enough of them. Lost
Odyssey is an improvement on FF.

destroyah3965d ago

Most Final Fantasy games suck and yet here they are being the most praised JRPG's in the history of gaming. Each major Final Fantasy game sold over 6 million copies. Each Final Fantasy currently holds 90%+ in overall reviews. Yes, Final Fantasy sucks and yet no other developer that makes JRPG's has been able to match the quality that Square-Enix puts out.

Cry on, 360 owner. Wake me up when Mistwalker makes a game that doesn't flop. Lost Odyssey looks like western garbage that uses the Unreal Engine.

JoelR3965d ago (Edited 3965d ago )

I mean how is it an improvement?

v1c1ous3965d ago

pretty much nullified any worth his comments might have with that last post :/

lol @ thinking only FF rpgs are good.

v1c1ous3965d ago

LO is not an improvement to FF.

it has a lot of rough spots, and has a lot of tried-and-true formulas. doesn't take a lot of chances, so it comes as a really old school form.

however, it is still an entertaining rpg and the best jrpg on a next gen console recently (so far?), and the one upside it has over the last cpl of FF games is the emotional storytelling and character development.

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myabsolution3965d ago

the reviews definately dont do this game justice....

hell, when do game reviews ever truely do games justice? play it for yourself and find out!

Lost Odyssey is a fantastic J-RPG. Im glad Microsoft is trying to please everyone not just shooters. They are creating a great library and hopefully Mistwalker will continue to produce excellent quality games like the last two.

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