Yoshinori Yamagishi, producer of Square Enix's Star Ocean: The Last Hope, believes that games can become the most effective storytelling medium over film and theatre, if it can overcome the challenges of interactive entertainment.
Too bad your game has one of the most generically cliched stories in the last few years, Yoshinori Yamagishi. At least set an example before you make such claims. :)
SPOILER WARNING --------------- So remind me what it is exactly that's cliche about blowing up an alternate dimension of a 1957 era earth, taking out billions of people and altering the personality of the main character into a screaming, cursing lunatic, which then leads to the "token love interest" growing a giant pair of balls and stepping up as captain, taking charge? Stop repeating what Gamespot told you. The story in SO4 is CRAZY unique.
You didn't like it? guess you can always return the game? Just kidding. These types of games are judged by the other more successful JRPG's (in the West). I would try it first the reviewers did the same with LO assuming you even own the 360 and not just tracking the game to bash it(if it was on a Japanese console it would have scored higher).
@RKRigney: That's not original that's nonsensical. Like the plot of 99.9% of J games. Game stories can be better than film stories? Really? Is that why every FPS has the same tough as nails characters? Or every J game has one annoying character, one comedian, one tough guy, one overly sexual chick, one pious chick (one of those in a school girl uniform) one cool as ice guy, and some genetic experiment gone horribly wrong animal? Good game stories are just as rare as good movie stories. It's funny people bring up the nonsensical plot twists and characters of MGS. C'mon a cat bodied chick and another one with a cliche hysterical laugh with tentacles coming out of her head. I think you meant to say Bioshock.
Final Fantasy - The Spirit Within??
I don't think you should be comparing Star Oceans story to any engaging film/theatres story,you're just going to make yourself look like a fool.
It has already IMO
It just depends on how they portray it on film thats all. But RPGs get a lot more time than 2 mandatory hours so a story can blossom into much more than a 2 hour film will.
The Game Series is called Metal Gear Solid
awseome comment gunner.. they should of just build the characters emotion and depth deep and then killem off and have will smith,tom cruise,don cheetle,angelina jolie and clint eastwood do the voice acting and BOOM,story is academy winner.
Madgunner AGREED. That series has 10x more depth than most Hollywood movies
thank you all I had to stick up for my Favorite game of all time Thank you Kojima-San heres to a Remake of Metal Gear And Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake.. PLEASSEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!! PS: Who disagreed and Why? k Thx
like 10% of games out there have good story but the other 90% needs work......:(
If Zack Syder made God of War 3 it could be epic.
its not to late ... apparently Brett Rattner is no longer doing God of war 3.
I like what BioWare tried to do with Mass Effect. Making the story is one step further to me.
if only this came from kojima.......
yea agreed Tales of Vesperia, Lost Odyssey, Metal Gear Solid 4, DEADRISING. all proves it not sure about SO4 yet still on disc 1 (17hrs total playtime).
I would like hear David Jaffe's opinion on this.
Plenty of games have surpassed story telling that films just couldn't accomplish.
The best stories haven't even come from you Square. Half Life, Bioshock, Fallout, Metal Gear Solid(4th one really did take it a little too far), God of War, Mass Effect
To a certain extent I agree with you, if you are referring to Square Enix. They certainly haven't released any games that have amazing stories. However, Squaresoft still has some of the best storylines in the history of gaming, including Xenogears (my personal favorite), Final Fantasy VI-X, Final Fantasy Tactics, Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross, and quite a few more (that's not to take anything away from the games you listed, as MGS definitely belongs with the best of them). Too bad Squaresoft has been dead for almost 6 years now.
For example: Xenogears FFX Uncharted (just as good as IJ movies) There are others I feel are far better then movie storylines. Let's be honest though, SO will likely not have one of those storylines (I'm still barely on the planet Lemuris, so I can't say for sure.) SO3 didn't have an amazing story, but it was good, and kept me interested. SO4 will most likely have the same thing, which is fine by me.
Personally I think games already surpass films in story. The simply reason is length. a game is 20+ hours a film is 2. I simply find it hard to get attached and care about any character in a 2hr film. However when you break up a game that takes 20+hrs to beat over a week or two then you really start to get attached to the characters and care what happens and the main reason is that you have been investing time. More time then a film allows.
Well, haven't played SO4 yet, so I'll keep my trap shut about the game's story. Can a video-game's story surpass that of film? I cannot say a definite 'yes', but there are candidates out there to support this claim. My 3: 1) Xenogears (You have to play this game for the story. Period.) 2) The Metal Gear Saga (excluding spin-offs like Ghost Babel and Ac!d) 3) Final Fantasy X (just for the relationship between Yuna and Tidus). Other worthy mentions: Mass Effect, Uncharted, God of War.
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