Of Catch-22s and Double Standards

The pitchfork-wielding masses have taken the liberty of declaring that when an RPG dares to stray from that predetermined path, it's condemned for not adhering to the decades-old standards that have single-mindedly become associated with the genre. Case in point: Final Fantasy XIII.

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coolfool3498d ago

This is a good, well written article that asks some basic but fundamental questions about the JRPG genre and yet noone sees it as thought provoking enough to even comment on it? Does noone have opinions beyond who has the best system or which version of a game is the best?

Well, not to sound like a hypocrite here is my 2 pence worth.

I agree with the articles point regarding JRPG developers. They can't win whichever way they go but I think it's even more complicated than the writer depicts. From my perspective it seems that a lot of the people who complain about the genre becoming stagnant are different to the ones that want it to retain some core elements so it seems that a JRPG for all audiences is impossible. I for one am in the latter category. What's wrong with JRPG's retaining and redoing everything that made them great in the first place?

It's like a sandwich. While you might want the filling to vary you always expect the sandwich to have bread. Without bread, a sandwich just isn't a sandwich any more.

wollie3498d ago (Edited 3498d ago )

great article. I totally agree and think that the constant bashing of FFXIII is ridiculous. I was very skeptical of the game do to the buzz on the interwebs, but having played it for several hours I can say it is one of the best games in the series. Characters interact with each other and have real emotions, battle are fast yet strategic, the world is alien and cool yet familiar. I don't really see what anyone could complain about in this game. Anyone who complains about the linearity obviously isn't reading into the the story setup or digging into the nuances of combat enough.

Don't understand why RPG = openworld, or why we even have labels for that matter. Good game = good game. I don't give a crap if it doesn't fit your preconceived notions.