Gone are the days where japanese games truly reigned supreme over all, in fact one could even argue that Japan is now actually going to start falling behind with the great technological advances in Europe and America.
Whether this happens or not I still believe Japan produces truly the greatest games! I mean if you look at games like COD4, Oblivion, Ratchet and Clank (all one of the best in thier game genre) they fall short to games like Metal Gear Solid and Final Fantasy every time on the story front. Sure they all provide inticing gameplay, nice graphics and an engrossing story: but thier story's are never comparable to the likes of a Final Fantasy.
This emotional story element for me is one of the most important aspects of games and one that I have not yet seen come from outside Japan. I love the stories of Final Fantasy so much that I can ignore the turn based battle system in it! I usually find the system so tedious in games, but the story is engrossing enough to pull me through that.
The cinematic quality of these games threatens the movie industry in fact! Why pay to see a story unfold before you when you can be part of that story?
So other developers should take a leaf out of Square Enix's and Konami! =)
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