so could somebody explain to me whats happening with final fantasy? wasnt final fantasy one HUGE and people used to LOVE it? im not a fan or anything but i only hear people complaining and criticizing when it comes to final fantasy now days. whats up with square and why is all this happening? could somebody explain it to me?
The general public is never satisfied with Final Fantasy. It's a situation where people will complain no matter what. I remember a few years ago when all everyone talked about was how stale JRPGs had become, how everything was the same. Then XIII changed some of the old formulas, some of which I thought was for the better, but it was met with anger that they'd dared to try something different. It's really kind of funny and sad at the same time.
I remember a huge, long list someone made about all the differences XIII had compared to traditional RPGs. There was this massive out-pouring of rage, even though I thought a lot of the new elements were positive things.
The only thing Square can do and not be greeted with mass whining is to rehash VII over and over. The series will always be judged by what it's not, at this point; "it doesn't have this, it doesn't have that, and, OMG, the weapons and armor can be bought at the SAME PLACE -cuts wrist-". Most people won't judge the Final Fantasy games separately, they just want to compare and moan about how things are not exactly the same.
Don't get me wrong, FF XIII did some things wrong, but it was a good game. Had it been published without the "Final Fantasy" part, you would never have heard most of the complaints and the reception would have been much more positive. That's because only the people who wanted to play THIS particular game would have bought it, not the people who just want FF7 re-skinned.
I have to disagree with you there, 13 was nothing but a rehash. The same exact characters we've already seen, and the same basic plotline. A group of teenagers team to stop an evil corporation using mysterious superpowers. Lightning is just another Cloud, Vanille is another Rikku, Sazh is a stereotypical black guy obsessed wth a chicken, Hope is another Tidus, Snow is another Zell, ano so on. The only things FF13 did different was simplify the combat and make the game extremely linear. This is why I'm anxiously awaiting Versus 13, because it looks like the first true evolution of the series since FF9.
FF IX, an evolution? As much as I like FF IX, being on my top 3 in the series, to call it evolutionary is laughable at best.
FF XII was evolutionary, no matter if you enjoyed it or not.
Well I guess FF9 was more of a callback to the classic games, but after two games with a fairly futuristic artstyle, I would consider it an evolution. FF12 was a big change in the series, but the same basic plot and character structure remained intact. Except now it was a single player MMO, probably my least favorite game in the series.