With all the stories about everything that’s been going wrong these last few years for the Final Fantasy Franchise, it makes me sad. I loved playing FF1,2 and 3 on the NES/SNES. Then FF7 was probably one of the all time great games. But it feels like it’s been downhill ever since. I’ve played 8,9 and 10 and it does feel like it’s gotten worse. Some of the games did involve good new additions (FFX having the ability to switch in non active party members)but they seem to be trying to add too much and tinkering too much with what works. Here’s what works:
It’s Fighter from FF1. It’s everything that was right about FF and shows everything that’s been wrong the last few years. Simplify Final Fantasy. Your making a game, not a Movie that you occasionally play. Also, make at least one very male character, please? tired of whiny feminine guys and everyone having some sort of issue. Fighter, Black Belt, Red Mage, White Mage, Thief , Black Mage. We didn’t know anything about them except they were Light Warriors and they were the heroes.
For that matter, it wasn’t about the Toys, the Sound Tracks, the OAV or anything else that makes it seem like the FF series is about everything but the games. Then even the games end up being movies, the story ends up being overly convoluted and dumb, and people never connect with the heroes because they can’t add their own stories. There’s something to be said about Silent Protagonists. It’s part of why Cloud works so well, you become immersed in the game. It’s your voice that speaks for Cloud in your mind.
I wish they could in this day and age make a very FF1 like game. I think the hardcore Square fans would revolt if they didn’t have their flashy movies. It’s too bad though, because a once great franchise is getting run into the ground. Sometimes the best thing to do is to just keep things simple. Too often people figure simple with being stupid or dumbed down. There’s ways to make things simple but beautiful. That’s what the original Final Fantasy was, simple yet beautiful.
Square will never do it anyway, and I’ll probably get some FF fanboy yelling at me that they already did remakes of the original FF games. Also they’ll yell at me for calling it 1,2,3 and the American versions were renumbered and were actually 3 and 5 in Japan. I don’t care fanboy, you weren’t even born when the original FF came out. For that matter, her name is Aeris, if it was a translation error why would they make the same error for Final Fantasy Tactics too.
I have no idea why I ranted about this, it was pretty pointless.