,Absent Minded wrote:
...Where do you think we are going in FF? Are we just going to keep getting cleaner and less dramatic as new FFs come out? Or is Square-Enix going to use its new blood to push the envelope a little on future games?
For my money, FFVIII was a better game than FFVII. The beauty of the FF series is that it appeals to many different types of gamers...or, at least, it did. It's gone hopelessly kiddie in recent games with shallow stories and decidedly UN-challenging puzzles and sidequests, but...this is what happens when a company attempts to sell a "product" rather than tell a story.,
Anyway, if by "pushing the envelope" you mean adding more graphic sex and violence, I'm whole-heartedly against that. First of all, those kinds of elements are not necessary to tell a good and emotional story. In fact, I consider the appearance of sex and violence in games a sign of poor story-telling. With better graphics games are beginning to look like movies. Whoop-dee-doo. The stories have been lame so I could care less about graphics. If the sexual content and violence were rendered in 16-bit would it be so desireable then, I wonder? At any rate, I'm certain FFX-2 proves that Square will gratuitously use sex to sell an FF title so...all the little boy gamers need have no fear about getting a virtual peek at virtual naughty bits. Too bad such content doesn't necessarily equal a good game. *shrugs* I think SquareEnix will have to learn the hard way that "pushing the envelope" in this manner may mean a loss of an entire segment of gamers who used to support their product...not to mention drawing negative attention to themselves among parent watchdog groups.,
I didn't enjoy the content you described in FFVII. I thought it made the game most unpleasant. But...that's my opinion. Perhaps now you can understand why I consider FFVIII to be the superior game. So, I hope the FF series remains fantastical and doesn't attempt to "preach" at us too much. There is a time and place for pushing the envelope. This ain't the time or the place but I'm sure if SquareEnix thinks they can make more money with such content, they'll inject it into the FF titles.
Hmm... I take a break and my words get distorted? Maricam, You seemed to have gotten the impression that what I found interesting in FFVII was sex drugs and violence. Wow, I wonder how that got involved. If you wish, read my original post again and you will see that I was refering to those things as part of what made FFVII more realistic. If you look at the other FFs that came after it, Square censored itself way too much, just like most other companies do with their games, and hence lost a lil of the edge from their games. Don't get me wrong, I also enjoyed playing FF8, but it lacked alot of realism to me. And not realism as in violence and immorality, I mean story-wise and character wise. How am I supposed to imagine grabbing a monsters magic and equiping it on myself, or giving it to a friend so they may use it. Or combining it to make other things. It just doesn't flow to the mind. In FF, you at least know that the power is contained on some stones that you can attach to your weapon or armor. That is what I meant with games lacking realism. The other information I mentioned was related to identifying oneself with the characters. After FFVII, most characters lost flaws within them. They no longer had to deal with internal turmoil, but instead had to deal and accept others. Those facts took away from the gameplay. When it comes to a full bodied story with excellent gameplay, I thought FFVII was well above the rest in every respect. If you want to refer strictly to gameplay and graphics, then I would wholeheartedly agree that some of the other games beat out FFVII.,
Back to the subject though, FF's future is still odd. I have little information on FFXII-FFXV, well, honestly I only know that Square-Enix purchased the copyrights for them, but I would like to know how they plan on making those games. Will they focus on making it as realistic as posible? Most fun in gameplay? Most romantic? Or just add more "spectacular moves"? Those would be my concerns.