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All Final Fantasy, all the time

Well at least in this editorial. I was reading about Final Fantasy X's impending release in the US and it got me back on one of my favorite subjects. Its a subject we often get into on #Anime.. which Final Fantasy is the best, was FFVIII really that bad? Was it a mistake to return to the series roots with FFIX? We never grow tired of these debates it would seem.

With the release of FFX these questions grow even more intense. As many of you know, Square plans to remake FFXI into an online game.. in my view a tragic mistake. I'm not suggesting Square cannot put out a good online game but I do feel Final Fantasy is not the series to break into that genre with. Gamers have come to expect Final Fantasy games with magical, involved storyboards. Deep characters that come to life just like reading your favorite book. Difficult things to work into a big multiplayer experience. Look at Phantasy Star Online.. a game that was good by many standards but was also such a different game than what the Phantasy Star series was known for. Speaking for myself I don't want another Everquest or a Diablo style game with the Final Fantasy name on it. Fortunately though, I've heard things which suggest that FFXII will be a return to the traditional RPG gameplay that fans of the series have come to expect.

So what is my favorite? Well I love the old school character designs and magical, non-tech environments. FFII (FFIV in Japan) doesn't get a lot of mention as far as great Final Fantasy games go, but its one of my very favorites in terms of capturing my imagination and lifting my heart. That's why I'm excited to hear about a second FF Anthology collection coming to the states which will contain FFII and Chrono Trigger (also a masterpiece) on the same disc! I can't wait to get my hands on that goodie.

Tired of Listening to me blab? I don't blame you. However, you will all get your chance. I am going to be polling chan members for their opinions on Final Fantasy games in the coming month and then will post the results on the website. Also check out the Final Fantasy poll new this month. It should be fun. Dust off your walking shoes and prepare to revisit some of the greatest RPG games of all time with me. After all, who knows what FFXI will bring us.

Saturday, May 05, 2001

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