Is Final Fantasy XIII-2 The Least Anticipated FF Ever?
Japanese sales weren't exactly stellar (especially by Final Fantasy standards) and now, some disappointing coverage is starting to hit the Internet. As the embargo lifts on Saturday, January 28, you can bet that we're mere hours from facing a deluge of reviews.
But is this the first time in the franchise's storied history where most of the fans seem to be rooting against positive reviews? Based on last week's PSXE poll, the majority of gamers aren't interested in Final Fantasy XIII-2 at all, and most hardcore fans of the series seem to have dismissed the sequel before the scores are in. And yes, it really does feel as if the FF faithful are expecting and in fact hoping for 6s and 7s from major sources.
The reason why is obvious: they want Square Enix to finally recognize the mistakes they've made, and bring us back to the days when Final Fantasy was an iconic RPG. I never thought I'd see the day when an upcoming FF launch was surrounded by rampant negativity; I was just convinced that whenever a new title released, the vast majority of the gaming world be excited. Even those who weren't really into Final Fantasy tended to enjoy the launches of entries in the past, if only because they were technological landmarks and everyone could "ooh and ah" at the fancy graphics.
But that just isn't enough anymore. The production values of FFXIII-2 are guaranteed to be high; however, the essence that is Final Fantasy (a great story, memorable characters, and a role-playing mechanic) seems to have been left behind. I'm not sure there was ever a time when any FF faced such an impenetrable wall of hostility. Even FFX-2, which did have to deal with plenty of hatred, was received relatively well and long-time fans found the sequel to be a novelty. After all, it had never happened before in franchise history.
But things have changed...oh, how they've changed. Toss in the distinct possibility of a Final Fantasy XIII-3, and the entire FF community appears to be rebelling en masse.
Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII-2
1/27/2012 9:07:06 PM Ben Dutka