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For The Final Time: Final Fantasy Is ALWAYS Different

Normally, we don't bother responding directly to opinions from other sites, but this almost falls under the category of "false news" because of the falsehoods stated. After all this time, we would've figured that avid gamers could've understood the Final Fantasy franchise, and even if they hadn't played it, they wouldn't accuse it of being rehashed or recycled. But sadly, certain stereotypes and assumptions are almost impossible to kill off.

GamerNode recently ran a column entitled, "Enough Already," listing out series that are believed to be old and/or tired, or as it's put in the intro, "series with too many sequels that should probably call it quits or change significantly." Final Fantasy is on the list. Don't anybody buy into such nonsense: not only has every last FF entry since FFVII changed almost entirely, but none of them - save FFX-2 - can be considered "sequels." In the column, Square-Enix is accused of "re-implementing much of the same old tired gameplay and conventions of the franchise, which they have begun to do in recent years." Not a single word of this rings true.

The differences between the last half-dozen FF installments have been almost more significant than comparing any two completely differently-titled RPGs. Each game is defined by its gameplay system, and in no way is the Draw and Junction in FFVIII similar to the Materia in FFVII; FFIX may be considered similar to an SNES FF where you'd learn skills from items, but that's about where it ends. We didn't even use levels in FFX and used the Sphere Grid for character advancement; we also sacrificed the free-roam world map and instituted a more linear road-to-road progression. In FFXII, the entire look changed again, as this one was a hybrid real-time/turn-based game that was more open-ended than any other entry before it. The characters constantly change, the worlds constantly change, the stories are entirely different, and character advancement and battle/gameplay mechanics turn every FF since FFVI into an entirely new title.

Perhaps if we were comparing the Nintendo era of FFs only, we could say the same ol' turn-based gameplay was being used; how we played those games wasn't much different. FFIV wasn't too dissimilar from FFVI, for example. But FFVII, VIII, IX, X, and XII (discounting X-2 as being the only sequel) have offered radically different experiences. You can't really make RPGs much more different from one another. We're sick and tired of the idea that just because it says "Final Fantasy" on the box, that people assume it uses "the same old tired gameplay." Nothing could be further from the truth, so please don't buy into it. The chances of FFXIII being anything like any previous FF are slim to none. And the same will go for XIV and XV and so on. Those in charge of the true FF series (not those silly spin-offs like Crystal Chronicles) will never let the series go stale. Period.

P.S. If they do, I'll know about it, and be upset. But it sure as hell hasn't happened yet.

5/25/2008 Ben Dutka

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Sunday, May 25, 2008 @ 11:39:44 PM

I agree with this article. GamerNode = Dumb.

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Warukyure [Power User]
Monday, May 26, 2008 @ 12:48:05 AM

I too follow suit. That article seem like mindless franchise bashing... (Sad, he forgot to mention Zelda, Mario, Metroid, Wrestling and sports games... *Sarcasm*). He says that some of these games have too many sequels which in his opinion might be true, but its a good thing hes not an economist or can read sales data charts. Obviously, anyone should know that in America, WWII that portray American patriotism or heroics sell whether or not its like 2nd game in the series or 100th. Also Dynasty Warriors (Shin Sangoku Musou) is probably the one NON-RPG that can pull people away from RPGs. With most of the Sony iterations of that game selling like wildfire why wouldn't they reuse the same formula? (Not to be racist, but my Asian friends really like that series whereas my non-asian friends don't).

As for Final Fantasy... yeah... he must've not played the sequel to FFX (not FFX-2), FFXI... He must've not noticed that FFXI was ONLINE ONLY AND NOT TRADITIONAL! (Just to point out, FF1 and FF2 had two completely different systems, FF1 had just a simple choose class and Level up but FF2 had a mold-your-own character system and no leveling up.) Every Final Fantasy was always different. I don't ever recall a final fantasy that was ever made from a cookie cutter of the last game. Even FFX (sphere grid) and FFX-2 (Dress Sphere job system) were completely different.

Obviously the guy at gamernode doesn't take into consideration all the factors in why there are sequels. It's also pathetic he tagged it "Industry" instead of "Opinion"....

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Monday, May 26, 2008 @ 2:13:13 AM

Wow, they way he came off made him sound like one of those elitist fanboys who hate anything thats popular in favor of something that isnt ( like...Persona series)

Thats not a hit on the Persona series, as im a HUGE fan of a lot of things from atlus, but when on the forums at gamefaqs, it gets highly annoying when people bash the FF series for no good reason.

"FF7 sux ASS cuz i wanna be a rebel!". That about sums up that article you posted Ben

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Monday, May 26, 2008 @ 4:36:07 AM

Oh boy.... one of the two arguments I hear all the time when people want to bash the Final Fantasy Series. It's annoying reading articles like this (argument 1)... probably bitter non-playstation owners lol.

"old tired gameplay and conventions of the franchise"

I mean seriously - other than CGs, the FF series pretty much has nothing in common in terms of gameplay. Even FFX-2 felt completely different than FFX if it weren't for the same places existing on the map (even the characters felt different).

What's more annoying is people saying that after FFVI/FFVII (their favorites FF for the most part), Final Fantasy sucks - argument 2. Now let's rethink this for a moment - just BECAUSE one of those FFs was your favorites and the next one in the series did not live up to it's proceeder, does NOT make it a bad game by itself! I tend to try to ENJOY a game and since the games are NOT related (other than having the "Final Fantasy" title in common). Due to the fact that these games are DIFFERENT, I rank the game based on what that PARTICULAR GAME had to offer!

Anywayz that's my rant for the day lol.

Last edited by Mystearica on 5/26/2008 4:39:45 AM

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Monday, May 26, 2008 @ 4:57:37 AM

^sry for the double post... can't edit my above post anymore

LOL I just commented on GamerNode... another person from here did the same too

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Monday, May 26, 2008 @ 6:14:55 PM

I'm just waitin for the next FF that's as fun to play as 7 and the original was for me with awesome graphics to go along with it

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Monday, May 26, 2008 @ 9:11:15 PM

I totally agreed with what you said, Ben. Gamernode lost their damn minds... lol

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Monday, May 26, 2008 @ 11:03:07 PM

If Final Fantasy wasn't a good series, I wouldn't own V-X, plus Tactincs and XII. And I wouldn't be looking forward to XIII and versus.

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Monday, May 26, 2008 @ 11:05:09 PM

Except for for X-2 the series doesn't disappoint.

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