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Square-Enix No Longer The Perennial RPG Powerhouse

When I first heard that Squaresoft and Enix would be merging, I glanced over at my PlayStation collection of RPGs. Along with all the Final Fantasy titles, I saw the likes of Vagrant Story, Parasite Eve, Front Mission 3, Legend of Mana, Threads of Fate, Chrono Cross, and Star Ocean: The 2nd Story. Enix only did the latter, but hey, it was an awesome RPG and Squaresoft...well, they were the masters. Plain and simple.

But the dream role-playing company never seemed to take shape. Yeah, we still got some of the best RPGs I've ever played, including Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy XII, but it has become more and more obvious that FF remains the only guaranteed smash hit from Square-Enix. Games like The Last Remnant (based on reviews, I don't care in the slightest if it ever comes to the PS3), Infinite Undiscovery, and Star Ocean: The Last Hope have proven something to me: I really like Star Ocean, but it doesn't really measure up to expectations; if this was a decade ago, I certainly would've anticipated a little better from the king of RPGs. Now, one can make an argument for or against Square-Enix based on a variety of handheld titles and other games I haven't mentioned here, but I think all RPG fans can agree that Square-Enix hasn't lived up to the legacy of Squaresoft. I'm not really sure why...are they putting all their effort into Final Fantasy XIII? Is this why the IPs and other lesser sequels aren't as great as they could be?

I admit to not knowing the reason, and I further admit that FFXIII will rock; if it doesn't end up being the best RPG of the generation, I'll actually be surprised. I also have high hopes for Final Fantasy Versus XIII. But I'm just pointing out the obvious contrast here: there was a time when I'd peruse the shelf at the game store and if a game said "Squaresoft" on the box, it'd probably be a must-buy. Hell, they even did an awesome 2D side-scrolling shooter in Einhander! And for fans of the JRPG genre, Squaresoft was it. I remember it very, very well. Now, I find myself looking at a game with the Square-Enix logo and saying to myself, "hmm...I dunno." I'm actually skeptical. I would never have expected this when I heard about the Square/Enix combination; in fact, I would've expected the exact opposite. It's like they can do anything FF-related wonderfully, but anything else doesn't seem to live up to expectations. Look at those other PS1 games from Square. I mean, that's just not happening now.

I'm not trying to "talk trash" about Square-Enix or anything like that. I think the developer has immense potential as it always has, and as I said, I have nothing but the highest hopes for any FF installment. I'm merely pointing out a distressing observation that most all RPG fans will agree with, and I'm hoping Square-Enix can turn things around at some point, here. I have my eyes set firmly on End of Eternity, even if it's another tri-Ace-developed title. I guess I just miss the good ol' days of Squaresoft, you know?

4/12/2009 Ben Dutka

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Comments (57 posts)

AntDC
Sunday, April 12, 2009 @ 10:53:30 PM
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I agree, and it's not only the quality of the games that has declined, but the Squaresoft/Enix charm the games had with it. I played Chrono Trigger not long ago and they just don't make em like that anymore...

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kokoro
Sunday, April 12, 2009 @ 10:54:10 PM
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I'm stumbling to find a reason to for this disturbing trend to. When square soft merged with enix, I read somewhere that apart from a few subtle changes, the structure of the company remained unchanged. Perhaps we should blame the demise of high quality RPGs (in the context of story telling)on the increased emphasis on graphical quality. Or maybe it could be that your expectations of RPGS from square are so high (based on our nostalgia of their past titles) that they could possible never live up to the expectaion.

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WolfCrimson
Sunday, April 12, 2009 @ 10:54:46 PM
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Agreed. Ever since Squaresoft became square-enix, the games they've produced don't feel the same they did before.
Ben, is it possible to send this article to Square-Enix? hope they read it and see that their fanbase want the quality of games squaresoft produced.

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crapreviews
Sunday, April 12, 2009 @ 10:54:51 PM
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SE is only gonna be able to stay alive with FF titles now. If they stop making FF's they would be out of business.

frankly that's all SE means to me now is FF. if it isn't FF then more then likely i don't care about

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Qwarktast1c
Sunday, April 12, 2009 @ 10:54:54 PM
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kingdom hearts is a big one for squenix

but i agree that lately all the stuff that squenix has put out (except FF and KH) really isn't really that good.

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shadowpal2
Sunday, April 12, 2009 @ 11:01:51 PM
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Well said Ben...you see during PSX days...or my PS2 days up till 2006 I really didn't know what SquareSoft was or Square Enix was. I had memories of me going over to a party where there were these older kids with a stack of PSX games...and all of them had Final Fantasy written on them. I always wondered what they were about but never really found any interest in them as I was more of a Crash Bandicoot person LOL (this was when I was like 7-8).

Then...when I was 13 I had a sudden random flashback of that memory and one memory where I was in Costco and I used to always go in the game section and I used to see the PS2 game known as FFX-2. I was wondering what in the world could it be about. It looked so different, unique, and cooler in its own way then the rest. So from this random flashback I decided: I AM GOING TO GET A FINAL FANTASY GAME AND UNDERSTAND WHAT IT'S ABOUT.

Well...here I am. I have a bunch of Square Enix games known as...FFX (which is actually developed by SquareSoft...but mind says Square Enix haha), FFX-2, FFXII, FFVII: Crisis Core, FF Tactics: The War of the Lions, KH I, KH II, KH Re: Chain of Memories, and Musashi.

Now...I love all these games. But when I look at some gameplay videos or remember how those kids back when I was 8 all over those Final Fantasy games back in the PSX days...I can only say that...wow...Square surely was something back then. I'm having fun...but definitely not as much fun as they were having.

I hope they come back into the game. But I have a feeling that FFXIII might not do it...FF Versus XIII would.

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Banky A
Monday, April 13, 2009 @ 6:18:03 AM

You type a lot (ramble) like me =D

But it's sad because not many people reply to your genius comments ;]

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, April 13, 2009 @ 12:17:29 PM

maybe MS will see their shitty port and pay them not to release FFXIII at all

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karneli lll
Sunday, April 12, 2009 @ 11:30:39 PM
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SE will delay the fabula nova titles because they know,that'll be it,at least they are'nt making those crappy games for the ps3. Star ocean really didnt do it for me, another game im glad is a 360 exclusive

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Scarecrow
Monday, April 13, 2009 @ 12:07:26 AM
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Yup, they kinda had the title for a good while during the ps2 years, but then lost it as soon as the new generation started.

Square-Enix is only really 'bout FF, and the occasional Dragon Quest.

ATLUS and Sega are the only real rpg companies left.

Funny, Sony was once an rpg powerhouse. Well Sony of Japan at least.

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Kevadu
Monday, April 13, 2009 @ 12:53:31 AM

Don't forget Nippon Ichi

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, April 13, 2009 @ 12:18:38 PM

Level 5 in the hizouse!

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Kevadu
Tuesday, April 14, 2009 @ 1:14:16 AM

Level 5...I don't know. Yeah, they make games, but I've yet to play a single one of their games that I would rank about mediocre.

Here's hoping that WKC is better than that, but at least the reviews of the Japanese version I have seen seem to indicate it's following the trend...

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cegmp
Monday, April 13, 2009 @ 12:26:49 AM
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I haven't played last remnant, infinite undiscovery or star oceans: the last hope and so I can't comment whether Square-enix did a good job or not. All I know is that Front mission, parasite eve, Vagrant stories were really great games! But I'm still hoping that last remnant, Infinite undiscovery and Star ocean gets ported to the PS3. I'll definitely buy them.

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Elyon
Monday, April 13, 2009 @ 12:36:15 AM
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i agree S-E isn't squaresoft, but recently i prefer Atlus rpg's anyway, we need a shin megami tensei game on the ps3....imagine the possibilities

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godsman
Monday, April 13, 2009 @ 12:37:33 AM
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I think the main reason of the downfall in RPG genre is because of advancement in technology. Developers are spending more time and money making the characters look better rather than improving on the gameplay.

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Geobaldi
Monday, April 13, 2009 @ 2:59:09 AM

And making the best looking shooters available. Man I'm getting so tired of seeing an endless supply of those lol. Seems like the RPG is a dying genre this generation more and more. FFXIII will be great, I have no doubts there, but I'd like to see other companies, perhaps a brand new one, pop up and deliver a RPG that will help kickstart the industry again.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, April 13, 2009 @ 12:19:56 PM

Imagine if we had as many RPGs as we did shooters.

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Scarecrow
Monday, April 13, 2009 @ 1:08:29 PM

^That would so change a lot of things...
Quality rpgs is all I ask for

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Zemus101
Monday, April 13, 2009 @ 12:59:47 AM
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I too miss the good old days :P I have no clue what's happening, and I can only hope that they are spending all their time with FFXIII. After that though, I would like to see some good ol Square games. Square always made games from every type of genre, from Einhander as Ben mentioned, to baseball and driving games on the ps2. Just over the past 10 years I'd say they haven't released anything good (I'm not really a KH fan though) besides FF titles, and even those are a little shaky :P (Could not complete FFXII no matter how many times I tried, I just didn't like it) I miss games like Chrono Cross :(

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Snaaaake
Monday, April 13, 2009 @ 2:01:09 AM
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Because I recently became a fan of Persona, I couldn't care less bout SE anymore.
FFX was epic, then comes FFX-2 which was complete trash, then FFXII which I find it frustrating even though it was fun(one journey from a place to another can take me hours).
FFXIII?
Well they gotta make this as good as possible, I'm tired of waiting, I'm a FF hardcore fan, and right now I'm about to quit becoming one and only FFXIII can prevent me from quitting.

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Edito
Monday, April 13, 2009 @ 2:42:19 AM
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FFXIII, FF XIII VS and KH will be good because of Tetsuya Nomura he is the mastermind there and the big issue they are suffering is because he (Tetsuya Nomura and Hironubo Sakaguchi) didn't work on other RPGs.

Tetsuya Nomura only worked for KH, FF e Parasite (these are good RPGs) and Hironubo Sakaguchi is the final fantasy creator how can a game live without his creator??? belive me FF will never be the same again will be good because of the designer Nomura but the storitelling im not sure cause they don't have sakaguchi anymore...

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Edito
Monday, April 13, 2009 @ 2:43:13 AM
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FFXIII, FF XIII VS and KH will be good because of Tetsuya Nomura he is the mastermind there and the big issue they are suffering is because he (Tetsuya Nomura and Hironubo Sakaguchi) didn't work on other RPGs.

Tetsuya Nomura only worked for KH, FF e Parasite (these are good RPGs) and Hironubo Sakaguchi is the final fantasy creator how can a game live without his creator??? belive me FF will never be the same again will be good because of the designer Nomura but the storitelling im not sure cause they don't have sakaguchi anymore...

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Vivi_Gamer
Monday, April 13, 2009 @ 3:13:06 AM
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Hence why RPG's have been dead this gen. eventually we'll get FFXIII and Parasite Eve III.... Then we'll see...

For now the XBOX seems to be gettign them all Star OCean 4, Lost Odyssey... its madness.

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skyscape
Monday, April 13, 2009 @ 4:19:27 AM
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I think the main and most obvious reason is money. Square Enix are now operating more ruthlessly than ever before. The evidence abounds - there has been a paradigm shift from Squeenix building game engines from the ground up for each title to utilizing premade engines (this allows them to build games faster, but the downside is that if they aren't handled with care they can become too similar).

They're also churning out an astronomical number of remakes on the DS - not that these are particularly bad, or I'm complaining about them, but it's obviously where the money's at. Most recently they have been criticized for developing the latest Crystal Chronicles game for DS and Wii on the same engine, resulting in a shocking looking wii version. The drive to make a great game is now secondary to making a game quickly that will sell well.

I agree that the main entries to the Final Fantasy canon remain at an exceptional level, but they're also churning out a lot of spinoff games which aren't to the same standard. Just a few short years ago the each game in the Final Fantasy series aimed to reinvent itself, there were no sequels or spinoffs, but now we've got mediocre sequels and spinoffs like Final Fantasy X2, Revenant Wings, Dirg of Cerebrus, Chocobo tales etc, FF Crystal Chronicles (which aren't bad, but it's obvious that the Final Fantasy badge has been tacked on there to sell more) which don't live up to expectations.

Square and Enix were both beloved software developers, but Square Enix is almost as vile as Ubisoft - they hold on to a few lucrative franchises, but churn out a hell of a lot of shovelware.

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raztad
Monday, April 13, 2009 @ 8:26:26 AM

Agree.

SE is all about money this gen, timed exclusivities and spinoffs. Some of those spinoffs are actually good, for example FFVII:CC on the PSP, but it's clear they are spending a lot of in-house development resources on handhelds (mostly the DS) and not enough on HD console games. Some weeks ago we were scared about SE possibly delaying FFXIII cause a DS game, this is madness.

Companies like SEGA (Valkyrie C. is rapidly becoming my fav game this gen over MGS4 and KZ2) and others, show that it's possible to produce excellent HD RPGs. SE's focus, on the other hand, it's to pull out DQ for the DS. WTH DQIX is bound to the DS anyway?

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Tristan
Monday, April 13, 2009 @ 5:01:06 AM
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I bought my PS3 last year hoping that a PS2/Square-Enix type of RPG might be release sooner. Its now like 6 months and I still haven't found a decent RPG on the gamestore's shelves nor do I see one on the horizon. My patience is beginning to wear out.

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raztad
Monday, April 13, 2009 @ 9:34:07 AM

@Tristan

Try Valkyrie Chronicles, it is an awesome game. VC is a strategy-RPG, but you are able to control individual characters in real time, so it gives you a sense of immersion you cant find in others sRPG out there. It got an real awesome story as well, beautiful art style, is a real masterpiece. If you like RPGs you should give VC a try. The psn demo could give you an idea about VC gameplay mechanics, but it doesnt show how EPIC the game is.

Only 30$ on gamestop.

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mastiffchild
Monday, April 13, 2009 @ 5:09:54 AM
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While IU can be forgiven(devtools for PS3 weren't out at early dev stage)as a first "next gen" published game TLR was poor and SO4 is the weakest in a fine Tri Ace series(still the best HD console game with anything to do with SE this gen though).

I think that KH3 might even go Xbox exclusive outside of Japan and the pressure they put on FF13 and Vs is getting incredible. By the time Vs is released it might well still be the first game SE develop for PS3 exclusively and without the exp of earlier games on the system it might struggle even with Nomura at the helm.

Why buy Eidos? Arkham Asylum looks OK but recently their record's terrible! Did SE really feel the money from the MS deal(which I guess MS did to try and break Japan, which failed, and slow PS3 sales there which succeeded til recently)would compensate for not putting games out on the platform most of their biggest fans bought after years of SE spouting "only on PS3" about FF13? didn't they think people, married to the folly of weak games on the wrong engines(UE3?)even on 360, that bought PS3 for SE games would be upset at their turnabout?

I get why MS did this, and don't blame them at all, but SE have sold their fans down the river and IF FF13 isn't amazing the future could be bleak. And why the desire to make western games and lose what made their name?

Puzzling to say the least to think that while every platform under the sun has new SE games PS3 still doesn't yet that's the console their marketing pushed folk into buying for over three years!

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Douchebaguette
Monday, April 13, 2009 @ 5:25:06 AM
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I've always believed this. Square-Enix are no longer the legends Squaresoft were. Their strive to keep fresh for this sh**ty gaming generation is washing them away. Also, no Sakaguchi =[

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Jackyl
Monday, April 13, 2009 @ 6:26:46 AM
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The Last Remnant isn't too bad. One of the tougher and more complicated RPGs I've played. The version for the PC (the one I'm playing) is said to be much better than the version for the Xbox.

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Deleted User
Monday, April 13, 2009 @ 9:09:54 AM
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It does sadden me to see what Square Enix has become. I'll still look forward to games like Final Fantasy XIII and Versus, Kingdom Hearts 3 and whatever platforms Dragon Quest is on but my respect for the company is on very thin ice.

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Jordahn
Monday, April 13, 2009 @ 9:26:57 AM
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Final Fantasy VII brought me back to console gaming. Now, SquareEnix isn't even on the radar anymore for me.

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www
Monday, April 13, 2009 @ 9:29:12 AM
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I think FFXIII is the reason for the mediocre Last Remnant,Star Ocean & co.

I strongly believe FFXIII will rock!!!!!!!!
I don't think any exclusive will match it's quality,yes not even GoWIII,yes i said it and that's my opinion.

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Highlander
Monday, April 13, 2009 @ 9:56:56 AM
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Ben,

Isn't End of Eternity being developed by Tri-Ace and published by SEGA? In a piece about hoping against hope that SE can turn around and do something right, watching End of Eternity seems to do little more than re-0infoprce the fact that SEGA and not SquEnix is really leading the field for Playstation RPG action.

I think that the 'end' happened during the PS2 generation of gaming, SquEnix lost sight of why they were doing what they were doing, it all became about money, and not the art of the game (by which I mean not just the art style, but the art of building a good game). Sure companies have to make money to survive, but based on their games successes in the past concentrating on the art of the game (so to speak) served them well.

This generation though SquEnix seems to be concentrating far more on finance and far less on the art of the game. I think they mad a bad choice of focus, if you look at the 'next gen' game output from SquEnix it's been laughably small, and pretty well limited to the 360. Which is a shame since the western audience has never been their primary audience, and has always been dwarfed by their home market of Japan. Well, it's their bed, they made it and they can lie in it. TLR sucked wind, could it be that using a third party engine wasn't a great idea?

SquEnix are not the legends in their own lunchtime that people would suppose, were they ever?

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FeyeR
Monday, April 13, 2009 @ 11:55:42 AM

"were they ever?"

thats deep.. well the answer is:

I dont care now, and maybe never will.

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Orvisman
Monday, April 13, 2009 @ 10:33:28 AM
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I still have all those games you mention... and more. I even have Ergheiz, Brave Fencer, etc... I used to be a huge Square fan.

But ScrEwnix is not the Square I remember fondly.

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lightel0s
Monday, April 13, 2009 @ 10:53:38 AM
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Mr. Ben. have u really play IU, SO4 or TLR on xbox 360? im surprised how much people complain about this games. honestly makes me sick. in my opinion SquareEnix is doing a LOT better this GEN than some of the crappy rpg titles u could find in ps1 and ps2. Its obvious that IU was a niche title but have some potential, and the last renmant is a wonderful game, same goes for Star ocean 4 that have a outstanding battle system.

As far as i remember RPGS in SNES days where BAD enough, Excluding the gems that where games like Chrono, FF2,FF3, SOM, 7th saga & soublazer, the rest where pure crap.

ps1? omg what a bunch of bad rpgs we got there and tell me ps2 they are millions of bad rpgs.

now we have rpgs where u can "watch" real rol playing. and we got? a bunch of boys crying because my new rpgs are not like FFX. cmon.... FFX was garbage.

I Congratulate SquareEnix for Gimme awesome rpgs on my Xbox 360, sure they have their flaws like any other rpgs but are funny enough to keep me satisfied. go buy and play games like these, and stop complaining about THESE RPGS im tired of that :) seems u dont remember the BUNCH of bad rpgs we have played before 360 rpgs ones.

stop being so rude. CMON!.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, April 13, 2009 @ 11:04:51 AM

If you only signed up to try to convince everyone that the PS1 and PS2 RPGs were crap and the 360 RPGs are grand, you may as well leave now.

There isn't a single solitary unbiased fan of the genre who's going to agree with that assessment. Mainly because it isn't true. In fact, it's too ridiculous to even address.

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Douchebaguette
Monday, April 13, 2009 @ 8:31:08 PM

PS1 had bad RPGs?

I'm replaying FFIX right now and it still kicks any RPG's ass from this generation so far. And FFIX isn't even one of my all time favourites. Your taste isn't bad. It's BIASED.

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lightel0s
Monday, April 13, 2009 @ 11:08:17 AM
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oopps. someone can delete the extra posts?

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, April 14, 2009 @ 1:33:05 AM

And maybe all the bad spelling & punctuation too.

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lightel0s
Monday, April 13, 2009 @ 11:18:41 AM
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no ben im not trying to express myself like that. the fact is that everyone pissed about these 3 games and dont look back when we got tons of bad rpgs in other consoles. like ps1 or ps2 for example. i think people is begin so rude about Jrgps now. people keeps saying "jrpgs need to change, jrpgs need something new" and i think everyone is wrong. the genre is perfect for me what u think?

im talking about these 360 rpgs because its the console im playing rpgs right now. not fanboyism, anyways u should try these games.

and sorry for the multiple posts i dont know what happen with my pc.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, April 13, 2009 @ 12:21:07 PM

You're not looking at this correctly.

If you had a console that had 3 "good" RPGs and 0 bad RPGs, and you had another console that had 20 good or great RPGs and 100 bad RPGs...which would you take?

The bad doesn't matter. Only the good does.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, April 13, 2009 @ 12:33:58 PM

Its called english, you sound anti-smart as it is.

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Orvisman
Tuesday, April 14, 2009 @ 9:57:45 AM

I wonder if you have even played any PS1/PS2 RPGs because your claims are incredibly, as you would most likely write, ignant.

@World,

Just one more person made illiterate by playing video games, texting, and whatever else instead of picking up a book and reading once in a while.

I'm not knocking games, mind you, because I'm an avid gamer; but I was also an avid reader when I was younger, which is how I wound up in publishing.

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telly
Monday, April 13, 2009 @ 12:14:23 PM
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I can relate, brother. There was a time when Square was synonymous with excellence/ for a while, my friends and I held them in higher regard than even Nintendo, Sega, Konami, you name it. None was higher. Nowawadays... I just don't know what to think of them anymore.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, April 13, 2009 @ 12:37:18 PM
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Well, yeah, the RPG king is dead. SE is really just a pile of bad decisions and poorly conceived software. It's a tad ironic though that they refocused their enterprise on money over quality and now nobody wants to buy their games. Ben I'm the same as you, I bought Star Ocean Till the End of Time on a whim because it had the Square name on it. I was rewarded for that at the time, but I wouldn't be doing it nowadays.

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lightel0s
Monday, April 13, 2009 @ 12:40:16 PM
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uhm its relative Ben . its affect the image of the console instead. anyways. honestly i dont find that rpgs beign bad games. and u are right Squaresoft and enix used to be better companies when they where separated. Enix era in the snes was pretty respetable. same goes to Square.

i think is something related to budget, programming skills or just like the RPG genre is overlooked now. lets face the facts its hard to "surprise buyers" without revisiting some of the formulas u already used in a jrpg.

but as far this GEN goes i dont find rpgs like lost odyssey, eternal sotana, TLR, IU, SO TLH, WNC or Demon souls any bad. its just they are not innovative enough to keep momentum. its not only Square-Enix. it happen to most videogame companies and genres now "more of the same". its hard to find good games these days and especially Rpgs.

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Arvis
Monday, April 13, 2009 @ 3:09:26 PM

"the last renmant is a wonderful game, same goes for Star ocean 4 that have a outstanding battle system"

...a few paragraphs later...

"FFX was garbage."

lightel0s "credibility" = 0

-Arvis

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Highlander
Monday, April 13, 2009 @ 3:10:52 PM
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@lightel0s

The thing about RPGs that I think is overlooked more often than not, and is overlooked by your message, is that RPGs live and die by their story and characters. Without characters that we can relate to and care about, or a story that involves us an RPG is just another collection of mini-games and puzzles.

Being innovative is not necessarily a major thing, as far as I can see a standard turn based JRPG system could be used un-modified for any RPG, so long as the story and characters were good.

The length of RPGs and their heavily story driven nature makes the RPG the video game equivalent of a good novel. However video games today are driven by action, the more frenetic and violent the better. The mistake that a lot of devs seem to be making is focusing their RPG games more on action with 'innovations' such as real-time combat or third person action. These are not innovations, they are copying features from other games. There is nothing innovative in change for the same of change.

From my perspective, an RPG with great characters, story and - yes - presentation will always win over the action oriented titles. You could have a whole series of RPGS using the same basic combat & skills system an as long as the stry and characters were there it would work, and no one would (or should) worry about a lack of innovation in the game.

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Deadman
Monday, April 13, 2009 @ 4:34:34 PM
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You couldnt find a RPG that wasnt a Square title I cant remember buying an RPG pre 2002 that wasnt besides Lunar: Silver Star the rest were Xenogears, FFVIII, Parasite Eve 1+2, and Kingdom Hearts. They have lost alot of their dominence over the genre if they took the time to develop newer games instead of remaking the older ones on the DS or PSP maybe weed be seeing more quality out of them.

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lightel0s
Monday, April 13, 2009 @ 5:03:46 PM
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Aris thats my opinion: i found FFX pretty boring (garbage) since i played it later in 2006 for the first time & as i say before i found the last remnant to be a great game and same goes for star ocean. anyways thats my taste not yours and have nothing to do with my credibility. :)

Highlander and u are right, if we talk about the later game stories from square enix, they left much to be desired. anyways i found the gameplay entertaining enough to satisfy the lack of "good novel"

and sorry my english is bad. thats why its hard to express myself what im thinking about rpgs these days.


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smileys_007
Monday, April 13, 2009 @ 5:38:20 PM
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@lightel0s

well.. all i have to say is that you have a pretty "bad" taste for saying that FFX is garbage. I'm pretty sure that the majority will say that FFX is an awesome game.. anyway, it's your opinion and i respect that.

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OPHIDIAN
Monday, April 13, 2009 @ 7:27:42 PM
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@lightel0s

I have to admit that I'm also quite suprised that you found FFX boring. My two favourite all time games ever made will have to be MGS and FFX, the story in the latter was just fascinating, the game itself was beautiful. That's one game S-E can be more than proud of.

I have a xbox360, I have played - yet not owned - the aforsaid xbox360 games and I have to say that Star Ocean was a very enjoyable game.

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CptGreedle
Friday, April 17, 2009 @ 9:46:01 AM
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I have been a long time fan of Square Soft... and I must say that as soon as Square and Enix merged into Square Enix, it just seems to be lacking lately.
I have been very upset at the fact that so few of their titles have so far hit the PS3. The first game I played on a console was FFVII, and I have been a FF fan ever since. I do not mind it going out to the 360, to help expand the user base of their great games, but to not even come out to the console that helped launch their success... it seems to me that the new management or whatever it is that happened with this merger, has seriously screwed things up!

Please Square Enix, go back to the way things were before the merger! Bring us those hit titles on BOTH consoles, and give us a new reason to buy your games.

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GamerO1
Friday, April 17, 2009 @ 1:19:22 PM
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So Sad, but So True.
Unfortunately I thought the take over of Enix was going to be bad for Gamers, and it seems so. Also anyone notice how Squaresofts games are more Action Genre's versus "true" RPG's? I Have !!!
Here are some of the games I really enjoyed from Enix, before Square too over:
7th Saga
ActRaiser Series
Brain Lord
Dragon Warrior/Dragon Quest Series
Grandia Series
King Arthur and the Knights of Justice
Ogre Battle Series
Paladin's Quest
Soul Blazer
Star Ocean Series
Valkyrie Profile Series

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