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Final Fantasy PS1 Classics: Most Wanted Remakes

Fans have been calling for remakes for years, but Square-Enix and other publishers have turned a deaf ear to such requests.

Even so, the gamers won't stop hoping. According to Andriasang citing a poll from Goo Ranking, the Final Fantasy franchise tops the list of games fans would most like to see be remade. In fact, VII, VIII and IX are all in the top 3 and VIII was actually most requested. It was a small survey that took place in the month of October, but it's worth noting and certainly worth discussing; here's the top 15 of the list:

1. Final Fantasy VIII (Square)
2. Final Fantasy VII (Square)
3. Final Fantasy IX (Square)
4. Xenogears (Square)
5. Valkyrie Profile (Enix)
6. Paraiste Eve (Square)
7. Ghost in the Shell (Sony)
8. Bakusou Dekotora Densetsu (Human)
9. Klonoa: Door to Phantomile (Namco)
10. Dino Crisis (Capcom)
11. King's Field (From Software)
12. Segare Ijiri (Square)
13. Legend of Dragoon (Sony)
14. Front Mission Alternative (Square)
15. Vagrant Story (Square)

Yeah, that's quite the list.  Can you imagine getting high-definition remakes of these memorable experiences...?  We've been asking for FF remakes for God knows how long, but so far, Square-Enix has had other plans.  Perhaps if more people can convince the company that a FF remake project is a good idea, they'll finally get the hint.  But don't hold your breath.

Tags: ffvii, final fantasy vii, final fantasy, square-enix, ff remake

11/29/2010 9:03:11 PM Ben Dutka

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DaNgerSteVe
Monday, November 29, 2010 @ 9:31:27 PM
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idk about those kind of remakes, square enix will just messed up and make them multiplat. all i want is legend of dragoon remake or sequel

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shadowscorpio
Monday, November 29, 2010 @ 11:47:10 PM

Someone can correct me if I'm wrong but FF 7,8,9 and 10 were Square"soft" and were under contract with Sony whom I believe owns certain rights to those Final Fantasy. This is why three of those games are on the PSN and not xbox live. Now I don't know if my info is correct so anyone with accurate knowledge please correct me. I think if Sony had a hand in these remakes by Square or Square-enix they might have hope.

As i've said before, i'm on the fence when it comes to Final Fantasy remakes. Given SE's track record this gaming generation, at least right now I don't trust they'd do them right. However if the original minds from Square, Monolith Soft, and Sony came together again I would absolutely have not a shred of doubt.

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Athrin
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 @ 7:31:34 AM

yes sony owns some right to atleast FFVII that i know of so no multy plat for that one, dont know about the others but i hope so

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AnonWTF
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 @ 6:59:59 PM

I could not have said it any better buddy.

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EvilKen
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 @ 10:08:30 PM

Legend of Dragoon sequel would be excellent

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Highbird
Monday, November 29, 2010 @ 9:32:55 PM
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FF VII, VIII and IX in HD with trophies! Yes please!

Will always just be a dream!

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Riku994
Monday, November 29, 2010 @ 9:33:59 PM
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If LoD ever got a remake I would be the happiest person in the world.

On a side note, Ben I noticed a commercial for DJ Hero 2 had a citation from PSXExtreme. I honestly had no idea this site was that well accepted and used in the actual gaming world, but I'm very happy it is. I love this site, and I'm proud to be part of the community.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, November 29, 2010 @ 9:35:53 PM

Yeah, I know. Activision asked for permission to use a quote from us.

It doesn't happen often but it does happen every now and then.

And thanks. :)

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Riku994
Monday, November 29, 2010 @ 9:40:15 PM

That must've been a big accomplishment for you.. I mean unless it's happened before, I haven't seen every commercial ever. If it was the first time though, I could imagine you'd be very happy about it.

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Snaaaake
Monday, November 29, 2010 @ 10:13:42 PM

Which commercial?
Mix 2gether?

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Riku994
Monday, November 29, 2010 @ 10:20:14 PM

I don't remember specifically

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Snaaaake
Monday, November 29, 2010 @ 10:22:44 PM

Couldn't find one on Youtube though.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, November 29, 2010 @ 10:27:19 PM

That's pretty neat. Ben's editorials often garner attention around the interwebs as well, probably because all the other sites just have rants or straight news instead of thought provoking analysis. That's the kind of stuff I'm into, I could write an editorial every day.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 @ 12:47:14 AM

Yeah, it has happened before. But like I said, it's rare.

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Snaaaake
Monday, November 29, 2010 @ 9:34:38 PM
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Funny, majority of the list are from Square, someone must have thrown an amnesia bomb to their HQ.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, November 29, 2010 @ 10:28:18 PM

yeah, they go by the nefarious name of Microsoft and that bomb exploded into cash dollars.

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Temjin001
Monday, November 29, 2010 @ 9:39:14 PM
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Would Namco stop being retarded and just release Tekken 3 on PSN already. I don't even really care for an HD-remake.

And I'm really surprised FFVIII beat out FFVII in popularity. Just cause it seems FFVII has been the more popular title as it generated a spin-off CG movie and PSP game.

Interesting that Ghost in the Shell made the cut. I did actually play the PSX game back in the day. At least the one where you maneuvered the Tachicoma tank-thing.

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DaNgerSteVe
Monday, November 29, 2010 @ 9:41:31 PM

lol i just notice that right now. wasnt paying attention

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Jawknee
Monday, November 29, 2010 @ 9:41:52 PM
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How did VIII make number 1? I love VIII but c'mon! It's not better than VII or IX.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, November 29, 2010 @ 10:29:23 PM

nah it's better than IX :)

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Stabs88
Monday, November 29, 2010 @ 11:05:19 PM

Agreed that it is better then 9, but you think 7 beat it? I love the game, but VIII just had a great storyline. plus legit weapons if you went and found all the items.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Monday, November 29, 2010 @ 11:33:06 PM

Pfft, as if, IX beats those two =P

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shadowscorpio
Monday, November 29, 2010 @ 11:54:40 PM

Ha! Clearly everyone has their favorites. I loved them all. FF7 have the best regular battle music but FF 8's battle music when playing as Laguna makes me want to go back and play FF 8 right now. Has a whole FF 9 got me because it returned to that medieval feel and had a sound track to match to a T. And FF 9 had some solid mini games as well.

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eLLeJuss
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 @ 12:04:56 AM

IT's cause this survey was done by checklist. 100% of the people checked ff8 then around 99.8% checked ffvii and the ff9 around 90's but xenogears only had 30's. Just shows how much people love FF series! This is a sign of the FFVII remake.

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Kevadu
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 @ 1:42:55 AM

VIII beat VII because apparently (according to the andriasang article) 2/3 of the people surveyed were female.

Chicks dig VIII. It's a fact.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 @ 2:18:31 AM

LOL! My wife hated VIII. She thinks Squall is a pu**y and Rinoa is a dits. I only agree with her about Squall. ;)

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Underdog15
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 @ 8:21:55 AM

My former university roommate is literally in love with Rinoa, and sometimes I think he'll never find love until he finds a Rinoa clone.

Every girl he's ever dated has long black hair and fair skin, too. lol!

He actually, nerded up and learned some CG design and is making a FF8 sequel in the form of webisodes. lol.... *sigh* ah well, he's a great guy. Except for the time I bought DQ8 and HE beat it before me..... jerk....

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Deathb4Dishonor
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 @ 10:02:30 AM

Yea, VIII is definitly way better than IX

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Scarecrow
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 @ 5:11:13 PM

It's no news to me, VIII was always better than VII.

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hellish_devil
Monday, November 29, 2010 @ 9:56:22 PM
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How come there´s no Metal Gear, Resident Evil or Crash Bandicoot?

Oh, I can see King´s Field on the list, Demon´s Souls espiritual predecesor.

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Orvisman
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 @ 9:16:33 AM

Because it was a Japanese site poll, so obviously those games were not as popular in Japan as they were in the West. They love their RPGs in Japan.

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eLLeJuss
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 @ 4:51:52 PM

Metal Gear was famous in japan.

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sonic1899
Monday, November 29, 2010 @ 10:02:39 PM
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Exactly what prompted the desire to have FF VII to be remade in the first place? Please don't tell me it was because of that tech demo from 2005. It like people forgot it was something only for technological demonstration purposes :\

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Riku994
Monday, November 29, 2010 @ 10:04:12 PM

Not forgot, disregarded. YES, that is what staretd it.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, November 29, 2010 @ 10:32:31 PM

That absolutely began it. In a consumer's mind a company with a brain (and we still had faith in them at that time) doesn't release a tech demo for arguably the greatest game ever created (for an upcoming console of immense power) unless they mean to hint at something.

Alas, it was just a tech demo though. And SE ultimately has no brain any longer.

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Alienange
Monday, November 29, 2010 @ 10:05:55 PM
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Well of COURSE FFVIII came in first. Gunblades beat out no fingers every time.

And Dino Crisis over MGS? Big upset there.

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Scarecrow
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 @ 5:12:54 PM

Well MGS1 had a Gamecube Remake so yeah.

But I'd still prefer a MGS1 remake on ps3 or ps4 over Dino Crisis either way.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, November 29, 2010 @ 10:35:26 PM
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I think we need to reclassify "remake" so that we know what people are voting for. Do we just want an HD upgrade from the original, or a full on overhaul like everyone seems to want from FFVII?

While I would prefer the latter for most of those games, it is unlikely coming from those companies. I would definitely settle for HD upgrades though, cuz they look so horrible on HD TVs. At least they tend to look pretty good on PSP though.

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Riku994
Monday, November 29, 2010 @ 10:37:52 PM

I would absolutely settle for HD LoD and FF7. Maybe add some new quests, but ONLY optional ones. DO NOT mess with the gameplay or story.

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Alienange
Monday, November 29, 2010 @ 10:50:52 PM

An HD remake of 7 would certainly be cute, but I believe a complete remake would be better. Seeing as how they've remade a number of scrappy FF games to play on the DS, why can't we expect some kind of upgrade for the best games FF had to offer?

I think it's a reasonable request. And fingers dammit! Fiiiingers!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, November 29, 2010 @ 11:24:37 PM

They still have problems with fingers, even in the prettiness of FFXIII they look like lego blocks.

But, no, we can't ask them to do something as insane as make a game that the whole world has been clamoring for for half a decade which could single handedly outsell any RPG ever made and possibly even a CoD game or two. That would be suicide to make a game that everybody wants. It's madness, makes no sense to go after profit if that means bringing back the battle system and gameplay that everybody wishes never left in the first place because everyone needs must love killtubes and constant twitchy action now.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 @ 8:23:59 AM

Did any of you guys get to play the PC version of FF7? Far better character presentation with fingers. Go look up some clips on you-tube. PS version got jipped.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 @ 2:16:02 PM

I played it on PC as well as PS1, the PC version is obviously visually superior, very crisp.

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Alienange
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 @ 9:47:05 PM

That's odd. I have FFVII on PC, triangle box and all, and I certainly don't recall any fingers in it. Not on Cloud anyway...

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Dreno
Monday, November 29, 2010 @ 10:39:28 PM
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Heck yeah ff8 beat ff7 for the no.1 . Not that anything was wrong with 7, I enjoyed it. Just not as much as 8. So its really just my personal preferance.

But if I could have it my way ( and I wish I could ) I would like a remake of all of them. But not a square-enix remake. I would want an old school, still know how to make an amazing rpg square SOFT remake.

But, if wishes were anything, than id be something. Or something like that

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sunspider13
Monday, November 29, 2010 @ 10:43:07 PM
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I wouldn't mind a Omega Boost remake. That game was FUN. And all to replace an infected tube on the first computer. "Did you remember your socks?"

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Alienange
Monday, November 29, 2010 @ 10:52:25 PM
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What about FFXIII? Can we get a remake of that?

Oh, this is PS1 only? Drat.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, November 29, 2010 @ 11:26:36 PM

No, according to SE themselves, "certain" limitations on a "certain" console left "certain" gigantic parts equal to an entire game on the cutting room floor and that's the way they like it.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 @ 2:41:42 PM

Well... when my sister cooks a dinner, there's often left over scraps for days.

But when my mom cooks.... you can bet your butt there are never any leftovers.

You must also assume that both make the same amount of food, by the way.

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main_event05
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 @ 1:07:40 AM
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I have a plan. I'll come in SE at an entry level position, perhaps, a night custodian, then I'll work my way through the ranks to become CEO of the company. At that point, I shall freeze all new IPs until the games listed above have all found new life.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 @ 1:14:48 AM

Please assassinate Wada with a broken broomstick for me.

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main_event05
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 @ 7:19:25 AM

you've gone soft worlds. I was thinking about making him listen to Bjork while watching morbidly obese chicks mud wrestle. then after all the at he is begging me to end him, I'll turn to him, look him deep an the eyes and say....

**stay tuned for the next episode

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Underdog15
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 @ 2:44:11 PM

"Oh, this is just a tech demo. I have no plans on giving you actual death."

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main_event05
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 @ 4:29:35 PM

Not what i had in mind but a great finish.

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main_event05
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 @ 7:09:04 PM

I just realized I cannot spell worth a damn after staying up all night.

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___________
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 @ 1:59:46 AM
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never played any of those.
for shame, how can you not include ape escape, crash bandicoot, spyro, pandemonium, the suffering or oddworld on there?
the best games to ever grace the PS1!
o, and dont forget apocalypse!
one of the best shooters ever released, stared my favorite movie actor too!

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Orvisman
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 @ 9:16:52 AM

Because it was a Japanese site poll, so obviously those games were not as popular in Japan. They love their RPGs in Japan.

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Deathb4Dishonor
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 @ 10:07:13 AM

That's bc most of those games u mention FAIL in comparison to most of the games listed on the poll

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Orvisman
Thursday, December 02, 2010 @ 9:51:04 AM

Not true Solid, all those games he mentions are solid games.

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bridgera
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 @ 5:15:12 AM
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Square Enix has no plans to do remakes of your beloved games, because they don't want your money.

They want to make games with awesome graphics, and don't care about anything else.

On a side note: they should re-release FF 1 to 9 with enhanced graphics and trophies.... but I don't see them doing that.

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WeaponKnight
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 @ 5:57:30 AM
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Guess they weren't satisfied by the Klonoa remake on Wii. I loved it.

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nilos95
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 @ 6:58:19 AM
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MGS????

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Deathb4Dishonor
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 @ 10:05:10 AM
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The list is mostly all square-enix... Kinda sad they went from making classics that will be forever remember to making crap

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Nynja
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 @ 10:38:11 AM
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Why do you do this to me?... Honestly I think I've reached a point that I don't want Square-Enix to update these classics.

They're track record is on a serious decline. They'll F up these gems.

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Vivi_Gamer
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 @ 1:28:03 PM
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Final Fantasy VII-IX are perfect the way they are, i still get a thril out of them, just as much as i did in the PS1-era.

However a PS Store release of Xenogears would be nice as the UK never got it a chance to play it.

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Highlander
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 @ 3:31:51 PM

PSN release of Xenogears would be awesome, not only are they rare discs, but the PSP is the best place to play PS1 era RPGs today.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 @ 3:56:08 PM

Still got my copy of Xenogears. ^.^ I played and beat it last year, in fact. lol

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Underdog15
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 @ 3:55:23 PM
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You know, it's funny. This past weekend I was at the Sony Centre of Performing Arts in Toronto to hear Arnie Roth (and saw Nobuo Uematsu) perform Distant Worlds, a collection of Final Fantasy music.

The crowd went WILD when Nobuo's name was mentioned. Another SE exec. was in attendance, and when they mentioned his name is was like, "oh... hey... yay....".

When they announced Nobuo's song's the crowd went freaking nuts. Then they announced FF13 and FF14 songs, not by Nobuo, it was sort of polite clapping you heard.

Nothing from FF12 was played.

Anyways, I think to me it's obvious why people hold those classics so dear while the more modern (SE) iterations are good, but lack that 'X' factor.

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Veitsknight
Thursday, December 02, 2010 @ 10:29:50 PM
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Since they are talking about the Square games of the ps1 era, why not put up the Chrono Series?

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AnonymousPoster
Friday, December 03, 2010 @ 12:15:41 AM
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Wow. It's nice to see the love for Dino Crisis up there! Sometimes I think I'm the only one who adores that game. That series definitely needs a reboot (or remake) in keeping with the first one.

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Veitsknight
Friday, December 03, 2010 @ 8:41:22 AM

I too love the first Dino Crisis. The second was ok but i hated it for not being scary enough.

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Veitsknight
Friday, December 03, 2010 @ 8:41:26 AM

Which is weird because i was not able to finish the first one.

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