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Final Fantasy Abdicating Its Throne

Well, either they've changed or I have.

In looking back at the year in review, I suddenly noticed something; it was quite the revelation, actually: in every generation since the 16-bit days, Final Fantasy ended up being my favorite franchise of that period. Three generations in a row, starting with FFIV. It always seemed inevitable. Granted, Grand Theft Auto, Metal Gear Solid and God of War gave it a solid run for its money in the PS2 generation, but in the end, I treasured FFX, FFX-2 (yes, even that one) and FFXII more than anything else. At least, in terms of a series vs. series comparison. Now, I'm quite aware this is a very subjective point of view but my point remains: when this generation ends, FF will not be my favorite franchise of the generation. Most likely, it'll be Uncharted.

We can't make the argument that Square-Enix just changed things up too much with FFXIII, and FFXIV was a failed experiment. The latter can't really be considered an "experiment" because they already dabbled in the MMORPG realm with FFXI, and I hear that turned out pretty damn well. Furthermore, I think we can all acknowledge the vast differences between FFIV and FFXII. FFXII was quite the drastic departure from any recent installment and although it's not my favorite, it was still awesome. It was still memorable. It was still head-and-shoulders above most anything else available. So it's not that FFXIII is different...it must be that it's just not as phenomenal. And FFXIV was just plain broken. We don't even get a FF spin-off of some kind to cling to - like Final Fantasy Tactics - and God only knows when Final Fantasy Versus XIII will arrive.

But I have my reservations about the latter, anyway. Not only will FF not be my favorite series of the PS3/360/Wii generation, it's unlikely to rank in the top 5. Isn't that quite the significant fall from grace? While I do play more genres now than ever before, I still believe RPGs are my bread and butter...even if there aren't a heck of a lot them, anymore. I have to believe that if Square-Enix made something memorable, as Squaresoft always used to do, I'd know it. I'd feel it. I loved FFXIII. I really did. But in any other generation, it would be sitting at the top of my list right now...and it's not. And in truth, that's a little depressing. :(

Tags: final fantasy, ffxiii, final fantasy xiii, square enix

12/23/2010 9:30:00 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (85 posts)

kevinater321
Thursday, December 23, 2010 @ 9:53:49 PM
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If the world ended right now and the current video game generation ended, what would your top 5 favorite games be this gen?

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kevinater321
Thursday, December 23, 2010 @ 10:04:03 PM

My top 5 this gen:
1. Uncharted 2
2. R&C future: a crack in time
3. LittleBigPlanet
4. inFamous
5. Killzone 2

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Riku994
Thursday, December 23, 2010 @ 10:17:21 PM

1:Uncharted 2
2:Borderlands
3:Oblivion
4:God of War 3
5:Demon's Souls

Some of you may think this list is flawed, but I don't remember U1 that well, and all the gems like LBP and inFamous, they weren't really my cup of tea. I'm just sad that WKC isn't on this list, because I was really hoping for that game to be a LOT better. I'm sure once U3, Skyrim, FFV13, and WKC2 come out, there will be some changes to my list.

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Underdog15
Thursday, December 23, 2010 @ 11:08:06 PM

@Riku
Whether or not that list is something everyone agrees on is irrelevant. It's a very reasonable list based on your preferences. It's not like you put Last Rebellion up there.

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Underdog15
Thursday, December 23, 2010 @ 11:12:58 PM

As for me, I really have to echo Ben's sentiment.

My ABSOLUTE favorite genre is the RPG genre. And not a single game in my top 5 is an RPG. That makes me a sad panda. My top 5 are:

1) Uncharted 2
2) Assassin's Creed 2
3) Uncharted 1
4) Little Big Planet
5) inFamous

Note: I did really like Demon Souls, but it just didn't make my top 5.

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Underdog15
Thursday, December 23, 2010 @ 11:27:06 PM

P.s. (sorry for aNOTHER post)
To compare, my top 5 PS1 games were the 3 FF's, Xenogears, and Parasite Eve. I might even sub out Parasite Eve for FFTactics.

PS2 games were FFX, Dragon Quest 8, FFX-2 (My favorite FF in terms of gameplay. Not so much story), and the 2 Kingdom Hearts games.

As you can see... SquareSoft/Square-Enix dominated my top 5 lists in both gens. All 10 (11) in fact! Not a single one this gen.

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kevinater321
Thursday, December 23, 2010 @ 11:57:36 PM

Amazing how many of those games are playstation exclusives eh ;)

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 12:19:46 AM

1. Uncharted 2
2. Heavy Rain
3. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
4. Assassin's Creed II/AC Brotherhood

And I can't decide between GTAIV and GoWIII for #5.

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Qubex
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 1:27:40 AM

Similarly for me....

1] Uncharted 2
2] Killzone 2
3] GoW III
4] Red Dead Redemption
5] Heavy Rain

This list will probably change a little when UC3, GTAV, Mass Effect 2 and 3), Last Guardian and Infamous 2 are released... what is one to do?

My list is scewed a tad due to the online play!

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Dancemachine55
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 1:30:26 AM

1. Uncharted 2
2. Heavy Rain
3. Metal Gear Solid 4
4. Mass Effect 2
5. God of War III / Red Dead Redemption

And that's only for this generation. Of all time, it would be Final Fantasy VII, Metal Gear Solid, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Uncharted 2, GTA San Andreas and Shadow of the Colossus.

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The X Factor 9
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 3:23:15 AM

I agree that Final Fantasy has lost its charm upon me. In my opinion, the last truly great Final Fantasy was X (ten).
This generation the best two series', by a mile, are Mass Effect and Uncharted. Maybe Gears of War gets a distant 3rd place?
Best games though...
1. Metal Gear Solid 4
2. Mass Effect 2
3. Uncharted 2
4. Fallout 3
5. Call of Duty 4

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kraygen
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 5:40:34 AM

Demon's Souls
Heavy Rain
White Knight Chronicles
Metal Gear Solid 4
5. Majin and the forsaken kingdom

You could put the first 4 in about any order for me depending on the day and my particular mood.

As for Majin, definitely 5th because it wasn't as polished or innovative, but it gets on my list for pure unadulterated fun factor.

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wolfsinner
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 6:13:33 AM

1) Uncharted 2
2) Assassin's Creed 2/Brotherhood
3) Final Fantasy XIII
4) Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep
5) Demon's Souls

Well, I've still got 2 Square games there.
I agree though that XIII was way below my expectations. Had it met them, it'd be at the top.

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BlinkBoy
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 6:54:47 AM

Here is my list: I am a RPG dude as well.

1. Uncharted 2
2. Gran Turismo 5
3. White Knight Chronicles
4. Red Dead Redemption
5. Final Fantasy XIII

But many titles this generation have some RPG element in them, EVEN Gran Turismo 5 with it's level up system!

Merry Christmas

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spiderboi
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 10:49:05 AM

My top 5:
1. Uncharted 2 (obviously)
2. Metal Gear Solid 4 (action and story at its best)
3. Little Big Planet (bring out the kid in you)
4. Heavy Rain (the movie thriller that was packaged as a game)
5. CoD (none in particular, they're all the same)

I liked the feel of KZ2, but detested the foul language, and the MP, while it was great and lag-free, i didn't really have that longetivity-factor IMO. Infamous, RDR and GTA4 are great games, but i just don't have that big a knack for sandbox games (AC as well but i've yet to play AC2 and AC:B)
Special mention to GT5 and GoW3. GT5-with your ever so increasing realism, i realize that i really am NOT for racing, and thus i had to put you off my top 5. GoW3-you would've been my 6th. Had it all--story, action, epic setting, but the ending was too "safe".

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 11:06:34 AM

Crap...forgot about RDR and KZ2.

...damnit. Okay, they're ALL tied for #5 on my list. ;)

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sirbob6
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 1:29:14 PM

My list

1. Metal Gear Solid 4
2. Ratchet & Clank: ACIT
3. Killzone 2
4. inFamous
5. Uncharted 2

Note: I have yet to play any game from 2010 yet, but I hope to change that by tomarrow.


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Teddie9
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 1:36:18 PM

I hear yuh spiderboi, I didn't like Natko much and absolutely dispised Rico. Sev is ok, but they killed the one guy that I liked..poor Garza

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booze925
Sunday, December 26, 2010 @ 12:07:43 PM

metal gear solid 4
uncharted 2
call of duty 4
bad company 2
killzone 2
these are game that i had the best time with and ill never forget.

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Kiryu
Thursday, December 23, 2010 @ 10:03:59 PM
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My Favorite games of a series last gen was the Yakuza Series.Yakuza 1 and 2 are so much better than Final Fantasy.So much to do and Epic Story lines!

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ryu
Thursday, December 23, 2010 @ 10:04:53 PM
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GT did an RPG of the year, FF13 wasn't even nominated

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Highlander
Thursday, December 23, 2010 @ 10:19:56 PM
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Uncharted is this generation's Final Fantasy.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, December 23, 2010 @ 10:27:29 PM

The two can't really be compared in any way though. It's like apples and sports cars.

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Highlander
Thursday, December 23, 2010 @ 10:40:43 PM

I agree, I'm not comparing them, I'm just saying that where many of us might have picked a particular JRPG in previous generations, I believe that the majority would pick Uncharted this generation - if asked.

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shadowscorpio
Thursday, December 23, 2010 @ 11:54:36 PM

Highlander

Agreed

World

True but I don't think he's comparing the games, rather comparing the effect that FF used to have on us. The Uncharted games are know holding that effect on us which Final Fantasy used to.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 12:31:54 AM

Nah, Uncharted is great, but it doesn't have a similar affect.

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PorkChopGamer
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 12:39:37 AM

Agreed, World.

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Scarecrow
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 12:33:30 PM

I don't know, Metal Gear Solid 1 and Gran Turismo could be considered the best games for ps1.

Just like MGS3 and GOW1 and 2 could be considered the best games for ps2.

For me FF hasn't always been the default winner in generations. The rpgs of the generations, yup.

For me it's always tied between many series.

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marcusfrommo
Thursday, December 23, 2010 @ 10:26:06 PM
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1. ff13
2. castlevania
3. heavenly sword
4. uncharted series
5. dc universe (maybe)

All of these are not in any particular order. By the way, why haven't Ben mentioned dc universe, or has he already?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, December 23, 2010 @ 10:26:30 PM
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I'm in the same boat, in fact 4 generations in a row because the first was my favorite game ever on NES. But now I dunno if I have a favorite at all. RPGs are still my faves too but even the very best of them this gen hasn't been as phenomenal as the old days.

Favorite series now? Sheeeit it's too hard to pick. There's lots of great little ones springing up or continuing on or rebooting. Fallout? inFamous? I probably won't know until this generation is over.

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Gordo
Thursday, December 23, 2010 @ 10:31:38 PM
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Ben, you are getting old!

You've grown out of spending 40 hours upgrading quivers, talking to cats and mixing spells.

It comes to us all...
;-)

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Highlander
Thursday, December 23, 2010 @ 10:49:44 PM
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OK, it's Christmas Eve, and just for fun, and with apologies to the original authors (for butchering their work), I thought this might raise a smile or two (apologies to those not mentioned, there just wasn't room...);

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through PSN,
Not a player was stirring, not even a n00b;
The downloads were set by the players with care,
In hopes that DC Universe soon would be there;
The twitchers were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of napalm danced in their heads;
And Arnold in his Condo, and Ben in his flat,
Had just settled down for a long winter's nap,
When out on the network there arose such a clatter,
Ben sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the browser Ben flew like a flash,
Clicked open the Menu and pulled up the list.
The n00bs on the forum of the PSX site
Gave the time honored sign of losers in flight,
When, what to Ben's wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature flame, and eight words of fear,
With a little light sarcasm, not lively or quick,
Ben replied to the n00b, this is not a fight you should pick.
More rapid than Usenet the regulars came,
Ben whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;
"Now, Jawknee! now, Biker!, now, Underdog and Lawless!
On, Worlds! on Scarecrow! on, Highlander and Qubex!
To the top of the post! to the top of the review!
Now post away! Post away! Post away you!"
...
"Ben sprang to his PlayStation, to the team gave a whistle,
And to Home they all flew with the speed of a missile.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night."

Have a good time everyone.

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BikerSaint
Thursday, December 23, 2010 @ 11:16:40 PM

Nice one Highlander,
I got more than a just a few good chuckles out of that!!!!!!

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NissanFlyboy
Thursday, December 23, 2010 @ 11:29:36 PM

That's sooo funny, I read this blog and forum every day but never post. and when I read the comments I usually skip to all of the names on the list :-p

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 12:22:33 AM

HA. Well crafted.

Happy holidays to all. :)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 2:24:08 PM

That was awesome, superlol!

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Scarecrow
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 2:36:14 PM

lmao, it's great that site is all about deep thinking and information.

Sure a few preferences for this or that but in the end a respectful and thoughtful community/news site.

Happy holidays Highlander, you bring a perspective few can achieve.

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PorkChopGamer
Thursday, December 23, 2010 @ 10:51:59 PM
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More fodder for the Square haters? I expect there to be something about Microsoft's hand in all this. Geez... Hey, when's the next thread on CoD? I'm sure THAT won't be a string of the exact same comments we see time and time again...

That being said, FF13 was pretty awesome to me. My favorite battle system of any FF proper from 3 to 13. Better than the Gambit system to me. I loved how it was fast-paced but kept you in your toes with the need for constantly shifting strategy. I'm a fan of stories in games, and FF13's is among the best. Yes, towns are fun too explore, but I like how the charaters just say what they are thinking(felt more organinc and natural, like the battle system) not just pressing X and reading text. I felt like I was on a journey with these characters, un interrupted by my curious need to explore. JRPGs have always given us the illusion of freedom, but they are pretty confining when you think about it, especially compared to RPGs from the west. FF13 seemed to be the admission of that, but also an answer to it, by putting the story along with the usual grinding we would have done anyway. It's also a technical marvel, polished to perfection. I haven't been amazed by an FF graphically since 7 so it was pretty cool to have that old feeling back. I can tell four years of absolute hard work went into this game(I'm looking at you, GT5...).

For what FF13 is, it can only be seen as 'bad' or 'wrong' by people trapped in the by the thought that there is only ONE way to do an RPG. This is another Spirits Within for me. Not what I expected, but I'll leave MY notions at the door, and let Square take me on the fantastic journey and story THEY want to tell. And enjoy the heck out of it along the way.

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Underdog15
Thursday, December 23, 2010 @ 11:19:09 PM

I think if you're comparing FFXIII to Spirits Within, there's an issue. lol

But joking aside, FFXIII needed gambits. It was basically like having FFXII set to have your characters automatically act but without control over what they will all do. I can understand if you liked it better than, say, the junction, materia, or job/subjob systems if that's your preference (although I disagree), but the worst comparison you could make is to gambits... Because really, FFXIII just took the control away from you. Gambits give it to you.

I don't know... I think you would have an argument if you focus more on the story and characters. Making a case for FFXIII's gameplay is tough. It wasn't very solid, it took control away from you (the biggest sin), and required very minimal strategy with the exception of the strongest Ci'eth stone. But even that wasn't hard. You just needed to be patient.

Anyways, make a case if you will. And I can understand most of what you say, but I must wholeheartedly disagree on your case for the battle system. Fast paced, yes... but zero control. (FFX-2 was fast paced, but you had full control, for example.)

I personally found it to be sub-par. I enjoyed the story, alright, and I would personally give it a 8.3 (I think I did in user reviews). But it was not as amazing as past FF's. A great game I enjoyed, yes, but far weaker than past FF's. (And yes, I even platinumed it, so I think I have enough experience with FFXIII to make a full analysis.) In the end, while I liked it, it came no where near my top 5 this gen. PS1 era? All 3 FF's were definitely in my top 5. (Probably along with Xenogears and Parasite Eve) In fact, this is the first gen I have NO RPG's, let alone rpg's not dominating my list.

My 2 cents.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 12:21:20 AM

Wrong. If you read the article, you'd know I don't think there's "one way" to do an RPG. The FF series proved there's more than one way, several times.

There were also a TON of ways to approach turn-based and hybrid RPGs, as the PS2 generation proved. Shadow Hearts, Suikoden, Tales, Legaia; Dark Cloud, Kingdom Hearts, Dragon Quest VIII; they're all quite different.

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PorkChopGamer
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 12:31:16 AM

And if you read my comment, I said that in reference to people who would say this game is 'bad or, in some way, 'wrong'. You've expressed that you enjoyed the game. Loved it, even. I never said it had to be your favorite. It's not mine, save for the battle system.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 12:41:53 AM

And I'm telling you you're wrong to assume that people who didn't like FFXIII think "RPGs have to be done one way."

I can pretty much guarantee they wanted an RPG. ...and FFXIII barely qualifies.

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PorkChopGamer
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 2:38:34 AM

Well, 'one' was the wrong term, but you basically said what I was attempting to. Final Fantasy 13 is a great game and only people going in expecting certain( certain's a better term.) elements will come away saying this game is not. Which is also why I made the Spirits Within reference. Most people hated that movie, not because it was bad, but because the Final Fantasy name had them expecting something that wasn't there. Personally, I'll take Spirits Within over the complete fanservice that was Advent Children any day.

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kraygen
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 5:45:39 AM

I gotta say, I was one of the biggest doubters and haters on ff13 before I played it. I simply thought it was so far gone from final fantasy that I would never be able to enjoy it.

After playing it tho for over 50 hours, I loved it a lot. Surprised me more than anyone, but even tho I love it a lot, its very, very, can't stress it enough, very "rpg light."

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Underdog15
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 8:26:57 AM

I hated Spirit's Within, though. I felt like I had seen it before. It was like a Halo/Star Trek mix. It had been done before, and it was very sub-par. The story was ill contrived and poorly delivered. Terrible movie.

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spiderboi
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 10:24:36 AM

"not just pressing X and reading text"

Sorry, i just had to comment on that. That was how i felt playing FF13. And yes, admitted, i am one of those haters of 13. reason being is because it didn't feel like a final fantasy. all the other FF games, while having distinct systems, felt that FF tinge. i didn't feel it with 13. In the same way, Advent Children felt FF rather than the sci-fi Aliens wannabe Spirits Within. i'm not sure if it can really be put into words, but it just isn't final fantasy to me..

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shadowscorpio
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 1:50:08 PM

@ Kraygen

I think that because you didn't get your hopes up like most people and were probably prepared for something on the lines of "meh", you were able to be impressed by what it did get right. Agreed, RPG light definitely. So much more on the lines of RPGdome that could've been done with it.

@ Underdog15

You know Final Fantasy became popular because of what it used to be (here's hoping it returns to its former glory). Something tells me that if they made the first FF movie that was along the lines of Final Fantasy 6's storyline it would have done worlds better...

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shadowscorpio
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 1:55:39 PM

@ Spiderboi

I feel ya. Do you know how many times while playing FF13 I was waiting to hear the traditional battle victory theme? Even FF12 had it though it was only after boss battles.

Its like SE wanted to strip the final fantasy out of this game. All they left were familiar names of magic and summon beasts.

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PorkChopGamer
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 3:01:12 PM

All these subsequent comments do little more than prove my point. 'I was waiting to hear this theme.' or 'It didn't feel like Final Fantasy.'. Like I said, it's a great game ( and SW is a good movie) only disliked by the fact that it's not what you expected or what you deem it was 'supposed to be'...

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Underdog15
Saturday, December 25, 2010 @ 8:05:01 PM

Square haters you said. No one proved any of your points. In fact, the article said nothing of Ben hating FFXIII. And I didn't either. We just all felt it doesn't deserve to be in our top 5 selections. And the reason we point that out is because FF USED to always be present in past generations. If anything, we've supported Ben's stance very well.

And Spirits Within was terrible. Plain and simple. It was awful. Whether it was called ff or not is irrelevant. As far as entertainment goes, it had no redeeming qualities beyond it's nice CG. It was in theatres, you know. There's a reason it got awful reviews from NON FF FANS!!!! And there's a reason it failed. Resident Evil did alright in the box office. So did Tomb Raider. Neither were really as expected from the game fans. But it was irrelevant, because they did well on the movies.

SW was awful. Voice acting was bad, story was ill contrived and it was poorly delivered.

Anyways, I don't think anyone here proved your point even a little bit. MAYBE if we had been all "SE sux and FFXIII was a terrible game" you'd have a point. But no one here did that. We simply stated it is not as amazing and revolutionary as past FF's have been. The fact is, FFXIII was fun, sure, but it really was "RPG Lite" as someone said. And the poor gameplay reflected it's overall score. (Which is like a 8.3 metacritic I believe. Still good... but look at past FF's... they're all 9's mostly.)

In fact the only point you made that was proven, was that we wouldn't agree with you... So....

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Clamedeus
Sunday, December 26, 2010 @ 5:48:28 AM

@Underdog15

I agree.

It seems like if you have a different opinion he labels you as a hater when that's completely opposite of what we are saying, some didn't like the game and some did, you have to respect others opinion instead of running them under a bus because they don't have the same stance as you on the game.

It's all about preference of what the game did right or wrong for someone to like it or dislike it, it doesn't mean they are haters of the company it just didn't flow with the persons criteria of what he/she likes.

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Highlander
Thursday, December 23, 2010 @ 11:44:21 PM
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OK, I know this is off topic, but more people read the comments than the forums, and this is an annual funny that I usually find a way to share. It's the very politically correct (well sort of) and near legendary Christmas party Memos. Spoof? Real? You decide. ;)

Enjoy;

FROM: Patty Lewis, Human Resources Director
To: All Employees
DATE: December 1
RE: Holiday Party

I'm happy to inform you that the company Christmas Party will take place on December 23,starting at noon in the private function room at the Grill House. There will be a cash bar and plenty of drinks!

We'll have a small band playing traditional carols...feel free to sing along. And don't be surprised if our CEO shows up dressed as Santa Claus!

A Christmas tree will be lit at 1:00pm. Exchange of gifts among employees can be done at that time, however, no gift should be over $10.00 to make the giving of gifts easy for everyone's pockets.

This gathering is only for employees! A special announcement will be made by our CEO at that time!

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DATE: December 2
RE: Holiday Party

In no way was yesterday's memo intended to exclude our Jewish employees. We recognize that Chanukah is an important holiday, which often coincides with Christmas, though unfortunately not this year. However, from now on we're calling it our "Holiday Party"

The same policy applies to any other employees who are not Christians, or those still celebrating Reconciliation Day. There will be no Christmas tree. No Christmas carols sung. We will have other types of music for your enjoyment.

Happy now?

Happy Holidays to you and your family

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DATE: December 3
RE: Holiday Party

Regarding the note I received from a member of A-A requesting a non-drinking table ... you didn't sign your name. While I'm happy to accommodate this request, if I put a sign on a table that reads,"AA Only"; you wouldn't be anonymous anymore.

How am I supposed to handle this? Somebody?

Forget about the gifts exchange, no gifts exchange are allowed since the union members feel that $10.00 is too much money and executives believe $10.00 is a little chintzy.

NO GIFTS EXCHANGE WILL BE ALLOWED.

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DATE: December 4
FROM: Pat Lewis, HR Director

I appreciate the time our African-American employees have taken to educate me on the holiday of Kwanzaa, which begins December 26. Thank you for bringing this lovely celebration of positive values to my attention. However, we’ve already given Luigi's a sizable deposit, so there's no way we can change the date to accommodate your holiday.

Nothing personal. After all, Chanukah ends on December 21* and you don't see us changing the date for our Jewish employees, do you?

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DATE: December 7
RE: Holiday Party

My, what a diverse group we are! I had no idea that December 20 begins the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which forbids eating and drinking during daylight hours.

There goes the party! (Just kidding…) Seriously, we can appreciate how a luncheon at this time of year does not accommodate our Muslim employees' beliefs. Perhaps Luigi's can hold off on serving your lunch until the end of the party – the days are so short! – or else package everything for take-home in little foil swans. Will that work?

Meanwhile, I've arranged for members of Weight Watchers to sit farthest from he dessert buffet, and pregnant women will get the table closest to the restrooms.

Gays are allowed to sit with each other. Lesbians do not have to sit with Gay men, each will have their own table. Yes, there will be flower arrangement for the Gay men's table.

To the person asking permission to cross dress, no cross-dressing allowed though We will have booster seats and fruits as dessert for Diabetics.

The restaurant cannot supply "No Sugar" desserts.

Sorry! Did I miss anything?!?!?

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DATE: December 8
FROM: Pat Lewis, HR Director

So December 21 marks the Winter Solstice – what do you expect me to do, a tap dance on your heads? Fire regulations at Luigi's prohibit the burning of sage by our "earth-based Goddess-worshipping" employees, but we'll try to accommodate your shamanic drumming circle during the band’s breaks. Okay???

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DATE: December 9
FROM: Pat Lewis, HR Director

People, people, nothing sinister was ever intended by having our CEO dress up like Santa Claus! Even if the anagram of "Santa" does happen to be "Satan" there is no evil connotation to our own "little man in a red suit." It's tradition, folks, like sugar shock at Halloween or family feuds over the Thanksgiving turkey or broken hearts on Valentine’s Day. Could we lighten up here?

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DATE: December 10
RE: 'Holiday' Party

Vegetarians?!?!?!? I've had it with you people!!!

We're going to keep this party at the Grill House whether you like it or not, so you can sit quietly at the table furthest from the "Grill O' Death," as you so quaintly put it, and you'll get your bloody salad bar, including organic tomatoes.

But you know, tomatoes have feelings, too. They scream when you slice them.

I've heard them scream. I'm hearing them scream right NOW!

I hope you all have a rotten holiday! Drive drunk and die, you hear me!?!?!?!?!?!?!!!!!

P.

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FROM: Joan Bishop, Acting Human Resources Director
To: All Employees
DATE: December 14
RE: Patty Lewis and Holiday Party

I'm sure I speak for all of us in wishing Patty Lewis a speedy recovery, and I'll continue to forward your cards to her.

In the meantime, management has decided to cancel our Holiday Party, and give everyone the afternoon of the 23rd off with full pay.

Happy Holidays!

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___________
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 12:19:03 AM
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almost everyone i know feels the same way.
FF has never been my favorite series, not to say im not a fan but theres series i have preferred like PoP or GOW or of course the best series ever created R&C!
its sad to see such a great series go down the shitter!
its happening with almost every series, which is really pissing me off!
PoP, FF, DMC, assassins creed, COD, MoH, BFBC, almost every series you can think of has been drastically changed for the worse.
i understand as time goes on games have to change, but not as drastically as they do.
honestly remove the characters, remove the name FF and you would not even know FF XIII was a FF game!
same goes for resident evil 5, DMC4, fear 2 almost every game released this gen.
ok times change, sequels come and with them they need to evolve, but evolution does not mean changing the dam thing!
if i wanted RE5 to turn into a mindless shooter i would of bought, oh i dunno, maybe COD?
if i wanted fear 2 to turn into a mindless shooter i would of bought, oh i dunno, maybe COD?
why do developers have to take fans beloved series and change them so much?
letter out to all developers if your going to take a famous beloved series and change it, PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD HALT DEVELOPMENT THIS INSTANT!!!!!!!

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Highlander
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 12:21:37 AM

I wonder what would happen if the developers of Call of Duty decided to turn it into a top down high level RTS game? You know, go a few years without a new CoD, and then have a new game announced with only a few non-gameplay trailers, then after much glitz, the game emerges. Want to bet on the reaction?

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___________
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 7:20:57 AM

its hard to say.
on one hand you have the developer of one of the worlds best selling pieces of entertainment, not only games but entertainment meaning books, movies, games, TV shows.
than on the other hand you have, well, IMO the least popular genre.
theres not many RTS fans, especially on consoles.
id bet the hype and sales would not be that crash hot for 2 simple reasons.
1 its a RTS, and RTS games are not that popular.
2 RTS games are most popular on PCs, and IW seriously pissed off allot of PC gamers with the crap they gave them with MW2.
antivision and PC gamers are not exactly friends, so thats seriously going to come back and bite them on the a$$!

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Teddie9
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 9:50:34 AM

The other series mentioned I agree on, but Assassin's Creed and BFBC, I beg to differ. Actually add DMC aswell, the 4th installment was still great and we have little idea what the new one will be like. I have a feeling your writing it off because of Dantes Change.

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Alienange
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 1:09:39 AM
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I can't fathom how you loved FFXIII. The "game" is just graphics with broken gameplay. All those flashy graphics and you're stuck staring at menus while your AI party members beat on the enemy somewhere off the top of the screen. It's ridiculous!

The only redeeming value FFXIII has is its story. Unfortunately it is a story that could have been told in four hours but they've decided to drag it out into 40 by forcing you to literally walk from one cut scene to the next.

They SHOULD have taken their great characters, their great story and their great graphics, and transposed them over the Lost Odyssey game engine. I would have been pretty happy with that.

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Vivi_Gamer
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 6:34:50 AM

I wish they just called Lost Odyssey Final Fantasy, i also wish i were on the PS3, by far the best 360 exclusive.

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BigBoss4ever
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 10:37:46 AM

I agree 1000%. Lost odyssey is the only jrpg that has the most classic elements of the past glory plus this gen graphics. I say it's a fantasy that is LOST, and mist walker is the squresoft walking in the mist.

It's the best jrpg on xbox or the entire generation if we talking about classic jrpg

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 11:04:32 AM

I was able to take a lot of solace in the micromanagement.

Preparing your characters before battle and using the Crystarium (which is basically a version of the Sphere Grid, only not quite as complex or cool) was always fun to me. And while the combat didn't say "RPG" to me, I do admit it was always intense and actually quite challenging. I maintain that FFXIII is the hardest FF of them all thus far...by quite a long shot, actually. The final boss was actually a BIG challenge, and because the 5th level of the Crystarium doesn't open until AFTER you've beaten it, the game doesn't LET you get super-powerful before facing the end.

As for Lost Odyssey, absolutely. One of my favorites and quite possibly the very last traditional turn-based RPG we'll ever see on consoles.

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Teddie9
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 1:42:39 PM

@ ben
"As for Lost Odyssey, absolutely. One of my favorites and quite possibly the very last traditional turn-based RPG we'll ever see on consoles. "

Nooooooooo!!!!!!
And here's me praying for a current gen turn-based Persona/SMT.

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shadowscorpio
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 2:08:06 PM

FF13 was actually turn-based believe it or not. The problems were that it was turn-based with control of only one choosen character throughout the whole damn game. Okay, I don't feel like going through all the other things that needed to be fixed. You all already know of them.

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Slycly
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 2:29:27 AM
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Final Fantasy went down hill to me starting with Final Fantasy XII. XII was ok i guess and then we get XIII which was even worse. I miss turn based combat. I miss real Summons. I miss a overworld map. I miss flying getting an airship and flying over the map. Hell where the hell is the towns. They didn't even try to translate that stuff to the next gen of consoles.

Now we get to run basically on rails from screen to screen. Really bad combat where AI members do their own thing. Almost no sense of exploration. Just nothing I loved about the older games.

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shadowscorpio
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 2:09:29 PM

Amen.

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tes37
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 2:46:07 AM
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I'm willing to donate my copy of FFXIII to a public bonfire. SE needs to realize that lots of sales can lead to lots of angry customers. They obviously don't read fan comments or care about feedback. They think the high sales numbers translate to a success and I hope it comes back to bite them on the *ss.

I'm looking forward to the next developer with the talent to take the place that SE seems so willing to vacate.

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Scarecrow
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 1:07:08 PM

I told everyone not to buy this crap...
People still did though, shame.

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shadowscorpio
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 2:16:16 PM

Well Scarecrow if no one bought it and played it we wouldn't be in the know of how the series went downhill with this game and Square enix would be clueless as to whether or not they are going in the right direction because there would be no fan feedback. Of course it seems that they are clueless at the moment anyway but since they apologized for their failure with FF14, maybe just maybe there's a chance they will actually listen to feedback and revive the FF franchise because it seems to be dying for a lot of people this gen...

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Vivi_Gamer
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 4:06:22 AM
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Oh come on, we've only had one so far (Yes i'm not counting XIV, as i don't count XI), last gen we had both X-2 & XII!, if it was not for X being one of the best in the series yet, this article would have been written 5 years ago.

As for XIII, i thought it was a thrilling adventure, The plot was ok... There characters were not exactly in depth, but they all had their charm. Which XII lacked completely, possibly the blandest cast i have ever seen in a game (Other than Balthier). The 'linear' gameplay kept it structred, which was a good thing due to the disater of XII, where you would juts be running though towns, landscapes and temples with no events happening and forgetting the whole perpose of the game. I think for the next game they should keep the political conflict in the background, XII suffered from it and it's clear that its the main focus of XIII aswell.

I think VIII is a good example, how it has the Gardens have conflicts but it never gets in the way of the character development, which is key.

I really enjoyed its certainly on my top 5.

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Wissam
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 5:25:02 AM
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FF13 was utter crap imo enough said.

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Condemnedsoul23
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 8:15:59 AM
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With meit's also about bang for your buck so Final Fantasy 13 as different as it was, was still a great game. Like it was stated before, had it had a different name, I think a lot more would have embraced it.
I rank Ninja Gaiden Siga 2 higher than GOW3. I know that sounds crazy but GOW3 I kicked out going straight through in a day, NGS2 was a LOT more challenging and had a lot more levels and weapons and techniques and strategies that had to constantly be modified for success. Just surpised it was over looked but to each their own.

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PorkChopGamer
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 3:23:36 PM

Gow3 was superior to GOW2 in graphics only. GoW2 was longer, had more variety, had a better story. Honestly, despite it's technical niggles, Castlevania: Lord of Shadow was a better game than GoW3, IMO. NGS2 and Bayonetta , too. GoW3 had too much backtracking. Nearly every area in the game you visit twice with cheap barriers stopping you from completing tasks prematurely. Heck, even Gaia's heart. That's crazy to me... I think the same thing about MGS4 and I'm a HUGE MGS fan. I still have EVERY MGS2, MGS3 and MGS4 trailer on my PC hard drive. But MGS3 was the better game to me. Better cast of characters. Better boss battles. The End sniper battle? Come on. Your saved food would spoil if you went a long time between plays. MGS4 in all it's awesomeness, was just way too many cutscenes. So on that respect alone, I can't put those titles on a top ten of this gen, let alone a top five.

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Clamedeus
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 8:45:15 AM
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FF13 doesn't seem like a game i would enjoy, i watched my brother play it and man it looks different. It doesn't seem like you have control that much in battle, and you are guided where to go.

You might disagree but that's how i feel about it, i don't like RPG's where they guide you where to go, or have little control in battle. I'm a fan of the FF games, but this game didn't have that grip on me as some of the other ones had that i have played.

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Condemnedsoul23
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 9:09:00 AM
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Respect your opinion.

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Ludicrous_Liam
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 9:23:19 AM
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I can easily say MGS4 was the best of this generation, & the best franchise ever too.
2nd would be UC1/2, &
3rd would be LBP1/2.

PLAYSTATION FTW

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Alienange
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 10:23:23 AM
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There is definitely one thing about FFXIII that absolutely amazes me. Not only are the graphics absolutely beautiful, but there isn't a sign of screen tearing or frame rate drops anywhere. They really did master that part of the game.

Now if only they'd slowed down the combat enough to allow us to admire it. I know some people enjoy the combat in this game, but I'd trade it for the ATB of past games any day.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 11:00:47 AM

As would I. And there's no doubt S-E did a phenomenal job in the technical category. It's why FFXIII is basically a shoo-in for Best CGI. ;)

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spiderboi
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 11:10:24 AM

Fully agree. What's the point in a mega-detailed monster if you can't really appreciate the visual without being whipped to pieces if you stopped and awed?

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BigBoss4ever
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 10:28:48 AM
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As I said many times, SE has sunk and rotten already, rotten with the twisted idea of westernization, rotten with Wada and his global greed. I shed no tears of any sympathy, this Is a classic example of self destruction with greed and arrogance.

If pick top five this gen, I will say

Demon's souls
Uncharted 2
MGS4
heavy rains
The last guardian

And not in any particular priority order

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Kiryu
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 12:08:43 PM
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Ben u should try the Yakuza Series it has way better gameplay,story,characters and way more things to do.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 11:13:13 PM

I have played Yakuza quite a bit. ...and no, I'm sorry, it doesn't.

But it's still a great series.

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Scarecrow
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 1:08:25 PM
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One of the top series for SNES, ps1, and ps2.
That streak has ended though.

Demon's Souls > FFXIII

Sooo I agree with Ben, FF is no longer relevant.

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BigBoss4ever
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 1:40:31 PM

demon's souls is the most addictive and the best fantasy RPG on PS3

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shadowscorpio
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 2:27:19 PM

I agree , Demon Souls is very addicting. Its punishing too. If you accidently kill a NPC that holds items you need, you have to either start a new game or beat your current (which is nonetheless a task of the fittest) and remember not to repeat the same mistakes.

I accidently defeated one of those dragon bugs that explodes after they die and I didnt talk to the decieving theif merchant before hand so he didn't walk away and hence was catch in the explosion. Never saw him again....

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Vivi_Gamer
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 4:42:41 PM

I could not get into Deamon Souls at all, from the second i started it was just bland. Difficulty alone is not a redeeming feature for a game.

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Palmetto
Saturday, December 25, 2010 @ 8:33:33 AM
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Mine are as follows:
1) Hot Shots Golf Out of Bounds
2) Gran Turismo 5
3) Demon's Souls
4) Uncharted 2
5) Resistance 1

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