Sony Needs A First-Party RPG Like Legend Of Dragoon
Sony is well known for their exclusives.
This generation, Uncharted, inFamous, Heavy Rain, LittleBigPlanet, Killzone, MotorStorm, and Demon's Souls all became new exclusive IPs that cemented the PlayStation 3 as the hardcore gamer's platform. The continuation of already established franchises, like Metal Gear Solid, God of War, Ratchet & Clank, and Gran Turismo has continued to bolster the brand.
But once upon a time, there was a first-party RPG that fans of the genre really loved, despite the lukewarm critical reception. It was Legend of Dragoon, Sony's first role-playing attempt and one that boasted a decent story and a turn-based mechanic with a timing twist. I distinctly recall certain elements of the game; i.e., the strange contrast between the beautifully designed towns and the drab, linear world map. I also remember thinking that Sony probably should leave RPGs to the experts (like Squaresoft), but this was before I played it.
Much was made of the amazing movies included in the game; they surpassed just about everything else in terms of technical proficiency, and were the reason the game shipped on 4 CDs. We had heard about it for a loooong time, too, as it had been in the works for over 3 years and the development team consisted of over 100 members (big numbers in those days). And you know, we really don't have a lot of high-profile RPG exclusives in the PlayStation realm. There's White Knight Chronicles and Demon's Souls, along with a few other Japanese-developed RPGs, but where's our LoD sequel?
If you want action, you go to God of War. If you want chilling, innovative drama, you play Heavy Rain. If you want more innovation in the realm of player creativity and platforming, you go with LittleBigPlanet. Racing? Gran Turismo. Action/adventures? MGS, Uncharted, inFamous. But where's our first-party RPG? Why couldn't it be a LoD follow-up? Oh, I know...it's impossible. Yeah, we've heard that from Square Enix a million times before. Oh well. 'sigh'
8/7/2011 9:29:15 PM Ben Dutka