Critics Contributing To JRPG Demise?
In our industry, when a game receives mediocre reviews, it really hurts. At the same time, all sorts of titles can become smash successes (regardless of hype) if the critics get behind it.
Now, we all know one thing: when the White Knight Chronicles II reviews start hitting the Internet later this week and into next, you're going to see the same "complaint" quite a bit: "it's just more of the same." Furthermore, you'll hear implications and flat-out statements that say the game is "old-fashioned" or "behind the times" in one way or another.
This is a guarantee. It's going to happen. And we've talked about the effect here at PSXE before; it must have a definite impact on developers. Game makers always look at what's popular because they want to produce something that sells. Even if they remain committed to their original vision(s), they're going to implement various factors that they believe the majority will enjoy. And when the majority of critics are telling you that your game is outdated, and telling the public that we've "advanced" beyond certain mechanics, the result is inevitable: less traditional JRPGs.
Granted, the quality in some JRPGs just doesn't cut it these days. But then again, how do we know what we would've seen if reviewers hadn't worked to squeeze out that style of gameplay? In truth, they've never really liked it and only gave it a free pass when it came to Final Fantasy, so it's not exactly surprising to see 6s for games like White Knight Chronicles II. Of course, that isn't turn-based but it's similar to Final Fantasy XII, which of course is "outdated." Constant real-time twitching is all anybody wants, apparently, and the critics don't appear to be helping.
Related Game(s): White Knight Chronicles II
9/5/2011 9:13:32 PM Ben Dutka