Final Fantasy XIII-2 Review
I will say, take the good from Lost Odyssey (turn based battle system + beautiful dream script + deep music + ancient mystic world) + FF13/13-2's character, CGI and traditional chocobo and moogle and side quests and towns, this might be a winning formula for a true JRPG.
Last edited by BigBoss4ever on 1/31/2012 12:04:18 AM
When someone tells me it's a "JRPG" im basically being told "Of lesser quality".
I'll give it to them on Hardware, but Japan is falling off the map in terms of game development.
I'll buy another Final Fantasy when Blizzard, Bethesda, or SCEA Santa Monica get ahold of the rights to it.
I dont think giving Bethesda the rights (it would never happen anyways) would make FF what it has always been, which is what the fans want, mind you! I love Bethesdas games (Skyrim is simply amazing) but they create the polar opposite of what FF is, or rather was! FF is indeed getting "westernized" but that's not what the long time fans want!
You know, its an interesting thought experiment - if nothing else - to ask what would be the result if a western developer created a jrpg (as opposed to the other way around) - the western company provided the technical framework with a Japanese experienced creative director.
Would be darn cool to see the result of that!
@Underdog: In fairness I believe he's talking about the jrpgs here, not all devs. They do know how to make fast paced action games.
... I think? Right off the bat I were unable to come up with any Japanese favourites this gen other than Katamari Forever of course. You think of that racing sim?
Among other things like Nier, Deus Ex, and Metal Gear Solid 4. There's also Skyward Sword, DMC, and more. There's lots more, too. I can add more to the list, if you like. These are just off the top of my head without research.
Last edited by Underdog15 on 1/31/2012 10:10:05 AM
Deus Ex and DMC are just published by a Japanese company though. I do however agree that some of my favourites are from Japan this gen, including Valkyria Chronicles, Catherine, Bayonetta, Vanquish, Resonance of Fate, and Dark/Demon's Souls.
It's too bad the story isn't there but I'll enjoy it for what it is. I can't turn my head away from an RPG with as high production value as this. There still is hope for Square yet, but we'll have to see what their next move is.
I think it looks like they are onto something here. It takes more than one title to turn a trend, but on behalf of jrpgs in general and FF in particular I'm cautiously optimistic now. I actually felt a sting of curiosity while reading the review.
But the "had it not had been FF it would have scored higher" reasoning I disagree with. On the contrary, my logic tells me it's the other way around. All experience shows that a well established, respected brands pulls review scores *up*, not down.
I believe we experienced the exact same with GTA 4: Had that game not been a GTA released after the iconic GTA3-family (3/vc/sa) it would have ended up with a lower meta rating. It would still be a high metascore (obviously), but 97%? gtfo. That was a "Brand Bonus" in effect.
Last edited by Beamboom on 1/31/2012 2:28:38 AM
Beamboom: Absolutely not. The rampant hate FF suffers from, and the fact that this franchise is NOTHING what it used to be, has absolutely infected review scores. All critics hold FF to a certain standard, which is why I promise you the scores would be significantly higher if this were a new IP.