I've decided to be completely indifferent for the time being, and optimistic for the future. In all honesty, it's really the only way I can remain sane.

Right now, here's my suggestion for all you hardcore Final Fantasy fans who feel slighted (and maybe even downright abused) at the announcement of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII , the game that focuses more on action and institutes what sounds like a ridiculous time clock:

Just pretend it isn't there. Seriously. Let's not complain because quite clearly, that doesn't do anything. Square Enix doesn't listen and worse, they have no intention of listening, so why get a hernia over something we can't change? Besides, let's not forget that this is the "Final Chapter" in the Lightning Saga, so they can't do this to us again. At the very least, they have to start over the next generation with Final Fantasy XV . Right? Speaking of which, we should probably not put much faith in Versus XIII , either. Too much of a leap of a faith.

With a new generation comes fresh hope. We put the past generation behind us, try to forget the mistakes game makers have made, and look to the future. Many designers have reinvented themselves with new hardware, and there has to be a chance for Square Enix down the road. I'm going to cling to that. Lightning Returns might turn out great, I don't know. But for now, I'm just going to pretend it's not there…and I suggest you do the same if you're really upset.

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bebestorm
bebestorm
8 years ago

Its easy to pretend!…. The one I pretend doesn't exist is FF X-2!

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

But you can never pretend it didn't have the finest active time turn based battle system ever seen.

bebestorm
bebestorm
8 years ago

Yeah I can because I chose not to play it.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

Touche

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
8 years ago

Even so that was ruined by the tedious dress sphere system…

daus26
daus26
8 years ago

Tedious? I thought they were fun lol. It's like having multiple classes.

ZettaiSeigi
ZettaiSeigi
8 years ago

@daus26: I agree. Between FF X-2 and XIII-2, it's easily the former for me, any day.

ZettaiSeigi
ZettaiSeigi
8 years ago

The only consolation for me on this news is the fact that it's going to be the final chapter of this polarizing FF game. I'll just wait until the give FF Versus XIII the spotlight that it long deserved.


Last edited by ZettaiSeigi on 9/3/2012 9:16:48 AM

Neo_Aeon666
Neo_Aeon666
8 years ago

LOL I was a sucker for Luna and I loved it when she was impersonated at first and sang WHAT CAN I DO FOR YOU! lolll Man I got em all in lady luck outfits to clear the game! AH and I remember wanting to peek at the hotspring scene LOL man

Temjin001
Temjin001
8 years ago

I have to say, of all the FF's, X-2 was the hardest for me to accept because of the overbearing femme appeal of it all. Granted, it may do some nice game play things, but I'm sure a Barbie game could, too, but it doesn't mean I'll want to play it =)

Underdog15
Underdog15
8 years ago

LOL @ FFX-2 being an "Active time turn based" battle system. >.< A term just now invented by World, though the concept was first achieved through FFXIII.

I think part of the problem here is that some people just don't know what they're looking at.


Last edited by Underdog15 on 9/3/2012 8:56:11 PM

Arvis
Arvis
8 years ago

FFX-2 is one of the best games in the franchise. Objectively, I feel comfortable saying that you are truly missing out by skipping that game. So addictive, so fun. Cheesy, yes, almost painfully so at times, but there are some touching, genuine moments as well.

-Arvis

Siris86
Siris86
8 years ago

Though not quite the RPG everyone expected, it seems a little harsh to pretend the game doesn't exist. With an open world, stealth and perhaps traversal mechanics, and an action oriented battle system, I think it's at least interesting enough to warrant further information. Of course I'd much prefer Versus info, but I have the hunch that it's shaping up to be FFXV and possibly next-gen.


Last edited by Siris86 on 9/2/2012 9:53:16 PM

Siris86
Siris86
8 years ago

So, I guess since everyone wants to forget the game, when actual gameplay is presented this site won't cover it, right? I'm sure…When any of these elements are found in other games it makes them interesting (save the winding clock, though I think the extremity of the time phobia displayed here is a little ridiculous), but in a FF spinoff, shield your eyes! Run away! Be true fans of Final Fantasy that immediately hates anything SE produces! Hope on Versus until the next baseless rumor emerges and then quickly abandon it!

Underdog15
Underdog15
8 years ago

I don't think you grasped the concept of the article. :p

LoneRanger1975
LoneRanger1975
8 years ago

I will probably wait for this FF to go down. This year it's like 2 months after a game comes out it goes to $30 or less. Yeah, I got burned waaaayyyyyyyy too much this year.

On a separate but related issue: When the h^ll is Final Fantasy X HD coming out?! It was due around or near the Vita's launch and there just remains a TBA slot on every board. I've got a few FFs on my Vita but this is one I never finished on the PS2 and the Vita plus PSP are awesome for them long RPGs. Shut down the system for a few hours and come right back where you were in the game. No waiting. (I love my Vita BTW.)

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

When asked about the progress of FFXHD at the FF 25th Anniversary event Shinja Hashimoto gave a quick response: "no comment".

daus26
daus26
8 years ago

Ugh. Of course. Like FFXIII-2. they'd want all focus to be on Lightning Returns.

Underdog15
Underdog15
8 years ago

@World
I hope they got boo'd hardcore.

Heartless Angel
Heartless Angel
8 years ago

Let's now buy this game. Let the low sales be a wake up call to them that we don't want this and we never wanted the story of XIII to be extended in the first place.

Ludakriss
Ludakriss
8 years ago

There is irony in the typo in the first sentence. Now, instead of "not".

daus26
daus26
8 years ago

It's hard to pretend that this game doesn't exist when it's a game that is going to delay FFvsXIII even further into non-existence for this gen. If FFvsXIII were to release before, or around it's time, then maybe.

And yes, although it's too strong of a word, it just seems like they are abusing the fans. They're continuosly doing things that are the opposite of what the fans want to see. I'm not the one that should wish SE a bad omen, but I do still have a glimmer of hope that someday all this nonsense will stop.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

It's difficult to ignore multiple knives to the heart. The problem here seems to be that people want to wait and find out of it's a "good game in it's own right."

Yeah, consumers don't want that from FF.

But you're right, there is no point at all in shouting at the deaf, gesticulating in front of the blind, or asking for answers from the dumb.

Metal Head
Metal Head
8 years ago

I will get the game, but not pay full price. I have played worst games in my life for example, Zelda on 64 it was impossible to play and enjoy. A friend of mine lend me his N64 and zelda Occarine of time if I remember correctly.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

Wow, Ocarina is considered among the greatest games ever made. In any case, I'll buy this used to see how the story ends without getting any money to SE. Well, that is if the clock doesn't turn out to make it unplayable.

Jawknee
Jawknee
8 years ago

I didn't like the clock in Majora's Mask either. I never finished the game. Was my least favorite Zelda. I won't lie though, if Nintendo remakes it for 3DS I'll give it another try.

dmiitrie
dmiitrie
8 years ago

This is pretty much the approach I've taken for a little while now. I was really angry with XIII. I was sorta disappointed with XIII-2. Now, I just can't work up the energy to be upset at all. S-E has taken everything away from me, even my ability to be mad on the Internet. I just don't care any more, not about this, not about Versus, not even about XV.

tes37
tes37
8 years ago

Pretending this doesn't exist will be easy. When it releases, I'll stop pretending and it's non-existence in my library will be a reality.

Metal Head
Metal Head
8 years ago

@ World I hate it the clock formula for Occarina. I don't like to go against time, is irritating in real life already to have to deal with in a game. I play my games slow enjoying every detail that many gamers don't do.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

Ahhhh, you have made a mistake! The lame clock was in Majora's Mask not Ocarina. I couldn't play Majora's Mask either. It's just a gimmick to make a game that has little content seem longer.

Mog
Mog
8 years ago

Majoras was so awesome! As long as you played the song on the ocarina that slowed time down, time never became a problem.
I also hate time on games but there was something about Majoras that I really enjoyed. There was much more sidequests that OoT and the system where certain events are triggered at different times worked well.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

I hear ya gunblade, but you shouldn't have any significant time limits in an RPG and (in my opinion) shouldn't have to do anything special to thwart your game restarting every few minutes so you have to do things over and over.

ZenChichiri
ZenChichiri
8 years ago

I just pretend that this is what they really mean by it:

http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/17xqutf8w4cv4jpg/medium.jpg

tes37
tes37
8 years ago

LOL. I like that.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

HAH!

Underdog15
Underdog15
8 years ago

lol excellent.

Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
8 years ago

Square Enix,

Remove the Final Fantasy title from ALL of your games. You're just driving away more and more fans.

Oh, and feel free to sell the rights and Final Fantasy name, brand and logo to Mistwalker Studios. They're the only ones who can bring the franchise back to standard.

Feel free to make more games, just not anymore Final Fantasy games as you clearly have no idea what you're doing with that franchise anymore and clearly don't care about the fans anymore.

Yours sincerely,
Dancemachine55

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

Suikoden! Time to jump in and steal the Final Fantasy fan base now.

Mog
Mog
8 years ago

As long as they add auto-battle, I'll be a happy gamer…. ….he…hehe….hahahah….HAHAHAHA!!!

Sorry, could not contain myself

Ludakriss
Ludakriss
8 years ago

xDDDDDDD Wowwww!! You, my friend literally made me laugh in the manner that you wrote in your sentence!

Creepy stuff O_O

Mog
Mog
8 years ago

LOL.
Well, sometimes when all hope is lost the best thing to do is just laugh.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
8 years ago

So… you're not going to report on it?

Either way, it probably is the best way to go about it for you guys. I'll just pretend it's another low profile title that I have a passing interest in.

And I hope you realise that even if FFXV does bring back the correct feeling of nostalgia that you're all looking for, S-E is just going to it with one sequel or spin-off after another. They've already announced that they want to follow in the vein of CoD and AC, keeping it the public spotlight with yearly releases, and besides that, history dictates it. Since FFX they've expanded every entry. First with X-2, then countless expansion packs for XI, if you choose to count it. The Ivalice Alliance ties into FFXII and now the Fabula Nova Crystallis and FFXIV: A Realm Reborn. It's inevitable.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

When news pops up about LRFFXIII Ben will split off into John Shepard and write that news 🙂

ProfPlayStation
ProfPlayStation
8 years ago

A fine suggestion, Ben. Reading Final Fantasy news these days is like watching a huge slow-motion train wreck. It's hard to look away, but I must, because that train contains harmful toxic waste that will only damage me, the longer I look at it. If I pretend it's not happening, maybe it'll just go away…

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
8 years ago

As I have said before, I cannot take this game as the true sequel to Final Fantasy XIII-2. It feels like what Crisis Core was to Final Fantasy VII a spin off.

This is not an RPG, I know many of you have joked about the previous 2 being a departure but this one really is. this sounds more like Metal Gear. Infact, I feel the same way about this title as I do with Rising, if it was a separate game not related to my favourite franchise, it be happy but as the context is so removed from the previous titles I just cannot enjoy it. While Rising seems too over the top for Metal Gear at least this title seems like it can fit no matter how wild it gets after the convoluted mess of XIII-2.

What hurts me the most is that they haven't even kept the menus in, even Crisis Core had a menu setting. Applying moves to the face buttons makes it a straight up action game in my book. If this Final Fantasy XIII-3 I'd be fine, but as it's the conclusion of Final Fantasy XIII I want it to be done right in a form of an RPG.

I feel like telling S-E like what Obi-Wan from the original Star Wars does when their vehicle is stopped by two soldiers "This is not the game we're looking for" S-E mindlessly repeats "Go back and try again."

On another note, no Versus, no Type-0, No FFX HD remake… Other than this spin off we got nothing from S-E for the 25th Anniversary, a real let down. Still I guess I want to see the trailer for this spin off tomorrow…

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
8 years ago

This is all I can think of about this game now:

http://i834.photobucket.com/albums/zz266/ultimadream/MetalGearLight4-1.jpg

Jawknee
Jawknee
8 years ago

Only Crisis Core was good. This…not so much.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

That's not true that nothing came out of FF 25th anniversary, we found out there may or may not be an upcoming Final Fantasy dating sim for girls. 🙁

Oxvial
Oxvial
8 years ago

''If this Final Fantasy XIII-3 I'd be fine, but as it's the conclusion of Final Fantasy XIII'' Your obsession of a ''proper'' conclusion with FFXIII on every article of FFXIII is starting to pisses me off!, FFVII had a inconclusive ending and that was fine a much better game than your crappy FFXIII.

homura
homura
8 years ago

New settings, new battle system, I don't care about the story anymore, I will buy this game used. I loved XIII, hated XIII-2 pretend that it's existence is just another paradox. I don't even care about versus anymore, if it will be release so be it, I'm not going to wait anymore. There is a lot more interesting games than this coming next year that deserves full price purchases.