FFX2 - What the HELL?!
It's official, I don't like FFX2. It's a nice game and all, but I'm convinced Square has lost it's touch when it comes to gameplay. The design aspects are fantastic... Characters are fairly well developed (though shallow, and stereotypical) as is the world. But it just playes like any other FF game so far. Not a BAD thing, but nothing wonderful (still years behind the Grandia II fighting model).
But if you take a game that's mediocre
at it's best, and then throw in the most ASS-BACKWARDS freeware puzzles and the most CONVOLUTED incentive engine (earning 100% to see the 'extra' ending), and you've shot it to hell.
From a rookie-designer point of view, I think taking a game that has 15-20 hours of value and using such cheap methods to get gamers to play 70+ hours is a bastard cop-out.
Don't even get me started on the animation... I've seen first-generation PS1 and Sega Saturn games that have better animatics than the current FF games. For such a respected game developer who wants so hard to be rememberd as an epic world-builder, THEY NEED TO LEARN TO ANIMATE
. Animation cycles just abruptly start and stop with no transition and there is no motion-interpolation. That was fair with 2D spirtes, but this is the fucking PS2! Characters stand around in unnatural static poses, their canned animation is silly and loops too much, NPCs mindlessly wander in small circles (if at all), and Yuna runs like she just took a shit in her pants. The most bizzare part is, the monster animations are still fantastic. WTF? Isn't it usually the other way around?
could do a better job with character animation. Without millions of dollars of motion-capture equipment and without dozens of animators on top-of-the-line workstations, I could have kicked your character animations in the ass and raped it.
This is why I've never been a big FF fan. Gimme Phantasy Star, or gimme death!
Okay, because nobody cares, here is my current ranking of FF games from best to worst:
FF6J (FF3US) - The most complete feeling FF game to date, and set the standard of RPGs which Square has never bothered to surpass.
FF9 - If you aren't going to innovate, emulate your tired-and-true formula from the past.
FF5 - A rewarding twist in the series. Weak story, but above-average game.
FF10 - A borderline silly and immature, but still interesting storyline with the usual battle system. Not bad. Not great.
FF4J (FF2US) - Nothing revolutionary, but a good story and fair design.
FF10 2 - Mix a few good things with a few bad things and you get a marginal game.
FF1J - Ho-hum, but undeniably a historical marker in game design.
FF2J & FF3J - Natural progression in action. Nothing groundbreaking, but still steps foward in the series.
FF8 - Square proves that it is good at builing worlds and interesting LOOKING characters, but the plot and character personalities are severly lacking.
FF7 - Garbage. Complete garbage. I've noticed a trend... The only people who claim that FF7 is the best game ever has never played Chrono Trigger, FF6J or another cricitally acclaimed RPG before in their lives. Most of them also think Mortal Kombat was great. I'm not saying
that it's a game for stupid people, but... Okay, well... It's a game for stupid people. Sorry, but that's the truth. The world design was fair, but everything else lacked. This was also the beginning of Square's boner for adding shitty mini-games in order to make a shallow game seem that much more involving (and failed, IMO).
Fuck you Square... Seriously... I love Square for Chrono Trigger, FF6, FF9, Xenogears, Chrono Cross, the Seiken Densetsu series, Bushido Blade 1 & 2 and Parasite Eve 1 & 2. But why are your WORST games (FF7, FFX2, Kingdom Hearts and FF8) also your most popular games? You stand as proof that the world is filled with idiots. Current Mood: Pissed