Does Final Fantasy XIII mar the great history of FF?

Posted by Logan_Aybara (70 posts) -

So I'm about 40 hours into FFXIII, towards the end of chapter 11, and I have to wonder, has Square ruined the series?  
 
The game is 100% linear, even though it supposedly "opens up" in chapter 11, I accidentally immediately followed the yellow arrow, and found myself trapped in yeat another corridor, leading me along a path exactly to where I was supposed to go next.  I find myself playing at this point just to finish, but I'm no longer enjoying myself, I just have a problem where I have to finish what I started.
 
I feel as if JRPG's have been declining for years, while WRPG's have continued to rise in quality.  This game just angers me on so many levels.
 
Thoughts?

#1 Posted by Logan_Aybara (70 posts) -

So I'm about 40 hours into FFXIII, towards the end of chapter 11, and I have to wonder, has Square ruined the series?  
 
The game is 100% linear, even though it supposedly "opens up" in chapter 11, I accidentally immediately followed the yellow arrow, and found myself trapped in yeat another corridor, leading me along a path exactly to where I was supposed to go next.  I find myself playing at this point just to finish, but I'm no longer enjoying myself, I just have a problem where I have to finish what I started.
 
I feel as if JRPG's have been declining for years, while WRPG's have continued to rise in quality.  This game just angers me on so many levels.
 
Thoughts?

#2 Posted by Jost1 (2077 posts) -

I like it. It's not GREAT though, and playing Persona 4 I realised just how awful the Final Fantasy storylines are

#3 Edited by MrKlorox (11197 posts) -

Having not played 13, I'm gonna say it was FF7 that marred what I thought of the FF name (actually it was 8 that made me quit, but 7 was the first of that style).
 
Also while I think certain elements of WRPGs have gotten better in the last decade, others have gotten much worse. Most feel so hollow nowadays and are only remotely similar to the classics (I see you're a fan of Planescape Torment, speaking of classics).
 
Then again maybe I'm just too old and my nostalgia is winning.

#4 Posted by bonbolapti (1596 posts) -

Well not every Final Fantasy is a winner. they tried something and it didn't really work (for me). Chapter 11 is the best part, that's pretty much it :P. but I am looking forward to agito XIII.

#5 Posted by Jost1 (2077 posts) -

The only FFs I LOVE are 6, 9 and 12

#6 Edited by ricetopher (1046 posts) -

This game has just shown what one of the biggest problems with JRPGs are: the audience. Theres a great divide between people who are willing to see the genre try different things, and the people who want it to remain the same.

FF13 is alright, it has it fair share of problems, but the narrow-minded JRPG fans can't deal with something that isn't like the PS1 JRPGs (and on the opposite spectrum their are people willing to defend this game to the death). The problem with a series that changes every iteration is that fans will always have a favorite, and since no game after that will be the same it will effect the players quality of the other games in the series, future and past.

I look forward to what Square will do with the series after FF14 Online.

#7 Posted by phantomzxro (1558 posts) -

I would say it was good but not great i would like to think every other ff had some who loved it. You will have people here say they loved 7, 8, 10 or 6, 9, 12. This game does some things really well the battle system was great and the game is pure eye candy.  I just can't help but feel a lot was cut out or just plain left out to focus on said battle system and graphics. Now it makes this game feel uncomplete and everyone will say "wait 20 hours in" then it will be awesome. So this may have been a set back for 13 i think with the  engine already done the next games in line will do much better.

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