I think it's pretty clear that video games have several limitations that make traditional storytelling very difficult. The presence of cutscenes, though, isn't the smoking gun you seem to think it is.
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Seriously, though, I like the dudes making this game, and I'm excited to get my hands on it. I like how bizarrely specific and down-to-earth the setting and scenario are. You don't get much of that in games.
No. Looks interesting, but not enough that I'm willing to pay a premium price so far in advance of the rest of the game. I'm guessing by the time Phantom Pain is out, there will be some means through which I can get the prologue at a discount.
OK, so I've read up on this now. I just can't fathom what would possess a competent developer to make those decisions. Even if one accepts that their story is compelling enough to justify repeating content, there's still no reason to belabor the point to the degree that they have. One repeat would be enough. I would be willing, perhaps, to accept two. But four times?
So at what point can I end this game, if I wish, assuming I don't care enough about the story to pursue the "true" ending? Would I be missing out on any sweet new content, like dungeons or bosses?
That's what I have to look forward to? Repeating the same content I've already done three more times? What in the world were they thinking?
My god, I'm only in Chapter 5 right now, and I basically thought, "Haha, that was a pretty good twist, game. Now let's hurry on to the endgame, and never ever do that to me again." Little did I know...
Wow. You are in the bubble, dude. You are so deep in the bubble that you can't even make out the edges of it.
What a season.
Frankly, FFXIII was always more interesting to me as a window into Square's internal development woes than as a narrative, so it's been fascinating to watch this trilogy stumble its way through this generation. I don't have anywhere near the disdain toward it that I did in 2010; even so, I am profoundly relieved that those teams will now be working on something else.
Long live Fabula Nova Crysalis.
@buffaloseven: Don't really know how to answer that. Unless there is some crazy Reckoning mod scene I don't know about, being on PC would provide the game no real benefit.
Also I don't agree that there's a paucity of this type of game on PC at all. There's Diablo and its ilk, every WoW clone ever, ports of similar console games...