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#1 Jul 26 2009 at 9:09 PM Rating: Excellent
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Something that is interesting to note is that the two Final Fantasy-related titles coming out this year appear to be at opposite ends of the spectrum. We have the wildly hyped Final Fantasy XIII, which is the first numbered entry on the Playstation 3. It is undoubtedly going to push the series (and the hardware) to new technological heights. On the other hand, The 4 Light Warriors: Final Fantasy Gaiden for the Nintendo DS seems to be a complete leap back into the past.

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In regards to Final Fantasy XIV, would you like Square Enix to push the envelope forward, focusing on creating a technological marvel that attempts to revolutionize the Final Fantasy series for the current era of gaming? Would you rather they push it back towards a more nostalgic era, instead aiming to give new life to what they felt the Final Fantasy series always should have been? Which aspects would you like to preserve, and which other ones do you feel need to be let go?

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#2 Jul 26 2009 at 9:38 PM Rating: Good
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Elmer wrote:
In regards to Final Fantasy XIV, would you like Square Enix to push the envelope forward, focusing on creating a technological marvel that attempts to revolutionize the Final Fantasy series for the current era of gaming? Would you rather they push it back towards a more nostalgic era, instead aiming to give new life to what they felt the Final Fantasy series always should have been?


I don't see why it can't be a bit of both. The MMO industry is in desperate need of a revolution. At the same time...I think SE is starting to stray a bit much from the old FFs that made the series such a huge success. I think a bit of nostalgia mixed in with a revolutionary product is exactly what we need right now.

Personally...from what I've seen in interviews of the current SE employees I think many of the younger ones are trying too hard to create an abstract art form rather than a series of appealing games.
#3 Jul 26 2009 at 9:43 PM Rating: Excellent
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Can't we have both?

A game that revolutionizes the graphical and technological base of the MMORPG genre, while still maintaining the 'feel' of the Final Fantasy franchise, complete with magic, swords, and Cid?

Let go of Dynamis, time-wasted-in-LFG, strict storage rules, the FFXI crafting system, and the oppressive FFXI system of generating in-game currency.

Keep everything else.

Add soloability while LFG, interesting crafting, daily quests (for gil), more equipment options, better graphics, and maybe even a summoner who focuses more on their main job than their sub.
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#4 Jul 27 2009 at 6:55 AM Rating: Good
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I don't see any reason why we cant/shouldn't have both.

Would anyone else besides me like to see Biggs and wedge characters in XIV?
#5 Jul 27 2009 at 12:05 PM Rating: Decent
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Add soloability while LFG, interesting crafting, daily quests (for gil), more equipment options, better graphics, and maybe even a summoner who focuses more on their main job than their sub.


Haha, I completely agree. I still wish that the summons/avatars/aeons would work as they used to; high MP cost, but you summon them, they kick some ***, and they go back.

But on the other hand..that makes you almost ENTIRELY dependent on groups then.. Maybe a mixture? Haha
#6 Jul 27 2009 at 7:31 PM Rating: Good
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I want to see Squenix continue to push the envelope while retaining the core of what makes Final Fantasy great. One of the strengths of the franchise is that each game is completely different from the last, while still retaining core ideals and iconography (friendship, cooperation, chocobos, Cid). That's one of the things that I love the most about FF. Innovation is what FF is all about, taking something as simple as a turn-based RPG and building off of it to create a gaming experience that is like nothing else. I think embracing the old and mixing it with the new is what Squenix does right.

Yeah, it sounds like fangirl ranting, but there it is. Sure, there have been missteps along the way, but if Squenix continues to push the envelope and learn from their past mistakes, while retaining the essence of the series, I'm sure FFXIV will be something none of us can even imagine.
#7 Jul 29 2009 at 2:45 AM Rating: Decent
Wait, do you mean just technological, or do you also mean futuristic? We all know FF likes to bounce around in time. If your asking me if i want to fight orcs or robots, then i'd like to see a more Futuristic FF this time around. We have been playing the "Nostalgic" FF for 6-7 years now. It's time to go back to the future. ^^
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