But then you take a look at the beastiary and there begins to be one too many familiar faces. We all expect to see Cactuars and Chocobos, I have no complaints with their presence, I do wish the Cactuar wasn't a replica of XI's but it will do. As for what worries me it isn't the Opo-opo or the Peiste, both fairly uncommon and interesting creatures from XI. It isn't the fact that the Mammet is the same as the automatons, I actually look forward to what behavior they have programmed for them. What worries me is the Raptor, an all too common creature that I really didn't want to see ever again. I know we've been shown only around a dozen of the foes we will face, but I can't help but wonder what else will show it's face if the boring raptors are in the game. Will we see Goblins roaming every area, or perhaps a return of the evil Rarabs? I can't help but wonder how far beyond monsters have they copied things, are we going to see frustrating augments from the get-go? Perhaps the same NM system concept has been used, and we'll all be camping in Aery 2.0 in years to come.
Nostalgia is a powerful tool.
But the line between homage and shallow repetition is thin and subjective.
Nostalgia wielded like a fine precision instrument is when when something remains on the homage side of the line. It's hearkens back to our fonder memories and serves to enhance our current experiences without overcoming them.
Nostalgia wielded like a blunt instrument is when something tips over into the shallow side of the line. When the attempt to lean on our memories becomes so obvious and forced it gives the impression the new thing can't stand on it's own two feet. It's the cowardice of Hollywood, insulting in it's transparency.
We all draw the line between these two things in different places, but we all draw the line regardless. Trying to add the most amount of recycled content while turning off the least amount of people is a strange pursuit. There's no correlation between adding more things and getting more customers, as even the hardcore fan-base that's been chatting on forums before the game even starts is highly divided on the issue. It seems like such a senseless agenda. Edited, Apr 4th 2010 11:10pm by Zemzelette