well I recently broke down and bought a copy of final fantasy XIIII-2 for the PS3.
Why did I do this? Well first things first up untill recently final fantasy has been one of my favorite RPG's. Granted I have been more and more disapointed with it since final fantasy 9 (the last one worth playing, im sorry if you disagree) But I still have hope for the games. They shaped allot of my RPG loveing youth.
Sadly since 9 each of the games as tried to reinvent the RPG and failed to do so well, allot of the mistakes are covered for by there prestigious name, but I dont feel thats a very good excuse.
I had high hopes for ff 14 and due to that, I allowed myself high hopes for ff14-2 why you might ask? well I tell you.
Because I was hopeing ff14-2 would do the same thing ff X-2 did, and fix what was broke!
I hated ff X it was a weird ass plot, the characters were all annoying the entire world had an unpleasant, tropical feel to it. None of the elements I look for in an RPG. the battle system was a pretty good continuation of FF's ATB System but lets face it, Between Tidus SPEAKING Yuna whispering....softly...and Waka Just BEING ALIVE this game was on bad terms with me from the start.
Still I could forgive all that but the sphere system killed what little there was left in the game for me.
So dispite several attempts I couldn't force myself to slog through a game I disliked playing that much just to enjoy the story. Thats a Shame I know, because despite being weird and stuff FF X is known to have a very good overall storyline. The world was original and in that capacity interesting.
FF X-2 I actually beat, because it managed to fix the annoying characters issue, tuned up Yuna's personality and gave me a freaking counter balance to Rikku's Eternally chipper attitude. (thank you for Payne SE)
the game SHINED in it's Dress Sphere system which brought back my very favorite job system and tuned it up for a faster paced combat style. the only thing that sucked about this game, was it was to short, and the story was weak. The game itself was infinitely more fun to play through then FF X
I found the same experience waiting for me when i first played FF 14 the story was fun (and this time around the characters were actually interesting) but the game play was TERRIBLE!
Yes combat is fast and fluid but you don't feel like you have any control at all, you have marginal control over what ever character is currently the leader and everything else is all AI heck the battles move so fast you should just click auto battle most of the time, the AI is good enough to allways pic the best moves for any given situation.
Tape the button down on the controller and go get a Soda! Done!
Thats terrible battle design. The levels were linear and once again they anally raped the traditional RPG fan by taking away the level system thats right, no ability to grind to increase your strength. You raise your power in a far more nebulous way and the game actually caped you based on were you were in the story so some bosses were almost impossible.
I hoped they would have fixed that for 14-2 but nope, same damn game, less interesting characters, faster battles then before, less interesting story.
Pass this one up, unless you loved 14, this is not worth your time. I am now stuck with a game I hate, because the internet lied to me and collectively game it an 8/10 rateing.
Im afraid RPG's as we know and love them are changing or dieing out entirely, I know Final Fantasy sure as hell seems to be dead. Along with most of the other long running RPG's I love.
I think im finally wholly done with final fantasy. Im going to try to slog though this as far as i can, and pray it gets better but i think i wasted 60 bucks.
6 years, 6 months ago
02 Feb 2012 12:40 CET