Monday, April 4, 2011
Final Fantasy is a lot like U2
That being said, I can hate on Final Fantasy XIII and XIV all I want, but I'm still going to play just about any game with Final Fantasy slapped in the title. Thirteen seemed like it was dumbed down (gameplay and story) and spiced up with pretty graphics trying to reach a wider audience; an RPG crowd that didn't exist. I haven't played 14, but from what I gather, that was a clusterfuck in a dimension that we just don't live in. But I've played all of the Final Fantasies (minus 11) up to this point and I pretty much loved them. Final Fantasy was simply a series that shaped my childhood so you could say I would pre-emptively forgive any shortcomings the series would have (and guess where I learned the word "pre-emptive", yeah).
So to me, Final Fantasy is a lot like U2. I know all of the jokes and I understand the complaints against them. They were extremely influential in the past and that's pretty much the reason why reaction to them is so polarized nowadays.