I'm probably going to be hated for this post, but I seriously don't care. I mean, gameplay is a very important part of a game, but do you know what else is, too?
Characters. Story. Plot. Resolution.
Final Fantasy games have been on a gradual decline since FF9. Yes, I am saying X was a decline, but I'll get to that later. I do believe Final Fantasy games are seriously seriously overrated. Final Fantasy XIII, a game I have waited anxiously for, was a major let down for me. The ONLY good part was the combat system. That I enjoyed. But, once again, gameplay does not make a good game! There are so many other elements that have to be taken into consideration, and Square has just failed.
Let's take a look at the major Final Fantasys, shall we? Starting from their money maker:
FINAL FANTASY VII:
Now, like the rest of you, I have played FF7. As a kid, I loved it. It was ingenious, but as I grow older and play other RPGs, I come to realize that the game....just isn't as enjoyable anymore. Actually, I find it kind of overrated. The plot has so many holes in it that it needed four other games and movies to tie it together. But don't think I'm hating, entirely. I do love the cast of Final Fantasy Seven. I believe it was Square's most original cast. But here is the problem: there is a Tifa-type, Cloud-type, Yuffie-type in EVERY SINGLE GAME. Overall, though, the game set a new standard for RPG, blah blah blah~ Whatever. It's still a good game, despite my rants.
Now, Final Fantasy VIII is my absolute favorite game. Why? Well, the characters in this game got a LOT of development, therefore it is easy for me to relate and like them. Squall is my favorite protagonist, hands down. The music is nice, the graphics were and are STILL better than some games today, and the plot is rather creative. However, it isn't as popular as VII. Why? Honestly, I have no idea, but that's just my opinion.
Final Fantasy IX is a game I cannot really say much about. I've only played about 4 hours of it, before I had to stop altogether. I feel like they took a step BACK from VIII, graphics-wise. However, my best friend says this is his favorite Final Fantasy game, and he plays it at least once a year. I'm guessing it's a good game? So yeah.
Final Fantasy X I won't get into too much, but I have not completed the game. I did, however, get really far into it. Story was good, music was good, gameplay was good, but I disliked characterization. Too blah for me, but you know.
I think I was the only person on the planet who did not mind Final Fantasy XII. I liked the music, and the characters, but wasn't too big on the plot and the gameplay. That's okay; it made it a pretty even balanced game.
13 was a complete...mess, for me. Like a previously stated, I did not like it. Now, why this huge rant? Because...because I can! ><
As for the future of Final Fantasy...I wish they'd just end it and wrap up Kingdom Hearts, and then start on something new. Instead, they choose to create half-assed games that true fans don't even really like.....-Sigh-