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In a recent interview with Game Informer, BioWare figureheads Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk expressed reservations about Final Fantasy XIII. "I've been reading some reviews on that one. That may be on the bottom of
my list right now," said Muzyka in reference to his queue of must-play games. "It's kind of a question mark. It would have been
right up there before I read about it, but some of this other stuff is
probably more pressing."
Zeschuk chimed in, adding "It's really interesting. They're trying to do something different, which
is admirable, but it's hard. They also had a very long development
cycle. They may have been aiming at a real interesting spot at one
point, but then too much time goes by. Not only are there a lot of
games, but they are coming out fast."
We'll be curious to hear what the Mass Effect 2 and Dragon Age: Origins creators have to say about the game once they get around to playing it.
here to read the first part of our interview, which discusses
BioWare's transition from independent developer to Electronic Arts
here to read part two of our chat, where the doctors detail their view of where story stands in the gaming industry and reveal what
games they've recently played.
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Bottom of my list... more like not on it!
They're saying that with all the games coming out here (and there are a ton) that FF just hasn't separated itself from the pack to them. I mean, lets not forget that Square Enix declared that this game would revive the Japanese RPG market, but to be honest, nothing I've read would imply anything close to that.
It may be a good game, but in the end, there have been several games in the 9 range since the start of the year. At least it is on their list, so they aren't disregarding the game completely.
They're missing out. Quite honestly, BioWare probably wouldn't be around if it weren't for Enix/Final Fantasy
I must admit im not really looking into getting f.f. 13. I did get final fantasy 1 fr my iphone and loved it, but it doesn't look much like the first one...thats for sure. I don't mean graphics I mean the time period. In 1 it's like old time fantasy and now it's like space ships and such.
Seems a little harsh to put a game, that got great reviews, and let alone never played, to put on the bottom of your own list.
I for one never even played a FF game, I know fail on my part, and I am highly looking forward to getting FF:13.
I don't think it's true people don't enjoy JRPG's anymore, I think it's more like companies like Square Enix have ignored the things that made their early JRPG's lovable to focus more on visuals and attracting other gamers who don't enjoy JRPG's/turn based battles. If they could make a modern RPG with characters as likable as the ones from FF7 and battle mechanics as fun as the ones from Chrono Trigger I'd be the first in line. But instead FMVs seem to be getting longer the characters seem to be getting more obnoxious and the battle mechanics can't seem to decide what they are. My favorite games ever were JRPG's by Square, but FFXIII is still at the bottom of my list too because it doesn't seem to have anything that made me love those other games.
Also @ xplay, the problem is when you've made games like ff7, ff10, which I hated but whatever, and etc then consumers expect at the very least you're game should be good enough to get 9+ on a 1-10 grading scale. They just expect much more on top of that.
I own both ME 1&2 and FF13, which are both great games in their respective themes and styles. IMO neither game is superior to the other, it just falls on the question of which game you are in the mood for. While I am at it IMO, I believe FF13 is deserving of the moniker "Final Fantasy". Instead of arguing about which is better play both and you will walk away happy.
I've seen FF13's battle system in action and it looks like a lot of fun. But from anyone that's been playing, they all say that it's definitely "on-rails" for 80% of the game. That, to me, is not an RPG.
People might say: "then how could you like games like Dead Space or God of War since those games basically direct from checkpoint to checkpoint?" It's because Dead Space & GOW are action games where you have direct control over the character, giving the player more feeling of freedom, even though they are being put through "hallway" after "hallway."
I agree with this guy, FF13 is down my list. I'd rather replay 6 than play 13 at this point.
Mass Effect 2 sold 2 million copies in its first week FF13 sold about that much in its first two months.
They say something bad about a game you like so you diss how they look? Grow up.
Mass Effect 2 is a much more polished and mature game. People are finally starting to realize that anime-like games with dumbass characters with crazy hairstyles are becoming trite and mundane. After you're done with FF13, move on to a grown-up game: Mass Effect 2.
I'd say it's time for the FINAL Final Fantasy.
@ Colin, you pretty much hit the nail on the head. I'd also add that when you're fans wait as long as Final Fantasy fans do between iterations, I mean FFXIII and Versus were announced when I was a freshmen in high school, and had been started being developed well before that, and now I'm a sophomore in college and only one has been released and the other one apparently isn't even far enough along for a game play demo, they're literally going to expect life changing, or at least gaming community challenging, games. When you wait 6+ years for a game, especially from a company with the history Square Enix has, you expect it to be much more than just good. You expect it to completely blow you away in every aspect, especially the story.
I don't get what you guys are tripping about. They're not stubbornly knocking the game, what they are saying are all facts about what has happened and what they have heard without playing the game. They said it has been in a long development cycle, which it has, and they are doing something different, which is "admirable, but it's hard." Finally, they say that "not only are there a lot of games, but they are coming out fast," which is probably the truest statement.
FFXIII is nowhere near on my list nor will I probably ever play it. Does that mean I'm dissing Final Fantasy?
sorry, FF13 is always going to be "The Top Of My List" >:]
i think this is just bertz poking at fanboy hornet nests!
what are they supposed to play it before they put it on their "to play" list. The whole point of having a list is for games you have not played yet and what you want to play.
Anything made by Bioware is at the top of my list, except game expansion packs because they are obviously not worth buying compared to a full game. Those prices drop and if you're the smart consumer, you wait until it is at a fair price. *cough* DA:O Awakening
the interview was all about how story matters in games and lets face it the day square enix makes a game with a good story line is the day you get to see what a quarien looks like with its healmet off... ya im still pissed about that dissapointment with Tali in ME2
Ironically, or perhaps coincidentally, I absolutely abhor Bioware games, and yet I absolutely adore FFXIII. To each his own.
Keep in mind that you are stating opinion, not fact. I feel the exact opposite as you, that the story of any FF game is better than every Bioware game combined.
Is that picture a Bi/Curious add?..... oh wait