The lights are on
Sure, FFXII is old news, but I read in EDGE yesterday that former FFXII game director, Yasumi Matsuno, originally intended for Balthier to be the main character of FFXII. Upper management, however, didn't agree with having a middle-aged hero and quashed his idea, making way for Vaan's creation and eventual lead role.
My favorite line from the article:
"Balthier was sidelined to make way for Vaan, a composite creation made
of teen girl dreams and marketing man visions,vanilla to the bone." (Vol. 209, p. 110)
Read my blog post for the re-hash of EDGE's article.
makes sense. Balthier always felt like the leading man in that one while Vaan played a sidekick more or less. Then again XII never felt like anyone was a real main character, rather that they were all important to the story with their own individual parts to play.
I kind of always thought Ashe was the real main character... Basch also was quite prominent. I never really thought of Vaan as real main character.
"...made of teen girl dreams"? Ahahahaha!!
Sweet Jesus I hated Van! That would have been awesome if Balthier was the main character. That franchise needs less boys anyway.
Vaan was ok as the lead. i liked balthier's attitude.
I like Balthier, but with Vann as the main it gave Vann the growing time. I think most rpg's like Final Fantasy have a character that needs to "grow". Balthier wasn't that type of character. I think it was fine the way it is.
I always felt that Balthier would have been a better lead, but as stated, it felt more like every character was a large part of the story. As for needing a character to "grow", I think that we need more Final Fantasy games with a main older character "growing". Just because you're older than 16 doesn't mean you can't change as a person. This also causes me to realize Balthier's comments on how he's the leading man make sense. Stupid management and teenage girls! Haha...
I'm the same as cheap wine;I go good with everything.
Vaan just seemed like a rehash of almost all of the previous FF leads. Balthier would have been much better as a lead and would have been a breath of fresh air for FF leads
Balthier would have been better as a main .that "screen pressence" he had was just a foul
Wow really? Balthier would have made a good main character, because Vaan was so whiney. But I always felt that the real main character was Ashe.
Roxas.... Are you really sure that you don't have a heart? I dunno, I can't just look inside. But I figure, if there is something in there, inside us, we'd feel it, wouldn't we? True enough.
That sucks. I thought Balthier was the best male character in FFXII. I mean come on Vaan, what the hell is up with those square shaped abs?