In time for the 20th anniversary of the original release of the first Final Fantasy game Squeenix has desided to unleash yet another set of remakes for FF’s 1&2 only this time for the PSP (or should I call these re-re-re-remake).>.<
You know, FF1 and FF2 were really not that great of games. Why don’t they re-release or remake something people actually might want to play. With all the incarnations of the the thing, you’d think they’d realize if someone wanted to play FF1 and FF2 by now, they’d have done it. It seems like an especially bad decision given the low sales of the PSP.
I’m curious as to what the article means by making the graphics closer to the SNES. I thought dawn of souls pretty much hit the nail on the head in that department. If they’re gonna improve the graphics pull a FFIII. That said, niether game, especially FFII, need another remake. If they want to celebrate a twenty year anniversary, start mass producing those potion drinks and sending them over here. I’d totally buy a FF endorsed brand of ‘potion’ drinks. that and those bottles looked cool.
I don’t get why people think the 3-D games are so new. This year is FF7’s 10th anniversary. Only three years separate FF6 and FF7.
That said, I would guess that FF7 was the start of a new generation of FF fans, and so the oldschoolders don’t really feel they need to be remade or something.
I don’t want to come across as some idiot who doesn’t know what he’s talking about, that’s just the way I feel about it. I couldn’t show FF7 or FF8 to any of my friends without them going “WTF grafix are crap!”.
But FFVI is not what most of us consider old either. If I think oldschool, I think Dragon Warrior 1 and Final Fantasy 1 and Phantasy Star 1. Those old, linear, simplistic and torturously buttraping jewels of old that we went through as little kids.
FFVI was pretty much a revolution. While IV was really the point of change between “let’s make the game as impossible as we can” and “let’s make the game enjoyable and with a good story”, VI (Lets remember, V had never been translated) was probably the best execution of this style we had ever seen until then. And the peasants rejoiced.
But then came VII, and the response was split. Old fans were reasonably impressed by the graphics, but didn’t feel that amazed by a story and gameplay that wasn’t necessarily superior to its predecessor. We still went WOAH! like everyone else, but not quite at the same level as people who were introduced to gaming through this title.
Now, why FFVII and VIII don’t need remakes? In VII’s case, while backgrounds and everything else was pretty, I’ll concede the character avatars were simply awful. Seriously, the FFVI sprites are more emotive than those jumbled polygons. They still didn’t know how to work in 3D and that could use a fixing. The problem is that most of us are getting goddamn sick of VII after a movie, a shooter, a phone game, and the announcement of a vaporous PSP title. The general consent is: “Knock it off and work on something new!”. Especially since some of us also consider that FFVII didn’t really deserve this much expansion as much as other titles did.
FFVIII is much simpler: What would you remake? Seriously, what? Square already had a good grasp on 3D graphics by then and the effect was amazing. The leap between VII and VIII was huge as far as graphic quality is concerned; so much that FFIX didn’t even improve them that much beyond minor polishing. What would you add besides voice acting? There’s absolutely no reason to remake the game.
EDIT: Holy shit, that went a lot longer than I expected O_o
Heh, we are old old school. I suggest venerable old school
It’s true we (people who can play NES rpgs) don’t have the same graphical expectations as the market has. A comment I received by someone walking into the house while I played Zelda:TP : “Playstation has better graphics”. It’s in fact a game made with the best GC could offer i.e. not that much for a [STRIKE]fashion[/STRIKE]graphics junkie. Still, I’ll be everyday a gameplay whore rather than a graphics whore. And if I wanted graphics I’d turn to the PC.