I’m shocked when I see the gigantic buzz around Square Enix’s new contest, in which they propose tho award the title of «Super Final Fantasy fan».
Let’s rewind to the beginning of the story. Final Fantasy Type-0, outstanding title that achieved outstanding sales in Japan, has been denied to us westerners for unknown reasons. Final Fantasy VersusXIII, highly anticipated by those who wait for the renewal of the series, has been slipped under the rug. Lightning Returns, which is due to conclude the Lightning saga in a most impressive way, hasn’t shown even a screenshot. Final Fantasy X HD triggers nothing but embarrassment from SquareEnix officials. The Luminous Engine, supposed to welcome the first next-gen Final Fantasy, has just disappeared in the shadow of Unreal Engine 4. Mr. SquareEnix, the super-fan of Final Fantasy right now, HE MUST BE REALLY DEPRESSED!
Weird timing to celebrate the series… Final Fantasy has never been so down the hill! This is the 25th birthday, you say? Cool, but I don’t think I’ll be in party mood when I see nothing but Hitman Absolution under the Christmas Tree. Maybe Agent 47 will have a chocobo disguise for the occasion?
Super-fans won’t be fooled by this : it’s a lame placeholder to avoid that the super-fans definitely move to super JRPG publishers like NamcoBandai or NIS America. A pathetic and cynical attempt to divert them from the awful truth that they have been left behind to make space for new demographics of action games fans, who enjoy the senseless violence of Sleeping Dogs.
Anyway, this contest is a waste a time. The Ultimate fan of Final Fantasy, it’s me, and all those you learned Japanese because they foresaw the fateful day when SquareEnix would deny them a game from the series. This terrible day has come with Final Fantasy Type-0, the ONLY Final Fantasy that hasn’t come to us.The day when SquareEnix wiped 25 years of great gaming history, just to make a little more money.