Wednesday, August 03, 2005

No such thing as a 'final' Fantasy.

It's true. And not only will they never stop making them, apparently they will never stop remaking them. Yes, the latest rumor is that there's a chance that the Final Fantasy VII tech demo used to showcase PS3 software has gotten such acclaim that Squeenix is "not saying that a remake won't happen," to word it carefully. But dear Christ, why? I know, that's a dumb question. "Because people will buy it again." But why? Are graphics that important to everyone? I mean, I've already bought Final Fantasy IV and VI twice. Once the first time around, and the second for the sole purpose of being able to play them from here on out on my Playstations without having to drag out my SNES. (Though apparently the idea of 'backwards compatability' is limited to games, and not any progress I've actually made on those games. There are no memory card slots, instead we'll have to use Memory sticks a la PSP.)

Is it inherent that 3d games will constantly be revised until we reach photorealistic graphics? Or will it stop when the graphics finally reach par with the game's cutscenes? Of course, Final Fantasy 7 was 'the one'. It heralded videogames arrival to the mainstream like few other games for many people.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Brett Douville said...

Lister: "They remade Casablanca? Philistines! The one starring Mary Binglebat and Peter Beardsly is definitive!"

I think there are lots of reasons to remake a game, just as there are lots of reasons to remake a film.

One is to present the story in a new setting (thus, Yojimbo and the Seven Samurai become A Fistful of Dollars and The Magnificent Seven) -- of course, in this case, it's also in a new language.

Another is to reinterpret the story for a new age, or simply to update it. E.g. Ocean's Eleven, Psycho, Solyaris/Solaris, The Thomas Crown Affair.

While film geeks like myself often prefer the originals, I think it can take real effort for people who aren't big buffs to go back and watch them. For example, a lot of folks aren't really all that interested in watching films in black & white -- my sister is one -- even if the original film is a classic, like Psycho. I'd say that's a direct parallel for you -- it being "all about the graphics". Ted Turner made an even bigger name for himself when he started colorizing┬╣ films back in the 80s on his television networks. It brought people in, for what were really in a sense graphical updates.

So, remaking FFVII isn't a big deal to me. I thoroughly enjoyed the remake of Resident Evil on the GameCube, and that was a game I hadn't played in its original form. I think it can reap new audiences and thus, new rewards.

┬╣yeah, I wasn't a big fan of that either

11:50 AM, August 03, 2005  
Blogger BULLSEYE said...

The way I see it, this could be anywhere from truly enlightening to completely pointless and stupid.

12:40 PM, August 03, 2005  
Anonymous Ryan said...

I am totally looking forward to a remake of FFVII. I wasn't a fan of RPG's when it first came out, so I passed on it. Eventually, I saw the error of my ways and I bought it. Absolutely loved it! However, around halfway through my game, my 3rd party memory card that utilized compression fucking corrupted my save data....learned another lesson there. So I really didn't feel like investing another 15 hours just to catch up to where I was. A couple years ago, I decided to try the game again. I got probably 9 hours into the game, and lightning struck my house. It fried my PS2 and both memory cards that were plugged into it.....yet ANOTHER lesson learned. Basically, after playing the beginning of that game twice without an ending, I officially gave up on it.

It's like having an off/on relationship with an old girlfriend. All of a sudden you find out she got a set of brand new titties.......even though she was a bitch to you before, you just can't wait to give 'em a squeeze!

4:46 AM, August 06, 2005  
Anonymous Ryan said...

I am totally looking forward to a remake of FFVII. I wasn't a fan of RPG's when it first came out, so I passed on it. Eventually, I saw the error of my ways and I bought it. Absolutely loved it! However, around halfway through my game, my 3rd party memory card that utilized compression fucking corrupted my save data....learned another lesson there. So I really didn't feel like investing another 15 hours just to catch up to where I was. A couple years ago, I decided to try the game again. I got probably 9 hours into the game, and lightning struck my house. It fried my PS2 and both memory cards that were plugged into it.....yet ANOTHER lesson learned. Basically, after playing the beginning of that game twice without an ending, I officially gave up on it.

It's like having an off/on relationship with an old girlfriend. All of a sudden you find out she got a set of brand new titties.......even though she was a bitch to you before, you just can't wait to give 'em a squeeze!

4:46 AM, August 06, 2005  

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