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361  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XIII on: May 19, 2010, 09:19:07 PM
I was going to say I was with you UNTIL you mentioned My Hands ... But then, I played the japanese version.
Honestly, I loved the game, it's only after VII in my book. And when I reached Gran Pulse I started loving it even more.

I think the good thing about Final Fantasy games is how they try something different from each installment (and they can, because they have a big name), because this way we can always get a different experience, be it as open as XII or as narrow as XIII.

What I believe hurt it much in the eyes of people in the west is the fact that in an era where Oblivion and Fallout 3 are praised for being a vast world to explore, XIII doesn't (Pulse is big, sure, but we don't have as many stuff to do as in Bethesda's games). And games like Mass Effect and Dragon Age are centered about the characters you meet along the way and build your party the way you like, and most come in only if you want them, in XIII they are set since the beginning of the game, and only Fang coming later, and no choice whatsoever.

And weird thing is, while I love all the games I mentioned, and for the reasons I listed I love Final Fantasy XIII just as much, or even more.

I gave up on trying to defend or attack the game, I simply loved it. An example, my first impressions with Mass Effect 2 were horrible to the point I was disappointed beyond belief, but as I kept playing, the game was growing on me so much, but so much that I say it's one of the best games I played this gen, maybe better than FFXIII.

We're not movie critics. Sometimes you watch a crappy movie, you know it's bad, a friend comes and tells you why it's so bad but you still like doesn't it ? I say this may happen to games as well (Not saying any of these games are crap, but some in the past I've played are crap that I really liked).

I really dont think thats a fair thing to say about the "west". I live in the west and love my fair share of rpgs, I just love anything with good writing really. That was my biggest gripe about this final fantasy, the writing didn't "feel" like a final fantasy.
362  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nier on: May 19, 2010, 09:15:23 PM
Anyone else sickened by the sheer amount of negative word-of-mouth press for this game? It also seems to be pouring out of those who haven't even played it yet...
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