I wonder where the stigma towards "melodramatic/anime" storytelling came from.. It's like all of a sudden it's not hip and clearly "intelligent" and "superior" human beings dont enjoy it anymore. It's like the intelligence measure nowadays on the gaming community lies in the type of story or games you enjoy.
I don't see people who only appreciate "real writing" and "real storytelling" making any scientific breakthroughs in Quantum Physics or solving the planet's energy problems for some reason though, clearly im missing something here.
Don't take this personally im not talking to you Rob, Im referring to the overall change in perception the genre has been getting in the last few years.
And in the defense of the "anime/melodramatic" storytelling, I dont see any Xenogears in western games, I dont see any 999 and VLR(maybe Bioshock Infinite but that's a crap example in comparison because VLR explores the moral side of the ideology of existing multiple universes while BI only uses it because PLOT, still a good story in it's own right but sucky in comparison IMO.). I wonder where the Chronos are in Western games aswell, clearly the superior storytelling genre.. PS: I have nothing against western games and I love them myself and of course there are examples of identical quality of storytelling in there but the elitism against JRPG/Japanese games in general pisses me off and at the end of the day it's all a matter of preference and yadayadayada...
I'm not knocking you Rob im just speaking in general and I really want to stress this because Im not trying to offend anyone here. I also have to agree with you on the FF X ending bit, I havent touched FF X-2 for that very same reason because I am content and satisfied with FF X's ending, I dont need to see anymore of that world.
And also regarding FF6, I will argue that it's the technology that didnt allow for the "horrible" anime/melodramatic nature of the game to show itself completely otherwise it would have been just as "dumb".
I also fail to see how sequels and prequels somehow impact the quality and merits of the original work(FF7), it's like saying if Dark Souls 2 ends up sucking that it somehow nullifies the things Dark Souls 1 did by extension. Oh and you should definitely play Crisis Core, not everything out of the compilation turned out bad.