One couldn't deny that Squaresoft creates many of the RPG genre's finest
moments. Highly acclaimed titles, such as the Final Fantasy series,
Seiken Densetsu series, Xenogears, Parasite Eve and many more, are
testaments to Squaresoft's superiority in the particular genre. It is no
wonder, that the consumer's (us) confidence towards Squaresoft titles are
high in Japan or in the United States. I, myself, am an avid Squaresoft
fan. It's just that today, I felt that Squaresoft isn't what it used to
In my opinion, Squaresoft was like a "perfectionist" those days. Every
single title released backed then was perfect in its very own way.
Although their release schedule is nowhere near today's in number, but
every one of them have set a new standard for future RPGs to follow.
From Final Fantasy 5, to the release of one of the greatest A.RPG
of all time Seiken Densetsu 2; the year-end release of Romancing Saga
2; then the release of the epic Final Fantasy 6 on April 1995; then
finally, the grand finale of 1995, the release of Chrono Trigger. Later
released titles such as Romancing Saga 3, Front Mission, Gunhazard, and
Treasure Hunter G, although over-shadowed by the RPGs released in newer
technology (Sony PlayStation, Sega Saturn) none of were done harshly,
and each title is an adventure not to be missed. It's these title
released by Squaresoft then that makes them what they are today. At the
same time, they found a special place in every fan's heart. But, when
Squaresoft entered as a developer for Sony PlayStation, thing
Today, Squaresoft is more like a "businessmen", this is just my opinion.
First, I felt that nowadays Squaresoft is trying everything to get more
"sales". By using various tactics such as, luring people with really
good graphics, CG movies and more recently music artists (Faye Wong).
Now, I'm not saying that having great graphics is a sin, it's just that
sometimes RPGs are just as good in 2D than in 3D. You have no idea how
many people I've met that purchased Final Fantasy VII because of "killer
graphics". I'll still play Final Fantasy VII in 2D! (Although I rather
not play Final Fantasy VIII in 2D......). Dungeons on pre-rendered
graphics are boring (at least for me). And Final Fantasy VII storyline
falls short to the standards set by its predecessors. I'm just taking
Final Fantasy VII as an example here, not that I really hate the game, I
bought the game and I own every next generation console available
therefore I have no reasons to hate the game. Second, I think the
reasons why Squaresoft entered the Sony PlayStation is because of the
PlayStation number of sold units is higher that the Sega Saturn's.
They could have easily used their talents there. Believe me,
Squaresoft will ONLY enter the console that can give them better profit,
so don't be surprise if Squaresoft began developing games for the
DreamCast if it outsells Playstation 2.
Maybe I feel uneasy with the hype Squaresoft gets right now.
Maybe I feel pity other companies aren't getting the attention they
deserve. Overall, my feelings towards Squaresoft is a mixed bag of