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Final Fantasy IX, X, and XI? [1]

Very recently, Square has revealed FFIX, FFX, AND FFXI to an unsuspecting crowd at the Square Millenium Conference a few days ago. However, FFXI appears to be the most unique out of all of them. Offering an experience much akin to PC hits such as Everquest, Ultima Online, etc., some feel that this will be a magnificant experience. I mean, an online FF from Square on PS2, sounds like a great game, right? Well, this writer has some small doubts, and feels that Square has some dubious feelings....

The first doubt is a significant one. How is Square going to develop 3 FF's in a short period of time, and make sure all of them are unique, and up to gamer's expectations? Hmm... unless Square is absolutely aware of this little problem, there might be some negative responses from fans (of course, delays might happen, but I'm writing this, assuming there won't be any major ones). Sure, FFX might look better than FFIX, but will it be better, will it play better, etc.? I sure hope so.

Another problem, is the series lasting power. I mean, is it me, or is a game going into its eleventh title, a bit rare on the consoles? I have friends that say, "When's FF gonna die? Hasn't there been like, 100 of them yet?". I don't really agree with them, but will the FF series get boring soon? FF7 and FF8, as good as they were, are not up to par with FFVI, FFV, FFIV, etc., and we all thought 4 Tomb Raiders were a lot.....

The last problem deals directly with FFXI. Online-only FF sounds great to me. However, even with a month and 3 days before the Japanese launch, even Sony is unsure of PS2's online strategy. I mean, the whole online broadbound network (or whatever it's called) seems really cool, but at what price? I simply don't have the money so I can hook up my console to the Internet to play a game or two online, when I have a PC that can do the same thing, and I doubt too many people besides the hard-core will either. Also, how fast will this run? Any person who plays games online knows how frustrating a lag can be. I guess we'll have to wait and see, but for now, I am cynical about the whole thing.......

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