Welcome Thread! Oct 25, 2018 10:58:32 GMT -5
Post by Bejeweled City Ruin on Oct 25, 2018 10:58:32 GMT -5
I realize that it's not likely to be a common opinion, since it does rely on the very specific combination of my personal preferences.
When it comes to fantasy worlds, I'm really not terribly interested in the construction of coherent and cohesive 'believable' worlds, though I do think that's an impressive achievement. I'm much more interested in them as a series of evocations of senses and feelings - I'm more interested in them as almost an invocation of the 'spiritual' sense, as vehicles for the sense of the uncanny, of otherworldliness, of fantasy. So, I'm not that interested in whether a world is complex and detailed, or feels 'real', in-and-of itself. Likewise, I'm not really that interested in whether it has a deep 'lore' (and I hate that term) - though, again, it doesn't bother me if it does, provided it's done well (Legend of Mana, for example, provides almost all of that for the Mana series, and as my name here being derived from the title of a song - the best song - on the LoM soundtrack might suggest, I love that game and consider it an absolute personal favorite).
But I just don't like that kind of sci-fi-ized fantasy that became ubiquitous in JRPGs at the time, which the massive success of FFVII obviously encouraged - yet I do like more 'pure' science fantasy (Panzer Dragoon Saga is one of absolute top-5-on-any-list favorite games). Moreover, although Japanese games have always been heavily influenced by anime in the same way that Western games have always been heavily influenced by Hollywood, VII was really the point in which the series began to really feel like a shonen anime. Which I'm just not a fan of.
It was an immediately visceral reaction, too, actually going back to that incredibly misleading commercial for the game. Having been introduced to the series by IV, which at the time instantly became my favorite game, and possibly loving VI even more (I went and go back and forth on which I like more - I think VI is indisputably a better game, but IV has a kind of singular quality, and nostalgia, that appeals to me, but then VI has more emotional resonance and a fascinating world of its own...), Final Fantasy was the greatest game series in the world to me in 1997. And I had such an immediate dislike to the feel of VII that it was so disappointing to me that I've basically been incapable of ever being disappointed with a game like that again. It kind of broke me. Which is actually good.
And for a system that's famous for being a failure, the Saturn has far too many great games. I love the whole Panzer Dragoon series, despite Saga being the only one that's "my kind of game", and NiGHTs into Dreams is probably my favorite arcade-like game of all time. I will also defend the Saturn's 3D capabilities. Because everyone 'knows' the Saturn was bad at 3D, people convince themselves that games like Burning Rangers and Panzer Dragoon Saga somehow look worse than imaginary PS ports of themselves. But the Saturn was just as good at 3D as the PS, if the developer was able to make use of the hardware to its fullest. Unfortunately, yet also unsurprisingly, only Sega ever really did.
I need to learn how to make short posts about things like this.