*cue a minute and a half of excited squealing*
As excited as I am..
…I’m also a little worried. SquareEnix hasn’t exactly been pleasing me with its Final Fantasy choices lately. The game is being produced by Tetsuya Nomura of Kingdom Hearts fame, and while I absolutely love the Kingdom Hearts franchise, the gameplay styles of those two franchises are typically quite different. Nomura has stated that the Final Fantasy VII Remake is not an HD port remake, it’s a remake-remake, and that means updated gameplay. Maybe not everyone loves turn-based menu combat with random encounters, but I am actually quite fond of FF7’s ATB battle system. I rather hope the gameplay will be a happy medium between the strategy-driven menu-based combat Final Fantasy fans know and love and the kinetic, bouncy madness of a Kingdom Hearts battle. Just as long as Cloud isn’t whacking materia out of enemies like they’re pinatas. I’m not sure I could deal with that.
AND SPEAKING OF KINGDOM HEARTS…
Yay, finally! Some gameplay footage! Nomura is certainly keeping himself very busy. I don’t really have much else to say about this. It sure looks like a Kingdom Hearts game: chock full of more deliciously nonsensical and dramatic plot elements than your average anime and upping the ante on its already apparently-LSD-fueled combat system with the addition of Disney themepark-themed attacks. Which is…a choice. A perplexing choice, certainly. But a choice, nonetheless.
E3 also gave the starved masses a new Star Ocean 5 trailer with some gameplay footage tacked onto the end!
I would be lying if I didn’t say that I really enjoyed the last Star Ocean game, but damn, it was definitely no Till The End of Time. Although Integrity and Faithlessness is an incredibly stupid subtitle, the gameplay this time around looks really solid and the engine is quite lovely. Unfortunately, no one talks, which doesn’t allow me to judge if the voice acting is any better than it was in The Last Hope. I certainly can’t imagine it being any worse.
Square Enix also showed this crazy thing off at E3.
Yes, because “adorable,” “wee,” and, “peculiar” are the three adjectives I most would like to be accurate descriptions of a new Final Fantasy game. Okay, actually, who am I kidding? I love adorable things. If this game is half as charming as the weirdly adorable Final Fantasy: Theatrhythm, I’ll probably quite enjoy it.