In many ways, Final Fantasy 7 damaged this series. Never again could Square Enix live up to the standards they'd set with one of the greatest RPGs of all time. That's not to say that any of the Final Fantasy titles that came before or after were inadequate, but rather the games simply didn't contain the same level of consistency. Final Fantasy 7 is consistently brilliant.
It was the first game I'd ever played that demonstrated the power that Video Games could have in replicating cinematic quality. The cutscenes in Final Fantasy 7 were so far ahead of their time and they were basically your reward for playing the game. Every FF game afterwards tried to equal its sense of epic scale and more than often Square Enix just took things too far. Final Fantasy has lost its identity in the search for the next Final Fantasy 7 and we hope Final Fantasy 15 gets things back on track.
Final Fantasy 15 - What it Needs From Final Fantasy 7
Final Fantasy 7 gave us tremendous characters, an emotional adventure and a fantastic fighting system while raising the bar for JRPGs and cinematics across the globe. Of course, graphics have vastly improved since this day, and the Final Fantasy series often boasts some of the greatest visuals we've ever seen. But in recent years it's all just been for show. This series has lost its mind in an attempt to recapture its glory days.
Therefore, what I really want Final Fantasy 15 to do is to tone things down. Final Fantasy 7 found ways of emotionally involving us in the lives of it characters while simultaneously striking a balance between spectacle and nuance. Final Fantasy 15 already looks like it's going to be pretty crazy, but it'll be for nothing if we can't invest in the characters the way that we could with Cloud, Barret or Aeris.
Final Fantasy 15 is trying to be a lot of things for a lot of people. It's desperately trying to connect with western audiences with an almost Skyrim-like approach to its open world, while still trying to stay true to its turn-based roots. Whether this is a good move or not, we'll have to wait and see, though the Final Fantasy 15 Episode Duscae demo didn't exactly instill much confidence for me.
Final Fantasy 7 wasn't trying to be anything else other than a great game. Square Enix have desperately attempted to equal its power, but every attempt feels forced. They have had some beautiful moments since Final Fantasy 7, but no game has equalled the consistent power of VII in the Fantasy series.
Final Fantasy 15 - What Do You Want From its Release Date?
Am I alone in thinking that none of these games have had the consistency of Final Fantasy 7? Have these games more than often tried too hard to equal its power? Let me know what you think in the comments and whether you feel Final Fantasy 15 has what it takes to be a fantastic entry into the franchise!