The legacy of Final Fantasy extends all the way back to 1987. For 28 years this series has developed and matured into one of the most recognisable game franchises in the world. But perhaps no other instalment was more influential than Final Fantasy 7. Its reception alone was enough to transform every game that would follow it as Square Enix attempted to replicate its magic.
In many ways, Final Fantasy 7 was a beautiful creation, but the way in which it affected the trajectory of the series may have irreparably damaged the success of the following games forever. Therefore, let's take a look at the highly anticipated Final Fantasy 15 and what it should take and ignore from the glorious Final Fantasy 7!
What Square Enix & Final Fantasy 15 Need to Learn From Final Fantasy 7!
Let's begin with what Final Fantasy 15 needs to avoid! There have been numerous titles and franchises that have attempted to replicate the achievements of Final Fantasy 7, but none more prominently than the creators themselves.In the course of replicating a masterpiece, this series has taken some very strange tangents and brought cinematic epicness to ridiculous levels. Final Fantasy 15 needs to ensure that its excessive elements are curtailed in order to keep us engaged in its plot.
Final Fantasy 7 had its extremes, but they were always well rounded and never broke your emotional engagement or immersion with the narrative. Final Fantasy 15 looks pretty insane at times, but here's hoping they can focus on characters and narrative in such a way that we can actually relate to the events in some capacity. Too many Final Fantasy games lose you in their attempts at cinematic splendour.
In terms of gameplay, I'd love to see Final Fantasy 15 improve its combat system in order to rival the satisfaction of playing Final Fantasy 7. The Episode Duscae demo didn't exactly compel me to continue. The game seemingly can't decide whether it wants to be more turn-based or realtime, more Japanese or Western, so I felt we received a kind of boring mix of the two. Perhaps it's more engaging once more abilities are unlocked for your characters.
But Final Fantasy 7 was a complete adventure - it certainly had its flaws - but it had a sense of adventure and emotional connection that games hadn't really given me before. The Final Fantasy series hasn't been able to replicate this emotional connection in a long time and I feel they've tried far too hard to replicate it. I want Final Fantasy 15 to be crazy, but it needs to have some form of connection. If we can't relate to anything, how can we connect with the characters?
But where do you stand on Final Fantasy 15? Have you had the opportunity to engage with its Episode Duscae demo and what do you want to see the game take from Final Fantasy 7? Let us know in the comments below!