Originally Posted by JTHMfreak
It was an interview of Hironobu Sakaguchi, the FF creator. It was a few years back.
He hasn't been with Square for nearly a decade now and has nothing to do with the company or its games.
Although I'm sure a Final Fantasy VII remake will happen at some point, and I hope it does so that people finally stop demanding it in every Square/Final Fantasy related topic.
Originally Posted by mosi
I can't quite put my finger on it but something has been missing in the storytelling recently.
For most, that 'something missing' is simply the fact that they aren't experiencing these stories through the eyes of a teenager. The writing found in Final Fantasy and other JRPGs was never particularly good to begin with, even within a medium that has trouble writing/telling good stories in general.
The fans have grown up and can no longer stomach all of the cheesy dialogue, cliches and pacing issues the genre has always been rife with. As much as I dislike people using 'nostalgia' to dismiss folks' affection for classic games, that's largely what we're seeing when people talk about how good the writing and storytelling used to be versus today. Final Fantasy VII's story wasn't good (it was enjoyable to me, however), it was just less terrible than, say, Final Fantasy XIII's.
What's funny is that for as much hate Final Fantasy XII gets for being yet another nail in the series' coffin, the man behind that game was probably the greatest writer ever to find themselves employed at Square, and also one of the most talented game designers. I admire Hironobu Sakaguchi, Hiroyuki Ito, Yuji Horii and so on, but Yasumi Matsuno was truly Square's greatest asset, and executive meddling forced him out.Edited by Paradox me - 3/22/13 at 4:13pm