Arguments For And Against A Remake of ultimate Fantasy IX
For: The Artwork Is only able to Get Better
One of my girlfriends posted something worth it to read to my Facebook recently: a link to some �lost� Final Fantasy IX artwork. I�ve owned Ale Final Fantasy IX for decades, so when I saw the link, my first thought was �yeah, okay, but I�ve definitely seen this before�.
Boy, was I wrong.
My jaw dropped. There were about 100 pictures here i had never seen before, all in a resolution about three times just what the original PlayStation disc could handle. As Mama Robotnik, mcdougal of the above forum post, said, �The �lost art� referenced inside the thread title isn�t designed to describe this content as previously being lost and found - it refers to the art details which are lost when the graphics were downconverted to some limited 32-bit console�.
Ruby's Mini Theater Never Looked So excellent.
Ruby�s Mini Theater Never Looked So excellent.
Needless to say, I was amazed. After purely enjoying the artwork for a while, a concept popped into my head: if they�ve got these really high-resolution backgrounds already, that has got to make it easier to craft a remake, whenever they choose to do so. They�ve already have a bunch of great work already setup for them, for cryin� loudly! So why won�t they do it?
At first, I was against a remake of FFIX; I belief that the original was perfect, plus they needn�t do anything else. However, when I watched Yu Yu Hakusho, my favorite anime, in 1080p Blu Ray, I noticed that making things look prettier given newer technology could, or else increase my enjoyment, deliver another, more detailed have a look at exactly what the artists were choosing when they created the work.
Against: Final Fantasy VII Fans are Mad Enough
Seriously, though. They thought we were holding getting a PS3 makeover for that franchise�s most popular game years ago. Square Enix has said that they won�t remake it until they make a new title that surpasses the first, both in sales and in quality (see this GameSpot article, if you haven�t heard this already).
Look, Square Enix: it�s just not going to happen.
It�s a vicious cycle: basically, they�re trying to make a casino game that is so good it will make people forget about VII to be considered �the best�. However, people can�t receive the idea of a VII remake from their heads. They won�t give Square Enix the opportunity until it�s done. Look, Square Enix, it�s not every your fault that you just won�t make a game that�s better; it�s equally the responsibility of the gaming community internet marketing really bad at taking a look at new games inside the same nostalgic light from the old classics they hold so dear. That�s only a part of human nature, though, I think - there�s a reason they�re called �the classic days�. Part of business is learning when to stretch for something new, when to shut up and give your diehard fans the information they have waited so patiently for. I don�t think Square Enix realizes that yet.
So yeah, they won�t remake VII� But they�re remaking FFX in HD, which has been already made with quite-sexy PS2 graphics. Way sexier than �the-first-PS1-FF� graphics, without a doubt. They�ve remade I and II to the GBA, and III and IV for that DS. I just have the feeling that if they remake anymore Final Fantasy titles before FFVII, you will see pitchforks sharpened and torches lit. Even I, who thinks that FFIX is one of the greatest pieces of media ever created, a great deal more philosophically and artistically intriguing than VII, am waiting impatiently for Square Enix to remove their craniums from their posteriors.
I do think I can sum up most everyone�s opinion on this with three simple words:
God dammit, Squeenix. (Cute nickname, right?)
For: It Will Remind Square Enix About What Squaresoft was Doing Right
Pest bit of a radical opinion, however i honestly think that when the next FF were released without the use of voice actors, the general opinion on the company's game would rise. I�m not planning to spend much time on defending myself here; just check out Ian�s blog post, �Hearing Voices�, and you�ll basically know what my argument is behind this.
I do believe that, recently, Final Fantasy has gone the way of most game companies, focusing increasingly more on realism - real-looking people, dynamically-rendered, interactive worlds, and the like.
Realism. When the title with the game is Final Fantasy.
I feel like they�ll get the idea when they�re in the heart of an HD makeover for, say, Hippaul.
Final Fantasy IX, like most of the great Final Fantasy titles before it, comes with an expansive, colorful world. There were a number of, non-human races that looked distinctly fantastical (again, Hippaul). Even the principle characters aren�t supposed to look real; they�re chibi on the max, and I love it. There was always something new to discover, to explore. By another disc, you�re basically revealed, able to take care of most side quests, etc. in the game. No more rails. The game designers had enough faith with your intelligence to let you go do your personal thing, make your own mistakes and obtain out of them. This is getting ever rarer in the big-name game companies, and it�s something they could take a lesson in when they look at their old games.
Against: Square Enix Has to Let People Know that They Can Craft Good Games
Personally, I enjoyed FFX:2 (Let me understand if you stop reading now). FFXII would have been a solid game, to the point of MetaCritic giving it a 92 beyond 100, which is comparable to FFVII�s score. However, it had been nowhere near as fashionable as VII was (to the chagrin of several a XII fan). There was another thing that VII had a greater portion of than most other FF titles: a giant American marketing campaign. I don�t ever remember seeing any pre-release brouhaha for XII. While it proves that Squeenix can certainly produce a solid game, they have to promote it more. A remake of FFIX now could build the image that all they�re good for is remaking the games of their predecessors, basically admitting defeat and saying they can�t surpass the classics.
My personal: If You�re Gonna Use It, Maintain it; If Not, Give It to Someone that Will
Correct me if I�m wrong, but I�m pretty sure that characters from FFIX have been used only a couple of times since its release (Zidane/Kuja in Dissidia; Zidane in Theatrhythm; Vivi in KH2 are the ones I can think of immediately). Because VII continues to be making money off of its spin-offs and flicks and such, keep those rights; however, if you�re not gonna use the characters, art, etc. off their franchises� why not give these to the public? FFIX may not be popular enough to generate much money off of anymore, but from my experience, it possesses a cult-like following of rabidly dedicated players who'd love to sink their teeth into community-made remakes/sequels/etc. While unrealistic, I think that would be a great thing for Squeenix to do. Even if it�s just the engine. Look so what happened when Valve released Source SDK: it spawned among the best games of the past decade.
Such as the people waiting for a VII remake, however, I won�t hold my breath.
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