Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Final Fantasy VI Remake Petition

FF6 was pretty special. I always felt the technology and magic were very well balanced, and it's not often you get to pit yourself against a maniacal clown in a Final Fantasy game. The gameplay was also very well done -- each character had a very distinct way of fighting and set of abilities that made battles much more interesting than in some of the other titles. The storyline, it goes without saying, was excellent. Altogether, the only real flaw I could find were the 2D SNES graphics; if those were improved, Final Fantasy VI could move from fantastic to phenomenal.
Another important thing to note about this game is its musical score. Now, there are very few Final Fantasy series soundtracks I don't like, but the FFVI music seemed especially fitting. Every piece fit the environment and situation in which it was played extremely well, and the memorable tunes are another way that the game expresses its unique touch.
It's true that some CG cutscenes were added to help along the storyline with the release of Final Fantasy Anthology, but the gameplay remained pretty much the same as on the good old Super Nintendo. A remake would involve not only a complete graphical redesign, but also the addition of voice acting to all the cutscenes; it always seems to add so much to the story. In any case, if you're a FF6 fan, make sure to sign the form on the Petitions page.
See you next time!

Friday, 3 June 2011

Final Fantasy VIII Remake Petition and a Note on Petition Conditions

This game was just Awesomely skilled teenagers with even more awesome weapons travelling all over the world to engage in political struggles -- to me, this will always be one of the best Final Fantasies. It seemed to go past the level we expect in a lot of the games in terms of storyline, going down darker and more mature paths. Also, the lack of censoring for most of the language seemed to give the game a bit more character. Whether you were making cold tactical decisions or sniping dangerous targets according to complex plans, there were always more surprises and developments around the corner.
In a high resolution remake, the graphics would improve, but it would be the gameplay which could really transform things. Whether shooting and slicing with the Lionheart or lashing your foes into submission with Quistis's whip, actually being able to control characters in 3D action could bring this game close to perfect. Make sure you check out the Petitions page to make your contribution to seeing a modern FF8.

A Note on Petition Conditions: Obviously, the conditions on FFREMAKE petitions are going to be far from flawless for most people, since we all have different preferences as to what remakes should be like. This is the main reason why they are so general. If you have any complaints or suggestions, I remind you to post them in the forums. Petition comments are useful feedback for me, but since they aren't public there isn't much I can do with them in terms of making new petitions.