While I haven't played VII it doesn't strike me as impressive as VI was. VI was a gorgeous game and while I'm sure VII has inspired visuals of it's own, it's one of those games that could use an enhanced remake to better take advantage of Nojima's vision. I usually don't like it when they do enhanced remakes, because I generally prefer the retro look of the classics. But I think they can make exception with 32 bit super polygonal 3D graphics.
Also Tetsuya Nomura's character design is nowhere
near as imaginative as Yoshitaka Amano's. Amano's artwork and visual style was the biggest drawl of the Final Fantasy franchise for me and that has been missing ever since the 5th gen.
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The NES and SNES games are classics, and also the quite underrated Final Fantasy Adventure for the GB.
I haven't played VII or any of the following games. IMO Square perfected the RPG with their various SNES titles. Now they seem more desperate in keeping this old timey genre alive and making it more appealing to "modern" gamers, but modern gamers plain and simply prefer western MMORPGs with no story that pretend to have depth by forcing you to keep up with a bunch of ridiculous technical bullshit.
"We don't want no anime bullshit, we just want to kill a lot, cuz that's something we don't do in video games often enough. DURR."
Agree with that last part. Its telling that the most popular RPGs over here are Fallout and Bioshock, games that hide role-playing elements behind a Half-Time fascade. Cause apparently everybody here are like Adam Sessler and uncomfortable with anime asthetics and shonen characters (which personally I love). Nevermind that these games have some of the best stories in all gaming, and some of the most interesting game modes (I know the battle systems can get tedious though). That said, Fallout is still fun as fuck.
If nothing else, you should check out XII, its a real departure from any of the previous games, and not just in the gameplay element. It actually seems to be finding some middle ground between the traditional JRPG and the emerging Western style. Naturally it got a lot of criticism for this, but I'm glad that most people who are open-minded enough see some semblence of brilliance there.
Adam Sessler is a fucking assclown, the only reason people even bother watching X Play nowadays is Morgan Webb's boobs and nothing else.
I like anime aesthetics also obviously, granted they can become a cliche and a crutch for which JRPGs overly rely on. But SNES games like FFVI, Chrono Trigger and Secret of Mana were set in some truly imaginative worlds, for which the anime aesthetics suited them perfectly.
Honestly, I'm not a fan of RPGs that aren't in the traditional 2D overhead. So I'm not knowledgable in RPGs from the 5th gen and onwards. Granted I've played some of the ones on Game Boy Advance that retain the classic 2D style, like Golden Sun and Superstar Saga, which are great. But that's about it.
MMORPGs don't interest me, WOW does seem to have a tremendous amount of love and detail put into it's world and it actually looks quite appealing, but that immersion is totally fucking ruined when you have a bunch of jackasses running around calling you a nigger faggot, so fuck it that game is a colossal failure. But more so because of the community than the developers.
I do really really want to play Bioshock and Fallout, I didn't know those were considered RPGs. Mass Effect looks very interesting too.
JRPGs is definitely more of my cup of tea, granted it's peak of quality was the 16 bit era and it's been running out of steam ever since.