08
Apr 10

Final Fantasy creator insists The Last Story is not a FF rehash

Hironobu Sakaguchi has “publicly” (on twitterapparently refuted (twisists?) seriously or not, that his latest creation The Last Story (worth a visit just to listen to the short intro music loops – gorgeous) is not another Final Fantasy. Obviously, I’m not the first to make the observation of their similarities.  I greatly anticipate further proof.


25
Feb 10

“Reflex review” of Final Fantasy on the iPhone

Post game-release, Feb. 22nd ’10, Video:

The Great:
– The graphics both sprites and surroundings.
– Touch control in shops.
– The music & sound effects are fantastyc
– Nostalgic.

The “Bad”:
– The touch D-pad looks very tedious for controlling around the world. I’m annoyed just not being able to see the entire screen. I’d definitely miss the tactile feedback, as well.
– Also, it is painfully clear that battles are just as tedious as ever. A double-tap on ‘attack’ to attack a random enemy instead of explicitly tapping a guy would’ve helped a great deal.

Don’t own this platform, and not going to pick it up anytime soon. Oh well. Fun to think about for me and fun to play for many others. Nice to know this generation gets a sweet taste of the RPG classics. Just you kids wait until they re-release “US” Final Fantasy III (or VI for those in-the-know). It’ll blow your Chucks off!


12
Feb 10

Final Fantasy on the iPlatform

This marks the first moment I wished I possessed a device capable of hosting this platform. That which I call iPlatform is the underlying system that the iPod/iPhone/iPad runs. It is intimately interfaced with Apple’s various stores.

The 8-bit remakes never looked so slick. I’d definitely take to (re)playing these games in this medium over the more clunky Nintendo DS. Granted, I have been there and done that…


29
Jan 10

The Last Story’s not so subtle similarities

the last story logo

The Last Story is a new RPG for the Wii by Mistwalker studio, which is headed by the very fellow who created the Final Fantasy series, Hironobu Sakaguchi.  So let’s take a cursory look at the new game:

Last = Final.  Story ≈ Fantasy. Any monkey with a thesaurus could come up with that. And as you can see, the logos are also rather similar, almost formulaic.

final_fantasy_vii_logo
ff10-logo

Additionally, rumor has it that the famous Nobuo Uematsu, who composed so many Final Fantasy games – including FFVI & the amazing Dancing Mad piece – is composing the soundtrack.  This comes as no surprise however, as he’s worked with the studio on previous titles.

One such is Lost Odyssey for the XBOX360 and just so happens to be the game I am currently entrenched in.

Will Square-Enix (or squeenix) extend its muscley legal arm towards this potentially IP infringing new game (series)?