Final Fantasy: Has the franchise been in downfall after their so-called best titles?
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This franchise goes all the way back to the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) with their first title: Final Fantasy. This game along with Final Fantasy II have been remade for different consoles as videogame collections. They've come a long way from then, as now we're up to Final Fantasy XIV, and they've done some animated movies as well.
It goes without saying that this franchise has had a lot of sucess throughout the years, hence, why they've done so many titles. But many fans haven't been happy with the most recent games, and so many fear that their golden age is past behind them.
There's been quite a debate over the years as of which has been the best Final Fantasy game up until now. The most voted are Final Fantasy VI and Final Fantasy VII, although some also consider (my personal favorite) Final Fantasy VIII and even Final Fantasy X as the best. I've played all of them except for the online ones (XI and XIV), and all of them have cool features, or even the story, that the others lack, and viceversa.
The last single player title, Final Fantasy XIII, has gotten many mixed reviews. I personally love the main character, Lightning, which has been said to be the female version of Cloud. The only thing I didn't quite like about the first FFXIII, was its linearity, in a series that excels in open-worlds and exploring - it was somehwat of a let down to not be able to freely explore until way later in the game, but it wasn't a game-breaker for me. In FFXIII-2 they made it more exploring frienly, though it was still restricted.There are still two other titles in the FFXIII saga (Lightning Returns and Versus XIII), with the latter taking a really long time to be finished since its announcement. So we'll have to wait and see how these titles do.
Maybe it's just my love for this franchise, but I'm sure as hell their best days are still not behind Square. I did like the older titles better, due to their longetivity, story and some other features, but I really don't dislike the latest ones. I think it's just a minor detour (I say minor because I don't see them as bad as other fans see them), but they'll get back on their feet, hopefully Versus XIII which looks very promising, will live up to its potential and bring this franchise back on its feet.