There was a time when gamers couldn't conceive of life without the Final Fantasy series. Now the once great franchise is an afterthought. Why is that?
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Lost Odyssey was unreal. The depth of the story took me by surprise. I would be totally okay if they made more games like that.
I really believe the franchise lost its magic when Nobuo Uematsu retired as the music coordinator. Once that part of the formula was gone, everything else just sort of fell apart.
You have to be careful with that way of thinking though. Final Fantasy 14 so poorly received that their stock values were completely slashed by its release. People are more receptive to the FF games, but they are not blinded by them. Not anymore.
I think gaming companies don't give customers enough credit to know when they're being ripped off. The same thing happened to me with Command and Conquer 4. What a travesty compared to its predecessors.
That seems like the logical answer. It just seems like the franchise hasn't been able to adapt to the new systems. They aren't willing to re-imagine their platform and try something new. It's too bad.