Krunal blogged
Nov 25, 08 11:56pm

Square-Enix: Past

Everyone remembers Final Fantasy X one of the most renowned and loved Final Fantasy title out there - at least on the PS2. The games that were released after that FFXI & FFXII were good, but many didn't consider FFXI to be even part of the series (I know I didn't), and FFX-2 & FFXII got mixed feelings (though I was one that loved and enjoyed both the games, albeit I didn't like the story of either too much, the gameplay was addictive enough for me). The one thing many people bring up and remember to this day is - FFX was Square-Soft, FFXII was Square-Enix. The merger of Square Soft and Enix seems to have been a "curse" of a sort for the two companies - at least many people think of it as such.

Square-Enix: Present

Square-Enix have since created a number of titles, none of which can be found on the PS2... but two of which can be found on the XBOX360, the next generation system. This is where my biggest worry is, and you'll see why...

So far Square-Enix have created two games for the Next-Gen system:- Infinite Undiscovery & The Last Remnant. With IU being released a couple of months back, and TLR a few weeks back, you'd have hoped that any issues with IU that came about would have been fixed for TLR. However if the reviews are anything to go by... TLR has gotten far lower review scores than IU did, with issues with the graphics being the greatest problem. It could be said that this was really due this game being developed on the Unreal Engine, however I can't help but worry that it's due to Square-Enix's inability to create good bug/issue-free games.

Infinite Undiscovery certainly had a lot less issues, though the storyline of the game was a major downer for many (and anyone that has played FFXII know that is also the case with that game). News has come from all those that have played The Last Remnant that the story is again an issue.

Square-Enix: Future

With Final Fantasy XIII in the works, two worries keep popping into my head.

Firstly, will they get the story right this time? If the past is anything to go by, FFX-2, FFXII, IU & TLR were certainly NOT the best that Square could offer, so will FFXIII break this trend or another to fall victim to the Square Soft - Enix merger?

Secondly, if the past two games on the current-gen consoles (XBOX360) have anything to go by, they were full of bugs, and with the most recent game having more bugs than the first, I think we can say that Square haven't learnt much from their mistakes, and went on to make a bigger mistake releasing a game that feels "rushed" and full of bugs. This could very well be the Unreal Engine, and their inability to use it, and one can only hope that they will do a lot better with their own Crystal Tools engine...

Conclusion


Though I'm going to reserve judgement on Square's capabilities till the PS3 version of The Last Remannt is released and is (hopefully) bug free, till that time I can't help but doubt Square's capabilities as a games developer, and as the developer of Final Fantasy XIII.

However I must say, that at the same time, I can't help but optimistic about Final Fantasy Versus XIII which is being worked on by Namura and his team, who have worked on the Kingdom Hearts series with excellent results.

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Wolfwood blogged
Nov 26, 08 6:04am

Hiya everybody, sorry I'm late to this party. Congratulations to the Neo code monkeys tekmosis and huntyr for pushing out the new tag and blog system for Neoseeker. They've really put a lot of effort into this, and the next few weeks will see them grind even more into it! Hopefully everyone will put both features to good use!

As for me, I've been here longer than I care to remember. Really, I should've run away fleeing by now, but I'm a sad, lonely man even without Neo. If we haven't spoken already, I help out with the game profiles and FAQs; if there's something you like to see on Neoseeker, why not take part as a contributor? We always appreciate the extra mile you guys put in for Neoseeker. If you have any questions, feel free to fire off a PM to me. Hopefully I'll answer within the next decade or so!

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Deathsythe blogged
Nov 25, 08 8:10pm

Obligatory FIRST!
(...Non-Staff Post)

Well it is finally here, Blogs.Neo.

Sigh, I remember it like it was yesterday when tekmosis asked me to help him beta test it because he sucks at coding I have a knack for detail and compile 50 page reports detailing every bug and error possible. (sans cover sheet of course)


I guess I would like to take this time to introduce myself: I'm Deathsythe, I often go by Death, Deathy, DS, or even Deathscythe.

I've been on neo for a very long time. Seen a lot of things, made a lot of friends, contributed my share.

To date I have been involved in many different projects, I am currently a Wiki Admin and a GameGrep Approver.

If you are involved in the new neowiki system, or if you haven't been under a rock for the past few months, you probably have seen my work on one of the wikis, just look to any main page.


Previously I have moderated the Advance Wars: Days of Ruin and Digimon World forums. I shall return to moderating when the time is right and when I am needed. But my main focus has shifted away from gaming and onto the site itself. You have probably seen my suggestions, bug reports, and general day to day activities around the site to try to make it a better place.

Feel free to message me with any questions related to anything. I always try to be helpful :)


I don't have to much else to say for now, but watch this space for updates, I may even edit this post later to include some more.


Shout outs: (in no particular order)
tekmosis <3, Avalith <3, Krunal <3, Redemption, Dinosoid (Semper Fi my brother), Rome, Koloth, Akira_EX, and anyone else I missed I'm sorry.




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