(Not an MMO post. YHBW.)
I haven’t played Final Fantasy in years (almost a decade in fact), and I don’t count myself as a particular fan of the genre — unlike, say, my brother, who will rabidly froth about it for hours — but this analysis of Final Fantasy XIII and what it’s doing to the role-playing aspect of games is fascinating. Excellent, balanced analysis.
But when you start subtracting RPG elements from a game that people think of as an RPG, what does that get you? That’s the question that Final Fantasy XIII raises, and is likely to be why it’s one of the most polarizing games of 2010 when it’s released in the Western market. (Christian Nutt, Gamasutra)