RPG Classics Mailbag #20
Woohoo! Finally! My exams are over and done with! Now I can look forward to many weeks of doing absolutely nothi... ah crap, that's right, I have to work during the holiday. What a buzzkill. Oh well, I'm sure you don't wanna hear my problems, so let's go and do the mailbag instead. The question: "What are your thoughts on the future prospect of an online Final Fantasy game?" The reason for me asking this: ...I dunno, really, I suppose I was just curious. Usually I like having fun with the mailbag more, but hey... when you do have a mailbag, it's useful when those rare cases when I'm more interested in everyone's opinion than just joking around come up. Alrighty, first up is Sorcerer.
"Well you asked for it, so here it is!! My answer to your mailbag. Alright, your question was what is my take on The Online Final Fantasy RPGs. First off, Square Plans to release Final Fantasy 11 as an Online Only RPG for the new Playstation 2. This is a big leap up for Square. They will have to manage a Network for players to play on. This can create numerous problems, that, knowing Square, may and may not happen. First, they will have to maintain the network, otherwise their phone-lines will be attacked by about 2 million pissed off players that want to know what the hell happened to their lvl. 57 character that was fighting some bad-ass boss in some world that we had no idea that was even in the game."
Personally, if I knew that was going to happen, I'd put all the phone-lines to auto-respond with the message: "Your character went to the john. Please wait, this shouldn't take long. Unless your character is on crack, in which case your character might never come out again. Have a nice day. *click*"
"Second, there will be bugs. Players will have to download constant patches for the game to make sure that it runs smoothly and won't crash the whole PS2 Hard Drive. They will also have to keep the world the players play in constantly updated. Fixing anything that goes wrong, keeping the world up to date with the latest news of the whole players community. They will also have to constantly keep making more and more areas to explore, because, once again knowing Square, they will make some highly addictive game that you will spend months, possibly a few years mastering and playing through with several characters to simply get the whole feel of the game and to know it inside out. Many players of early Final Fantasy games know what I am talking about. Especially 7 and 8. They were some of the most addictive games that I have ever played. I strived for Knights of the Round. Fought Ultima Weapon to the teeth for Eden, and fought to put Ultimecia in her wicked Time Compressing place. The Final Fantasy Online RPG will so incredibly cool, that millions of people all over the world will be playing constantly. Square will have to lay down some major bucks to keep the whole thing going. They will probably open up a few new phone numbers. Tech support, hints. They will definitely have to open up a new wing in the office, the Online department, to keep track of everything that goes on in this digital world that they have created. All in all, in typical Square style, they will produce a product so unique, so horribly addictive that it will keep player pounding for more and more until they reach the point where they have no life anymore. The only light they see is the small streak that comes through their window every morning when the sun rises. And I know, that I sure as hell will be one of those freaks sitting by the TV watching one of the greatest stories ever told by any Square Game unfold before my very eyes, and the fact that I have the power to change any one thing in the game that I don't like, to create my own character, and to lead him/her where ever my heart desires. Square will make a game so worthy of the name Final Fantasy, that you will be begging for more, before you have even started."
Well, that makes one of you. Will there be more with such an optimistic view? ...somehow I kinda doubt it actually, but we'll see. Let's see what our old buddy The Pill has to say about this.
"I think it's a really bad idea. Final Fantasy games are a very personal experience that have no business being played by multiple different users. If you want to play a game like that, buy Everquest, or play live action Advanced Dungeons and Dragons."
That was short, but it does get the general opinion across that a game like this shouldn't be part of the FF series. Something similar was said by someone who listed no name, so I'm gonna go by the e-mail address which makes it "Bblacx2".
"I think that having an online Final Fantasy game will take away from the true nature of the game. All that it can be is a contest of who is better. That is how all the other online games are so this will be no different. It may be fun but it won't ever be a Final Fantasy just like FF7 & FF8, they just have the title to get sales, that's all."
Well, it seems that if you ask a serious question, you'll get a serious answer... but Megaman984 is here again to prove that's not always the case.
"MM984: Megaman984 here, and Im out on the streets asking
people what they think of an online Final Fantasy game. Excuse me sir, may I ask you a few
Well, that was certainly enlightening, wasn't it? I'm just glad to see not everyone sent in a serious answer... responses like this are a nice break. But now we really should get back to the arguments as to why the FF online things is gonna su... I mean, we should get back to the opinions about FF online. This one's by JAlf 5412. Is that your name or serial number? Or both? Ah, whatever, let's just see what ya wrote.
"Well... I would have to say whatever person(jackass) decided this, must've been playing an on-line game or wanted to save this when he was out of ideas for games. Why couldn't they just stick to CD's. Short and... *breathes out* What the hell, it sucks. I mean it's so goddamn obvious it's probally gonna make a lot of money out of all the RPG fans who like the FF's and half the under 18 aged people who don't live away from their parents off the net."
Well, that's... an argument... I think. It's gonna suck because Square's gonna make a lot of money off of it. I hate to break it to you, but they kinda made a lot of money with pretty much all their games. I guess they suck too then, huh? Now, I try not to make fun of people, but this IS how it sounded to me. Okay, moving on to StarSoldier.
"I give up. It'd be easier to teach a dead dog new tricks."
Eh? Oh, this is probably about that vampire thing again, is it? Well, whatever. I'll just keep playing Castlevania and watching Buffy, that's all I need in the way of vampires.
"OK, something more serious. This is odd coming from you. Someone else suggested this question to you, didn't they?"
I wish I could say yes, but I'm afraid I really was interested in what you all thought about this. Sorry if I disappointed anyone in any way.
"Oh well, here we go...
I never met anyone who was so blantantly asking for it. Okay, actually I did, numerous times.
"If you want to drop the infamous 1000-ton weights on me, let me give you the Sypha pic so you can use it. Now if I can find it... *starts digging around in her Item bag* Let's see here... Drill... Vigor Ball... Carrot... ...hey, I was looking for that! Hmm... ah! Here it is!"
Okay, I take it back... you ARE more blatantly asking for it than anybody else. Even giving me a picture to work with... well, I guess all I can say now is: You asked for it!
Hey, I'm beginning to understand why you keep dropiing those on me, it looks fun when it's being done to someone else.
It does, doesn't it? But enough of that particular brand of silliness for now... let's see what Dr. Nick has to say.
"What's this? FF online!?! Has Square gone insane? I guess FF8 would answer that question. I love the idea of playing Final Fantasy online as much as I hate the idea of playing the online game Square is going to try to pass off as Final Fantasy. This game simply can not be like the rest of the series. If you thought FF8 was different from the rest of the series just wait 'till FF online. I wouldn't be surprised if they made it an action RPG. And another thing: How can you have a game with a linear plot and be fully online functional? As far as I know you can't, and that means one of the two will be seriously missing out. Okay, even if the game is nothing like Final Fantasy, will it be good? I doubt it. I bet Square will make it too easy. I have not played a challenging game by square since FFT (and not one before that since uh, maybe as long as Secret of Mana). If the game is too easy, I would rather play Asheron's Call (or an equivalent like Everquest). But if FF Online is free, well, they might get my business. Hey, even if I am a Square hater now, I'm still going to buy FF9. Aren't you?"
If there's a PC port, yes. Otherwise, most likely not, since in case one of the peope reading this doesn't know yet, I don't have a PSX. And it's not like I'm desperate enough for RPGs to buy one either. I still have a bunch of unfinished RPGs on other systems to go through, so it's not like I'll be bored if I can't get my hands on any new stuff. Anyway, you did add a couple more good points to the mix. To make things pretty much complete, here's the final response from Jacob Zulpes.
"Greetings! I am... some... guy... More specifically, that guy who sent in the mailbag Arena thingy that camped Jessie & James... What can I say, except, that darn show brainwashed me..."
Another victim... that makes 67% of the world now. Rast better hurry if he wants to beat Nintendo in taking over the world.
"Anew, I have decided to answer your mailbag! ...You can stop screaming now."
Oh that wasn't me screaming. It was Ultros. I couldn't help myself, I just had to make him fall through that trap door one more time. 'cept this time I filled the bottom of the pit with lava, for fun.
"*Hem* Anyway, I believe the question was 'How do you feel about an Online Final Fantasy?', correct? Well, here's my answer... It's gonna suck. =/"
That sounds familiar.
"Well, that's not entirely true... I'm sure it'll be pretty cool,
the idea is good, and all kinds of other spiffy things, but... Well, I'll just make a list
of the pro's
That's a nice touch... look at things from two perspectives. I like that.
"Good points to an Online Final Fantasy:
Nah, no matter what the length or the tone, I just print what I like. Or in this case, I print what I get, since these eight reactions happen to be the only reactions I got. And I can always make fun of certain responses if I feel like it. :)
"Whichever one, it hardly matters. I just thought I'd add my two cents. =/ I mean, if I sent this just in an attempt to get printed, then... well, that would be... basically the whole point. Darnit! Ah well, I'll be seeing ya. I'm gonna go play Pokemon now. Must... Catch 'em... all..... Bomb... Pearl... Harbor..... Pi... ka... chu..."
Well, hurry up and bomb Pearl Harbor already then! Quickly! Someone's going to beat you to it! Errr... ahem.
Hey Macc, howzit going?
Eh? Gilgamesh? Why the heck do you always show up when the mailbag's over?
Um... good point, I guess. Well then, now that you're here, care to repeat next mailbag's question for me?
Heck, why not. I already got some practice last week. *ahem* The question for the next mailbag is: "If playing RPGs ever became considered a crime, punishable by death, what would you do?". There, how was that?
Just fine. Heh, I've only had a contract with you for a short while and already you're more useful than Ultros ever was. Unless you count being a punching bag as useful, which I suppose it kinda is, in a way. Well, seeya all next time, mailbag fans! That is, assuming there ARE any mailbag fans...