Video game companies throughout their time in the industry have their high’s and low’s. Even the top names in the industry have their low points, but it is how companies come out of those low points that actually show their true perseverance and leadership. It is then when we are able to define greatness because we can look back and see everything a company has been through to get back to their high point. However, some companies do not make it back up the mountain. Square Enix is one of those companies that seem to be trying to make a tough climb and they have not had a very positive outing the past few weeks. It could be just a minor hiccup, but it could also be something to keep an eye on, especially for some highly anticipated releases such as Final Fantasy VII Remake down the road that fans hold very near and dear to their hearts.
The highly regarded and profoundly anticipated Secret Of Mana Remastered released last week, but the game had very subpar reviews across the board. This was a game that was highly regarded for months. The physical copy was only able to be obtained through GameStop, which made it somewhat of an exclusive-limited release as far as console games go. However, upon the release of the title, fans were very disheartened as the game felt liked a missed opportunity. From overall design decisions to mishaps in voice acting, the game seemed to miss the mark and was not able to capture the nostalgia of the original classic. Many recommended just playing the original on the SNES Classic, including us here at Mammoth Gamers.
Then, in a surprise yesterday, Square Enix released Chrono Trigger to the PC platform. Chrono Trigger is regarded by many as one of the best JRPG’s ever released – right up there with Final Fantasy VII. But it was a lackadaisical release and the excitement was very short lived. It was quickly discovered that the game was released as a mobile port complete with the way the character sprites looked, the lack of graphical options, and even the touch screen display on the screen. At the end of the day, this surprise release of one of the most highly regarded JPRG’s to the PC seemed to be nothing more than a marketing ploy to increase sales of the game.
And now we come to this. Final Fantasy VII Remake. Easily the most highly anticipated remastered or remake of a game probably in the history of the industry. I, along with others, was absolutely ecstatic to experience the story again, complete with HD graphics, voice acting, updated cutscenes and more. But my excitement has reached a pause point based on the last two releases of recreated games that Square Enix has released recently. Hopefully, Square Enix is taking their time and seeing some of the problems that their fans have with their recently released games and take that into account. I honestly think that it won’t be a problem down the road once the game is finally released to the public, but there’s no doubt that my excitement short lived, and started to slowly turn to worry. Past Final Fantasy games have not been able to capture the elation either but with this being a remake, hopefully not much is being changed as far as the magic of Final Fantasy VII.
At the end of the day, we all want to play a remastered game that is just as magical as the original. We understand that it won’t be the same, but it should feel more as an enhancement. The pending Final Fantasy VII Remake is not being rushed by any stretch of the imagination so I do not think we have to worry, but I must admit, it made me stop and think if Square Enix is having some problems as they continue to climb up their own mountain. What do you guys think? Are you worried at all about the Final Fantasy VII Remake based on the trials and tribulations that Square Enix has faced over the past few weeks? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below! For all things Square Enix and Final Fantasy VII Remake, make sure you keep it locked to Mammoth Gamers!