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Desc:Square Enix still much better at making cutscenes than the games those scenes are for.
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Tags:Square Enix, final fantasy xiv, most epic server shutdown ever?
Submitted:SolRo
Date:11/13/12
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Comment count is 41
fedex
not enough shit on fire
RedHood
Enough blue glowies for you though Fed?

fedex
mmmmeh

FABIO
They can't even do cutscenes anymore. Their last best efforts were incomprehensible car racing and some chick hiding a potion from werewolves(???).
FABIO
but maybe Blizzard will see one of these stars and remember that things are supposed to happen in cutscenes.

Quad9Damage
I confess I haven't played anything of Blizzard's since I bought Warcraft III. But I remember... I'll never forget.

A demon-possessed man returns to his castle and stabs his father! But we're not going to show you that. Here are shadows.

A city gets completely destroyed and all of its inhabitants are burned to ashes! Here is a sandcastle.

This is the the best comment from YouTube's first page:

Meanwhile, Blizzard uses its vast animation department to make cutscenes of a woman falling asleep as her grandfather reads a book.
dorpth 6 hours ago

FABIO
You forgot:

Here's an other worldly badass demon slaughtering an orc and human warrior! But we're not going to show you that. Let's cut straight to their lifeless hand.

Oh shit how are these two orcs going to kill this invincible demon who shrugged off their strongest stuff? Oh, he stabbed him with a sword...

EXPLODING HIPPIE TREE

Hooker
Third time will definitely be the charm for a Square MMO.
SolRo
As long as they do another open beta I'll give them the benefit of the doubt.

Business wise, SE is a class act with how they understood the game launched as crap, kept extending free play time, and are shutting it down and redoing the whole thing instead of going piecemeal while charging players.

Bioware on the other hand cant admit they screwed anything up, concluding that the only reason their starwars MMO failed is because it cost a monthly fee.

FABIO
When your game sucks so bad that only armageddon can cleanse it.

Hooker
As someone that was really interested in The Old Republic, but hasn't tried it yet, the emaciated free-to-play option hasn't even enticed me to try it.

Doomstein
I was selected by Bioware to beta test SWTOR in closed beta a while ago. It was doomed from the start, and pretty much everyone except the die hard Star Wars geeks knew it. It was just so linear/cookie cutter and had waaaaaaay too many problems for a game that cost that much, and took that long to produce.

I could go on, but there's nothing I could say that hasn't been covered in volumes in game reviews.

glasseye
SWTOR was a great single player game...

FABIO
Why do these things get released in pairs? SWTOR and The Secret World: both MMOs that should have just been released as single player games.

SolRo
hooker, I'd recommend you take advantage of bioware's idiocy and play the solo content (basically all of leveling to 50) for free. Beyond that there's no point in playing.

garcet71283
I am holding out hope that, after it shuts down completely, TOR will get a second life as a fan project (like Star Wars: Galaxies) but completely devoid of the multiplayer.

Doomstein
That reminds me, I need to check out the progress of SWGEMU. I think they were in Alpha testing last time I was on. I'm curious how close they are to Beta. They've done an amazing job of re-creating the server-side code so far.

The Mothership
so is that the first spell? damn these games set one up with such expectations now.
Nikon
Maybe it's time to put down the Final Fantasy franchise.

Doomstein
It may be the cynic in me, but when I see a cutscene that a game company put a lot of effort into, in order to use it as a promo, my first reaction is: WHAT ARE YOU HIDING?!!

As a child of the 80's I'm no stranger to amazing box art with tanks and fighter jets piloted by grimacing soldiers fighting for their lives, and ending up playing a game that consists of guiding a large square through a maze.

chumbucket
There seems to be nothing "final" about this series. Gamers appear to not mind shelling out $$ to play the same thing over and over again.

sosage
Doomstein: You have every right to think that, because releasing pre-rendered cinematics is literally play #1 in the game industry's play book for hyping games with either undeveloped...or just shitty...game designs.

Also see: Dead Island. Yes. I will always harp on this game as an example of this phenomenon.

I give this video the benefit of the doubt, because like Blizzard, Square is expected by its fanbase to put out these gigantic CG dry humps. Even if they didn't want to do this, which I highly doubt, it just would go against their hype routine.

sosage
Sorry. "go against their hype routine" of releasing a game play teaser before or without a pre-rendered cinematic.

EvilHomer
(FIGHT)
WANG
IMP 20 DMG
Terminated.

Doodoodoodoooodoodoo DOO doodoo
Kabbage
Was that magitek armor?

oh god it's happening

THEY'RE GOING ALL IN

IT'S THE FINAL FANTASY
dairyqueenlatifah
I'm still a shameless Final Fantasy fan, but I hate MMORPGs and am glad that FFXIV got such terrible reception. Maybe SE won't want to make another one.

Then again, they made a direct sequel to FFXIII, which had absolutely pathetic sales for a Final Fantasy game, and now they're making a sequel to that, and have completely remade Final Fantasy XIV, meanwhile Versus XIII doesn't have a release date after seven years of development, Kingdom Hearts III has yet to be announced, and FFX is getting a remake while FFVII isn't.

So who knows what the hell they're thinking anymore.
glasseye
Well there is the "remastered" FFVII coming out for PS3...

garcet71283
Lets not forget about that Chrono Trigger remake that they killed with lawyers.

Monty Cantsin
I would have been more excited about the merger announcement if I knew it involved the Death Star destroying Disneyworld.
Harveyjames
Boy, this makes Star Wars Episode III look like The Star Wars Christmas special!

By which I mean, it's ugly incomprehensible garbage
Harveyjames
"People who liked this video also liked: Ziggy cartoons"

FABIO
It makes Episode III look worse?

garcet71283
Hey, if you remove the plot, characters, settings, excessive CGI and bloated universe you would have....well you would have a decent soundtrack.

memedumpster
Wow, these guys have the worst astronomers ever. Wow, these guys have the worst diplomats ever. Holy shit, they're riding Digimon. Wow, these guys have the worst armor ever. Wow, these kids have the worst parents ever. Well, it's pretty obvious this civilization should have never existed this long anyway. Wow, these guys had the worst battle strategy ever.
Jet Bin Fever
Blah blah blah.
Caminante Nocturno
Final Fantasy VI was such a great game.
Doomstein
One of my all time favorites.

garcet71283
Now if only SE would jump onboard the retro-bandwagon and make a new 2d FF.

FABIO
Chrono Trigger, Parasite Eve


Name the last two great games Square made that died from total shit sequels.

dairyqueenlatifah
"Now if only SE would jump onboard the retro-bandwagon and make a new 2d FF."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Final_Fantasy_Dimensions

SolRo
So the game shut down, got remade almost completely in a couple months (graphics engine aside), and relaunched as a great game that's still successful. They just announced their first expansion.

There hasn't been a turnaround like this for any game, ever.
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