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Square Enix Now a "Complete Failure." I Wonder Why...

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By Nelson Schneider - 11/08/12 at 12:26 PM CT

One of the former bosses at Squaresoft has been tweeting gloom and doom about the merged monstrosity, of which his company is one of the component parts (along with former Squaresoft competitor, Enix, and Western publisher, Eidos).

I wonder why Square Enix is such a failure... maybe because they made a craptastic entry in their signature flagship franchise and, instead of cutting their losses, insisted on cranking out two more direct sequels to the abomination? Maybe it's because they sit on their hands and barely produce any new games, and when they do produce something, it's bad, weird, or completely out of character for its existing franchise?

Let's discuss what's wrong with Square Enix in the comments!

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Wrote on11/17/12 at 05:39 PM CT

I just noticed something else horrible: WHY THE HELL is FF13-3: Lightning Returns $70 dollars instead of $60 on Amazon's pre-order?!

One would think that these horrible FF13 sequels should be getting cheaper, especially if Square Enix re-uses the graphics engine and keeps the same staff of fanfic writers that have been working on this trilogy from the outset.

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Wrote on11/11/12 at 03:51 PM CT

Originality is dad?

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Wrote on11/11/12 at 09:18 AM CT

I thought Hollywood was the main culprit when it came to being lazy by cranking out sequels, bad adaptations of existing material or remaking the crap out of everything i.e. originality is dad. But apparently video game companies are just as bad, if not worse, and Square Enix is the icing on that cake. Turning your key franchises into MMOs does not count as innovation.

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Wrote on11/09/12 at 01:15 PM CT

I agree with Jonzor... maybe they should invest in plot development and excellent stories that captivate audiences instead graphics and impoverished story plots.

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Wrote on11/08/12 at 09:12 PM CT

How about because everything they put out has to bigger and more "out there" than what they did last time? At this point Final Fantasy is more like JRPG blackface.

The essential franchise elements are graphics, ridiculously flashy spells, and number of hair spikes per head. Notice how elements of gameplay and character/story are absent from that list.

They've gone from being a leader to a follower. How else do you explain iterations in the MAIN line of both Final Fantasy AND Dragon Quest that are MMOs?

A person could write a blog entry about any one of these issues.

The great thing is that Square acknowledging the sorry state of their company will be oooooooohhh so obvious: the return of Chrono Trigger. When that series comes back, we'll know it's for no reason other than Square's bottom line woes have become simply intolerable.

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