Why Square Enix is Testing My Patience


I’m not sure if they are trying to, but Square Enix is testing my patience. Before you condemn me for being a shitty fan, and whatever else you’re about to throw at me, I have to say that I have always defended Square Enix through many things. I found the good in Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy XIII-2, despite the games falling quite flat compared to their predecessors. I’ve also defended Square Enix despite their trolling with all the re-releases of Final Fantasty VII instead of a full on remake. Hell, it’s a classic and I’d prefer to at least leave it as a classic instead of a remake that could potentially piss off even more fans if it isn’t completely perfect. But today’s antics involving Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2, seriously struck a nerve this time around.

As much as I love Final Fantasy X, it being my favorite title of them all, another re-release of the game, when its last re-release in HD hasn’t even been out for less than a year, is a severe slap in the face to fans. So many fans have been asking for other re-releases/remakes of other Final Fantasy titles, and yet for some reason Square Enix has decided to simply remaster the same game again for fans who more than likely already have the game on the PS3.

Here’s the thing, I’ve had a PS4 since day one but one of the problems was that there were a severe lack of RPG’s and no JRPG’s in general. With none upcoming in sight, I held onto my PS3 for the Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD and both Kingdom Hearts 1.5 and 2.5. These were titles I could not play on my PS3 since I have a slim, and with no PS4 release in sight I was prepared to spend the money on these HD releases. And here I thought they were good investments. However, I’m getting a nice big “Fuck you” from Square Enix now since apparently Final Fantasy X/X-2 will make its way onto the PS4 all nicely remastered in the spring of 2015. If I had known this, I would have eagerly waited for the PS4 version and simply skip on purchasing it for the PS3. And I know I’m not the only one in this boat.

There are countless JRPG fans that held onto their PS3 for games like this. I’m lucky that I also follow games such as the Tales series closely too, which as of right now have no PS4 games announced. However, many people I know simply kept their console for Square Enix’s HD releases. And if the rumors are true about Kingdom Hearts, we will soon be hearing about 1.5 and 2.5 also being remastered for the PS4. So, seriously, Square Enix, why would you troll me into spending the money in the first place? If that isn’t money grubbing, then I don’t know what is. In reality, they know their fans will buy the titles even if they already have them.

Hell, I know I’m going to want to at least. I’ve been slowly trying to phase out my PS3. And if I had had any inkling that these games would be available for my PS4 I would have just been patient. Instead, I feel like I wasted money.

At this rate, the remastered version of Final Fantasy X/X-2 will be released before Final Fantasy XV, a game fans have been dying to get their hands on. I’m sick of companies in general doing re-releases, but doing two in two years just comes down to wanting money at the expense of fans. Stop with the re-releases, and give me some damn new games. Take my money when it’s worth my time, and certainly don’t trick me into buying it on an older console only to release it on newer generation consoles less than a year later.

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About Emily Horton

Emily is just your average twenty something girl who discovered her love for gaming at the age of three or four, all thanks to her older brothers. Mario, The Lion King, Aladdin, Zelda were her first loves, but Pokemon, Final Fantasy, Tales, and pretty much all Japanese games eventually fell into that category. She has an unhealthy obsession with Pikachu, hoodies, her 3DS, t-shirts, plushies, and purses. She may also fancy herself as an excellent lawyer due to number of times she has played through the Ace Attorney series. Outside of videogames, she is a Disney, Harry Potter, and Tolkien fanatic, while also recently discovering that she is now a hardcore fan of Supernatural thanks to Netflix allowing her to watch eight seasons rapid fire. She has elvish writing, the Deathly Hallows, a rather large Tinkerbelle and a large Yuna from Final Fantasy X all tattooed on her body, with only more geeky stuff to be added. Currently working on her own fantasy novel, she hopes to publish it eventually once all the kinks are worked out.

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