Final Fantasy is a guarenteed "seller". It's the same a Hollywood making sequels. Look at the BIG movies this past year: X-2, T-3, Bad Boys 2.... Unfortunatly, game developer, like the studies, are afraid of taking a chance. The biggest chance Square has taken was working with Disney on that one PS2 game. And how hard was it to predict it would do well?? FF has mostly turned to fanboys at this time. IMO FF 7 was the last GREAT one. FF 9 was decent.
My personal favorite FFs are VII (DUH! Cloud IS the star ), IV, and IX in that order. After playing IV (1998) and IX (2000), I can see why everyone loves the medival and fantasy settings, as opposed to the futuristic settings. Even though IX was supposed to be the LAST fantasy setting one, I read that they MIGHT do it again with FFXII. All the others FFs I've played are subpar. FFV was pretty good though.
Don't you think it's interesting how Square's main franchise is slowly going to hell, while their "other" (to some FF Fanboys at least), games are getting better and better? Chrono Cross is The Greatest Game Ever! Right behind Phantasy Star IV. Parasite Eve took a dive in quality with the second one, but I'm still looking forward to the third one, since the first game is one of my all-time favorite games. Brave Fencer Mushi was a VERY fun, and quirky Platform/Action RPG.
The main reason why I love the Chrono series and Phantasy Star so much, is that they are all one huge plot. Events in Chrono Trigger carried over to Chrono Cross (Chrono Trigger "triggered" the events in Chrono Cross). With Phantasy Star, it's all an even BIGGER plot! I remember events in PSII kinda triggered what happened in PSIV, but what happens in PSIV and the whole series as a whole (that sounded funny :lol: ) was triggered by how Algo was born, and it's reason simply for existing.
Now, when're Parasite Eve Rebith (Announced) and Chrono Break (Announced) coming out? :cheers