When Octopath Traveler unveiled its “HD 16bit graphics”, many people thought it would be an excellen style to remake Final Fantasy VI in. It would be glorious, and a much easier (and probably better) endeavor than remaking Final Fantasy VII in whatever format they are doing now. Better yet, this remake will probably be free of Nomura’s Final Fantasy influence, as the Octopath team have shown a respect for the RPGs of old that launched the series in the first place.
At its essence, FFVI is a game about several individual heroes converging to fight a common cause. Each a traveler with their own story, but somehow they ended up as a team. It has serious stories such as the opening massacre of Narshe, the fall of Doma, and the possible ending of the world. But also, it has some funny and light hearted notes that can only be pulled off with a straight face in sprite graphics.
The city of Figaro disappearing beneath the sands and appearing hundreds of kilometers away doesn’t make any physical sense, but we ignore it because its sprites.
More of this please
A lecherous, potential molester purple octopus wouldn’t make any sense in 3D, but he is right at home as a 2D creep.
Before Square-Enix decided that Final Fantasy was an oh-so-serious story, the games had a lot of fun with their settings and characters. As the series started migrating towards ore realistic graphics, and when Nomura and co. decided that the Advent Children Cloud is the correct representation of the lovable bumbling village idiot, the entire franchise changed gears into something that rarely acknowledges the pre-PS games.
Now, with the success of Octopath, a remake of Final Fantasy VI makes a perfect sense. In a way, 16bit graphics were liberating for RPGs in the past, as it allowed fantasy, music, and plain-old imagination to do much of the heavy work for the game.
However, Final Fantasy IV is not the only game that could use an Octo-powered makeover. Many 16bit and 8bit RPGs could be remade in the same style to excellent results. However, that’s only part of the possibilities that could be explored.
Other than remaking a game, maybe demaking some PS1 era RPGs, or even current RPGs (A Witcher 16bit RPG would be awesome) can be an interesting experiment.
So, what would you like to see in a Final Fantasy VI remake?
What RPG would you like to be remade with Octopath Travelers style?
It's so damn pretty
*- One of the first games I reviewed was Soul Blazer, a game by Quintet that started a little-known SNES trilogy that I enjoyed very much, which is why this review by Kerrik52 simply rushed in so many good memories. That is exactly why I like to do these retro reviews, in the hope of invoking such emotions to some readers out there
*- The narrative diffeences between games and movies is an intresting topic. Personally, I have always been in the camp that games trying to imitate movies fail at being both, but armaan8014 disagrees with that, as this blog explores the elements that increase a game's narrative power.
A- Boxman214 (previously known as GreenHornet) shares this important (and very topical) article about Sexual Harrasment in the work place and attempts to spark a healthy discussion about the subject (which I think he mostly succeeds in).
A- Ever noticed how real-life conspiracy theories can get as crazy as video-games? Casus Gaming thinks that is exactly what akes them popular in the first place, as the belief in knowing what's behind the curtain makes for an exciting time.
Even the battles look great
Band of Bloggers:
B- For this month's Band of Bloggers theme, Horizon Zero Dawn (such a stupid name) was a natural fit with its robotic animals, and TricksterX doesn't dissapoint with a compundium of the game's best creatures.
B- With robots, Asimov's three rules of robotics are always an important theme, and LaTerry's blog this month covers a visual novel game that is heavily influenced by those rules; Lucy, The Eternity She Wished For.
C- This is not really a contest, but I liked using all banners for once. Anyways, it is a challenge by MightyMagikarp for gamers to fill in a cross-over squad with your favorite characters. There are some rules (that I followed VERY CLOSELY) to help you craft your list.
The old sprites still look great today
T- I never saw the fun in Minecraft and games like it, and that is why this blog by SaiTatter about another Minecraft-clone is not super interesting for me. If that's your cup of tea, then check out this blog about Wrongworld, a minecraft-like with even more survival elements.
You can see the FFVI characters in such a bar
R- Arguably, a series can overstay its welcome, and a game's meta-narrative can undo the good (or value) of past games, which is a major reason Blanchimont did not review Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony as well as he did the past games in the series.
L- delpheonix continues this book of the month blog, this time featuring the fantasy novel, The Dark Portal. This is a darker than usual fantasy novel written by Robin Jarvis. In another note, del apparently recovered from an arm injury, so well-wishes for that.
The Style can also work in demaking some newer classics
L- In another twist of "pipular game ruined my kids" news, we now figure out, by way of CaptainBus, how the nefarious success of Fortnite may be responsible for an upcoming epedimic of changing our kids to cats.
Spare us these ugly and streamlined sprites
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