Thanks to CapoeiristaAlpinista for the inspiration!
Final Fantasy is dead.
More specifically, the style of Final Fantasy, that I grew up with and am a fan of, is not the current direction of the franchise. FFXV was an enjoyable experience, but it’s not Final Fantasy like I remember. VII through X was the time I really grew up with the series. As long as I don’t expect modern FF games to be what I remember, and just experience them as they are, I enjoy them well enough. The modern games are made by a completely different team/company than the ps1 era team/company.
I agree these new games are completely different. The Final Fantasy we all knew is dead, like in our childhood.
On one hand, this is terrible, as the Final Fantasy we’ve all grown up with is now dead and gone. Fads replaced all the nostalgia and charm with the fads that whatever the new generation of kids like these days.
But then again, on the other hand, this is a good thing. Final Fantasy succeeded by taking the risk, thinking outside of the box (er, for the most part) and breaking the boundary. They went outside of their comfort zone. In fact, that’s how they were able to make the games the older generation grew to love. This progress of evolution makes Final Fantasy great.
This is fine as long as we don’t think of death as something permanent. Thinks about it as one event ending and another beginning. What Final Fantasy was has made way for the Final Fantasy to become. Change is pretty scary. We don’t know what the future will bring. But we gotta believe. We gotta have hope! In the darkest hour, there can be a sunrise. And as the sun always rises, it’s like a rebirth of the Phoenix into a newer Final Fantasy. So in a sense, Final Fantasy is dead, but yet it’s never been more alive!
Death can be a powerful thing if we can overcome it.