No one plays handhelds seriously though... And what drew people to FF7 was the CGI and graphics on the spells and stuff.
If you compare the way those games were made then, vs how they been making games from 10 and up, you'll notice we get less and less exploration, less summons (one guy once commented how they wanted to get rid of what essentially IS FF and do away with summons!) and we see games play themselves more and more vs the time we spend controlling the characters.
FF 13, failed. FF13 X2 went in for emergency patch work after the extreme backlash and accusations that came with FF13. And Advent Sword is being delayed because no one is going to buy a game that plays itself.
I have Sleeping Dogs. I have Saints Row 3. Playing SD I noticed Square doing what they do best; telling me a story. It took 10 minutes before I even got to use my controller. A small bit of running later, it goes back to cutscenes. I played for about an hour. Out of that hour, I'd say about 20 minutes of it was me.
Now, you play SR3 and you get thrown into a bank heist. Story is being told DURING the action after a short and funny scene. The whole time the story is being told to you, you're actually PLAYING it out!
Square games... I stop supporting that company after they released FF12. The 3 big honchos behind the FF series LEFT including it's creator, it's composer, and it's artist. The ones most renowned for all the major FF games. I'd advise checking out Last Story, it's really unique and fun. Sadly it's on the Wii... not a bad system, but it came out near the end of it's cycle.
Square needs to stop being so xenophobic and start hiring new players and start putting more time into game play experience. Why do you think they refused to show any actual live demos instead of showing movies? Square is a horse with three broken legs.
Wait... I shouldn't use that analogy considering I like FiM
; but you get the idea! xD
Still, glad you're still making this, I loved that part of the story!