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Kitase stands defiant against FFXIII detractors

Submitted by on Wednesday, 17 February 20102 Comments

Final Fantasy XIII has so far received a lukewarm reception from critics in the west; a stark contrast to the glowing praise the game is receiving back home in its native Japan.

Yoshinori Kitase, Final Fantasy’s producer has shrugged off this criticism and has accused reviewers of judging the game from a western point of view.

What is a western view anyway?

GamesMaster were the first western critics to publicise their disappointment of the game by giving it an underwhelming score of  81%, something we at Attitude Towers felt was newsworthy at the time. Since then PSM3 have gone one step further and gave it 70%. These scores don’t suggest it’s a bad game per se, but neither do they reach the heady heights we’ve come to expect from Final Fantasy.

Kitase remains unfazed by these criticisms and told Xbox World 360 that he tries “not to listen to the critics too much.” Most of the criticism has been aimed at a perceived linearity which Kitase implies is necessary for storytelling.

“But we’ve got a story to tell, and it’s important the player can engage with the characters and the world they inhabit before letting them loose…”

“We think many reviewers are looking at Final Fantasy XIII from a western point of view. When you look at most Western RPGs, they just dump you in a big open world, and let you do whatever you like… [It] becomes very difficult to tell a compelling story when you’re given that much freedom.”

Would giving players more freedom to explore in the early stages of the game be that much of a detriment to the story? Please leave your own thoughts below…