Friday, April 25, 2014

Should There Be a Final Fantasy X-3?

Now that I've completed my review for the Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster bundle, I've decided that now would be a good time to take a look and see if there is any reason why Square Enix should or shouldn't consider the possibility of Final Fantasy X-3. But before that, let's discuss the most recent addition to the series that was Final Fantasy X -Will-.

-Will- was a thirty minute audio drama included with Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster. It is meant to be a continuation of the story, taking place three years after the events of Final Fantasy X. As a warning, I will be discussing the audio drama in depth so if you intend to listen to it without any knowledge of what happens, stop reading now as there is going to be a few spoilers from here on out.

Still reading? Then find yourself a comfy seat and we'll get started. The two main characters of the drama are two brand new characters. The first one is Chuami, whom is a seventeen year old girl that narrates her thoughts on what is going on very much like Tidus and Yuna in X/X-2. She is the childhood friend of Kurgum, who is the other new character.

If there is to be a X-3, I hope to god that neither of these characters will be in it. Chaumi is bound and determined to make herself completely unlikeable through excessive sass and being outright rude toward essentially every single character that fans of Final Fantasy X have come to know and love. Most of the audio drama consists of Chuami whining like Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye. She is supposed to be Kurgum's assistant, but seems to not understand her place at all. There's also that part about her being supposedly the daughter of Auron, which I'm going to call BS on as I don't see how Auron would have had the time to be with a woman between his dedicated life as a warrior monk of Yevon and then a guardian for both Yuna and her father.

As for Kurgum he isn't as bad as Chuami in terms of personality, until closer to the end of the drama in which he devolves into a badly written character out of a crack ship fan fiction. At first Kurgum shows a great deal of admiration and respect for High Summoner Yuna, which makes sense given her accomplishments in both X and X-2. But then out of nowhere near the end, Kurgum suddenly bursts into tears and declares that he is in love with Yuna and that is why he and Chuami can not be together even though there has never been any romantic subplot between the two at any point in the audio drama. If I want badly written characters in Spira, I'll read some fan fiction. It's disappointing that the writers couldn't come up with more quality characters for this particular entry in the series.

I think for now it would be best to push both Final Fantasy X -Will- and the X-2.5 novel to the side and consider them as non-canon since Final Fantasy X-3 is, according to Square Enix, not in development. However, if they did do a X-3 I'm hoping they could somehow avoid any of the contents of these two particular entries in the series. If -Will- is canon, that would mean that Square would have to recycle Sin from Final Fantasy X since it was somehow revived during the audio drama. I don't know about you, but I really don't want to fight Sin in another game beyond Final Fantasy X. That is, unless it appears as an optional superboss in Kingdom Hearts III in which case recycling would be fine.

Perhaps, and this is all hypothetical, they could do prequels that would either cover the pilgrimage of summoners like Braska or even go into detail about the Machina War one thousand years prior to the events of Final Fantasy X. Just a few ideas. But since X-3 is merely an idea that Square Enix is considering at this point, there isn't much to do but speculate.

Personally, I think that another sequel for Final Fantasy X is unnecessary. X-2 was a decent addition to the story overall, but I don't think they need to go any further. Honestly it would be better if Square Enix instead focused on making more new worlds in the Final Fantasy series. The occasional HD Remaster or remake is fine, but most people would prefer Final Fantasy XV to come out already. The story of Spira and it's inhabitants is over, and I think it is time that we saw the stories of other worlds that Square Enix could come up with. They've shown that they have a great deal of potential to create worlds that capture the player's imagination and free time for weeks, if not months and years. So let the older stories rest, as new ones are written.

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