This deadly combo will immediately make me ignore almost all of your opinions:

You say you used to love JRPGs and bring up FF7 as the best JRPG
You say JRPGs suck now because of FF13
You don't mention any other games

If you are going to make an argument against JRPGs, please make it look like you actually play them. Maybe try more than one series? One type of game? More than two games?

It's approaching the ignorance of crazy Japan fans who think all western games are mindless shooters. But it's okay to bash JRPGs without support in western gaming forums.

Then there's this other angle where people will say "JRPGs all suck now because they keep reusing tropes and themes" or "they are too anime-like now". How about JRPGs would have been the way they are now if the technology would have let them a few decades ago? How about the fact that Western gamers can still get a good many more JRPGs now than they could a few decades ago? It's perfectly logical that the increasing the number of games will lead to more mediocre games being out there.

For those casuals who focused on FF7 and FF13, they probably bought into the hype for each. FF7 fulfilled the hype while FF13 did not. Because some of the issues that come up as making FF13 "bad" are issues in FF10. Also, FF12 was a very divisive game for many JRPG fans (I personally dislike it more than any other FF game I've played) so you would think the "death to the JRPG" people would have started clamoring then. For personal reasons I wasn't gaming much the past few years nor keeping up with gaming news, but I think FF13 had a lot more hype than FF12. The higher the hype, the greater the potential fall.

The only type of people I sort of sympathize with who are saying "JRPGs suck now" are those who lament the loss of the amazing number of unique games that came out during the PS2 era. The PS2 era was amazing and I'm still catching up on game from then. I do hope those people realize that economic reasons caused many of those great producers to stop producing for big consoles and many things went to handhelds. And because handheld markets are so different in Japan and the west, many of those games haven't left Japan.

In other news, I stayed up until 1 AM yesterday playing Xenoblade. It ended up being almost 7 hours of playing, though an hour or so was just wandering around Eryth Sea trying to find Anu Shore. Of course in the process I killed all the monsters that I need to kill again for some quests. That's probably the biggest annoyance in terms of Xenoblade play for me at the moment - the fact that the game won't count previous killings of monsters for quest fulfillment.
I actually finished playing FFVII: Crisis Core on Thursday and cried a bit because of the ending. Let me tell you about the game.

MAJOR SPOILERS )

In the end, I recommend the game to any main game FFVII fan but probably not to someone who hasn't played the main game first. The story has much more impact if you know the main game's story and you will want to explore the world more to get the finer details. Otherwise this game is really short and the battle system is wonky. Also I think the faster pacing and compactness of this game might make the main game seem clunky and aimless at times, which could down the main game experience if the main game is played afterwards.

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