For those of you that don't know Squaresoft or square if now a defunct company that merged with Enix in 2003 now known as Square Enix.
Squaresoft was best known for games such as FF VII, Breath of Fire, Xenogears, Parasite Eve 1 & 2, Super Mario RPG, Chrono Trigger and a plethora of other if not great but very decent RPGs.
When the merger happened these Squaresoft still brought over all their properties to Enix the two companies combined have a very strong library of video game history especially coming from japan. What could go wrong? Am I right?
Now to the point. After recently dipping my toes into some old squaresoft games I couldn't help but think "What the hell happened" Parasite eve 2 while clunky and a mid game difficulty spike that's a bit crazy is still a ton of fun to me. After beating it I booted up the third birthday. Not hoping for the best I was pleasantly surprised it's ok but not as good or as compelling as the previous games. Though the story is absolute shit and square needs to re-hire their whole writing staff.
My overall question is what the hell happened to these companies. The now Squeenix makes un-compelling trash most of the time. Granted these were two different entities at the time but where did all the heart go when they merged? With FF15 on the loom and it looking pretty craptacular are square games completely out of the western audience mindset? Granted glory days end, will square enix ever get back to what made their early games so great? Decent stories, good gameplay and sometimes compelling characters?
They have all these awesome properties sitting there and ain't doing anything with em.
Or are JRPGs just a thing of the past?