I feel like that one is pretty awful but we've all gotten used to the Corpse Party franchise existing so it sounds less weird now. I remember the first time I heard of Corpse Party, I was kind of like... What kind of party was that, now? Did I hear that correctly?
Yeah, my previous computer was called "Skynet" jokingly because back when I built it, it was absurdly powerful. Not so much any more though. So I decided to stick with the naming scheme and call this one Skynet 2. :P
I want to know what the fuck Hiroyuki Ito has been doing. He directed my two favorite FF games [6 and 9] and basically created the ATB system. His contributions to the FF franchise are many of the things that I've loved most in that series. And yet, lately.... nothing. Square basically only lets Motomu Toriyama and Tetsuya Nomura touch the single player FFs these days.
Owozifa already made an offhand mention of this, but I do think the FF series lost something when Sakaguchi left. It's hard to put my finger on what that is, but I think his oversight affected that series a lot more than you realize at first glance.
I definitely get where you're coming from with that, since I also hate it when the internet decides that there's a universal "consensus" on something dumb like whether a game series is good or not. If I have any strong feelings about the direction of the series, they're mostly fueled by the fact that FF9 is maybe my favorite game they've done. And they haven't really done one with that kind of flavor since then. Side note: You know what I love about FF9? The Active Time Event system. It really gave the impression that there were things going on in the world away from where Zidane was. I can't actually fully express how much I loved that. I wish they hadn't dropped that idea like a hot potato immediately after 9.
Anyway, I haven't written off the FF series or anything like that. I'm just kinda stuck waiting for the next one. I only hope it doesn't double down on the seriousness. That trailer with a minute and a half of the guy crying wasn't exactly uplifting. Though I loooooove exploration. So FF15's world seems like something I will enjoy a lot.
I'll give you Sazh, but I honestly felt like he was one of the *only* sources of levity in the whole game. I can't think of any other memorable examples of humor or lightheartedness. It's possible I've just forgotten them, but... then I guess they weren't memorable to me. Vanille wasn't particularly funny, just childlike and innocent. Also, yeah, I don't love FF8 that much for the same reason. Only thing is, I didn't have to wait 7+ years after FF8 came out for another totally different FF game. Anyway, it's all a little silly because I can't actually say that FF13 is a bad game. It's actually a good game. But it never scratched that itch that the earlier FF games did for me.