Hey Final Fantasy, Why So Serious?S

Remember back when the Final Fantasy franchise had room for silly jokes and random frivolity? Commenter Balmung certainly does, and he wonders we'll ever go back there in today's Speak Up on Kotaku.

So I was just wondering about this. When did the Final Fantasy games get so serious?

Back through Final Fantasies III-VII the games seemed serious with a silly overtone. You had the dirty magazine in Final Fantasy IV, the silly animations and suplexing the train in Final Fantasy VI, and Barrett in Final Fantasy VII to name a few.

After that things changed a bit. Final Fantasy VIII had some small silly parts but took itself as serious as a heart attack most of the time.

Luckily, Final Fantasy IX brought back that silly nature in droves. The world had such a good feeling to it as a result that I still feel like it was the most pleasant of the worlds to explore.

After that things seem like they got so serious with very little room for anything silly at all. The games have all been good in my opinion but very rarely do we get the lightheartedness that the series actually has had a lot of in the past.

What brought on this change? Final Fantasy XIII-2 has a bit more silliness than usual but still takes itself extremely serious at times. Does anyone else feel like a move back to putting more silliness and lightheartedness in the Final Fantasy games is a good idea?

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