I'm having a debate in the office about if FF is a RPG or not. A lot of people are ganging up on me and saying, "of course it is." This one fellow is saying that the combat system makes it a rpg because it allows you to customize your avatar? But by that definition, isn't a hack and slash an RPG? or a resident evil game?
Also, does clicking a potion in a scripted combat really make a game an RPG?
Do you really play a "role" when you have 4 scripted game types (damage dealer, healer, ranged mage, ect.) and you simply update their skill sat every step?
Basically, in FF games you just update the same spell over and over. You can't really play through the game with a completely different combat setup and still beat it. You have to upgrade and level up the main players that are best to beat the big bosses. The rest is just busy work to unlock a few odd spells.
Isn't final fantasy basically like playing a choose your adventure novel, or watching an interactive movie with a predetermined fate?
What makes it a role playing game?
What makes oblivion a role playing game?
Where is the role?