When Square Enix is making heroines, it might start with the character’s back story or her role in the story. For example, in Final Fantasy XIII, the initial concept for protagonist Lightning was a “strong woman”.
How does Final Fantasy XIII director Motomu Toriyama explain the difference between Japanese-designed role-playing games and their western counterparts? By pointing out the divide between classic RPGs like Tomb Raider, Hitman and Final Fantasy.
Reviews and reactions for Final Fantasy XIII have been mixed. Some love it. Some don’t. But Final Fantasy XIII director Motomu Toriyama claims to know why Western critics might not dig the game.