A story in the style of FFXII
There was a story in FF12 ? All I remember from it is that it was some kind of offline MMO without anything interesting in it.
I think at this point, the series will never be good again no matter what you guys says or wathever.
I actually liked how the series moved to steampunk in FF6/7/8 and I liked how it went back to medieval fantasy with 9, and went to asian style with 10.
I'd like to remember you guys it's wrong to say the series went wrong on 6 because of steampunkness, as even FF1 had some sci-fi steampunk aspects (Airships, Robots, etc...) it's just it was secondary.
It's also wrong to say "Final Fantasy [n]" was a huge departure for the series, because honestly the games never had much in common except the fact they were RPGs and that several important people were behind them. All of them have completely different battle systems and universes, and this is a very good thing.
I think things went wrong somehow during the development of FF10, 'cause I think all FFs before 10 were great (ok except 2 for reason I already mentioned but it's probably 'cause they rushed it too much), I think FF10 is mostly great but there is a few things I really, really, dislike in the game, and after 10 everything seems almost completely wrong to me. The FFTA games are the only one who has their moments but overall they're still bland and boring.
When it comes to remakes, I think it's a huge problem that Square Enix completly depends their sales on remakes, and release now more remakes than original games. FF4 has been remade no less than 5 times (PS1, WonderSwanColor, GBA, Wii, DS), which of course is way too much. Remakes once in a while are nice if the developers put any
effort in them, ideally as much efforts as if this was a brand new game. Which is not the case most of the time, Square just gives some money to TOSE and says "Hey could you guys remake FF4 a 6th time for the [insert system here]" and don't even supervise the product, they just make profit out of it.
If I feel even I could have remade the game better, then it's probably not a good remake.
(this applies to Square Enix but to Nintendo too)