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Final Fantasy X-2...Girly but great!
Final Fantasy X-2 - Platinum (PS2)
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Final Fantasy X-2 - Platinum (PS2)
Advantages: A good basic storyline, well designed characters
Disadvantages: Mad sidequests, very difficult to receive Mascot Dressphere
I admit it, I played this game before I played FFX- in fact this was the second Final Fantasy game I ever played, after Final Fantasy VIII
Taking place two years after the end of Final Fantasy X, you play as Yuna, who after her defeat of Sin, has recently joined a group of Sphere Hunters called the Gullwings, along with her cousins Rikku and Brother, two other Al Bhed called Buddy and Shinra, and a mysterious girl called Paine.
Yuna, Rikku and Paine travel through Spira looking for treasure spheres, getting involved in all sorts of arguments and problems, and changing their clothes as often as possible. That's right- the Job System from the earlier Final Fantasy games has reappeared in a brand new form- Dresspheres and Garment Grids. There's plenty of variation with the dresspheres, as you can use magic and physical attacks, as well as magic and abilities that allow you to give your characters advantages.
I found that the game was very feel-good and cheery, while still having a good storyline, although some of the sidequests were just ridiculous. I felt that pushing a load of musicians into a lift was a waste of my time, yet it was something I had to do to continue with the storyline. That said, I thought that the main storyline was good, especially with the different outcomes you could get depending on who you sided with and whether you completed all of the sidequests. I also liked the idea of there being two or three different endings.
Gameplay I thought was good. I liked the real-time battle screens, as opposed to the turn taking of Final Fantasy X, and even though I wasn't exactly keen on the whole changing clothes to fight in a different way, especially with the skimpy element of the clothes, I thought that it was animated very well. Some of the dresspheres were better than others, both in design and ability- I felt that the Alchemist and Dark Mage dresspheres were well designed and had excellent abilities, whereas personally I felt that the Songstress dressphere was too skimpy, especially for a seventeen-year-old character, and also I felt that the abilities were not worth training up.
I have to admit, with the game now selling for around £9 new, and roughly £4 including p&p used, you definitely get value for money, with an original playthrough at about 50-60 hours, and the New Game+ element adds to the game, especially if you missed things on the first playthrough, or decide to side with the opposite group.
All in all, although this is very lighthearted compared to the relatively dark storyline of Final Fantasy X, I think that it's worth at least one playthrough, even if the opening song - real:Emotion- puts you off.
Summary: A good game, a must (at least once) for any Final Fantasy Fan. Give it a chance, at least!
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