Product Type: Sony PS2 games
Newest Review: ... himself, coming to understand as much about his family and himself as his new friends. This game is beautiful- the designs of the charact... more
Destiny In Your Hands!
Final Fantasy X (PS2)
Member Name: simon020187
Final Fantasy X (PS2)
Advantages: Beautiful graphics, superb sound effects and an emotional storyline.
Disadvantages: The game doesn't have multiple endings!
The Final Fantasy games are probably one of the biggest known games ever and they seem to just keep making them with new ideas and they never seem to get old. Final Fantasy X is a role playing game and by far one of the best ever created in my opinion. The game was developed and published by Squaresoft but in 2003 the name was changed to Square Enix. Final Fantasy games have always featured a beautiful storyline and Final Fantasy X features one of the most breathtaking storylines ever created for a game. The game is set in a fantasy world called Spira and literally everything about the game is phenomenal. The Final Fantasy games are probably the best role playing games available but there has always been debates which is the best and my opinion is this one.
=== STORY ===
Final Fantasy X has the best story I have witnessed for a game and it literally has everything and you go through so many emotions through playing the whole game. You take the role of Tidus (you can change his name to what suits you if you want) a celebrity pro blitzball player. Tidus is running late for his big match and rushes to the game and luckily he makes it on time. Whilst hes playing certain things start to happen around the city of Zanarkand and all of a sudden the city is obliterated by a huge creature shrouded in water that goes by the name Sin. Tidus and his fathers friend Auron try helping people but before they can do anything they are both sucked into Sin. Tidus awakens at a mysterious place with no sign of Auron luckily eventually he meets up with some new friends and Auron. Now Tidus and his new companions must find Sin and put an end to his destruction.
=== GAMEPLAY ===
Final Fantasy X is fantastic for gameplay features. The game is a role playing game with a Conditional Turn-Based Battle system. Probably the best battle system for an role playing game so far. The only problem is you can only pick 3 of the characters to battle at anyone time but you can actually change characters in the middle of a fight which is fantastic. One thing this game doesn't feature is a world where you can literally explore everywhere and its fairly simple to follow and understand where to go. You end up visiting many different places in the game such as towns, villages, temples, caves, forests and many more with lots of variety in each place. You also meet many companions on your quest and some of these become your best friends and are with you to the very end of the game. Most characters are specialized with certain abilities or techniques. For an example Yuna can summon creatures to help fight with you. These summons can be acquired from temples. Kimahri can steal and learn the abilities of his enemies and the other characters also have their own unique abilities and attacks.
Through your story you encounter many ferocious beasts and a lot of big bosses that are detailed beautifully. Also as you progress through the main quest you will find many items worth collecting. There are lots of Al Bhed books scattered throughout the game and these enable you to learn how to speak and understand the language of the Al Bhed. Al Bhed is a race in the game that aren't supposed to be very friendly but one of your friends called Rikku is an Al Bhed. There are shops in villages and other places that sell new weapons and equipment. The equipment is only accessories and each character can only have one equipped at anyone time. You can add special attacks and abilities to your weapons. Each weapon has so many empty slot and these abilities can add things like poison to your attacks or increase critical hit chance and many more. It costs experience to do this and experience is acquired as you kill enemies.
One of the best new things to a game I have ever seen is the Sphere Grid in Final Fantasy X as it has a lot to offer. The Sphere Grid is used to upgrade stats, learn new abilities and much more. Every time a character levels up they gain an item to grant them one Sphere Grid move. The Sphere Grid is massive and a great idea because characters that wouldn't normally use magic can actually learn it in the grid. In Final Fantasy X its very much like most role playing games where your automatically directed to the right path and the game is easy to follow. There are many types of items on the game and all of them will be used as you go through the game. You can carry absolutely loads of items such as healing potions, items to enhance abilities and items that bring you back from the dead. All items can become helpful during battles. Another great part of the game is the fact you can actually play blitzball games later on in the game. Blitzball is a fictional sport that is played underwater and its very much similar to football and american football but carrying the ball with your hands and shooting at a goal with either hand, head or feet. After time is up the team with most goals is the winner. Later in the game you can play a league against other teams. Final Fantasy X is a very solid role player game with some beautiful cinematics. The game is more of a story than most role playing games. It features a lot of talking but its actually really enjoyable. Final Fantasy X also features a few puzzles especially in the temples and you must work your way through them. Overall Final Fantasy is great for its gameplay features and definitely one of the best Final Fantasy games out there. Its not like most role playing games in terms of quality and it certainly has a lot more to offer.
=== GRAPHICS ===
Final Fantasy X is a beautiful game in terms of graphics. Even though the game was released back in 2003 the graphics for it are still considered amazing and in my eyes they still can compete with role playing games nowadays. The characters in the game are incredibly designed to every detail and I think they all look stunning. Its hard to pick a fault with the characters and Tidus is one of the best designed characters I have ever seen. The movies in the game are phenomenal especially when the big bosses are coming for you. I also love the fact the whole of Spira is magnificently designed and there are no two places that look the same, its really stunning. even the scenery is breathtakingly good and overall for a PS2 game the graphics are superb. Overall the graphics are definitely a strong point about the game.
=== SOUND EFFECT ===
I have to start with the soundtrack to the game because it is really addictive and the music itself sets off a lot of emotions. The music fits perfectly into the game and is by far the best soundtrack to a role playing game. Also there is no need to read the writing because most scenes in the game are movies and instead of reading the writing you can actually listen to them talk. The thing that impresses me the most with the sound effects is the battle effects as they really do sound brilliant. Overall the sound effects are pretty much perfect to Final Fantasy X as expected.
=== DIFFICULTY ===
Final Fantasy X is the type of game that could be quite difficult if your not a massive fan of Squaresoft/Square Enix. They can also take a bit of time to adjust to all the controls and other bits the game has to offer. It is probably one of the hardest role playing games available but that's mainly because all of the others are easy. The battle system takes a little time to get the hang of as does the new Sphere Grid but with the tutorials it gets easier. The boss battles can also be quite tricky because some of them require you to do certain things to defeat them. Overall Final Fantasy X isn't the easiest game out there and it does take time to adjust to everything but its definitely worth it in the end.
=== LONGEVITY ===
Usually the Final Fantasy games are quite long and feature plenty to keep you gaming for months and Final Fantasy X is no different. The game is actually reasonable in terms of length and also even after completing the game this is certainly worth playing again and again. Final Fantasy can take way up to 40 hours to complete which is fantastic because there is a lot of places to explore and things to find. Also there is only one ending to the game no matter how many times you play it. Overall I think with blitzball, the main quest and other bits the length of the game is actually really good and probably one of the best for a Final Fantasy game.
=== PROS ===
A beautifully designed game with some stunning graphics and some brilliant sound effects.
A fantastic storyline that will have you hooked from start to finish.
Lots of different enemies to take on and some superb bosses too.
Can be picked up really cheap now.
In my opinion the best Final Fantasy game so far to date.
=== CONS ===
The game can be mind baffling at times with the variety of things you can do.
Some of the boss fights might cause a few problems.
The temples in the game can be really annoying, frustrating and a little boring.
Only one ending whereas most role playing games have multiple endings.
You can only use 3 of the characters in battle at anyone time.
=== FINAL THOUGHT ===
Final Fantasy is one of the best PS2 games out there at an extremely reasonable price. I have always been a massive fan of these games and Final Fantasy X has always and probably will always be my all time favourite. I have completed it numerous times and I can still find time to go back to it because its really enjoyable and the story never gets boring.
I would definitely recommend this game to fans of the series who may think the games have gotten worse because I believe this one reignited the franchise really well. If you love role playing games then look no further because this is exactly that and can offer a whole lot more too. Also because the game is cheap its even more worth it. The game manual that comes with the game is pretty good and has a lot of useful information and can actually help you out a lot. The game has an age rating of 11+.
I bought the game a good year ago for an amazing price of just £4 from Amazon which included postage and its definitely worth the gamble but to be honest if you love RPG's then its not really a gamble because you'll love it. The game is quite hard to find in Game shops nowadays because not many still sell PS2 games. Amazon do however still sell the game but its a tiny bit more now. Amazon now sell the game for around £6 which includes postage but its still worth every penny.
With Final fantasy X comes a bonus disc entitled Beyond Final Fantasy. The disc contains a few trailers of games. It also features previews and has interviews, a gallery and the theme song from the game. Its definitely worth its money even for the bonus disc.
One of my all time favourite role playing games with a beautiful and emotional story. I would give Final Fantasy X a superb 9/10!
Review also on Ciao under the username: MrBrightside1987!
Summary: My favourite Final Fantasy game ever with a brilliant and breathtaking story!
More reviews in the field of Playstation 2 Game
- Wallace and Gromit: Curse Of The WereRabbit
- Tonight Matthew I'm going to be...
- Sing Until You're A Star
- The Simpsons: Hit and Run - I'm A Lean Mean Speed Thingy
- Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly
- The key to the Kingdom of my Heart.
- You're never too old to not be childish!
- Not quite good enough
- I would like to introduce Agent 47...
- Where I like to think COD really started