I remember playing this game back when I was thirteen. A friend had just gotten the game and told me to go to his house to try it out. Back then when I first played it, I found it to be an awesome game. I never really got the opportunity to finish it, but now that it was re-released in HD. I decided to give it another go at it and my opinion changed a little bit.
FFX is played as a turn based RPG with a little twist on its combat. This twist that it brings to the table is that each character has a certain kind of advantage on certain enemies. This makes the player switch characters constantly and strategize on how to defeat your enemies, that is if you want to take advantage of their weaknesses. Instead of a traditional level up system, FFX uses something called the sphere grid. This is where the game really shines. Each character has its own sphere grid with its own abilities; however, you can chose to take each character into a different path on the sphere grid in order to unlock certain abilities that will turn your character into a badass. This allows for some really deep customization within your party, giving you the chance to experiment with some really awesome and interesting jobs. There are a wide variety of mini games and side quests within the game. The biggest mini game is blitzball. Which is a weird sport that is similar to soccer, but you are underwater. The way that this mini game is played makes FFX more of a hassle and just makes it feel uncomfortable.
I personally found the story to be quite lacking. A group of characters have to protect this girl Yuna and help her complete her pilgrimage in order to rid the world of an evil thing called Sin. The journey is nothing special, you go from town to town and into temples where you solve some puzzles so that Yuna can unlock a new summon. There’s also a love story that I found to be terrible, and a conspiracy arc that was probably the most interesting arc in the game. The characters are pretty bland and somewhat annoying. I found them to be pretty uninteresting with the exception of Auron, a character who already went through a pilgrimage in the past. As for the other characters, there just isn’t anything that makes them interesting; their personalities are almost nonexistent thus making them boring, the little character development that is in the game I thought it added nothing to these people’s personalities.
Being an early PS2 game, FFX looked amazing even then and it’s still one of the best looking games on the PS2. When I first played it, the graphics were really awesome and they still hold up pretty well in the PS2. Being remastered in HD, the graphics look even better, they look colorful and beautiful and the characters look just great in HD. The only thing that really bothered me is that when they remastered it they only focused on the main characters, so it makes the game look weird when you are looking at other characters within the game. This being said the stuff that they did focus on remastering looks really good.
One of the highlights of the game is its music. The soundtrack of FFX is simply one of the best there is. There are many great songs within the game that range from a catchy battle theme, to a beautiful main theme “to Zanarkand” and many more. While its music is one of the best in video game history. The voice acting is simply terrible, shows little to no emotion and it doesn’t help it either that the characters have no personality. The one character who seems to bring out the most emotions is the main character, Tidus and even then he’s still pretty bad, since he always sounds like he is whining and makes him annoying.
Notice: We will be updating this post as soon as we get the review for FFX-2