"Your fate is in your hands!"

Final Fantasy X was a heavily hyped game for the Play Station 2. People were saying that it could be the next Final Fantasy VII. Well, I feel that Final Fantasy X didn't disappoint. Final Fantasy X used elements that belonged to other games of the Final Fantasy series as well as some new elements that weren't in previous games.

Final Fantasy X may not be the best of the series but it isn't even close to being the worst of the series. Final Fantasy X is a deep game with a great cast of characters, state of the art graphics and vice acting is included too!

Storyline/Characters: This game has a great cast of characters. You start off as a guy named Tidus. Tidus is a star blitzball player in his hometown of Zanarkand. Blitzball is the sport that they play in this game. Everything is going good until a giant creature named Sin attacks Zanarkand. While Sin is attacking your town, you encounter Auron, a wise old man filled with secrets and mystery. He knows everything that happens in the storyline of this game yet he chooses to not say anything much of the time.

Tidus and Auron do some battling against the Sinspawn, creatures that come off of Sin. However, Sin soon engulfs Tidus and Auron sending them 1000 years into the future. Tidus eventually meets up with Yuna. Yuna is arguably the co-main character of this game. Yuna is on a pilgrimage to stop Sin. She has several guardians. Wakka, the outgoing Jamaican. Lulu, the intelligent black mage and Kimahri, the quiet yeti type thing.

Guardians are people who basically travel and protect the summoner, the one who does the pilgrimage. Tidus ends up being one of Yuna's guardians and they embark on the pilgrimage. The story is deep and is filled with plot twists. You'll meet new friends; acquire spiffy items, battle against dangerous foes all while you embark on a pilgrimage to stop Sin.

You'll get attached to these characters because the cast of characters in this game is really well done. Each character goes under a lot of character development and you'll notice the changes. You'll find what you thought was the truth isn't really the truth and that the people you thought were your friends aren't your friends at all. The story and characters are absolutely brilliant. You will be hooked from the very beginning anf this game will leave you wondering. 10/10

Game Play: The game play of Final Fantasy X is a good one. Final Fantasy X uses the sphere grid system. The sphere grid system is a unique way to acquire new abilities and enhance your stats. So what is the sphere grid system exactly? Well, it's quite simple.

Each character starts on his or her sphere grid. For example, Lulu, the black mage has black magic spells on her sphere grid such as Fire, Ice and Thunder. She also has spots on her sphere grid which allow her to increase stats that a black mage would need such as magic power. Auron, one who practically relies on raw power would have few magic spells on his sphere grid but would have spots that allow him to raise his attack.

To walk around the sphere grid, you need sphere levels. To get sphere levels, you need to defeat enemies much like you would be just leveling up your guys. When you win battles, you'll also get certain types of spheres. These sphere types include ability spheres and power spheres as well as some others. You see, you can't learn an ability on a sphere grid without activating it by means of the proper type of spheres first. This may seem a little complicating but it's really not. There are also “special” spheres too. For example, you may acquire a teleport sphere, which would allow you to teleport anywhere on the sphere grid.

You don't have to stay on course though. You can veer off on to other characters grids if you wanted to. For example, you could move Lulu into Auron's grid (If you are in the right place that would allow you to veer off course into another persons path of course) if you wanted her attack to be bigger. Most of the time you'll need keys to unlock the door that separates the different sphere grids though. There are level 1 keys, level 2 keys etc. You will usually find these keys in secret treasure chests or after battling a boss.

But what about weapons? Yes, you can buy weapons and other accessories throughout the game at various shops. These weapons could raise your power or defense or give you other spiffy abilities (Such as protection from lightning). The accessories usually aren't that big of a deal but some weapons could make a huge difference. Overall, the game play is a very unique and great way to enjoy this game. 9/10

Graphics: When you think of the best graphics a video game can offer in today's world, Final Fantasy X would be one of the games that would be in the running. The graphics are just excellent in this game all the time. Even when there isn't cut scenes, it seems like there is because the graphics are just that good.

The features on a character are fantastic. You'll be able to see a character's facial expressions easily. A vivid rich landscape and an exquisite background compliment the graphics of the characters in this game. The monsters are realistic and the attacks are absolutely beautiful. The graphics to this game will blow your socks off. I guarantee you. 10/10

Sound: This game uses voice acting, which is new to the final fantasy series. Well, I guess it was shaky success. The voices were realistic but they never really matched with the mouth movement. I understand that it's because this game was originally in Japanese and that they had to translate it but it still looks goofy. Sorry. 4/5

Music: The music is excellent in this game. This game has MANY different songs and beats that will just blow you away. The music is well done and it's far from repetitive. The music was orchestrated beautifully and I was very impressed. There is a high probability that you'll want to buy the soundtrack. The music is that good. 5/5

Difficulty: This game is pretty easily overall, it may not be the easiest of the series but it's pretty easy. There are side quest bosses that are tough but the main game is pretty easy. The final boss was pretty much a joke to be honest. This game is also pretty short so you should be able to breeze through it easily. If you are smart with the sphere grid and level up your characters, then you'll succeed. If you aren't very smart with this game, you could be in a heap of trouble. 3/5

Replay Value: This game, like the majority of RPGs, has great replay value. Every time you start a new file, it will about as fun as the first time you played it. This game will still amaze you even if it's you 100th play through. This game is that amazing. 5/5

Recap:

Storyline/Characters: 10/10
Game Play: 9/10
Graphics: 10/10
Sound: 4/5
Music: 5/5
Difficulty: 3/5
Replay Value: 5/5

Overall: 46/50 = 92% = 9.2 (I'll round it to 10)

Pros:

Great graphics
Great landscape and scenery
Superb soundtrack
Easy, unique game play
Deep storyline
Great cast of characters
Great replay value
Lots of side quests to do

Cons:

Iffy voice acting
Easy
Short

Overall: Overall, this is one fantastic game. You'll get hooked in the storyline because it's such a good and deep story. You'll love the cast of characters because each one has his or her unique qualities and the characters all have different personalities that often coincide. The graphics are just so realistic and they will blow you away. The graphics of this game induce the question: How much better can graphics go? The soundtrack on this game is one of the best soundtracks out there in any game. The replay value is good and even though this game is fairly short and easy, you'll still fall in love with it.

Final Fantasy X is now a greatest hit so you can pick it up fairly cheaply. This game was so successful that Square even made a sequel to it. The sequel was pretty bad but that's a review for another day. In conclusion, I must say that if you're a fan of the Final Fantasy series or just RPGs in general, than this is the game for you. Even if you're new to the RPG genre and want to try it, then this is the game for you. I wouldn't hesitate buying this game, it's a great game and you can get it cheap! What a deal! Great game with great just about everything. Another fine product by Square. Not the best Final Fantasy but a darn good one!


Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 12/28/04, Updated 02/28/05


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