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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Random Game of the Day

Final Fantasy X-2 (2003)
Platform: PlayStation 2
Induction Date: 11/21/2003

Rikku's reaction to all the haters of the game.

I really don't understand why a lot of people do not like this game. Usually, anything that carries that Final Fantasy title would be a sure fire hit but this one got a bit of a mixed response from fans of the series. Perhaps it's the all-girl cast and the strongly feminine atmosphere. Perhaps Square shouldn't have attempted in creating a true sequel to one of the best Final Fantasy games ever made. I personally think that this game is magnificent and I am glad that it was not merely a spin-off. Sure, the story can get a bit saccharine but there's a dark undertone to it - this is, mind you, a young woman's journey to redefine herself after she was relieved of her duty as someone responsible to stop the destruction of the world. It is a personal quest - though it did end up being unnecessarily epic eventually - to heal her feelings of lost love, a transcendence of painful emotion into strength and understanding. It's one of the most refreshing tales in the entire series and I absolutely love finding out what happened to the characters and locations from the first game after the world was saved - no, I won't get into the Wakka-Lulu discussion: the jocks always get the girls, end of story. The battle system is a lot of fun where you can change your character's job classes on the fly, complete with optional transformation sequences and seeing the characters in different outfits is satisfying since Japanese role playing game characters are usually stuck with one look for the entire game. It is great that there are only 3 playable characters in the game too - you don't have to worry about switching up between characters to level grind them all. If you have never given this game a chance, you are missing out on a fun and flirty RPG action that still carries that distinct level of polish usually found in a true Final Fantasy game. Oh just admit it, the Yuna song at the beginning of the game is catchy! Well, at least the Japanese version of the song.

LIBRARY STATUS: 5 out of 5

1 comment:

Delljericho said...

It´s a great game. Maybe some gamers didn´t like it because of the dressing system (you know...it seems like sailor moon).
A find this one harder than FFX.
The dressing system is fun and characters aren´t limited to a class, like other rpg ´cause you can change class...or dress.
It´s more than meets the eye.