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Final Fantasy X (PlayStation 2)

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Description

Tidus is a young athlete who lives in a futuristic city of Zanarkand - "the city that never sleeps". He plays blitzball, a ball game where players throw the ball while flying around. Suddenly, a terrible disaster happens. A huge dark wave engulfs the city, spawning monsters. Tidus comes in contact with the mysterious creature, and as a result finds himself in a different world, a thousand years into the future. The civilization he is used to doesn't exist any more. He learns that the world he knew was destroyed by Sin, a terrible being that is believed to be indestructible. Tidus meets a young summoner named Yuna, and joins her as a guardian on her quest to put an end to Sin.

Final Fantasy X is Japanese-style role-playing game set in a world somewhat similar to South Asia. Only individual locations can be physically explored; there is no "world map" in the game, and exploration is fairly linear. Enemy encounters are random; the game abandons the series' traditional ATB (active-time battle) combat in favor of fully turn-based mechanics, with the turns of the participants displayed in the upper corner of the screen.

The game also departs from the usual leveling up system. There are no character levels in the game: instead, experience points received after battles can be allocated by the player directly to upgrade the characters' parameters. Each character has his or her special "sphere map", with straight or branching paths containing spots that increase the character's personal statistics, or teach him or her active and passive abilities. The characters are given distinct class attributes, and it is possible top switch between all the party members during the same battle. Monster summons (called aeons in the game) now behave like playable characters, have their own hit points (HP), and can fight for the party until defeated.

Conversations that occur during cutscenes have voice overs, for the first time in the series. The game features various mini-games, the most prominent of which are blitzball tournaments.

Screenshots

Final Fantasy X PlayStation 2 Ain' it great, you can switch between characters in the middle of a battle.
Final Fantasy X PlayStation 2 Aw, how sweet... young love...
Final Fantasy X PlayStation 2 Sin takes the form of an enormous water beast.
Final Fantasy X PlayStation 2 It wouldn't be a complete Final Fantasy if there wouldn't be a way to ride a Chokobo, now would it?

Alternate Titles

  • "最终幻想10" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Финальная Фантазия 10" -- Russian spelling
  • ""Остання Фантазія 10"" -- Ukrainian title
  • "Zui Zhong Huanxiang 10" -- Chinese title
  • "Finalnaja Fantazija 10" -- Russian title
  • "FFX" -- Abbrevated title
  • "FF10" -- Informal name
  • "ファイナルファンタジーX" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Next Gen FFVII this ain't Kit Simmons (246) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
It's good at being pretty MA17 (193) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
After Megaman X we get... Final Fantasy X ! Bregalad (917) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars
Unjustifiable as a game…this is an experience. DarkDove (64) unrated
Final Fantasy games should have never been created *gasp* Indra is here (19677) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
A fun, beautiful, exciting slap in the face of the "real-time only" game religion weregamer (157) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
One good example of NOT killing a franchise Weston Wedding (54) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars
It's not a game, it's a work of art.... Chris Martin (1098) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Disappointment or perfection? ... Actually both. MAT (70549) 4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars
I'm at a lost for Words. It's That Good. NightKid32 (39) unrated

The Press Says

Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine (OPM) May 09, 2004 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
PSM Jan, 2002 10 out of 10 100
IGN Dec 18, 2001 9.5 out of 10 95
PlayFrance May 04, 2003 9.5 out of 10 95
Consoles Plus Feb, 2002 91 out of 100 91
Peliplaneetta.net Jun 04, 2002 91 out of 100 91
RPG Kingdom Feb 24, 2004 18 out of 20 90
Play.tm May 02, 2002 90 out of 100 90
GamesCollection Sep 23, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Armchair Empire, The Jan 20, 2002 8 out of 10 80

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Stealing from robots 2 St. Martyne (3562)
Sep 11, 2009
Favorite character 21 אולג 小奥 (168604)
Feb 16, 2009
Favorite song of FFX 5 Happy Rabbi (1292)
Oct 15, 2008
Mystery photographer 4 DreinIX (9422)
Mar 06, 2008
Thunder Plains 2 DreinIX (9422)
Dec 26, 2007

Trivia

1001 Video Games

Final Fantasy X appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Al Bhed language

During the course of the game you have to learn the "Al Bhed" language. The language in actuality is a simple substitution cipher. All the vowels equal other vowels (to make actual pronunciation easier), and the rest are the normal letters. Anyone that can do cryptograms can decipher the language right from the beginning of the game, without find all the Primer books. But finding the books makes it a lot easier to read the subtitles.

Cut content

There is an un-intended sequence at the beginning where you can defeat the monster that chases you into the ruins. Obviously they had a change of plans when developing the game. You can view this sequence by using a PS2 Gameshark and enabling high stats.

Extras

PAL version of this game comes with an extra Beyond Final Fantasy DVD which consists of:
  1. TRAILERS
    1. Final Fantasy History
    2. Final Fantasy X Trailer 1
    3. Final Fantasy X Trailer 2
    4. Final Fantasy - The Spirits Within (Original Theatrical Trailer)
  2. PREVIEWS
    1. Kingdom Hearts Tokyo Game Show 2001
    2. Preview
    3. Kingdom Hearts E3 2002 Preview
  3. INTERVIEWS
    1. The Creators
      1. Producer
      2. Character
      3. Field
      4. Battle
      5. Event
      6. Sound
      7. Executive Producer
    2. The Voices
      1. Tidus (With Subtitles)
      2. Tidus (Without Subtitles)
      3. Yuna (With Subtitles)
      4. Yuna (Without Subtitles)
  4. GALLERY
    1. Illustrations byYoshitara Amano
    2. Story Boards
    3. Image Boards
  5. FINAL FANTASY X THEME SONG
    1. Rikki - Profile
    2. "Suteki da ne" - Rikki


The DVD itself supports English, German, Spanish, French and Italian languages.

Music

Final Fantasy X is the first game in the (main) Final Fantasy series where the music is not exclusively composed by Nobuo Uematsu, only a modern remix of the prelude is present (not the actual prelude) and there is no trace of the traditional "a a a a a a g g" battle theme baseline. Although the battle theme of Final Fantasy VII & VIII does not start by this baseline, there is trace of it in songs herd during some important boss battles.

Also, it's the second game in the series where there is no presence of the Final Fantasy theme since Final Fantasy II.

References

While in the Besaid Village the first time, go to the Crusaders Tent. Talk to the first character in the door, and he'll tell you "I'm fixing a hole where the rain gets in". Obviously a few of the programmers were Beatles fans.

World map

As of 2002, Final Fantasy X is the only Final Fantasy game that doesn't have a world map with a character moving around. The world map is actually a menu with a locations to choose and a "search" option, that allows you to go to any location on the map.

Awards

  • 4Players
    • 2002– Best PS2 Role-Playing Game of the Year
    • 2002– Best PS2 Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
    • 2002– Best PS2 Role-Playing Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
  • GameSpy
    • 2002 – Z.Flo Award (for Yuna)
Information also contributed by Aaron A., Bregalad, MAT and Unicorn Lynx

Related Web Sites

  • FF-Fan (A fansite that offers all kinds of information on the entire Final Fantasy franchise, including walkthroughs, game media, discussion boards and fan art.)
  • Final Fantasy Extreme (Site that contains movies, wallpaper, codes, guides, walkthroughs, and general information on the Final Fantasy series.)
  • Final Fantasy X (Official game website)
  • OC ReMix Game Profile (Fan remixes of music from Final Fantasy X.)
  • Wikipedia: Final Fantasy X (Information about Final Fantasy X at Wikipedia)
Syed GJ (1544) added Final Fantasy X (PlayStation 2) on Jan 22, 2002