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Final Fantasy X (PlayStation 2)

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100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
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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 (19671) 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 (69771) 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

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.6
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.8
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.7
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.1
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.6
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.8
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.7
Overall MobyScore (186 votes) 3.8


The Press Says

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Legendra
En clair, tous les défauts montrés du doigt par les détracteurs de cet épisode sont faux (le seul vrai défaut qui repose dans le déséquilibre de durée entre scénario et gameplay n'est lui, jamais montré du doigt). Ce jeu est injustement détesté du fait de son design surprenant et peu commun, que beaucoup accusent d'être hérité d'une culture un peu trop pop à leur goût (ils rattachent l'originalité du design à la première chose qu'ils savent coloré et excentrique, les simplets). Voilà pourquoi cet opus est mal apprécié et voilà la réaction des joueurs qui écoutent les mauvaises langues "le design est bizarre, les tenues sont excentriques" réaction qui mène à la création d'une barrière psychologique sur le jeu. Grossièrement, les joueurs boudent ce jeu car pour eux c'est la honte d'y jouer et de l'apprécier. Alors libérez vous de vos à prioris et goutez à l'un des meilleurs RPG de la création : Final Fantasy X.
100
PSM
My complaints are few - random encounters, a few cheap bosses, and a few weird story elements - and they in no way hinder the overall quality. With a cool new minigame, Blitzball, over 140 hours of gameplay, and a stellar story, nobody should miss Square's latest and greatest. Although FFX feels a little different from previous FF games, it still maintains the quality typical of the series.
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allaboutgames.co.uk
Lastly, the lifespan of this game has to be mentioned. You will find it hard to work out the sheer scale of this game in your head. Firstly there is the storyline which is long in itself, plus excellent FMVs, then there's the sphere grid, the huge completely replayable sub-game, Blitzball (even has a separate menu, and you can recruit new characters throughout the main game), and of course, the addictiveness of this game. With all that, I'd have to say it's one of the longest and most enjoyable games on the PS2.
100
Gaming Age
While the Sphere Board system and the new combat engine is fun and more involving, they're not exactly substitutes for being able to freely roam an overworld and finish subplots at your own pace. The fact that the pace of the game is more strictly dictated than almost any other up to this point will further separate the already splintered factions of FF and RPG fans. And that is probably the game's undoing when it comes to its place in the future; on one hand, it has created a level of quality that will be difficult to match, while on the other hand, it sinks to depths of interaction that hardcore gamers rarely tolerate. Personally, I think the game's shortcomings are balanced by what it does well, and I will be watching with interest to see what parts of Final Fantasy X follow into the canon of RPGs, and what parts fade off into the night.
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PSX Extreme
What can I say to conclude this review, that hasn't been said already? Other than that Final Fantasy X is possibly the most engrossing FFX title since Final Fantasy VI or VII. Or maybe how this is by far the best-looking videogame, with visuals that are unlikely to be seen in future -other- RPGs. Or maybe, that Final Fantasy X is possibly my favorite Final Fantasy title since VI/VII. In my honest to god opinion, it's all of the above. Graphics aside, Final Fantasy X is to date, the best Final Fantasy game. It's amazingly deep (as this preposterously long review suggests), and offers an amazing 40-50 hour experience. You're trully a sadistic human being if you won't be playing FFX this holiday....
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RPGamer
This grey area aside, Final Fantasy X is a true masterpiece of gaming. For its time, there is no other title that can parallel it, and right now, it stands at the pinnacle of RPGdom. Future games may come along to knock it from its perch, but as it stands, there is little else out there to rival its balance of story and gameplay, its richly constructed world, its variety of minigames, stunning graphics, and beautiful sound. Even gamers biased against the Final Fantasy series should be able to have some fun with this one, because it's quite simply one of the best titles Square has ever put out.
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Gaming Target
Yet again, Squaresoft impresses and executes another RPG game that will live on in our memories throughout the gaming world as one of the greatest stories ever told. Final Fantasy X's new features will give any old or new fan of the game series a real treat if they're looking for one. Surely enough, there is on average about 40 or more hours of story to flip through, many hidden game secrets, and even the new mini games to try out for just about anyone and everyone. If you're hunting for one of the greatest RPG games around, why not try one of the latest and best...Final Fantasy X!
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AceGamez
I don't think there is a bigger game on the market, or many others that can eat up as many hours of you life and still be refreshingly enjoyable to the end. Good RPG's suck you into fantasy worlds and make you feel like part of the action by switching on your imagination. Final Fantasy X almost makes the need for an imagination redundant, with its awe-inspiring visuals and unforeseen twists. I'm an advocate for the "computer games don't influence real life" way of thinking, but felt a near disturbing amount of genuine compassion for the characters during the poignant story points and many a time did a solitary jig after their greatest triumphs. By far the best instalment of an already distinguished series, you will truly feel that you've been on an epic journey once you've completed Final Fantasy X.
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GamersMark
Final Fantasy X is the pinnacle of the Squaresoft series that has spanned several different platforms, systems and years. Through this adventure, the story offers you characters that you don’t come to hate by the end of the game and the full evolution of those key characters is what truly makes the game a joy to play! With the different battle elements that have been included that span as far back as Final Fantasy III, anyone with any sort of Final Fantasy experience will find their niche here in the game. The completion of a hybrid character development, which allows you, as the player, to direct just how powerful your character can be, truly completes everything that games such as this should be. A game that can’t be completed in a single weekend or even a month, this game is not only a purchasing choice, but truly a collectable game that will be hard to top with another sequel later on down the road!
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PCMag.com
Final Fantasy X instantly immerses you into the most absorbing audio-visual experience available on PS2 to date. The game's richly textured environments along with a captivating storyline make this RPG compelling, as you control Tidus, a Blitzball champion whose planet is destroyed by the evil force, Sin. Combat is turn-based, as in most RPGs, and animated battle sequences rely on fluid graphics to illustrate combat. A major innovation that improves realism is the use of character voice-overs, rather than the subtitles used in previous versions.
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1UP
The best Final Fantasy yet? Undoubtedly. I might have liked the cast of FFIX better. Other "more hardcore" types may still prefer FFV's battle system or FFVI's story. But as a whole, this one can't be beat. From the plot to the graphics to the unparalleled gameplay, FFX is light-years beyond anything else. Whether you see it as a role-playing game or a role-playing experience, FFX is one of the best overall experiences out there.
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Digital Entertainment News (den)
I usually resist offering up unqualified raves, but when it's earned, it's earned and ultimately Square earns every bit of the 10.0 we're giving it. After enduring 15 months of RPGs ranging from wretched to very, very good, Square finally offers up the first must-own RPG of the PS2 era. The company has rethought nearly every aspect of the Final Fantasy franchise, from the battle system to the use of voice acting instead of text and beyond. Nearly every change will be jarring but nearly every change is for the better. Much like Gran Turismo 3 A-spec and Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Final Fantasy X is one of the three games most PS2 owners bought a PS2 to play. Under that pressure, Square doesn't balk and comes through to deliver perhaps the finest installment in the series. It's a crowded RPG market on PS2 this holiday season, but it doesn't matter ... this is the one you must own.
100
Just Adventure
Two heads are better than one. I always thought that statement would depend on the heads, but hey, who am I to question conventional wisdom. Well, after completing Final Fantasy 10, we decided to give some joint opinions and perspectives on the game. Spoilers will be kept to a minimum, and bloodshed is strictly forbidden.
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Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
By now, the Final Fantasy series seems to have fallen into a formula. Starting with the much hyped Final Fantasy VII, the series has kept several constants, including the winding plots, fairly linear gameplay that finally frees the player right around disc three, and a cast of unique and individual characters. Somehow, despite rarely deviating from this formula, the wizards at Square manage to spin a new tale and revamp their mechanics with each new installment. Most impressively, though, some sort of nameless grace surrounds this series, such that as gamers who've enjoyed any Final Fantasy, we can rest assured that we will enjoy all the others. Some titles, of course, strike a stronger chord with players than others -- Final Fantasy VII was more warmly received than either of its sequels -- though none can really fault their technical excellence.
100
Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine (OPM)
People have been whispering it since Final Fantasy VI. They've been discussing it since FFVII. And with FFVIII, they shouted it from the hilltops.
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GamePro (US)
Does Final Fantasy X hold up on the PlayStation 2? Find out in our ProReview of the eagerly awaited title. As the first Final Fantasy conceived for the PlayStation 2, X arrives with the usual lofty expectations and almost-secure perfect scores. But numbers are hardly the point: Final Fantasy X is a memorable, fantastic adventure that falls short in key areas that could have benefited from fine-tuning?namely control tweaks and unpolished graphics.
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Game Informer Magazine
With each passing Final Fantasy release, Square Soft continues to improve upon perfection, not only setting a new standard for role-playing games, but for video games as a whole. Without question, Final Fantasy X is Sakaguchi’s most ambitious project yet, and is a radical departure from the formula we’ve become accustomed to. Tapping into every facet of the PlayStation 2 architecture, the development team has completely revolutionized every aspect within the storytelling. This may sound trivial in the grand scheme of things, but it’s the biggest change the series has ever made. As you well know, in the past, characters would pantomime to text that would flash across the screen. In Final Fantasy X, every character has a synchronized voice, which in turn presents lifelike qualities and the true essence of drama. Much like the transformation to "talkie" films, this enhancement completely alters the face of the Final Fantasy lineage and greatly enhances the overall experience.
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Playstation Illustrated
Intriguing characters, fascinating gameworld, solid gameplay. What more is there to say? Yes, I wish that battles still didn't come out of nowhere like they do; yes, I think that some of the characters are a little too generic in their origination for their own good. But these are all very minor flaws in what amounts to a deliciously solid game. RPG fans will have an absolute blast with Final Fantasy X; newcomers to the genre will find it to be a wonderful introduction. What are you waiting for? Go get it. Now.
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RPGFan
Final Fantasy X manages to succeed against all odds; redefining not only the series, but the genre and gaming as a whole. By merging unbelievable beauty with intrinsic human emotion, a truly magnificent experience was created. Though, it is with a heavy heart that I witness this glorious rebirth of this legendary saga. Despite the melancholy of his departure, Sakaguchi-sama's last gift to his fans may be the most incredibly memorable adventure we may have ever had.
96
Game Over Online
The game is the benchmark for RPG’s to come. Square’s unique story telling ability and their magic to completely immerse us into a world of fantasy and awe gives this game the power to bring a grown man to tears and a crazed gamer to fall in love.
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PlayFrance
FF10 est un mélo flamboyant, une tragédie plus proche de l'opéra que du jeu de rôle et qui mélange la légèreté des apparences et la gravité des situations par des ellipses savantes qui peuvent sembler sibyllines. La chimie opère étonnamment bien et la charge émotionnelle qu'on ressent avant, pendant et surtout après le jeu est suffisamment rare pour être soulignée. Square, avec toute sa maestria, a su manipuler nos sentiments, en jouant avec les outils cinématographiques, sans forcément respecter les codes moraux du RPG classique. Car il n'y a rien de conventionnel dans FF10. Cet univers anachronique et coloré, où le manque cruel de liberté se fait ressentir, risque de rebuter les puristes du genre. Le jeu est linéaire et somme toute, assez facile. Le scénario est précis, sans grands rebondissements (sauf le final mais on vous laisse le plaisir de le découvrir...), mais comme toujours en quête de la vérité des choses et des êtres.
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Gamezine
Squaresoft sait en tout cas nous faire rêver !! FFX confirme la solidité de la saga et cache quand même beaucoup de succès ! La saga des FF a toujours été difficile, déconseillée aux plus jeunes (même si j’ai fini le VII à 7 ans :)) ! FF10 se réserverait plutôt aux amateurs de la saga, car commencer par FFX en première œuvre est une lourde tache ! Néanmoins , il est toujours aussi bien que les autres, même si on ne peut pas vraiment comparer les titres de la saga, FFX fait vraiment partie des meilleurs !! Opération donc plutôt réussie pour Squaresoft qui nous offre un jeu passionnant à acheter d’urgence ! Les amateurs seront sûrement plus déçus que les non amateurs.
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Electric Playground
Final Fantasy X is a magnificent accomplishment. It features a game system rich enough to challenge and enthrall any experienced gamer, and Fantasy sublime enough to draw in the most hardened doubter of videogames.
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IGN
Ten Final Fantasy games. This is a pretty big event. Gamers have grown used to a new FF coming out like clockwork on a nearly yearly basis nowadays, and that regularity, in addition to the fact that every game is a new creation, perhaps obscures the magnitude of the entire endeavor over its history. Sit back and think about the amount of effort that's gone into Final Fantasy over the years, however many it's been, and the amount of game that's come out of it. When you think about it, in terms of the amount of product involved, it's one of the biggest franchises in the history of entertainment.
94
Just RPG
Overall, the most important factor making FFX so great is that it's just a fun game. Sometimes it's really hard to make yourself quit, but if you don't you'll dehydrate in a few days. Don't say I didn't warn you. Visually, FFX showed us the great potential that the Playstation 2 has and we can only hope future RPGs, such as FFXI, follow in its footsteps. I highly recommend that all RPG fans play this game and just remember to bare with Tidus for a while and everything will be okay.
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Futuregamez.net
Final Fantasy X is yet another quality game from Square. The storyline isn't as emotional as Final Fantasy VII but is engrossing enough. The game is an absolute joy from start to finish. Original, not really, but brilliant, certainly. Add it to your collection now.
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RPGFan
While people who have complained of the more recent FF games feeling like interactive movies will have a field day on picking on FFX, I think that all PS2 owners who like RPGs owe it to themselves to try the game, even the players who were unimpressed with VII-IX. Who knows, maybe the new formula will win you over! Let's just hope that the English translation and dub come out decently...
93
Gamer 2.0
Everything from the gameplay to the graphics in Final Fantasy X is remarkable. Square knows how to keep doing it right. FFX is truly the best RPG in 2001 and will likely remain to be one of the best on the Playstation 2 for many years to come.
93
DarkZero
A truly fantastic game, which is going to keep you busy for months with all its features. It is definitely worth buying now that it has come down in price and has been made platinum. See if you can get hold of the bonus DVD that comes with some editions so that you can enjoy the interviews with such people as Nobuo and the voice of Tidus.
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VicioJuegos.com
En conclusión, Final Fantasy X es sin lugar a dudas uno de los mejores RPGs de PlayStation 2, por no decir el mejor, una Obra Maestra en su versión japonesa/americana, y únicamente alejado un poco de tan honorable título en nuestra edición por una muy mejorable conversión PAL. Larguísimo, intenso, con una gran historia, el mejor sistema de batallas de la saga, unos gráficos preciosos, unas composiciones épicas, y algunos momentos memorables. Un imprescindible si tienes PS2, o te gustan los RPG's.
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GameSpot
All told, Final Fantasy X is an outstanding new installment in the series and is an excellent role-playing game in its own right. Like other Final Fantasy games, it isn't beyond reproach--not everyone will take to its deliberate pacing, its drawn-out and sometimes punishing combat, or its metaphysical story. Similarly, the actual gameplay of Final Fantasy X isn't much of a departure from its predecessors or countless other role-playing games. Instead, the difference between Final Fantasy X and other games is in the sheer scope and undeniably impressive production values. The ambitious design of Final Fantasy X ultimately pervades in every aspect of the game. And so, like many of its predecessors, Final Fantasy X stands as a testament to just how affecting a game can be.
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NZGamer
Another first in the sound department is that some of the music actually has words. The hardish-rock song 'Otherworld' is a pleasant treat to start the game with. Another song is that of 'Suteki Da Ne', a Japanese love song used in one of the most moving parts of the game. Very Impressive. Within the battles, sound effects are all pretty much spot-on also, with different weapons making diverse sounds. Characters will also make witty comments when they join in the fight half way through, or when they are about to totally destroy the monster, sometimes a little too witty though.
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HonestGamers
I have to admit, I was none too thrilled by what I heard about Final Fantasy X. Voice acting? Please. And what I had heard the battle system sounded like a terrible nightmare of Final Fantasy VIII revisited. But still, Final Fantasy is Final Fantasy, and like always, the magical name of the series was enough to induce me to buy the game.
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Christ Centered Game Reviews
This is an awesome game, and it has just become a greatest hit! So if you've got no other RPG's to spend 60 hours of your life on, head out to your local Wal-mart and pick this one up! In conclusion, Final Fantasy X is an epic RPG that should not be missed (with some shortcomings in the appropriateness aspect)! There is one problem however, once you beat this game, you will be a slave to the Final Fantasy RPG series for a while. I'm still trying to force myself to play another RPG!
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Game Freaks 365
This game has some similarities to the characters from previous FF's, but these characters differ greatly by their personalities and their actions throughout the game. It would be better for them to change the battle features of this game, but that is just something that we will have to live with, at least until the next Final Fantasy game. With an original story and some colorful characters that reside in it, this is definitely a new experience for all of the FF players out there.
92
Game Chronicles
If you like a console-style story driven RPG, you will most likely find FFX to be one of the best of its type. The changes that have been made to the FF game system are fresh but still similar enough not to alienate old-time FF fans. You could certainly spend your time less wisely than spending it with FFX.
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WomenGamers.com
The necessity for the strategy guide and the view of women as sexy magic users is troubling, but the richness of the game, the intriguing (if sometimes confusing) plot, the art, the replayability, and the depth of design all make up for the fact, in my opinion.
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Consoles Plus
Graphiquement, Square nous comble de bonheur avec des cinématiques grandioses et un jeu entièrement en 3D. Les doublages en anglais sont plus agréables à l'oreille que ceux en japonais. Par contre, il est par moment très répétitif.
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Peliplaneetta.net
FF X tulee varmasti myymään järjettömän hyvin ja tuottamaan rahaa Squaren leffahölmöilyissä kuihtuneeseen kassaan. Ja hyvä niin, kyllä laadukkaan tuotteen tekijät ovat rahansa ansainneet. Osa XI:kin on jo ulkona Japanissa, joten tarinan jatko on varmistettu. Mutta eikö jo pian olisi aika keksiä jotain oikeasti uutta kohta 20 vuotta vanhaan pelirunkoon?
91
Game Revolution
One moment you are a star athlete, living in the limelight, adored by legions of fans. The next moment, you find yourself cast away from the comfort of stardom to a strange but eerily familiar land, forced to fend off fiends and guard the hope of the people. This is the story of Final Fantasy X.
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RPG Kingdom
Finalement, ce FFX est-il si bien que ça ? Celà dépend de vous. Certains l'adule, d'autre n'aiment pas. Les défauts ne sont pourtant pas légions. Outre la linéarité dont j'ai déjà dit deux mots un peu plus haut, ou encore le design des personnages qui peut être jugé un peu trop extravagant, on ne peut pas vraiment dire qu'il y ait à se plaindre de cet opus. A la liste de ces quelques défauts viendra éventuellement s'immiscer le 50Hrz. Encore une fois, l'Europe reste à la masse, et profite des bandes noires qui applatissent l'écran. Cependant, si vous n'avez pas la joie de connaître les autres versions, les bandes noires seront vite un oubli, tout comme la vitesse de jeu soi-disant ralentie. Donc nous voilà encore devant une petite bombe signée Square. Avec des innovations à la pelle, notamment le Sphérier et le système des combats, ce dixième opus est à essayer, puis à adopter, d'autant plus que si vous voulez profiter de FFX-2, avoir fait l'épisode précedent reste un impératif.
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GamesCollection
Yuna: "Stai con me fino alla fine." Tidus: "Non fino alla fine... per sempre!" Final Fantasy X alterna filmati in computer grafica di qualità molto alta ad altri - ben più numerosi - realizzati con la grafica del gioco; quest'ultima non è certo da buttare via, ma lo scarto tra i due mezzi è notevole. Inoltre, per la prima volta ogni battuta dei personaggi è interamente doppiata, conferendo ulteriore personalità ai personaggi e dramaticità agli eventi. Dico questo nelle conclusioni per sottolineare l'importanza data alla storia in un gioco come Final Fantasy, e che quindi consiglio soprattutto (per non dire "solo") a chi ama i i JRPG o almeno i giochi di ruolo: non è sicuramente l'episodio più difficile della serie, ma non si tratta nemmeno di un gioco per casual gamer.
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Meristation
Uno de los juegos más esperados del momento, sino el que más, llega cargado de tanta belleza y magia como podíamos haber esperar de una producción de este calibre. Y es que ponerle pegas a este título, aún sabiendo que hemos saliendo perdiendo en la conversión es una misión casi imposible. Qué gráficos, qué sonido, y la historia... 100% Final Fantasy.
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Play.tm
Well, as you have most probably guessed, the game is huge. The playable area is massive, if a little linear. But even that can't detract from the sheer quality that this title oozes. For all of my moans, the game constantly made me utter little 'ooohs' and 'ahhhhs' at every turn. FFX should be in every PS2 owners library; it's that good. Once again, you shall fall into the Final Fantasy world. It's unavoidable.
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4Players.de
Doch angesichts der unter dem Strich hervorragenden Grafik (ja, es gibt Schwankungen) und auf Grund der phänomenal erzählten dramatischen Story wird man von Beginn an in die Welt von Spira gezogen und möchte gar nicht wieder raus. Doch auch spielerisch hat sich FF X Platin verdient, denn Square hat mit der Umstellung der Charakter-Entwicklung auf das Sphärobrett und dem Wechsel des Kampfsystems neue Elemente gefunden, die eine konsequente Weiterentwicklung der Serie bedeuten - andererseits gibt es jedoch noch zur Genüge bekannte Spielelemente, die einem sofort klar machen, dass man hier nicht ein x-beliebiges Rollenspiel vor sich hat, sondern den jüngsten Vertreter einer RPG-Serie, die vollkommen zurecht Kultstatus erreicht hat. Und das Beste: Final Fantasy X macht einen Riesenspaß.
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Game Critics
Granted, some aspects should be reworked for the next sequel (mainly the camera system). However, concerning the story, Squaresoft shows one its strong points once again, drawing the player using something which, ironically enough, doesnt seem to be anyones focus of attention anymore. If researched correctly, religion can represent a vast resource of inspiration and knowledge. The research was obviously done for FFX, as religious references from around the world can be found throughout the adventure, whether it be the Crusades from Medieval times or the Churchs determination to have Galileo refute his radically new scientific theories to name a few. With any luck, this game could be an icebreaker, paving the way for other titles to take advantage of this much under-exploited theme.
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Gamervision
If you are somehow an RPG fan who has never gotten around to playing this game, the good news is that you can still find copies at game stores for around twenty bucks. Hate on it all you want, it won’t change my opinion of this early PS2 masterpiece. Despite some issues that have been made more apparent over the last seven years, this is still a game worth playing more than once. I only wish I was home playing it right now.
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Eurogamer.net (UK)
I have a few complaints as you can tell, but the good definitely outweighs the bad and this is far and away the most intricate and consistently enjoyable of the Final Fantasy games since the pinnacle of 16-bit RPGs, Final Fantasy VI. The PAL conversion with its enormous borders is a big disappointment, but the strength of the story, the battle system and the combination of clever dialogue, visuals and soundtrack conspire to captivate the player. There are many, many hours of adventuring to be had here, and plenty more mini-games beyond the items mentioned above to enjoy (Chocobos and the Monster Arena, for example). Because it is so enchanting, it's a very hard game to put down for just about anybody, whilst remaining a deceptively complex and enjoyable one for diehards. If you like fantasy, swords, sorcery and love stories then you can't fail to enjoy Final Fantasy X.
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GamesAreFun.com (GAF)
The advent of CD and DVD technology has given developers an almost infinite easel to paint their stories upon. Once up a time, players would fawn over sprite based animation endings (Metroid and the Square SNES RPGs). Now, intro movies can last longer than the combined cinemas of entire games from the cartridge era. Even Hollywood blockbusters are restricted to two or three hours in which to tell their tales but videogames can easily have ten times that amount to work with.
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Gamers.at
Nach fast einem Jahr Wartezeit auf die PAL Version schickt uns Squaresoft mit dem Nachfolger des märchenhaften neunten Teils (damals noch auf PSOne) der Erfolgserie in eine neue dem asiatischen und achten Teil der Serie angelehnten Abenteuer. Ob sich im Vergleich zum Vorgänger neben der Grafik auch das Gameplay verändert oder verbessert hat, zeigt das folgende Review.
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GameZone
Final Fantasy X has been released for U.S. audiences, and as always, there is no shortage of interest and hype surrounding the highly-anticipated 10th installation to the series. The first Final Fantasy to be released for the Playstation 2 entertainment system, we've been somewhat cruelly teased with endless screens and information for months. For a while it seemed the day would never come, and I admit, the first few minutes I held the case in my hand, I wondered if it would disappear. Nevertheless, the most important thing we all needed to know is: "Well.... Is it really that good? Will they keep their hordes of fans coming back for more?" My answer, after a particularly sleep-deprived period of time, is a resounding YES!
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Gamesmania
FFX spaltet die Lager: Für die einen ist es wieder einmal ein brillanter Vertreter der legendären Serie, für andere ist der zehnten Teil zwar routiniert in Szene gesetzt, zeigt aber langsam Ermüdungserscheinungen. Wer noch keinen Teil der Rollenspielsaga gespielt hat, wird damit keine Probleme haben und sich höchstens etwas über den zwanghaft linearen Spielverlauf wundern.
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Jeuxvideo.com
Un dixième volet particulièrement novateur et réussi, qui parvient, malgré une localisation bâclée, à faire office d'incontournable. Impossible d'être insensible à l'aura dégagée par ce titre unique en son genre, et de ne pas être séduit devant l'efficacité de son gameplay et la qualité de l'aventure proposée. FFX est bien le digne héritier d'une saga qui n'a jamais failli et à laquelle on ne peut que souhaiter de continuer à prospérer.
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Netjak
Final Fantasy. Those two words used to conjure up gaming excellence in the minds on thousands of gameplayers around the world. The game got so popular in Japan, that the government asked Square to release FF 7 on a weekend, so kids wouldn't ditch class to run out and buy the game, and then not show up for the next week of classes.
84
ActionTrip
All in all, I think that this game easily made the Final Fantasy par, and even though it is not the best nor is it my favorite Final Fantasy to date, I liked it. Worth the money and the wait, I just can't wait to see what kind of crayzee shtuff Square comes out with in FFXI!
80
HonestGamers
Final Fantasy X isn't perfect, but is a lot of fun. I'm not a big fan of linear RPGs, but the story in this one was good enough to keep my interest until things opened up and I got some freedom. I think a big part of that is simply because Tidus is a newcomer to the game's world and, therefore, as clueless about what's going on as the player. This gives some of the major plot points, such as how a summoner's fight with Sin is supposed to end, extra impact. I still don't know that I'd consider this to be one of the all-time great J-RPGs, but it is a lot more fun than my initial experiences would have led me to believe. At the very least, it was nice to sit down with a Final Fantasy game and truly enjoy myself again. It's been a while since I could say that.
80
GameCola.net
Despite a few minor flaws, FFX holds true to the Final Fantasy legacy of quality role-playing. It provides a grand adventure that the player can spend many an hour laboring through. Side quests, minigames, and other optional tasks will keep the player busy for quite a while after playing through the main quest. Definitely pick up a copy if Final Fantasy or other RPG's have pleased you in the past, and I would highly recommend picking it up even if you have never experienced the series before. It's a must have game.
80
GamesFirst!
To me it feels like Square is getting its feet wet on the PS2, but not completely jumping in. That’s unfortunate, as so much could have been done with the world of Spira. One plus, however, is that FFX resembles some of the colorful traits of Chrono Cross—at least, this was a plus for me. The game feels like an RPG designed and drawn by a surfer in California or Hawaii. Final Fantasy X is another trendsetter for the platform. We see Square push through a decent storyline--albeit linear-- and introduce us to another lovely world with intensely archetypical characters; however, it remains plainly simple compared to some of its predecessors, especially last year’s Final Fantasy IX, which was a nice return to the original theme of the series.
80
Armchair Empire, The
Despite all of my ranting and raving this is still a very fun game. The overhaul to the battle system and the way the characters progress are a real breath of fresh air to the series, and the visuals and sound are all grade A goodness, but I can't overlook my absolute seething hatred of the storyline and certain characters in the game, it is just too poor and they are too annoying to let it pass. This plus the ease of the game through leveling-up and the utter lack of any exploration just leave too much of a bad taste in my mouth to give the game a higher score. At the end of the day this is a good RPG, but it's not that good.
80
Bordersdown
Final Fantasy is not only a great RPG, but it's also an experience. A very well constructed game with a immersive plot, excellent graphics, good sound and plenty of game time, it shouldn't be overlooked. If you didn't like Final Fantasies 7 or 8, then there is still reason enough to try out Final Fantasy X as it is a very accomplished game, and if you give it a chance it could very well suck you in its glorious world.
80
Cincinnati Enquirer
To wrap up, gamers looking for a deep and attractive 40-hour adventure will undoubtedly be satiated with "Final Fantasy X." It excels in almost every department — from the story to the characters to the combat to the graphics to the audio — and is the kind of game that gets better with each day of play.
80
Gamekult
Final Fantasy X est un très bon jeu, qui fait globalement honneur à la PS2. Ce n'est pas, en revanche, la révolution ludique dont on nous rebat les oreilles depuis des mois. Tout le monde y trouvera son compte : il respecte trop les canons scénaristiques les plus classiques, mais apporte de grandes nouveautés dans son gameplay. Il ne surprend pas souvent, mais intéresse malgré tout. Il présente des personnages au caractère assez peu développé, mais contrebalance avec un univers très varié et très coloré. Bref, Final Fantasy X fera de grosses ventes, et satisfera la plupart de ceux qui l'auront acheté. C'est un blockbuster. Tout simplement.
80
Game industry News (GiN)
Nonetheless, FFX is quite a surprise for me. I still am not going to be converted to Squaresoft, but I did get a good story for the 30+ hours I have spent playing. It will never obtain the same level of greatness I experienced with Grandia 2, but Final Fantasy X is still good enough to warrant a 4 Gem rating. I'm sure that when FFXI goes online, that my online allies will help bring my character up, similar to Diablo. Oh, the potential of online play is just too great to imagine. Ten is good, but with online play, eleven is sure to shine.
80
GameSpy
The tenth game in the most storied franchise in video-game history marks both a beginning and an ending. This is the first FF game for the PlayStation2, the first one to use voice acting, and supposedly the last single-player game in the series. Whether the latter holds true or not, Square has put together a spectacular finale that serves up many of the things people loved about the series and blends in new elements that make it the most complete FF game ever. This RPG is a fantastic experience that's deep enough for hardcore gamers to enjoy, while elegant enough for anyone to pick up. If this is indeed the last single-player FF game, this is a hell of a way to go out.
50
Game Critics
Over all, FFX was a huge let down and reminded me that the old adage "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" is not always true. Considering that Square is creating the next installation of the series to be playable online only, maybe FFX truly represents the final Fantasy. Call me a heretic, but I won't be sad to see it go.