What’s Your Least Favorite Final Fantasy
Final Fantasy X.
I hate this game. So much. Which is somewhat confusing, because it’s much alike to XIII, a game I love. And this seeming contradiction is often pointed out to me since the games have a very similar feel and direction. Allow me to explain this, while also trying to not make this post a compare and contradict.
In short, XIII succeeded where X did not. Both games had Motomu Toriyama in leading roles in development. While he did not direct X as he did XIII, he was the event director and scenario writer for X. Both games were designed to be cinematic experiences with little to no player choice.
Final Fantasy X fails on all fronts to present a well-made cinematic game. What a game needs to be successful at this is a well-written plot and scenarios, characters that make sense and are either relatable or understandable, a good to great score and soundtrack, and an interesting world.
I lied, it doesn’t fail on all fronts. The plot was admittedly interesting and fresh. However, I notice this only during reflection of the game. While playing, without knowledge of the overall plot, the characters are delivering the story. The characters are about as awesome as a nice, hot cow pie. Except Auron. He’s cool.
Tidus, as much as I try to understand him, is nothing short of stupid. I could just call daddy issues and leave it at that, but I won’t. He has father issues, and while they are resolved by the end of the game, he spends much of the time treating the issue as ten year old would. I get it. His dad left and no one knows why. I’d be pissed too. But all he does is yell and shout that his dad was awful when he is straight up told that his dad wasn’t, he just caught up in the same thing Tidus was going through right then. Tidus irrevocably hates his father until the game decided he didn’t, and it was jarring and horribly-written. The concept isn’t bad, but execution was.
Yuna, Lulu, Rikku, and Auron are alright. None of them are perfect but they’re not detracting from the overall experience. Khimari is fine as well. But only by being non-human. His culture is pretty simple and barbaric, but what are you gonna do? It’s a two-dimensional fantasy civilization and culture based on pride. Passable, but far from original.
The gameplay. The combat system is the best part of the game, easily, but unfortunately it falls short of exceptional and sits instead at the lowest standard of acceptable. It’s new form of turn based combat based on what skills your using, such as haste. It’s easily broken, though, making speed the single determining factor in who wins. Unless you use an attack of your opponent’s weakness, which is almost sure to kill them in one hit wherever you are in the game. Also, because of the sphere grid, makes it nearly impossible to try and boost your character’s base stats to what you want them to be, or to give them certain attacks or spells.
Speaking of the Sphere Grid, it gives you about as much customization over your character as it doesn’t advertise - none. It looks and explains itself as a highly customizable experience grid, but it really isn’t. Every character uses the same grid, they simply start at different points (if memory serves). By the time you can actually branch out and start doing different things, your so close to end-game that it takes forever to level up. Unless you’re grinding for dozens of hours, your characters are going to be where the game wants them to be, and if you max them out, well, everyone is the same! You just took different ways getting there, much akin to FFXII’s broken License Board.
Of all the Final Fantasy games I’ve played, X has hands down the worst soundtrack. Admittedly, this may just branch from pre-existing hatred of the game. There’s more than likely a few gems in there, as is any game, but I can honestly say the battle music was irritating me from before I learned to hate the game.
It’s linear. You run in a straight line. XIII had the same issue, but at least it has a purpose for it. X exists in a world where large sprawling fields and huge intricate forests exist. And you travel them, but you’re not allowed to explore them. At least XIII gave you freedom to run over the plains of Gran Pulse.
All in all, the game has it’s high points, but they’re so reliant on other aspects of the game that fail, bringing anything good this game has to offer down into the sewer. I could, however, recommend this game as an entry Final Fantasy to someone who wants to try and get into the series as a whole. In general, the game is liked, and if you don’t think too hard about it, I can agree that the game is on an over-all decent level. But I’ll only be playing this again for my run-through of every Final Fantasy game this year.
Is this a parody holy shit this might be the best piece of satire I’ve ever read in my life