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Final Fantasy X Review
John Lindsey (7-24-03)

Yes, I know this game has been out for a while... I'm going to review it anyway!

Final Fantasy X; the tenth installment in the epic Final Fantasy series, and the first to be released on the Playstation 2. Most Squaresoft fans were expecting to be blown away by a truly awesome game, and while the game doesn't disappoint, it's not exactly the greatest Role Playing Game...

Storyline:

Squaresoft is known for its awesome storylines, but this one is only so-so... It manages to keep its pace throughout the entire game, which is definitely good, but it never really excited me. I've always hated it in RPGs when you're forced to "find these items (in this case Aeons)" before you can go on with the game. Good thing Seymor managed to keep me slightly entertained as I was on my quest to defeat Sin. I have to admit that the ending was great though. I don't want to spoil it for you all, but it was definitely satisfying.

7/10

Character Development:

This is what kept me playing the game avidly... The characters are all well scripted, and really seem to come alive. Few RPGs manage to draw you into the characters lives like this. There is voice acting, but it actually adds a lot to the game. The characters seem so real...

10/10

Graphics:

The graphics are amazing, as expected, and do not disappoint. I do have a problem with the fact that the game is supposedly 3D, yet it never really feels like it. I blame this on the immobile camera. 3D RPGs like Skies of Arcadia seem to have much more depth to the environments...

9/10

Music:

I've always loved Final Fantasy music, and this game has many memorable "tunes." I hummed the Zanarkand theme for quite some time...

10/10

Game play:

I have a love/hate relationship with the ability and battle systems. I do love the sphere guild, and how you can manage to keep all of your characters at the same skill levels (not easily done in other RPGs). You can easily switch party members in and out of battle, so that they all get experience. Though I like all of this, I still hate the repetitiveness of random battles... It's an even bigger problem here, because all of the monsters in different areas are basically different colored versions of the same monster. It's sad really, that I have to fight the same slime, flying, armor, and "evasive" monsters in every freaking area. That is so lame. If the sphere guild wasn't so cool, this score would have been much lower...

7/10

Replay:

This... is the most linear (shows you exactly where to go) RPG I have played in a long time. Very sad for a Final Fantasy game. You don't even get the so called "world map" until near the end of the game, the rest of the time you're just lead from area to area. Hardly any exploration here, and most "secret areas" can be seen on the map at the top of the screen... You even have a nice marker to show you which direction to go, pathetic.

Good thing the game is still fairly long, and there are some "side-quests" eventually. I really don't ever want to "replay" Final Fantasy X though... I had enough the first time through.

6/10

Okay, I admit I was very harsh on my review of this game. But come on, we've come to expect awe inspiring new things with each game in the series. I didn't expect it to actually regress...

I do still like the game though, and it was certainly worth buying. If you have a lot of time though, I recommend that you rent the game and save your money. You can beat it in a rental.

8/10

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