Good Lord, this game steals away your life. It has to be one of the best RPG's I have ever played. The graphics(drool), battle system, story, muzac, etc. It's hard to stop playing. Or maybe I just have too much time on my hands?
I will blatantly repost something one of my friends had to say about this game... This was during an argument where we were all saying we hated everything post FF7... After reading this, I want to play X now, and I usually hate Final Fantasy games.
Well, since most of you don't like FF8, we may disagree on X as well (haven't had a chance to finish 9 yet since I don't actually own an Playstation...just borrowing).
So far, I think FFX has perfected areas that make an RPG what it is, specifically, the story, the battles system, and character advancement.
The story has been constantly moving. Unlike many RPG's out there, I have not run into a period where I am constantly running into random battles for an extended period of time. The story is always progressing. You even learn many key elements through conversations that are held while you are fighting. I love every single character. At the very most, I could nit pick on some of the voice acting, but its such a small thing, and overall the voice acting is outstanding.
The battles....the system has been perfected. And I mean no less then that. Traditionally I go though a bit of a power up period in RPGs, sometimes because its a requirement. So far, I have not powered up at all. This might be because the game seems a bit linear at this point, but whatever the reason, it has worked out wondefully. Every single battle is a challenge, and I am saying this after 20 hours of gameplay. And a key note here...not a challenge where you take a ton of damage, barely kill them, and heal yourself afterwards. I mean a challenge where you have to utilize the strengths of your party effectively or waste precious HPs and MPs. Part of this is due to one humongous change that they took from DQ...you can switch out your party members during the battle. This works so much better with the FF battle system. Of course, this type of feature doesn't mean much in DQ because you usually wind up leveling a few characters and relying on them. But, FFX does not allow this to happen. Every character specializes in something that makes them a necessity...and does it often. The simplicity of swapping characters make the battle flow seemless. Time inbetween attacks has been perfected as well....moving at such a quick pace that my characters have been attacked as the are trying to return to their original location.
Character advancement....entirely reworked, and another thing that I think has been perfected. Character advancement can typically be broken down into two things....character stats that increase and improved equipment. First, the characters them selves...
Characters no longer gain levels, at least not in the traditional sense. Instead, they simply gain AP, which eventually earns the character movement points over the sphere grid. Nothing more. No strength points, extra HPs per level. Nothing. Only movement points. These movement points allow people to progress through the sphere grid. I won't explain this grid in its entirety, but it is essentially a road map for character skills, and does a wonderous job of steering characters to abilities that match up with their choice of profession, while making it extremely difficult to master abilities that do not complement one another. There are no classes. Just people learning what they can.
This brings me to the equipment. I have always thought it was silly the way the same weapons could deal such dramatically different damage (i.e. a magical longsword doing 100 times the damage of a normal lonsword), but just accepted it as a necessity for gameplay. Not the case here. People have their weapon of choice, and as far as I can tell, weapons do not have stats. Now, I could be wrong on this, but I haven't noticed any difference after 20 hours. The exception to this is the ability system. Weapons have slots available, and these slots can be filled with abilities that pass on to the character while they have the weapon equiped (and only while they have them equiped). If you get a weapon with empty slots, you can customize it by using items to imbue abilities. This makes EVERY SINGLE ITEM valuable.
A few more final notes before I end this ridiculously long post....
-I still have not seen an overworld...not in the traditional sense at least. Everything is propotionately correct. I keep thinking it has to end at some point, but so far, they keep amazing me. -Magic. The normal magic moves quicker. The summon spells have been reworked. Aeons (the things you summon) no longer come in, do some huge attack, and leave. They are now like characters. You summon them, everyone moves back, and you control them in the fight. The cinemas have decreased in length, but they are two types of cinemas...when you bring them into the fight, and when you use their overdrive. personally, I love the cinemas (holy fuck i want to marry shiva) and dont mind the time, partially because you dont use them all that often, and the battles are tough so your thinking about what you are going to do next. But, while I thought some of the summon cinemas were a bit long in 8, I really didnt mind them all that much (except for that mega bahamut summon).
So you DO have to play blitzball?? I'm just to the part where you get various spheres for winning a tournament, so I'll pass on it for now...I guess I need to find a team to play against that sucks worse than mine.
Aside from that, I LOVE this freakin' game...I too will pay for the unavoidable lack of sleep in the upcoming weeks...or maybe months (I bought MGS2 and Grand Turismo 3 also...They're also fun, but not as addicting.)
"I am disrespectful to dirt! Can't you see that I am serious?" - Mr. Sparkle
Play League until your team (or in my case, you (the one holding the controller, not namely YOU)) gets somewhat formidable. Then you can go into Tournament and destroy the competition. Oh, and it REALLY helps if you have Jecht Shot.
By the by, I heard that you can get Wakka's other Overdrives through playing Blitzball and some other cool stuff.
...Some fear the Pink... ...But many fear....THE MOUNTIE! (He's handsome, he's brave, and he's strong, you know)
That game is the newest digital Crack. GTA3 is still the king of digital Crack, but Baldur's Gate is up there too. Everytime I play FFX, I play for atleast 4 hours. I love the story, the gameplay, et al.
January 4th 1999 - The day WCW injected itself with 10 gallons of Liquid Anthrax...AKA...The day Hogan "Defeated" Nash to win the WCW title in front of 40,000.
You (yes, YOU) need this game. If you're wondering whether or not you really need this game... YES, YOU DO. The best story in a Squaresoft game since FF6 and CT. The best combat engine in the history of ever~! The only thing this game's missing is a pointy-hatted Black Wizard or 200 and this would be the single greatest game ever. And the Sphere Grid is a microcosm of the entire game. Zoom out on it and you can see just how complex the game truly is.
Most of the reviews I've seen post playing time somewhere between 40-50 hours.
I'm at 35 or so, but I started backtracking and building XP, because I was getting slaughtered in one boss fight with Seymour and needed to level people up. And I want to get enough coin to get Yojimbo.
I don't want to play Blitzball either, but you need to get good at it to get Wakka's super weapon.
I love the sphere grid, which such a new and innovative way to level characters up.
I only have about 8 hours on it myself. My question is: When am I going to know when I have decent armor? I fight random encounters and it feels like I am getting my ass handed to me!
Yeah, if you own a PS2, you have to get this game! The only thing is. Is Sony just scratching the surface of what the PS2 can do? I mean, the FMVs are just spectacular. My friends were blown away at what they were seeing just the other day! Good good stuff!!
"I believed what I was told, I thought it was a good life, I thought I was happy. Then I found something that changed it all...." -Anonymous, 2112
OMG. I love this game and hate it, too. I was fighting a boss near the end (I won't spoil anything). I had been fighting this boss for a good 15-20 minutes. The boss had three forms. When I got to the third form, it cast a death spell on ALL THREE party members, who all died, ending the game.
Oh, god, did I fucking hate that book. John Knowles is a piece of shit that I scraped off the bottom of my shoe in 9th grade. I can't think of one character in that book that wasn't overtly homosexual. Not that I have anything against homosexuals, but the fucking hack author beats you over the head with it! The pink shirt, the fact that all Gene remembered about Brinker was his huge ass...Gene pushed Finney out of the tree because he wanted to assfuck him, not because he was jealous of him.
And yes, I believe the game was called blitzball.
ironcladlou, AKA Cygnet "I am made from the dust of the stars And the oceans flow in my veins" - Rush, 'Presto'
Blitzball doesn't suck, but it is hard. I don't know how, but, somehow I won the first game, vs. the Luca Goers. Since then though, I've been wallowing in mediocrity, going 2-2-2 in the league. And now, I'm screwed in Blitzball, I can't play. I accidentally let...Botta(?? the defenseman that's not Jassu, I'm not sure if that's his name) leave the team. When his contract expired, I tried to sign him to a contract that cost more than the amount of money I had at the time, and didn't realize it until the game told me I didn't have enough. So, now, I'm short a player, and haven't found anyone else to sign onto the team.
Oh, and as far as digital crack goes, that king of that is still Super Monkey Ball, and more specifically, Monkey Target.