Some time in school, a group of us kids went to the tech room on our lunch break. One of us had Final Fantasy X for the PlayStation 2 and wanted to show off. They invited me along, and of course, I agreed. Final Fantasy was my new favorite system, and the anticipation for the game But as a kid, I was really concerned about spoilers. None of us wanted him to spoil the game. So our friend assured us he’d start at the beginning. We were going to see a preview of the game.
By then, I had played Final Fantasy VII, VIII, and IX. I knew Final Fantasy X was going to look better on a newer gen console, but I didn’t expect this. The entire game was in 3D! And we could all hear voice acting. Who was that of? It was Tidus, our friend said. It was amazing! After Final Fantasy IV, all of the Final Fantasy games took a cinematic approach. But Final Fantasy X was like watching a movie. I had to get this game.
Then I finally purchased it. The title screen, the opening, the new jack swing remix of the prelude. All the magic was there as I remembered watching it in school. But now it was in my hands. This was my time…
…Tidus! Stop staring at Rikku! She’s only 15! Wait, what’s Tidus even wearing? He has overalls on, but one pant leg is longer than the other. He has one shoulder pad, which apparently is a Nomura special. A strange tight open yellow shirt. What? This is the weirdest character design ever. I thought Cloud’s purple sweater with baggy pants was odd. This is just…who would wear this? Why doesn’t he have a team uniform? Is this his team uniform?
What’s with Lulu’s dress? Something’s not right…oh wait, those are belt!? Why doesn’t Nomura know how belts function. He did this with Tifa in Final Fantasy VII; she doesn’t need a belt if she has a suspenders. I thought it was ridiculous for Squall to have two loose belts. Lulu has an entire dress made of belts. And why? To “challenge” the staff? She has legs the world needs to see. Seymour has a chest no one needs to see.
Holy crap is Wakka racist! Seriously. Sand-blasted grease monkeys? Really? And what does Lulu see in him?
One thing I noticed about the battle system was how fast it was. Final Fantasy VII had a moderate speed. Final Fantasy VIII was rapid; one character could attack one after the other, right after you input the commands. Final Fantasy IX was a deliberate slog in comparison. But Final Fantasy X was lightning speed. And you can switch any of your party members out during the battle. That’s really cool. It’s still kind of weird to think four of your party members are standing on the sidelines watch.
And that laugh!
I never want to play the mini-games in this game ever again. They’re time wasters and busy work rather than games. These stupid birds keep hitting me in the Chocobo racing minigames trying to collect balloons. I can’t find all of the butterflies. Blitzball grows on you, but playing it to get a Celestial Weapon got tedious after a while.
But I appreciated I didn’t have to read while watching what was happening on the screen. I could listen to the amazing soundtrack while taking in the fully realized 3D scenery.