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Final Fantasy X is the tenth mainstream Final Fantasy game in the franchise. It was released in 2001 for the PlayStation 2. It was developed by Square and published by Square for Japan and North America and Sony Computer Entertainment for Australia and Europe. In 2014, an HD port of the game was rereleased for the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation Vita, and a PlayStation 4 port was released in 2015.

Plot

Tidus, a young Blitzball player in Zanarkand encounters the giant sea monster Sin and is flung to Spira seemingly a thousand years into the future. He joins with and falls in love with a young summoner named Yuna and joins her and her guardians on a pilgrimage to the temples of Yevon and acquiring Aeons, which will help her train to obtain the Final Aeon which can destroy Sin. But along the way, the group learns about the corruption of Yevon, the truth of the Final Aeon, and Tidus' connection to Sin.

Why It Rocks

  1. First game in the Final Fantasy series to feature voice acting.
  2. Immense landscape.
  3. Well written story.
  4. Proper character development, shown most with Tidus, who at the beginning, just wanted to go back home but near the end becomes a selfless hero willing to sacrifice himself for Spira and Yuna.
  5. First Final Fantasy game to get a direct sequel, Final Fantasy X-2, which was also rereleased on the HD port
  6. Nearly every main character has an attack most useful on certain enemies:
    1. Tidus can use his quick attacks to easily defeat nimble enemies.
    2. Wakka can use his Blitzball to attack airborne enemies and infuse his Blitzball with status changing effects like Bindness.
    3. Kimahri can steal the abilities of fiends with Lancet.
    4. Lulu can use her Black Magic on enemies susceptible to certain elements.
    5. Auron can pierce heavily armored enemies and defeat them with ease.
    6. Riku can steal from enemies and stealing can dismantle machina.
    7. Yuna can use white magic to heal her guardians and can summon Aeons to help against stronger enemies.
  7. Playing Blitzball can help get the party some useful items.
  8. The party members you can recruit for Blitzball each have different stats that can be upgraded by experience points, which are obtained by playing the character.
  9. Fighting created monsters in the Coliseum can grant the party special spheres to upgrade specific stats and get some powerful items.
  10. Many of the monsters in the Monster Coliseum are also super-bosses.
  11. As you progress in the game, you obtain the ability to customize weapons and armor.
  12. Hidden throughout the game are Al Bhed Primers. Collect all 26 to learn the Al Bhed language.
  13. The Cloister of Trials in each Temple of Yevon require puzzle solving.
  14. Hidden Aeons to obtain that are stronger than Bahumut. You can even obtain Seymour's Aeon, Anima.
  15. The HD remakes use the international version allowing North American gamers to fight the Dark Aeon Super-Bosses. Defeating them all will allow gamers to fight Penance, the most powerful Super-Boss in all of Final Fantasy.
  16. Awesome music (though not done completely by Nobuo Uematsu).
  17. The HD remake of the game was entirely rebuilt rather than updated graphics.

Reception

Final Fantasy X is the eight best selling game on the PlayStation 2 and one of the best selling RPGs of all time. The PlayStation 2 version has a rating of 4.38 on GameFAQs, the HD remake on the PlayStation Vita has a 4.40 rating on GameFAQs, the PlayStation 3 version has a rating of 4.57 rating on GameFAQs, and the PlayStation 4 version has a rating of 4.37 on GameFAQs.

Game Tips

  • When you have Clear Spheres, use them on the weaker stat spheres in the Sphere Grid and replace them with the superior 4+ Stat Spheres you get from the Monster Arenas (HP Spheres are 300+ and MP are 40+). Clear Spheres can only be purchased by the Monster Arena owner if the player unlocks the Original monster, Ultima Buster.
  • With the exception of Luck Spheres, the enemies that drop the stat spheres are found in the Species Group of the Monster Arena. The following enemies drop these spheres:
  1. Fenrir: Agility Spheres
  2. Pteryx: Evasion Spheres
  3. Hornet: Accuracy Spheres
  4. Vidatu: MP Spheres
  5. One-Eye: Magic Defense Spheres
  6. Jumbo Flan: Magic Spheres
  7. Tanket: Defense Sphere
  8. Juggernaut: Strength Sphere
  9. Ironclad: HP Sphere
  • Luck Spheres are obtained by fight the Original monster, Greater Sphere, and Fortune Spheres are obtained by defeating the Original monster, Earth Eater.

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