Excerpt: A year can no longer pass without a new Final Fantasy game. Square's tenth installment in this role-playing game (RPG) series is the first for the PlayStation 2, and is a remarkable maiden voyage on this new platform.
Excerpt: After that debacle, though, I noticed that Yuna had a particular piece of armor designed to block three particular negative statuses, so I decided to make sure she was always in the party when fighting them. Sure enough, she was able to avoid being confused or silenced by the beast and, as a result, cure my other members so they could finish it off. A tough monster made easier due to me using my brain — I was proud of myself!
Excerpt: Will the HD remake be an essential pre-order? So it was revealed by Square Enix, back in September at the Tokyo Games Show, that the legendary Final Fantasy X will receive HD remakes for both the Playstation 3 and it’s much anticipated little brother, the Playstation Vita. Believe it or not, the game is an entire ten years old, as it was first released for the Playstation 2 in 2001.
Pros: A great storyline with loveable characters. An exciting battle system with lots of room for customization and strategy. Some beautiful visuals and music.
Cons: The graphics are outdated. It takes a while to understand the complicated levelling-up system. Most of the game is fairly linear.
Excerpt: By now we’ve all gotten used to Final Fantasies being released one after another, though each separately delivering a unique experience to people around the globe. You see, every episode in this wonderful saga is different in every way: not one FF feels the same, yet the concept remains: an epic story filled with so much power that it can hold you for months in a row.
Conclusion: As this genre continues to become an Internet battleground, I think I’m finally going to sit out for a while, sit down with FFX and have myself a smoothie. I could use a break from all this cynicism.
Excerpt: This was probably one of the highly anticipated Final Fantasy games to date. It introduced new graphics which have never been used before, innovative battle systems. It brought a new face to the Final Fantasy series since it was the first Final Fantasy to be on the PS2.
Pros: + Pros-Brilliant music, amazing graphics
Cons: - Cons-The story and the spehere grid were slightly complex
Conclusion: A truly fantastic game, which is going to keep you busy for months with all its features. It is definitely worth buying now that it has come down in price and has been made platinum. See if you can get hold of the bonus DVD that comes with some editions so that you can enjoy the interviews with such people as Nobuo and the voice of Tidus.
Excerpt: Put simply, Final Fantasy X is drop-dead gorgeous. The prerendered backgrounds are, for the most part, gone; they've been replaced by fully 3D arenas. The game doesn't allow manual camera control, but the designed camera paths are, for the most part, very sensible. The forced camera angles also allow the mostly-hidden treasure chests that we've all grown to love in the series, so I understand the reasoning behind it.
Summary: Parents need to know that this game is heavily story and character-based, which can build more emotional attachment to the characters. While the action and violence in this game are standard to mild fare for role-playing games, the surprise plot transformations can be somewhat wrenching (by the end, characters are not as they seem: Main characters vanish; bad characters turn out to be good and vice-versa).