Developed By Square Enix
Published By Square Enix
* Listen To My Story *
* Please Note, This review is of the PS4 version*
The Story begins with Tidus a young Blitzball star who lives in the high tech city of Zanarkand, Tidus is the son of Jecht, another Blitzball star who went missing. While participating in the finals of a Blitzball tournament, Zanarkand is attacked by a gigantic creature named Sin, who lays waste to Zanarkand, Tidus is caught up in the destruction and is swallowed up by Sin and wakes up in a distant land, he finds out that he has been sent 1000 years into the future and that Sin is still around and causing havoc over the world. Tidus eventually meets Yuna, a young summoner who is training to defeat Sin, he decides to travel with her and her guardians on a pilgrimage to not only destroy Sin but for Tidus to find a way to return back to Zanarkand.
So I don’t really want to go further into the story of Final Fantasy X, as really it should be experienced, there are plenty of twists and turns to keep the story interesting, plus there are deeper lying themes into Religion, Betrayal and one of the better done love stories ever told in a game.
Final Fantasy X is a traditional turn based RPG game, and easily one of the best examples, Battles are simple, the fastest character goes first, you have the choices of using a simple attack, Magic, special moves or summons, enemies have different ways to be defeated, some enemies can easily be defeated by magic, others are armored and need a different character with a piercing weapon. Leveling up occurs differently in Final Fantasy X in the form of the sphere grid, when defeating enemies you gain AP which eventually gives you a Sphere level, you can use this to move a space on the grid, you then use spheres that you also acquire from enemies, to give you abilities and stat upgrades and to make your characters stronger, now the sphere grid is pretty darn big, every character has their own set path to begin with, however eventually everyone will get free movement to upgrade what you wish, so you can have a magic based character become a physical powerhouse, it’s an interesting concept, but the sphere grid is a double edged sword, it can both give you the opportunity to give your character any stats and moves that you want, but this can also make your characters very over powered, allowing you to destroy nearly every enemy you encounter.
Overall if you like RPG’s definitely give this game a try, there isn’t anything new really for people who own the international version, but for the US, the inclusion of the Dark Aeons, and new sphere grid could definitely be tempting. But if you missed this game before and like RPG’s pick this game up right now.
Firstly I need to say Final Fantasy X has easily one of the greatest soundtracks ever made, composed by the legendary Nobuo Uematsu, nearly every track is unbelievable, from the main battle theme.
As well as the boss theme.
To finally one of the greatest pieces of all time in my opinion
But overall the soundtrack is arguably the best thing about this game, there are times where I find myself wanting to listen to the music rather than play the game. Of course with the game being remastered, the soundtrack also got given an ” Update ” now my feeling on this change is mixed, of course some songs sound a lot better for example; the battle theme, To Zanarkand and A Fleeting Dream, but some pieces have been utterly ruined such as Challenge, Via Purifico and Aurons Theme, thankfully the PS4 version allows you to switch between the Remastered and Original Soundtrack at will, which I greatly appreciate, personally I would recommend the original score, but as I said, both have their pros and cons.
Voice acting wise, the game is a mixed bag, it was the first time Final Fantasy had been fully voiced, and there are some good performances like John Dimaggio as Wakka and Kimahri and Tara Strong as Rikku, plus I want to give props to Alex Fernandez as Seymour, his performance has always resonated with me in a good way, some performances however like James Arnold Taylor as Tidus really aren’t too great despite being a generally good voice actor.
Final Fantasy X was one of the best looking games on PS2 period, this remastering does a good job making the text and environments look a lot better, something I have a problem with though are certain characters faces, it seems that certain characters have lost the ability to change their expressions like Rikku and Wakka, but some of them benefit from this change, mainly Auron and Lulu.
Don’t expect this game to look incredible next to something like The Last of Us or The Order: 1886 but it still looks great for a game that came out originally in 2001.
Final Fantasy X is a decently lengthy game for a JRPG, I usually complete the games story at about the 30 hour mark, however I can see someone who is playing for the first time taking about 35-40, but this game can easily pass 100 hours depending on how much you want to do, I personally have done everything and gotten the Platinum trophy for the game and it took 117 hours to do, so I think the content included is well worth the purchase.
Overall Final Fantasy X is easily one of the best RPG’s of all time, everything from how the story is told to the perfect RPG gameplay, Final Fantasy X is simply a must play for anyone who is a fan of RPG games, especially now that there are so many different versions of FFX to own.
Score = 9.5/10
- Amazingly well told story
- Phenomenal soundtrack
- Tons of content
- Great visuals
- Classic RPG gameplay
- Poor voice acting for certain characters
Final Fantasy X Remaster is available now on PS3, PS4 and PS Vita. Thanks go to Square Enix for supplying the game & Assets used in this review. Be sure to let me know what you thought of the review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and remember to follow us on WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Reddit & YouTube.
Review By Jonnie Dixon