Final Fantasy X was the franchise's first foray on the PlayStation 2 , with suitably eye-popping graphics and a story which holds its own in a game franchise loaded with great stories. Most notable for being the first fully-voiced Final Fantasy entry and for garnering then-obscure VA James Arnold Taylor some attention. The plot opens in the futuristic city of Zanarkand, where a cheerful sports star named Tidus is preparing for a game of blitzball, a bombastic combination of rugby and water polo.
No sooner has the game begun than a mysterious Ronin appears, and along with him, a giant sphere of watery doom that engulfs the city and reduces it to neon kindling. In the ensuing chaos, Tidus is sucked into a portal with the aid of the swordsman and reawakens in the pre-industrial world of Spira. According to the locals, his home city of Zanarkand does exist in Spira, but as ruins: Tidus soon learns of an invincible aquatic Goliath called Sin which terrorizes Spira, bringing destruction without reason and keeping the world locked in the dark ages.
Only one method exists to defend against this monstrosity: Finding himself smitten by a young summoner named Yuna and hoping to find a way back home , Tidus agrees to become one of her bodyguards and accompany her on her pilgrimage across Spira, a journey that ends in the holy ruins of Zanarkand. Along with Final Fantasies VI , VII , and IX , it's thought to have one of the better plots in the series, although the gameplay is much more linear than its predecessors and some of the voice acting is questionable it was the early days for such things.
It also departs from the ATB battle systems for a non-real-time Combatant Cooldown System that shows the queue of upcoming character and enemy turns, giving players as much time as they want to ponder their next action mid-battle. It was successful enough to go against form and inspire a true sequel, Final Fantasy X-2 , which takes place two years after FFX and stars two of the three main female characters from that game.
Notable for having a similar plot to that of an earlier Squaresoft title, Bahamut Lagoon , which is lampshaded with FFX-2's airship, named Celsius; the airship in Bahamut Lagoon is called Fahrenheit. An HD port of the game and its sequel was released for the PlayStation 3 and Vita in using character models made from scratch instead of simply upscaling the old ones.
A PlayStation 4 version was released on May 12, ; this release gives players the choice to change between the newly remastered soundtrack and the original soundtrack from the menu. Finally, it was ported to Steam in May This game contains examples of: Jecht was the emotionally abusive type. Tidus spends most of the game resenting him, which is probably why Jecht — as Sin — chooses Tidus to be the one to ultimately kill him. Tidus' mother qualifies as well, though she was more neglectful than actively abusive.
Absurdly High Level Cap: Character stats max out at You can beat the Final Boss without too much trouble when your strongest characters have Strength or Magic of about The other points are for Bonus Boss fights.
The level cap is 99, but even if you play regularly you can probably win all of Wakka's Overdrives the main reason to play the minigame with a team of 30s and 40s. If you go for the conservative route, it's possible to do this in as little as 26 games, at which point your team probably won't even break Level Lulu's "Fury" Overdrive requires the player to rotate the right analog stick as quickly and frequently as possible.
Tidus' timed button press and Wakka's slot machine reel Overdrives also use action commands. Lulu and Rikku; neither of them is very good at fighting directly, but they more than make up for it with spells and a wide variety of items, respectively. Yuna also becomes one in X-2, after switching to guns for her Weapon of Choice.
Yuna toughens up considerably after discovering the truth about Yevon. Meeting Tidus helps, too. Seymour and, to some extent, the other Maesters except Kelk, who seems to be genuinely good. Status ailments are removed upon ending battle. This extends to KO; anyone who's been wiped out during battle will be revived with 1 HP.
A Friend in Need: The whole party of guardians fight to rescue Yuna from her wedding to Seymour, despite effectively declaring war on the Yevon church. He's not an especially likable character, but he was backstabbed by his own partner. In fairness, he really should have seen it coming. On the other hand, someone will miss him. Although he was not the man I once knew, Kinoc was still my friend, Seymour. You will pay for his death! Seymour, especially upon his final sending.
So it is you [Yuna] who will send me. But even after death, Spira's sorrow will prevail. The participating Crusaders end up excommunicated from Yevon as a result, and in the end, all they manage to accomplish is getting themselves slaughtered by Sin.
All Just a Dream: Inverted , bizarrely enough. The main character is all just a dream. Always a Bigger Fish: Early in the adventure, Tidus is seemingly cornered by three somewhat-intimidating Sahagin. After defeating two and rounding on the third, his kill is stolen by the then-unbeatable Geosgaeno. He has no choice but to run swim for his life. The player has the option of getting their revenge at a later point, and is in fact the first thing on Tidus's mind when he returns.
And Man Grew Proud: Tidus thinks this is in effect when he hears about the ruins, but it's more This is also the official stance of the Church on why Sin exists: Part of Seymour's agenda is to get Yuna to marry him. Anguished Declaration of Love: Yuna to Tidus right before he dissolves into nothingness in the English version of the game. In the original Japanese script, she merely thanks him albeit it in an equally emotionally powerful way. Played straight until you can customize weapons.
Yuna starts out with Esuna, a normally endgame spell that cures all status effects from the target, so unless she is silenced or petrified, status effects aren't too much of a problem. Once you can customize equipment, however, you can use the status cure items to put status-inflicting attributes on weapons or make your armor resist them, but you need a lot of them for this.
Yuna's Esuna will cure almost all status effects on its own, but using items has a higher speed than casting spells. Using items to cure status effects can mean removing a status AND healing the party before the enemy's next turn. The Dual Boss on Mt. Gagazet has to be completed with just Kimahri. To prevent a lot of unnecessary grinding, the boss characters' stats are slightly scaled up from Kimahri's, so the battle is tough but fair regardless of how much or how little you've used Kimahri.
The Seymour fights are hard for you? The game usually has a nearby savepoint with a long hallway before actually facing him. You can pretty much train your characters there as the enemies give lots of experience.
For example, you might need someone with a Reflect for the second fight. The re-releases have a bunch more AFFs that are essentially officially-sanctioned cheats. You can speed up movement for traversing wide spaces much faster during backtracking , as well as substantially increasing or decreasing Random Encounters for faster grinding or completely eliminating them altogether.
You can also boost all characters to max level and gil. Jecht and Yu Yevon. The former voluntarily became a world-ending monster because he wanted to help his friends, and the latter has regressed to the point even it's not sure what it's doing anymore. Only three characters can fight at a time, but you can trade the currently active member for anyone in the Lazy Backup section at any time. Some of the more complex boss fights practically require one to abuse this functionality to its fullest extent.
Played straight in the underwater levels, as apparently, only Tidus, Wakka and Rikku can swim and breathe there. Early on, Tidus asks what the point of going through with the Final Summoning is if Sin just comes back every time. Yuna and the rest of the party turn this around by saying what little peace they get when Sin is gone is worth it. Once they find out that the Final Summoning ensures that Sin will keep being reborn in an endless cycle of death and rebirth, they change their minds.
On the Mi'ihen Highroad, Yuna explains that Sin is a punishment for using machina. Tidus asks, rather nonchalantly, "was that such a bad thing, really? Auron turned one down sometime before Braska's pilgrimage. In a way, Seymour and Yuna's too, although it was arranged by the former party. Final Fantasy X, as the first iteration of the series on the newer PlayStation 2 console, received major graphics upgrades compared to its predecessor.
Backgrounds had greater detail, character models were more defined, and everything looked far more realistic. The game has also had an HD Remaster, which boosts the graphics dramatically further. Whilst not on the same level as newer Final Fantasy titles Lightning Returns being a perfect example it certainly is an evolution. In the audio department, this is the first Final Fantasy game to have full voice acting, made possible thanks to the then-generous size of DVD storage, especially dual layer ones.
In the Back Story that Maechen reveals, when the city of Zanarkand was facing certain destruction in a war against the far more technologically advanced city-state of Bevelle, Yu Yevon Zanarkand's greatest summoner created the monster Sin to fight against the forces of Bevelle and simultaneously turned the remaining people of Zanarkand into the raw material to power a version of reality where Zanarkand continued to exist separate from the real world of Spira as though it had never been destroyed in the war, with new generations being born, growing old, and dying there.
Arguably something of a variant, since it's more an afterlife for the city itself than the people who were around when it was destroyed. Several of the armor and weapon buffs can come off this way.
Armor with Break HP Limit. You can also unlock Auto-Life. And then there are Percent Damage Attacks , which make healing problematic.