Summary: Parents need to know that this game focuses more on tasks and stabilizing the world than on fighting evil. Because it's complex, it has many diversions and detours, and it may frustrate young players. Best for early teens.
Excerpt: Peace has returned to the land of Spira and night has fallen over the Luca Blitzball Stadium, home to valiant displays of athleticism in its legacy of sporting tournaments. The thousands of cheering people gathered there tonight, however, have not come expecting grand competition and intense action on the field, but rather, for a truly special musical event that none are likely to soon forget.
Excerpt: Final Fantasy X-2 , the first direct sequel to any Final Fantasy , resumes its ancestor’s storyline focusing on a radically-changed Yuna, once a pristine summoner and now a pop singer, and two companions, Yuna’s former bodyguard Rikku, and a newcomer, the staid and stolid Paine.
Excerpt: Final Fantasy X-2 is the first ever sequel to a Final Fantasy game ever. So how does it compare to FFX and does it stack up to the rest of the FF games. Story: FFX-2 is set sometime after the first game and features the cast of Yuna, Rikku and Paine. They are Sphere Hunters and Yuna has become a sphere hunter ever since she found a mysterious sphere with someone very special from her past on it.
Pros: Graphics, Sound, Voice acting, The different job skills, Story Missions
Cons: Some will not like the feeling of this FF, plain and simple
Excerpt: Oddly enough, Final Fantasy’s first testing of the murky sequel waters is a sequel in the deepest sense of the word. Often when we say sequel, we mean it in the way that, for instance, Donkey Kong Country 2 is a sequel to its first part: simply a new story with the same characters and settings. Usually, video game sequels don’t follow directly from their predecessor, as producers don’t want to alienate potential buyers who haven’t tried the first title.
Excerpt: Squaresoft’s mastery of Role-Playing Games is globally known and completely undisputed; however, 2003 will probably go down in gamer’s minds as the year that the developers of the seminal Final Fantasy franchise redefined their own standards, releasing two firsts for their company. First came Final Fantasy XI, an online RPG for both PCs and PS2s as well as an online service for gamers.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Final Fantasy X-2 proves that Square Enix can indeed make a great sequel, and at the same time, retool and revamp the traditional format successfully. There is no doubt that this is still Final Fantasy, but right from the opening sequence, anyone can notice that the upbeat feel of the sequel is significantly different from Final Fantasy X.
Summary: Aside from Nintendo’s Legend Of Zelda, Final Fantasy is the only console series to prove that — with the right creative team — a video game can have all the complex character development, compelling plot twists and ground-breaking visuals of the best Hollywood movie. Never a developer to disappoint, Square Enix’s Final Fantasy X-2 lives up to the legacy created by its epic predecessors.