Excerpt: Square-Enix’ Final Fantasy games are probably the most popular Role Playing Games (RPG) on the market. Every new episode in the series has given us a new story and new characters to play with. Until now, that is… For the first time in history Square-Enix made a direct sequel of one of their Final Fantasy games. Did they make the right choice? Read on!
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.
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: Being the busy sort of guy that I am, I finally got around to playing FFX-2 long after it had been released. Therefore, despite my best attempts, I heard a great deal about the game long before I equipped my first dress sphere. Thankfully, none of the story was ruined for me, but I did hear a large amount of opinionated ramblings about how scantily clad the woman were, what a big departure this was for Square Soft, etc. etc.
Summary: So what exactly do you do after saving the world after a millennium of fear and despair? When Evil is vanquished, and the sunset has been ridden into, how do Our Heroes keep themselves occupied? After oodles of games in the Final Fantasy universe, Square Enix finally gives us a true sequel that answers that very question. As the title suggests, Final Fantasy X-2 returns us to Spira, the world detailed in the 10th Final Fantasy title.
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.