Excerpt: Final Fantasy X begins in the city of Zanarkand where a blitzball (basically a game of underwater soccer) game is taking place, and you are Tidus, the star player of the Zanarkand Abes. The crowd cheers as your team takes the first point, suddenly a giant monster comes up out of the ocean and starts destroying Zanarkand! The blitzball game comes to an abrupt stop as the sphere containing the water is destroyed.
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: 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.
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
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).
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 The prerendered backgrounds are, for the most part, gone; they've been replaced by fully 3D arenas.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.
Excerpt: When I heard the inevitable announcement of FFX, I expected yet another entry into the Final Fantasy series; more of the same, with a few tweaks to the magic/battle/level system and a different story. It has worked in the past, so I remained optimistic. Now that I've played it, I can say I was right— FFX is more of the same. No surprises here. But I think I've grown tired of the predictable formula.
Excerpt: Religion, nowadays, seems more like a state of mind than a way of life. If given the choice between worshiping a holy figure and a television set, the latter will be my answer. While this may seem incredibly cynical, it might also represent the mainstream attitude. This gives a good idea of why this subject is so under exploited in the gaming industry.