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: Releases such as Metal Gear Solid 2 and FFX have really exploited this story telling ability and, in some gamers’ view, put plot before gameplay. The truth is games, from sports simulations to RPGs, have always been about recreating (or creating) an event or situation with the player as the main character. Final Fantasy X marries plot with incredible gameplay.
Excerpt: I HATE FINAL FANTASY! I HATE FINAL FANTASY! I (expletive deleted) HATE FINAL FANTASY!!!!!!!! Ever since dealing with Sephiroth and his repeated 10-minute long Super Nova attacks, I swore off anything related to the Final Fantasy series. As if seeing commercial spots showing poorly animated FMV wasn't enough, the crappy characters used in following episodes made me sick to my stomach.
Conclusion: Excuse me for a moment now, because I shall be kicking it into full-on rant mode for the next couple of paragraphs, but it really is a disappointment, the story in Final Fantasy X. While the plots of past titles were certainly by no means Shakespeare, they did have an entertaining comic book sensibility.