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: 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: With Final Fantasy X, the Playstation 2 firmly established itself as THE RPG console of its generation. Leaps and bounds beyond its predecessors in terms of graphics, voice work, production value, and gameplay depth, FFX was both a classic JRPG and a renewal for a series that some felt had taken a step backward with FFIX. The international edition, like other such re-releases before it, changes little of the fundamental gameplay.
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: 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 The prerendered backgrounds are, for the most part, gone; they've been replaced by fully 3D arenas.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: 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.