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Tidus will give your future grandchildren an excuse to feel passionate about family planning!!!
on 7 November 2016
My nostalgia goggles got a little worn out. I appear to be a grown up adult now. My Profile picture is almost 9 years old and back then I was full of beans and nonsense. I was young and the characters in this game are all under 20 somethings with white people problems I don't care to get into. That being said along with the white people problems the incredible thematic Asian themes found in the series are underwhelmed when Dawson's creek kicks in and you're forced to listen to the worlds worst crotch spit Tidus. Let me run down the characters in their legitimate hierarchy.
Top - Auron - This is how you stumble with style. On the path to redemption this man travels time and stays loyal top his friends when facing any adversity even fighting dragons and gods armed with a giant sword a jug of booze. He saves the game in every way possible.
Yuna - Her trial and courage to change to world using her maidens will and knowledge of magic to fulfil a dark and difficult pilgrimage is the main reason I hate the game. Because her story is compelling. It is the main character forced to sit on the side and become the "Love interest" can you really love a sunflower with a Korean boys face? That's the story arc apparently. Ridiculous.
Khimari - Actions speak louder than words. That is this character. He just personifies a calm approach. He barely speaks yet his arc is deep and full of awesome. A true hero with a protective nature. Guards Yuna with his life. Fights under a strong code of honour and ethics. Huge respect for this guy right here.
Rikku - Shes a daft wee teenager who has more spirit and backbone than any amount of Tidus impossible summersaults could ever release. She will straight up show no fear or distance with anyone. Despite her race being demonised she still gets out of bed and puts on a bloody gauntlet and punches her way through her problems despite being 15 and only 5 foot 4 inches high.
Wakka - He's just an okay fellow. He's not whining, but he's a zealot and a bigot. But he at least grows as a character as has an arc. No tears from this fellow he protects his adopted daughter on a suicide quest. Like a true hero.
Lulu - She has understandable reasons for her pessimism. She has gigantic heaving weights on her shoulders that keep her from living life to the fullest. Her two big round problems make it difficult for her to let the past go. When you see her carrying those big round, sopping, plump, juicy problems you just wanna bury your face in her problems. Get right in there. Motorboat those problems till theyre sopping wet.....Ehem! Lulu is better than Tidus... She's just so wonderful...
Jecht - He is a flawed but sympathetic man who made a lot of mistakes. I think the first one was buying condoms at a truck stop garage instead of a proper pharmacist. He is likable, strong and ends up being the true hero of the story. He has an arc and changes to form to a new character than despite how difficult his life is he rarely complains.
Seymour - Follows a principle of absolution. If all life ends. All suffering ends. Look he had a rough ego driven existence yet his fall from grace is downright Shakespearean. If only the canon was not so literal.
The Dirt - The Dirt plays a vital role in this series. Unlike Tidus who plays a vital role in my hangover.
Sin - He is the embodiment of human sin. He can defy gravity, shoot atmospheric depressing bolts of pure energy. He has a great story arc. The fish demon god has a great story arc. He has a complete human storyline that ends as they ocerarc a face of challenges that results in a happy ending...the giant fish god. I might actually like this game...4 stars!
Tidus - There is no hierarchy lower without mentioning everyone in Spira. So the bottom line really is that Tidus is just the worst. Okay look this world is fascinating but I may have outgrown it. When I see this world I see something only a teenager could have enjoyed. Which is great since I was the target demographic. Japanese marketing must be doing well. But Tidus grates on me. His existence is not so intangible that it gives his prescience absolutely no weight, he would die and nothing would change. Instead his existence is just to cause trouble, abuse emotions, throw tantrums and look foolish while doing it. I don't like his sword, his stance or his attitude at all. Everyone has flaws but I see nothing on this arrogant little daffodil that is likable. If I were Jecht I would fed him the kitchen cleaner right away! He's not someone I like. If you have a deep love for whiny babys dressed as yellow plants then great this is your perfect FINAL FANTASY experience brought to life.
Characters aside the game lost a lot of spark for me. I could recall every conversation, every action and every moment but that's my own personal bias. Is the game good?
Good? It's great! Christ is the pinnacle of JRPG goodness. As far gameplay goes it is perfection. Zero flaws for a great mix of strategy and fast paced improvised thinking. A game that is jammed with content that you could easily sink hundreds of hours into. It is a game that can only be stopped when you feel you have had enough and oh my you are spoiled for choice. The storyline is not that bad but it's childish on that note and the voice acting only makes the game seem even younger and more naïve.
As far as graphics go this game aged splendidly! Still the remixed music? Doesn't seem called. That's another half a star lost the other half Tidus used to form his ridiculous yellow hair. The music did not need a really need a remix it was gorgeous and again aged perfectly. Still can't complain as the graphical update was a welcome improvement. The additional update does not change the game but for the tiny amount of money this game gives you all the bang for your buck you could need.
The best feature is that these were originally two games. Two full games that feature if combined and done quickly could consume 300+ hours of your life. But don't let that happen you have children to think about. Best feature yet is that X-2 contains very little Tidus even replaces him with a cooler more likable Tidus with a much deeper and richer story line. He goes through self sacrifice, suffering, immortaility, redemption all for love. At least it's better than I was a dream and now I am in the love *poof* I vanished because of PLOT DEVICE you are now the tears.
In the sequel Yuna becomes a hottie that carries two guns. EVERYONE has an arc. Everyone in this world is given a great arc. Tidus has none. He cries and decides he hates dad enough to love him...then dies. BoooooO!
A short summary is that X-2 is a revamp of the same game but with a few twists on the gameplay. You will be treated to a faster turn based system that has you switching job roles to fulfil a strategic purpose. Very cool and fast paced but the game has stepped away to simply being about three adventuring female honies on a quest of things that give them super powers. It's camp and not in any way a perfect sequel but a way more enjoyable one. Plus with this version you have access to features only found in the Japanese release. Talk about a money saver.
Lulu's heaving problems still keep me coming back for more. What a compelling story arc she has so full of substance. Despite that feeling warm and cosy. God I love Lulu's problems I can really get into them.
4/5 would play once maybe when I am 40 then I feel even more displeased by how little I can relate to the series. Final fantasy XXX-2 : Two girls one Mangina with girls face Total Revengeance.