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Final Fantasy 10-2 Index





Final Fantasy 10-2 Review


Final Fantasy X-2 is a console RPG game developed by Square Enix Corporation for Sony PS2 in the year 2003 as a sequel to its precursor Final Fantasy X. The story of the game is centered on the main protagonist Yuna, the same character from Final Fantasy X who seeks to settle the international political conflicts in the fantasy world of Spira, to prevent a possible war.

It is the first game in FF series that features only 3 playable characters and all main characters are female with early access to important game locations. Also, there is a variation of the class system of the characters and it presents multiple endings. It is the first game in the series without much musical contributions from Nobuo Uematsu, the renowned composer. Instead he was replaced by Takahito Eguchi and Noriko Matsueda who were popular composers of The Bouncer game for PS2. The most appreciated tracks of the game were 2 vocalized songs which were a slowly-paced ballad titled “1000 words” and J-pop style track titled “Real emotion”. Jade Villalon of Sweetbox fame performed the English versions of the song and Kumi Koda, famous Japanese music artist sung the Japanese versions of them who also gave back ground voice for the character “Lenne” in Japanese version of the game.

The game had positive reception and very successful in commercial terms. There ware more than million copies sold in North America alone with overall sale of 4 million copies. The Famitsu readers have voted this game as 32nd best game.

Though it is a direct sequel of Final Fantasy X, it does not duplicate the game play concepts of its precursor and has renovated the traditional elements. It has a faster paced adaptation of the traditional ATB (Active Time Battle) system of FF series that was actually created by Hiroyuki Ito and appeared first in FFIV. The ATB system is helpful during random encounters with enemies with which players can interrupt enemies while they prepare for taking action instead of waiting for the opponent’s turn to get completed before starting to attack. Also, attacks can be clubbed to increase the damage caused during battles.

The players can visit any place in Spira by flying through Celsius airship which deviates from earlier versions of the game in which players obtained sophisticated versions of transport only at later levels.

Final Fantasy X-2 presents the story line without opening too much above what happened in its precursor. The story takes place two years after Final Fantasy X, and the world is so different from its earlier versions making it entirely impossible to distinguish. The forefront of the plot is the return of Yuna, the high Summoner and central character of Final Fantasy X. The costumes of Yuna have been altered as she pairs up with Rikku, her cousin and Paine, their companion. These 3 people “Yuna”, “Rikku” and “Paine” are termed as “YRP” and they belong to Gullwings, a crew of sphere hunters. They set out on a range of adventures to spot out the hottest new commodity of their world.

Final Fantasy X-2 has an entirely different plot which is vastly intriguing and different from the previous epic of Final Fantasy X which is about saving the world from Sin. The plot is a deep political drama with an amazing subplot which is all about friendship and individuality. The New Yevon and The Youth League, the two powerful groups of Spira start to compete with each other for the magical spheres which could lead to a war. There is lot of comedy and hilarious punch lines which can cause genuine laughter and the adventurous quests of YRP through the fantasy virtual world of spira are supported by loose story telling and engaging combats.

Final Fantasy X-2 has menu-driven over world map system similar to FFX and players can go to any location on the map whenever they wish. The game has an open-ended mission structure and users can move the plot forward whenever they like. There are more than fifteen different cities to choose from in each chapter along with bonus games and myriad sub-quests to gain rewards and fame. The graphics of Final Fantasy X-2 is enticing with impressive visual productions and cinematic cut scenes. The facial animations of the characters are very expressive and realistic especially during the cut scenes.

Overall, Final Fantasy X-2 is an amazing RPG with top-notch production value, excellent facial animations and graphics, crystal clear sound effects and music along with an engaging game play of 60 to 80 hours featuring an open-ended mission structure different from earlier versions.

Rating
Plot: 8/10
Game Play: 9/10
Battle System: 8/10
Graphics: 9/10
Music: 9/10
Sound Effects: 8/10


Final Fantasy 10-2 Information
Game: Final Fantasy 10-2
Developer
: Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix, Electronic Arts
Genre: RPG
Medium: DVD-ROM
Platform: PlayStation 2


Final Fantasy 10-2 Release Date
Final Fantasy 10-2 was released in the US on the 18th November 2003 and has sold million of copies in a really short time span. Looking at the success of the game, Square decided to release another version of the game, Final Fantasy 10-2 International. The game contains new extras such as Last Mission, a 20 hour sequel to Final Fantasy 10-2 which takes place several months after the end of the original game. Last Mission takes places in a new recently discovered but yet unexplored Tower.

The game also includes two new dresspheres, four new garment grids as well as other new features such as Battle Simulator which allows to control and fight old and new characters in tournaments and Creature Create, a system which lets you create your own monsters and even lets your recreate characters such as Tidus, Lucil, Auron, Gippal and Seymour and have them aid you in battle.

Japan: 03/13/2003, 02/19/2004 (International + Last Mission)
USA: 11/18/2003
Europe: 02/26/2004


Final Fantasy 10-2 Box Arts
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Table of Contents
Index - Provides general information on Final Fantasy 10-2, including introduction, information, release date and box arts.

Battle System - Brief description of Final Fantasy 10-2 battle system's functionality.

Characters - Biography of each Final Fantasy 10-2 character that plays a major part in the game.

Dress Spheres - A list of all Final Fantasy 10-2 dress spheres and their detailed information, including the abilities and location.

GameShark Codes - Listing of all functional Final Fantasy 10-2 GameShark codes and what each code does.

Shop List - All the shops in Final Fantasy 10-2 and what they sell, cost included.

The Eternal Calm - Text version of The Eternal Calm video, a video that comes together with Final Fantasy X International. The Eternal Calm gives an introduction to Final Fantasy 10-2.

Walkthrough - 5 pages walkthrough of Final Fantasy 10-2 that will guide you through the game from start to finish.

Animated GIFs - Cute and animated icons/sprites of Final Fantasy 10-2 characters.

Full Motion Videos - Downloadable Final Fantasy 10-2 videos that are ripped and encoded by Stealth from FFX2.net.

Lyrics - Contains all the lyrics of Final Fantasy 10-2 theme songs, Real Emotion and 1000 Words. 4 of them are sung by Koda Kumi while the remaining two are sung by Jade.

Midi Files - Downloadable Final Fantasy 10-2 music in MIDI files format.

Movies - In-game Final Fantasy 10-2 videos that are collected from various sources from the internet. Koda Kumi's Real Emotion performance included.

Music Videos - Fan-made Final Fantasy 10-2 music videos. All used music's information are included in the page.

OST List - The full track listing of Original Final Fantasy 10-2 Soundtrack, in both Japanese and US version of the OST.

Screenshots - 50 high quality Final Fantasy 10-2 screenshots for your viewing pleasure.

Wallpapers - 21 high quality Final Fantasy 10-2 official wallpapers released by Square-Enix. Each wallpaper in two resolution, 800x600 and 1024x768.





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