Final Fantasy X-2 is the first ever sequel to a Final Fantasy
game ever. So how does it compare to FFX and does it
stack up to the rest of the FF games.
Story: FFX-2 is set sometime after the first game
and features the cast of Yuna, Rikku and Paine. They
are Sphere Hunters and Yuna has become a sphere hunter
ever since she found a mysterious sphere with someone
very special from her past on it. The game opens with
the team already on a mission and it's quite a nice
opening FMV, I might add. From there you take various
mission objectives to progress the game. The game is
quite humorous at times but it does get serious, so
Gameplay: Yes in FFX-2 you take on missions. There are
tons and tons of side quests that you can partake in
and raise your experience. Then there are certain missions
that progress the story. The system is quite different
for a Final Fantasy game but it works well and its a
refreshing aspect to the FF saga. Also in this game
you will only stick with your main characters there
are none other that join your team. You start with
these three girls and you'll end with these three
girls so better gain that experience. Now also is a
job system incorporated within the game as well. It
lets you change your class on-the-fly in mid-battle.
It's very nice to be able to do this and adds an extra
strategy to the game by enabling the player to pick
and choose which class is best for the battles and so
Which brings me to another topic. The battle
system is super fast, there are some crazy battles
going on with lots of action taking place at once.
They're not like so fast that a person can't handle it
but the battles go much quicker then the typical FF.
Also, now when Yuna and company are walking around, Yuna
can jump and climb up cliffs with the
press of a button when you are near them and while
this doesn't add much its nice to be able to do. The game
just controls greatly whether you're running around
fighting or accessing your menus.
Other than these features, the game is played pretty
much like most FF, and like all FF games there are
plenty of mini-games abound.
Graphics: FFX was a marvelous game but FFX-2 has got
it beat. You'll be revisiting a lot of the same areas
from the first one but all of them have a different
look to them with either more stuff there or different
things going on in the locations and the graphics are
just great. It just seems better looking. After popping
in X and then X-2, I can see an improvement. Plus the
different work classes for Yuna and gang each have
there own costumes and the design of these costumes is
great. Everything looks great on the screen and there
really isn't to much to complain about.
Sound: The music is somewhat different then past FF
and that's to fit the the type of game this is. It has
the normal sounding typical FF type but this one also
has some definitely popish sounding tracks. Overall I
feel the music fits this game just right. The sound
effects and voice acting are all spot on. The girls
talk quite a bit along with the rest of the cast in the
game and they all do a good job.
Overall: It was a great time going through FFX-2 and
revisiting many characters and locations from the
first game. The new mission mode was great and the
ability to change jobs on the fly was nice as well.
The story was good for a sequel and while not as
serious as the first one's story still can hold up to
other RPGs out there. While some might be bothered by
the popish girlie attitude of the game, it's still a fun
ride. So if you liked Final Fantasy X or if you've
ever like a FF game period then go ahead and pick up
X-2 and enjoy the adventures you have with Yuna and
- Justin Celani