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So we are in the final stages of Final Fantsy X-2 (93% complete) and I must say it has been a lot better game than I expected. The reviews and opinions flying around the net have been less than positive, and frankly I am not sure why. They kinda put me off of the game at first, and had me quite worried, and all for nothing.

 

Is it as good as say FF VII, no. But if you in any way enjoyed FF X, (which I found to be one of the best stories since FF VII), then I can't see why you would dislike FF X-2.

 

The combat system is cool and fresh, a lot more evolved/involved than the past 4 FF's. The story, while a little thin due to all the side quests, wrapped up unfinished business in FF X nicely. The CG is top notch as always. Charecter evolution and growth is quite prevalent, all in all, just a well told story.

 

I have yet too see the ending, but should be finished this week, but I cannot see the game takign a serious downslide in the last couple hours of gameplay. Just my opinion, I could be wrong...

 

So anyone else out there with me on this? Did you like FF X-2?

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The reviews and opinions flying around the net have been less than positive, and frankly I am not sure why.

 

If they're like me, they couldn't get past the rediculous Brittany Spears concert that opens the game. After seeing that I turned it off.

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I really gave this thing a chance. Went through the first few chapters, but I got annoyed by several things:

 

1) The dressphere system. I was constantly getting new ones that I never really got into the groove of using just one. Rather, I was trying out the latest one.

 

2) The minigames and miniquests. Some of these were just mind-numbingly lame, in my opinion. Sell tickets? Ugh. Give out balloons? C'mon. A poorly-done shooting mission on Besaid? Good lord.

 

3) The music. Cheesy, cheesy, cheesy. That background music on the ship just made me cringe with embarrassment.

 

I did like the battle system, but the dressphere system ruined it for me. Couldn't get into it.

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I think FFX2 is the game that definitively proves that plot and characters are infinitely more important than gameplay in an RPG. It's a shame for all that good gameplay to go to waste on a game that was so deficient in the other areas.

 

Note to Square: female main characters do not have to be bimbos.

 

Square ought to know better, especially considering that Final Fantasy 3/6 is widely considered to be one of the best in the series, if not the best.

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I agree with the geeks that Final Fantasy 3/6 is Square's crowning achievement. Now THAT I would like to see remade for a next gen system. Forget VII. Give me VI. Having said that, I also enjoyed what little I did play of Final Fantasy X-2. It is one of those games i logged two hours into and didn't go back to. *sigh...so many of them*. But I could see myself really enjoying it. I liked the spirit, and I LIKED the music from the pop concert. It was a little over the top but I liked it. Very Japanese, very anime-like I think. And I liked the dressphere system. Its like playing dressup...

 

Ok so maybe this was targeted for the female audience. I like it.

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I'm a huge FF fan like many others! I have X-2 since christmas, and for some reason I cant seem to get into it... Maybe it's all the new games for the X-BOX that are comin out and what not. But some time real soon (BEFOR THE END OF THIS YEAR) I will have this game finished & Castlevania! But off the subject.... I still think that FF VII is the best damn story in ANY game that I have played. I also like LEGEND OF DRAGOONS, what a classic a game!

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Well, just finished up on last Wednesday, what a great ending. I still stand by my previous likes as well.

 

1) The dressphere system. I was constantly getting new ones that I never really got into the groove of using just one. Rather, I was trying out the latest one.

 

I felt the same way at first, but then just stayed with a dress sphere until I mastered it. By the time I had the game done Ihad mastered about 6 spheres for each of the charecters. Some overlap, but mostly different sphere's for each of the girls.

 

I did find that there was some I never ended up using. Found the white mage and the songstress useless. I am a hitter, not a healer, and have never had much use for status effects, but thats just me.

 

2) The minigames and miniquests. Some of these were just mind-numbingly lame, in my opinion. Sell tickets? Ugh. Give out balloons? C'mon. A poorly-done shooting mission on Besaid? Good lord.

 

True, but it did add something different to the franchise. I guess I am getting a little tired of the go get item, kill monster, bring it back, type quests in most rpg's. Some of the games were a little hokey, but it did add a lot of variety to the game.

 

 

Speaking of which, this is the first FF game that I did not get tired of the combat. Most of the games seem to make you almost invincible by the end. If you are LV 80 or higher you never lose a battle. But in the Bevelle Cloister I had my ass handed to me time and again. the last 20 level took hours to complete even at LV 90, and every battle you went into you ran the risk of death. More than I can say for 95% of the other RPG's out there.

 

Note to Square: female main characters do not have to be bimbos.

 

Did you play the game through? Or is this just a initial opinion? I found the girls to be anything but bimbo's, as did my wife. Paine was a strong female character, independant and strong willed. Yuna was a good leader and developed into a hardened warrior by the end. And Rikku, she was just a cute clutz, but no more so than in FF X, and I wouldn't have called her a bimbo back then either, childish maybe.

 

also enjoyed what little I did play of Final Fantasy X-2. It is one of those games i logged two hours into and didn't go back to. *sigh...so many of them*.

 

Aww come on KittyKat, you owe it to yourself to finish it up, hmm or start playing I guess. If you liked, played FF X to completion, then you have to play this out, especially to 100%. The ending is worth the shortcomings.

 

Ok so maybe this was targeted for the female audience. I like it.

 

I guess I have quite a feminine side then. I know my wife loved every minute, and even cried at the end, but that is nothing new, we cried at the end of 9 and 10 as well, but it is a bit of an emotional ending.

 

 

I still think that FF VII is the best damn story in ANY game that I have played. I also like LEGEND OF DRAGOONS, what a classic a game!

 

Amen to that. I am sooooo looking forward to FF VII: Advent Children. I would love to see a true game sequel to FF VII, but a movie is better than nothing.

 

As for Legend of Dragoon, I have yet to sit down with it. I have had it sitting here for almost 2 years, and just never got into it. I refuse to sell it as I do intend to play it through one day, just not sure when.

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I seem to be one of the only people who doesn't have a problem with the girlygirl Charlie's Angel YRP motif of the game. I guess I've seen too much anim?.

 

The fighting system's addictive as hell and the characters are pretty cool. I'm seeing this sucker through to the end.

 

Which at the rate I'm going will be 2007. BUAHAHAHAHAHAHHA

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With Easter Break here I can now redevote some time to this game. I'm ~40% finished and really enjoy it, especially the fighting. I hit my first patch of boredom today, making monkeys fall in love. But that was quickly forgotten when soon after I had to guide Yuna in giving LeBlanc a massage.

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  • 2 weeks later...

I just started Chapter 4 last night and was greeted with an endless supply of CommSpheres to look through. Good golly was that a boring strain on the eyes. Still, the game is terrific and I thoroughly enjoy every battle. I'm curious to see how many percentage points I'll end up with at the finish. Right now I've got 66%, so I should be near 100% when the game concludes.

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  • 3 weeks later...

Finished today with 97% completion. Can't say I know what I missed, but I do know I won't be going back to find out! Took a bit more than 60 hours.

 

A 5-Star game and probably my second favorite in the series after VII. Thanks, Square Enix. Bring on Advent Children.

 

*What's an advent?

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What's an advent?

 

Taken from Dictionary.com: The coming or arrival, especially of something extremely important.

 

Back to the topic... I'm glad to see you enjoyed the game, xPieter. And to put it as your 2nd favorite in the series behind FF7 is high praise. Now I'm forced to finally open my copy and try it out for myself. :green:

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I'm going to jump back in on this game soon and see if I like it again. Not sure. One thing that concerns me is that I think I finished the first chapter a little "too soon," if that makes sense. I assumed I should go to the highlighted items and do them in that order, not knowing that was advancing the story and making me skip the "unessentials."

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I could have sworn that I have commented on this thread but I don't see it but anyway add me to the Like it category. The way the missions are done took a while to get used to - I need to go back and play it again and pick up a lot of missed things.

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Oh yeah. Dress Up Charlies Angels X-2...

 

The whole free-roaming missions sounded like someone at Square had been playing too much GTA, and I was annoyed that they had to turn Yuna from a staff-wielding priest to a gun toting chick in hoochie shorts.

 

Attention Square: women don't have to be dressed like sluts.

 

 

Honestly, I might eventually pick this up at $5-$10 or so and try it. Until then, I have other RPGs backlogged (actually play Chrono Cross for more than 3 hours, Finish Lunar 2, Xenosaga, Xenogears, Finish Dragon Warrior 7, find my memory card for Chrono Trigger and finish replaying that, etc etc).

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I agree with the geeks that Final Fantasy 3/6 is Square's crowning achievement.

 

Final Fantasy VI is my favorite game of all time.

 

I was able to find a non Greatest Hits FFX-2 at a Greatest Hits price (if I had to choose, I'd skip the red banner).

 

Doesn't bother me none that the females are sexed up a bit, but the pop part does raise an eyebrow. Otherwise, I can't wait to sit down and finally play this game.

 

Other games on the docket are:

 

Half-Life 2 (waiting to upgrade my computer, but no cash yet)

Metal Gear Solid 3 (just got it today)

Metroid Prime 2 (gathering dust as we speak)

GTA SA (getting 100% right now)

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