A lot of ex-Final Fantasy fans cite X-2 as the game that broke their hearts and killed the franchise for them forever. This is just one gamer's perspective on how it all went wrong.
It was a great game wrapped up in horrible execution and writing. That's what killed it... I mean come on... "Disasterrific?" Not even sure how to spell that it's so awful. The combat and story were pretty great, I don't think anyone can argue otherwise. If ANYONE else had been in charge of directing this game, I think it would have turned out wonderfully.
And with that, you lost me. While the initial story concept was very promising, the completed idea and its execution where horrible. especially having to play the game twice - or more because of exacting conditions - to get the "good" ending.
Yeah, that's what I said. :p The execution was bad, the premise could have been great!
There were some interesting ideas in FFX-2 (Shuyin and Lenne had potential, seeing Spira after Sin was interesting, and the battle system was amazing) but it was definitely executed extremely poorly. And did Square have to make the whole thing so damn so girly? Hell, I'm a girl and even I found the game embarrassingly girly. Dress spheres, singing minigames, giant animal costumes, massage minigames, Yuna and Rikku saying things like "poopie" and "disasterriffic", etc. I even remember shutting my bedroom door during some scenes because I was embarrassed someone would walk in and see me playing it. I'm not even joking. :( I get that FFX-2 was trying to show Spira had become more calm and care-free since Sin was gone, but so many things just came off as weird or downright childish. Did Square REALLY think this was the best way to expand FFX's plot and show us what a Sin-less Spira looks like? Did Square REALLY think that turning Yuna into a clumsy ditz was the best way to expand on her as a character? FFX-2 could have been GREAT...It could have been an amazing follow-up to FFX's epic and heart-breaking story. Square could have gone all-out and shown us how Spira's people were trying to cope after both the defeat of Sin and the destruction of their one religion. Societies might have broken down, whole towns might have been on the edge of collapse, temples might have been destroyed in anger, and certain areas might have been on the brink of civil war (Guados vs humans perhaps?). FFS! Spira had not only lost the one thing that threatened the planet; they had also lost their way of life - the one religion they all believed in. Yes, Sin was gone...but so was everything that these people knew and lived by. If Square had really tried, FFX-2 could have been GREAT. But instead we got sphere hunting and silly dress-ups. :( Not that I didn't enjoy the game...but it could have been SO much more.
Actually things should have been worse after Sin. Given that the religious government was not only secretly supporting, but made up of the unsent. Also the energy which had made up Sin was still around, meaning that if the spell infrastructure was still in place it could have been remade. With the process utterly devastating Spira's living population. X-2 should probably have been about a Summoner "Civil" war. The end of Sin and the truth about him creating two factions: one wanting to claim Spira for the living and move forward largely by sending the remaining unsent, and those attempting to maintain the old order and revive Sin as well as the Aeons. With Yuna dead center of the mess because, as the proven most powerful summoner, she's the only one who can revive. Which the bad guys try to trick her into doing by bringing back Tidus.
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