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Colin125
30-08-03, 18:40
Final Fantasy X-2

I have a feeling that this will be the game of the year. I can't wait to see Yuna sing and change outfits during battle. :D

http://img.gamespot.com/gamespot/images/2003/ps2/finalfantasyx2/0417/f_logo.jpg from GameSpot.

We've been dutifully going through Final Fantasy X-2 since the game's Japanese release last month. We've been impressed by how consistent the game is about maintaining its quirky atmosphere. The rather odd juxtaposition of solid gameplay and camp hasn't really faltered since the loopy J-pop-dance-number/battle at the game's start. The different missions you'll undertake as the sassy trio and the cinemas that propel the game's narrative forward work together to create a very distinct tone. Overall, we have to say we've been pleased by the balance that's been struck between the serious and downright silly elements we've encountered. One of the more pleasant surprises in the game, aside from the sassy clothing Yuna, Rikku, and Paine will be donning, are the actual mechanics. The game makes some changes to the standard Final Fantasy formula by incorporating a new mission-based structure, placing a greater emphasis on platforming elements, and tweaking its predecessor's combat engine, among other things, though it still covers its bases in terms of delivering what you'd expect from a game with the Final Fantasy name. The combat engine has some quirks to master, such as the best way to time your attacks to cause the most damage, but the dress sphere system offers a surprising amount of depth and adds a unique strategy element, both in and out of combat, thanks to the abilities and effects of the different outfits. Besides the sometimes peculiar enhancements afforded by new threads, the ability to accessorise the characters' outfits proves to be a cool distraction that will likely have you longing for the right accessory to pull together your butt-kicking ensemble. The mission-based structure of FFX-2, while obviously linear at its core, features a healthy dose of side quests and minigames to liven up the game's main set of missions. As mentioned in our previous looks at the game, the missions offer a unique selection of tasks that are tiered according to their numeric story level. Each mission features a star rating that represents its difficulty when you highlight it on the game's world map. The missions will range considerably in terms of length and what you're expected to do. At the start of the game, many are short and sweet--for example, you'll simply be required to explore a particular area or defeat a boss. As you go further into the game and take on higher-level missions, you'll be given more-involved tasks that take longer to get through. However, you'll still find quite a few short missions that help keep the pace moving at a decent clip. For example, after a stretch of long missions, you'll get a significantly shorter mission that requires you to do something like poll people on the street for their opinions or sell tickets to locals. The mission selection will also feature far more eccentric tasks to perform, such as giving massages and enjoying a brief musical performance. The balance between length and challenge in the mission selection is quite good and keeps the game from losing momentum. This also holds true when you deviate from the main set of missions and start to explore the varied side quests available to you in each story level. In addition to providing some unique challenges, the side quests can reward you with some powerful additions to your wardrobe and accessory collection that will offer some significant stat boosts. As a bonus, you'll also stumble on some minigames that should please Yuna's more obsessive fans, such as a dancing minigame. Final Fantasy X-2's quirky charm has won us over. The game looks great, features an engaging and often funny assortment of missions, and offers an eccentric story that's populated with a host of unique characters. Final Fantasy X-2 is set to ship later this year for the PlayStation 2. Until then, be sure to check out our new media on the game.

http://image.com.com/gamespot/images/2003/news/03/18/ffx2/ff_screen024.jpg
This intro movie from FFX-2 is one of the most fantastic FMV sequences from the game. And you can see why. You can download this movie here. (http://www.uk.playstation.com/news/newsStory.jhtml?storyId=103442_en_GB_NEWS&linktype=SSL)

Steven B
30-08-03, 19:03
WOW!!! It looks really good!!!! :D :D :D

Thanks for the info! ;)

tippucat
30-08-03, 19:05
Hi Colin125 http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif Yuna doing 'snake eyes'! I will be buying this for sure. I HOPE that blitzball has been dropped?

Colin125
30-08-03, 19:25
Your welcome. ;)

TippuCat - I also hope there no blitzball in the game. But I don't think there will be because it's GIRL POWER all the way. :D

http://image.com.com/gamespot/images/2003/news/03/18/ffx2/ff_screen001.jpg
Here's an in-game screen shot of Yuna in FFX-2.

TombRaiderfreaky
30-08-03, 19:50
graphics rock, gameplay sucks. simple as that. In My Opinion of course. As for game of the year, i'd rather see it bestowed to a game like Soul Calibur II or even Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Those are more fun for me. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif

RavenLettan
30-08-03, 20:20
the graphics are breathtaking... but you'd expect nothing less from Tahiro Takashi (the infamous T2) - the guys is a god in Maya, alot of the later scenes are said to have been done in Houdini by a different dept ... and aparently you can see the differnece in skill throughout them.

That aside though the only Final Fantasy i enjoyed was IX - the rest just seemed long and boring. The gameplay in X seriously put me off ever getting anywhere in it, and was one of the reasons i actually ended up mailing my PS2 to my bro and just using my GC & XBox console ... the current stint of PS2 games have been a bunch on uninnovative remakes relying on nothing but graphical superiority, and really thats whats put me off the console entirely.

Personally can't wait for the English translation of Grandia eXtreme http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

Titanium
30-08-03, 21:12
cant wait for final fantasy x-2 :D

John Falstaff
30-08-03, 21:40
Hi,

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It's a bit early to talk about game of the year?

I know a lot of people really like the FF series - it's just that it has never done anything for me.

I'm really looking forward to Broken Sword III (The Sleeping Dragon). If the previws are anything to go by it's really good and made technical breakthroughs for that sort of game.

I really cannot, but will have to, wait. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/clown.gif

;)

tippucat
30-08-03, 21:56
Hi John! I really liked the first Broken Sword and even finished it (almost unheard of for me). I was keen to get BS2 and did but, it was an anti climax. Don't think I got very far into the game, either. On the other hand, I am a fan of FF series and will play them 'til the eyeballs hang on my cheeks. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/yikes.gif

John Falstaff
30-08-03, 22:26
tippucat hi!

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(Not April 1st by the way - more embarrassing.)

But I reckon BSII would be worth persuing, and BSIII I'm definately on for.

But I also buy (too many) games, either never to finish (or even start) them. When I go home, to the UK and see game, it's 'oh! yes, that looks good'! But in the cold light of day, after you've paid, it's 'I must have been mad, who wants to play that!

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AndrewII
30-08-03, 23:48
Actually, Gran Turismo 4 is going to be the PS2's GOTY for 2003(yes game is coming out this year).

I see Jak II and FF X-2 as being the runner ups.

tippucat
31-08-03, 00:15
Originally posted by John Falstaff:
tippucat hi!

http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif

(Not April 1st by the way - more embarrassing.)

http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/clown.gif Hey John http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif Don't want to go off topic but why is that date embarrassing? By the way, 1959 was a vintage year!

I will try BS2 when winter comes in next week! But it will have to vie with FFX-2. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/pillow.gif

Scottlee
01-09-03, 12:41
I didn't have time to read your article, Colin, but I really am looking forward to FFX-2. The first one was superb. The FF games just keep getting better and better.

TombRaiderfreaky
01-09-03, 12:53
Originally posted by AndrewII:
Actually, Gran Turismo 4 is going to be the PS2's GOTY for 2003(yes game is coming out this year).

I see Jak II and FF X-2 as being the runner ups.if gran turismo 4 comes out this year (gamespot has current date for next year) then i see it becoming game of the year for sure!