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Automaton
21st Jun 2012, 22:43
I admit, now that I'm older than I was when I first played through the game I can agree that the storyline of Final Fantasy X-2 is indeed fluffy, fanservice-centric, and... oh, to heck. I liked the game. I still like it now. It's got one of (if not the) best combat systems in the series, and the cutscenes still make me smile a little.

And I've started the journey over again: made it to chapter 2 yesterday.

I'm welcoming other people's comments about the game, but let's keep this constructive no matter if you're positive or negative about it.

YukiTsubaki
21st Jun 2012, 23:11
I don't care what anyone else says..I LOVED this game. Spent many a fun hour slogging through Via Infinito and some of the other optional dungeons. (The "bug" dungeon is still my favorite all time dungeon...from any game!) The dresspheres...Brother....what was there not to like about this?


I'll also go on record saying the The Leblanc Syndicate needs to be in a KH title. There, I said it. XD





I only wish that one day, we'll get a port of FF X-2 International. Don't think it would be too much to do the extra translation.

Automaton
21st Jun 2012, 23:44
Highlights of the current playthrough, part one.

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527 points in the Besaid Gunner's Gauntlet. I ran through this several times and got frustrated that every time I built up a good chain I'd get hit and reset.
Listening to the dialogue again, especially from Paine.
Brother is Brother.
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Bhalditar
21st Jun 2012, 23:47
I have an Iron Duke on Yuna, Rikku, and Paine.


Those of you in the know should know how much time I've spend on the game. :D

Jackstin
22nd Jun 2012, 07:15
I like X-2. The story is appauling but the gameplay is wicked. In general I like it better than even V.

Automaton
23rd Jun 2012, 23:58
Haven't been able to play it over the past cople of days, but going to mention: one thing that I haven't ever obtained before (even in my original run), is the Mascot job. I remember that I avoided the Zanarkand glitch but, still no luck. I'm hoping to get it this time, so we'll have to see!

member_10073902
24th Jun 2012, 20:08
I loved this game - spent about 150 hours on it over the course of two playthroughs to get the Perfect Ending. I've been wanting to do a replay of X/X-2 recently, but I'm holding out for X HD and hopefully X-2 HD to follow after that. I never really understood all the negativity towards X-2 but it feels like a lot of people have come around to it over the years since its release.

kimmstaa
25th Jun 2012, 20:59
I enjoyed the gameplay, but never did actually get the Perfect Ending (or any ending, honestly). I gave up on 100 percenting it and just YouTubed the ending (which kind of dissapointed me..)


I def feel like FFX NEEDED to have a sequel, especially with the extra scene they threw in after the credits with Tidus coming out of the water. But I feel like X-2's ending needed so much more..

Pocamantis
26th Jun 2012, 13:47
I seriously loved this game but I'm not foolish to the reasons why it wasn't likeable for everyone else. I don't think it's bad at all, it's just a 'your type or not' kind of game. The battle system is awesome, grinding is actually pretty easy and fun, the soundtrack is amazing (Memory of Lightwaves is my favorite FF song), and it's a decent follow up to the characters of FFX-2. Not to mention the ending/s provided a little more optimism to the otherwise depressing ending of X.

YukiTsubaki
29th Jun 2012, 15:43
Haven't been able to play it over the past cople of days, but going to mention: one thing that I haven't ever obtained before (even in my original run), is the Mascot job. I remember that I avoided the Zanarkand glitch but, still no luck. I'm hoping to get it this time, so we'll have to see!









I LOVED what Paine said when they formally get the Mascot Paine: What the hell are these?!


That did it: I'm officially replaying this too. Haven't played this in a long time. ^_^

member_10323743
8th Jul 2012, 17:37
1000 Words is still my alltime favorite FF song/cutscene... The english version of the song is much more intense than the japanese version which I found odd haha.

Mandy
9th Jul 2012, 21:00
I liked X-2. Sure there were parts that had me cringing (like Yuna's personality change and the aggravating Gunner's Gauntlet) but I enjoyed the game. I replay the game here and there. Currently replaying X.

YukiTsubaki
9th Jul 2012, 21:53
1000 Words is still my alltime favorite FF song/cutscene... The english version of the song is much more intense than the japanese version which I found odd haha.









I imported the soundtrack for this game not long after it came out and really thought that Kumi Koda's voice matched well for Yuna's singing voice. Ended up not liking the one for the American release as much. (Maybe because I heard the Japanese version first?)


I remember another Japanese musician doing a poppier cover for real emotion but for the life of me can't remember who...

member_10015141
9th Jul 2012, 22:23
Really nice to see a lot of support to a game I enjoyed, but see a lot of people blasting it. While some close buddies of mine began playing FFXI Online on their PCs, I was stuck with X-2 since I only had a PS2 at the time. Gun Mage was the first job I made sure I got all three to master, being a big fan of the Blue Mage job.

YukiTsubaki
11th Jul 2012, 22:45
Current Replay: Chapter 1, Mushroom Rock Road, grinding. Paine's in the Black Mage Dressphere....and it's two spells from Master. Oh YEAH! X3


Now I remember why I always felt sorry for poor Clasko: were he in FF VII, Chocobo Sage would have been his dream job!

YukiTsubaki
15th Jul 2012, 21:50
Continuing with the replay in my (few) spare moments, not even to the end of Chapter 1 yet and Paine is rocking a fully mastered Black Mage Dressphere. (Just finished the first of the Moonflow Missions.) This makes me wish that there was far more swag and merchandise for this game namely.....





1:SE! Please give us a Gippal PA Kai. Seriously, he was the most awesome Al Bhed in the entirety of the FF X games. (Well, aside from Brother. XD) All we had aside from the Girls were some keychain/phone straps of Lenne and one of Nooj. And how about a LeBlanc PA too?!


2. Give the Hypello their own game or at least add them to a spin off of your new music game. The Hypello would make great mashcots, yesh?



Mandy
25th Jul 2012, 00:07
Continuing with the replay in my (few) spare moments, not even to the end of Chapter 1 yet and Paine is rocking a fully mastered Black Mage Dressphere. (Just finished the first of the Moonflow Missions.) This makes me wish that there was far more swag and merchandise for this game namely.....





1:SE! Please give us a Gippal PA Kai. Seriously, he was the most awesome Al Bhed in the entirety of the FF X games. (Well, aside from Brother. XD) All we had aside from the Girls were some keychain/phone straps of Lenne and one of Nooj. And how about a LeBlanc PA too?!


2. Give the Hypello their own game or at least add them to a spin off of your new music game. The Hypello would make great mashcots, yesh?












Yes! It would be awesome to see PA figures of all three of the Crimson Squad guys. I have the keychains of the girls and Nooj but wished that they had Baralai and Gippal keychains as well.

iambasho777
4th Sep 2012, 17:08
I just started a serious playthrough of this game for the first time a couple days ago. When I was younger I always dismissed it as way too girly for me and quit after the opening mission, leaving the game collecting dust for years. I finally decided to pack it for the hell of it when I was gathering my stuff for college. I popped it in over the three day weekend to procrastinate a bit, thinking I wouldn't be able to get too in to it and would be back to doing work shortly. Boy, was I wrong! I ended up pulling up a guide to get 100% story, dresspheres, and the most possible GGs in one playthrough to use for helping me get the right order and picking the right dialogue options, and am currently at the end of Chapter 2 with only one thing missed so far (during the LeBlanc chase, I forgot to talk to the moogle (Yuna)).

SREPCfg-363537
7th Jan 2013, 10:29
I think i'll really like the story of the old final fantasy sagas, mixed with the new technologies in gameplay and graphics, i hope one day will happen.


To be not forgotten.

Hasteintime@Gmail.com
18th Jan 2013, 16:09
And my "two" cents on this game is, I Loved it!


(Although at this point in life when the game luanched, I had felt a disturbance in the FF series or the "Force" you could say.)





The problem w/this game is it actually marks the downfall of Final-Fantasy, this is where it all started going downhill, in trend speak it went total casual after the depature of FF creator and overlord Hironobu Sakaguchi left in 2003 about when this had launched. LoL I will always remember this game foundly, sure it's girly and cute and cuddly- and other times has a cool darkside just like star-wars does and that is why I love it. (Remember the opening game-intro to FFX? Auron had a kickin a' cutscene and metal based theme! I think Paine is our Auron in FFX-2, just a cool bad a' girl.)





I loved all three of the new characters we had in FFX-2 and my absolute favorite was was Rikku (Sorry Paine!), for me she's kinda like a shway cooler version of FF-X's Wakka. :p





Whom is your favorite main character in FFX-2?





Links: "read em and weap" (for the joy it brought, or not...)


en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Final_Fantasy_X-2 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Final_Fantasy_X-2)


en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hironobu_Sakaguchi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hironobu_Sakaguchi)





*I'm replaying this when I decided to look into the FF-X2 forums and say my two cents, the replay is going well. I started from an earlier old save I had.





Wonder if this will be released on PSN or maybe even Live's Marketplace? Ya I dare to say it; I dispise you PS3 controller! I despise you.


To each thier own :p

moooka
18th Jan 2013, 19:00
The game has a very good battle system.

gekka_reijin
18th Jan 2013, 19:14
Nice to see people have love for this game, I had tons of fun with this title! I remember being so excited about this game way back when it was coming out. I see nothing wrong with a game promoting girl power and having fun with it, was a nice change from X's heaviness imo. Love the dress spheres, the transformation sequences and designs are so cool. It's also cool that this game introduced me to Koda Kumi and made me into a fan of hers!


Favorite character . . . I love all the girls, the Gullwings, Gippal, and Nooj.


Must have played this game about 3 times, last replay time I left off in the middle and just never returned to it. It's also amazing that the only dress sphere that eludes me is Mascot, idgi.

Hasteintime@Gmail.com
19th Jan 2013, 19:16
Nice to see people have love for this game, I had tons of fun with this title! I remember being so excited about this game way back when it was coming out. I see nothing wrong with a game promoting girl power and having fun with it, was a nice change from X's heaviness imo. Love the dress spheres, the transformation sequences and designs are so cool. It's also cool that this game introduced me to Koda Kumi and made me into a fan of hers!


Favorite character . . . I love all the girls, the Gullwings, Gippal, and Nooj.


Must have played this game about 3 times, last replay time I left off in the middle and just never returned to it. It's also amazing that the only dress sphere that eludes me is Mascot, idgi.






I dont remember why mascot is the last or hardest for most folks, but I did it like waay long time ago. :p


I enjoyed the games combat and the new magic system they used at the time made it unique and I think set the tone for future FF titles in a sense. heh.

member_10247755
9th Feb 2013, 09:56
The battle system and job system for this game were the only things that made it playable for me. However, now that I'm grown and married, I can't play this game in front of my wife unless I want to be accused of playing a girly game just so I can gawk at the cg girls in skimpy outfits. That kind of ruins the replay value.

member_10660568
9th Feb 2013, 11:23
The battle system was great, but the light-hearted relationships in between battles...


-Rikku/Paine


-Brother/Yuna


-Leblanc/Meyvn Nooj


-Dona/Barthello


-Hypello/shoopuf


...made the game outstanding! :)

Peppers38
13th Feb 2013, 01:32
I love games that center around a unique and fun job system! FF1, 5, and 10-2 are just awesome!

SREPCfg-363537
21st Feb 2013, 02:52
Why the fan of Final Fantasy, always like FFX more than X-2?

Ok, the story is more immersive, there are great summoning, but....i think that, with some corrections, the Final Fantasy X-2

can pledge to a more interesting battle system (similiar to FFXIII saga).

Square made an HD version for FFX, WHY NOT A MODERN VERSION FOR FFX-2???

moooka
21st Feb 2013, 03:11
Some people won't play an RPG if they don't like the story. I think that's the reason.


In my opinion, the gameplay is far more important than anything else, and that's where FFX-2 shines.

member_10168025
4th Jul 2013, 23:47
This is yet another thank you to Square-Enix for making the best games I have ever played over and over.

I have over 30 Final Fantasy titles in my collection, and I have been playing video games for over 20 years.

I will break this down to into sections for clarity.



**********This will contain spoilers*******************WARNING*********this will contain spoilers**************



*Story
*Battle System
*Characters (Models/voices/acting)
*Mechanics
*Linear/Freedom
*Music
*Menu
*Difficulty
*NF (Aka Nostalgia Factor) (Please refer to "Final Fantasy In My Opinion" post for more depth on this subject, By yours truly Daniolaut)

*Story
Final Fantasy X-2 has a very emotion gripping story. I enjoyed more than enjoyed the depth found in this game. It has so much freedom in regards to the main story, and the additional "side stories."
Trying not to reveal too much and stick to the things I enjoyed most particular about this game I'll say with the ability to travel to each area from the beginning the game it allowed the player true freedom to move at their own pace, and gave a feeling of freedom. I also enjoyed how collecting items tied into revealing the more hidden parts. The character interactions felt personal and gave a feeling of realism.

As this was a continuation from Final Fantasy X it could have easily felt like the story was pulled out of thin air, but it didnt feel that way at all. The story fell right into place with the world and made sense the entire plot through. It explained the parts not focused on in FFX and brought new light to areas and "ways of life" not known in FFX.

The atmosphere really set the tone for the story as well, since the Calm was brought to Spira, yet another threat loomed, it felt exactly as it should. Some residents seemed thrilled and excited while others were bound in conflict. It was a fantastic touch.


*Battle System

Might I say the battle system was amazing, and truly screamed Final Fantasy.

With the "job" system seeing a come back it was certainly welcomed. Not only did they bring back a Final Fantasy staple but improved on it. The three girls werent just limited to the FF trademark jobs, but also had access to an additional "power" sphere. floral fallal for Yuna, Machina Maw for Rikku, and Full Throttle for Pain. These gave an added feature on top of the garmet grid which gave battle bonuses (per battle.)

This feature (both the garmet grid and the special Dress spheres) were phenominal. When a player is given that kind of customization it is extremely fun. A system that allows for too much customization can be a bit overboard, I felt this system was perfect. The girls leveled up normally through normal combat but with the jobs/grids you could gain your own battle strategy.

The battles were also quick and seemed very active since after a very short time the girls would seem to attack at different times. The feel of the 3D type environment also was great. Just amazing all accross the board. If this was given a limit break system with action button features it would be flawless.

*Characters
(************SOME SPOILER INFO CAUTION*************)
I cannot say enough about the three main characters in FFX-2

Yuna: Yuna is a strong yet gentle character. She has a very solid determination that influences the player, but with her gentleness she appears realistic and feminine. Her voice actor very effectively brought Yuna to life and gave her the perfect voice to portray each and every emotion in FFX-2. I really felt closer to Yuna in X-2 because she seemed to have more emotion and allowed herself to be happy. There is a reason she might not have in the original game and I wont touch on that subject for reasons of spoilers.

Rikku: I can never get enough of the loveable Rikku. I absolutely adored Rikku in X-2. She is the perfect best friend for Yuna. She is very helpful in every situation, and brings a very welcomed appeal that only a girl of her features can bring to the series. She appears as a very "clean" "attractive" girl. Her interactions with other characters were certainly humorus, speaking of Gippal of course. Tara Strong was the absolute perfect person to voice Rikku. I am very glad they chose her. Her default job also complimented her attitude since thiefs in FF always seem to give off that aura as cheerful and focused. (Vaan and Zidane to name a few.)

Paine: Paine is another great character in the trio that is the Gullwings. Paine is very personal and realistic. Many people who share traits "visually" seen in Paine also share her personality. This was a great character design. She isnt "shy" as much as she is someone who enjoy's their solitude. She isnt "boring" either. She has real life in her, as all people do. On the surface she is cold and distanced, but once you get to know her (especially via the Crimson sphere/squad story lines.) A great character that certainly helped with the side story content.

*Mechanics
After touching on the battle system the mechanics in this game have been touched on a bit.
Everything about FFX-2 was so much fun. I enjoyed the sphere break game was a great touch. The new blitzball game was also enjoyable. Although we lost control of the players, the gain of the quick matches was welcomed. I would like to see a bit of a median between X-2 and X to reach what I would consider ideal. Regardless both X and X-2 saw plenty of blitzball action from my standpoint. You can never go wrong with adding mini games and side features. I enjoyed the treasure hunting/mission mini game also. I spent many hours trying to best the gunners gautlet.


One last and most important piece of information relating to mechanics is the absolutely loved perfect amazing "New game plus!" Man did i love this feature. It was exactly what it says. Its a new game, start at level 1, yet you keep all your items. You dont have to worry about the full grind up to the top again with the Lady Luck sphere since the double exp feature. You keep every dress sphere and all the notiable items. It is literally a new game, relating to story, but all the goodies are kept. You possibly cannot make a better feature for a video game, with the one found in FFX-2

*Linear/Freedom
I already touched on this topic pretty well, but to just touch on it again I'll go into it a little more specifically.
Being able to travel to any location from the start of the game was very fun. It was a thrill to see the entire list, and have access to the airship from after the first few story points. I was able to go straight to the story content with the "hot spot" feature, or I could go to a place not listed just to explore, farm items or just have fun doing whatever i wanted.

*Music
At first the music doesnt feel very "Final Fantasy" related (minus the main theme, that song was exactly what FF would feel like) but after a time the songs grew on you. I very much enjoyed the battle theme and certainly could listen to it over and over. The fact they added additional themes only made it that much more enjoyable.

The songs gave the game a lighter feel, which also was welcomed. Other songs gave an impacting feel that no other FF song has so far. Certain songs worth mentioning are definitely "1000 words" and "Real Emotion"
"Y R P in position, its showtime girls!!" (ok must do something manly after typing that LOL.)

*Menu
The menus were very well put together. With the Garmet Grids, and dressspheres which could easily become confusing and difficult to manage they menus were put together in a way where you could find each grid and sphere very quickely and put together your strategy very quickely.

The item menu was also quick and easy. An absolutely fantastic job.

*Difficulty
I loved the difficulty of this game. I know of plenty of people who never could beat Trema. I struggled with Paragon over and over, and finally reached Trema and was blown away by the strategy needed for both enemies. Again, Final Fantasy providing a fun game, and if given time certainly a challange. One of the reasons I love Final Fantasy so much is that the more time you put into the game the more difficult it can become, and the more story you can reveal, and the option after even more time than that the game can be mastered. I love Final Fantasy for these very reasons.

*NF
There was not much NF to be found in FFX-2. As it being the first real sequel to a numbered title I dont blame SE for this.
The simple act of bringing the job system back in Final Fantasy was enough NF I could ever ask for.

Thank you again Square-Enix for providing me for such wonderful games to play.

I hope to see more games like Final Fantasy X-2 in the future. I have well over hundreds of hours of gameplay for Final Fantasy X-2 and it is because of New Game Plus and its wonderful story and items worth collecting. I hope you enjoyed this and I hope other players try FFX-2 if they never have after reading this.











TLDR: (there is no TLDR, read the next line as to what I want you to see.)





*************(This thread is not up for debate. This is my opinion and my thank you to Square-Enix for this game if you have nasty things to say take it elsewhere. Make your own thread talk your crap there, do not burden me or SE with your complaints on this thread. I thank you in advance.)***********************

moooka
5th Jul 2013, 01:22
I think it has the most fun battle system in the series.

Blitzace10
8th Oct 2014, 21:29
I too loved this game, i may have put more hours into X-2 than I did X. I just had to get that 100 percent.