|Box art for Final Fantasy X in North America|
For a long time I was nervous to write this review of my favorite game of all time. When I mention that Final Fantasy X is my favorite game/Final Fantasy of all time. People say that it's because it must me my first Final Fantasy game. Well it's not, in fact I played both VII and VIII before playing X. Every reviewer looks at their favorite game, says they want to share their opinions and experiences, but when it comes down to writing out the review, I'm sure everyone gets worried that they won't be able to convey the experience properly. That was my biggest concern. Even now, after the review is done, I'm finding things I left out or issues with the write up. I know nothing is perfect, but I want to explain the game in such high praise, because it deserves it. Anyway, let's get to the review.
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Gameplay: The game play in Final Fantasy X is very different from what became "standard" in Final Fantasy with the release of Final Fantasy IV. This is due to the introduction of the "Conditional Time Battle" system. Where you can see ahead of time who is going when. There are ways of affecting the "turns" with spells like "Haste" and "Slow". Even items can be equipped to improve the characters natural speed stat. Making the character act quicker in battle. Getting more hits and spells in before your opponent is a crucial to victory and very fun to set up once you have characters that string attacks together and never get hit from the enemies. My favorite aspect to the battle system is being able to swap out characters in the heat of battle. Start out with Tidus, Yuna, Auron and finish with Wakka, Lulu and Rikku. Being able to change your party members in and out adds a tremendous amount of strategy. Molding a team of "damage dealers" and run into a group of enemies that are viciously assaulting them? No problem. Just call in your quicker party members to match blow for blow against those beasties or be quicker than them and turn the tides by using their tactic against 'em.