It’s hard for me to say how guys are going to react to the way this game does feel quite female oriented, if even just in presentation, it’s success in Japan suggests that it won’t pose a problem. Just to be safe though they put half naked chicks in it.
Give this improbable but welcome follow-up the benefit of the doubt and chances are you’ll find it offers some of the most action, humor, and--dare I say it--fun you’ve had with a console RPG in a long time.
There's a name for what this game is; it's just not typical to console games. That's "expansion pack." And expansion packs don't cost full price. Sure, FFX-2 gives you another lengthy quest to play through, but it’s just not up to par with the best games in the Final Fantasy series.
X-2 comes off as a flashy expansion pack, and not the full fledged sequel promised. The mission-based approach will work for some, but to me, it comes off as a cheap excuse to skimp out on a proper narrative.
The first direct sequel in Final Fantasy history (Each game had a new world, setting and characters while having reoccurring themes sometimes). On the negative side this game has much recycled assets, a sometimes silly story and I recommend a guide because of so much missable stuff. On the positive side it is good recycled content, the job / dress system is excellent from a gameplay perspective and it gives closure for the story of the previous game if you do the right things. The story itself is set approx 2 years after the events of Final Fantasy 10. Yuna has done what was thought impossible. She ultimately saved the world of Spira from a death spiral but at a high personal price. However not all is unicorns and rainbows as the people of the world have fallen into different factions with colliding worldviews. The changes that came with saving the world might lead to disaster. Meanwhile Yuna, Rikku and the new character Paine are on a mission involving an impostor that leads deeper and deeper into a secret that can change the world. I like the story, lore and worldbuilding while fully admitting that there are really some silly / goofy moments (or moments of disbelieve). You can also get closure to some arcs, learn new stuff as there are still some surprises and twists. I think I am too nice here as fan because many other despise the story. What I liked is the job / dress system. You get spheres that give your characters access to jobs. From normal stuff like Warrior, White Mage or Thief to more obscure classes like an Animal Tamer. Some you can obtain through following the main story and others are hidden. All characters can use all costumes but there is one special one for each of them (Special conditions must be met before use in each battle but these costumes are insanely powerful). Remark: There is a Garment Grid where you have to arrange the dresses. These give another array of tactical options. Some have more spots to use and others have benefits like one / multiple basic bonuses / abilities, stat boost when changing jobs in battle or protection / regeneration. There are a lot in the game and some are immensely useful (Depends also on play-style). They used the standard active time battle system familiar in Final Fantasy at that time. It works well and there are some challenges here. Gameplay: My main complaint is that there is a lot of missable stuff. I bought a guide and it has 42 pages for side missions alone excluding mini games. I like finding hidden stuff and puzzle out some things but here it goes too far as some things are in the “They expected that we figure this out alone?” realm. They have an extra to do list at the end to get everything right. You will never get the best ending without a guide but there is GameFAQs for this. There are also a ton of mini games. There is a PR duel, a card game, Blitzball (different from Final Fantasy 10!), bonus dungeons and a shooting game atop on all else. Lets talk about the presentation. Like I already said they reused a lot of assets from Final Fantasy 10. This means everything looks and sounds good but it is still a bit of a disappointment. I think I will give my final rating. Overall this is a fun and enjoyable game with some weaknesses. It would not have been received well as main game. The story has its strengths and weaknesses too but it gives closure. The battle / dress / job system is excellent however. It is for people that enjoyed the prequel and for all others it is not a good game that I would recommend without warning that you need to know or have finished the first game.
If there's a single word to describe Final Fantasy X-2, it's "lazy." This glorified expansion to Final Fantasy X is a thrown together asset flip, made on the cheap, and meant to capitalize on an already established game. Besides there being almost no new areas to explore, the game is also split up into an unsatisfying and dull mission structure, and features a story that diminishes what came before it. However, if the game has one saving grace, it's the Dress Sphere system and solid battle system, which even hold its own compared to its predecessor.
Final Fantasy X-2 isn't just a terrible name, it's a terrible product.
SummaryTaking place two years after Yuna's fateful journey to defeat Sin, the once chaotic world "Eternal Calm." The people of Spira now shun the teachings of Yevon and have opened their arms to former foes, the Al Bhed and the use of machina. It is a time of the "Machina Revolution" where people now believe that machina is useful and beneficia...