Confession: My Guilty Gaming Pleasure is Final Fantasy X-2


You read the title correctly: My guilty gaming pleasure is Final Fantasy X-2. Good lord, did I seriously just admit to that fact? Well it’s now officially out there in the blog-o-sphere for all you fellow gamers to see. I can picture it now, every person reading this glaring at their screen, mouths gaping in horror. Perhaps you’re even resisting the urge to facepalm right onto your keyboard. But yes, allow me to yell it loud and proud. I, Emily Horton, absolutely love playing Final Fantasy X-2.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not here to convince you that the game is one of the best RPGs ever, because I’m well aware that it isn’t In fact, I’m quite aware that the game isn’t all that great in any aspect, except for the battle system maybe. So why do I enjoy the game so much?

ffxffx2I’ve always adored Yuna. 

From the soft spoken Yuna that is introduced in Final Fantasy X, to the strong willed woman casting off all her beliefs, I love her character development. By the time Final Fantasy X-2 rolls around, Yuna has put much of her past behind her, including the fact that she lost the love of her life. However, it doesn’t stop her from heading off on a whole new adventure when Rikku brings her a sphere depicting a man who eerily looks just like Tidus. And let’s not forget that Yuna finally casts off her beautiful yet conservative summoner’s garb for a much more sexy and fitting uniform for the newly changed female protagonist.




Rikku is like looking into a mirror.

As much as I love Yuna, I can’t deny the fact that my personality is almost identical to Rikku’s. She’s spunky, crafty, and just a tad bit obnoxious with her hyper attitude exuding from her every pore. Originally the outcast in Final Fantasy X, Rikku is the first character to support Tidus in his quest to save Yuna from her summoner’s fate. She’s also Yuna’s cousin, and certainly matures during the two years between X and X-2. She, too, ditches her fifteen year old gear, and emerges a very scantily clad seventeen year old, but maintains her upbeat attitude. I love her so much I created her costume from scratch and prowled around last year’s New York Comic Con and Halloween parties as her, never breaking character.

tidus-and-yunaTidus and Yuna still tug at my heart strings.

Despite Final Fantasy X-2 lacking a lot the original drive from Final Fantasy X, you still have the remember at the end of the day that the purpose of the game is to reunite Tidus and Yuna. And if you’re a little bitch like me, you certainly couldn’t handle the sad ending of Yuna falling through Tidus and watching him fade away. It was unheard of and heartbreaking, and if making my way through an only sort of okay game will allow my two favorite characters to be together, then so be it. Despite the fact that Tidus resembles Meg Ryan, the need to give Yuna the rightful, happy ending is deeply ingrained in me any time I pick up either Final Fantasy X or Final Fantasy X-2.

Final-Fantasy-X-X-2-HD-Remaster-13The battle system is one of my favorites.

Say what you want about the rest of the game, but there is something great about the battle system of Final Fantasy X-2. I already have an affinity towards Final Fantasy X‘s battle system and and how you were able to switch characters in and out mid-battle tactically. It also ditched the active time battle gauge. On the other hand, Final Fantasy X-2 brought back the use of the class systems, allowing you to change midway through a battle. Granted, it was sort of like a game of dress up, but I’m a chick and I can’t deny the fact that I love clothes. The active time battle gauge returns, and if you utilize correctly you can have each girl, Paine, Rikku and Yuna, hit consecutively and cause extra damage. Enemies don’t stop while you’re choosing from your menu of attacks, however, so you must be quick and precise.

Girl Power!

I’m rarely the girl who feels the needs to play a game starring a very strong female. I certainly like to focus more on the personality traits of each character, whether they are dude or chick. But for the first time in Final Fantasy your party completely consisted of females. The international version also allows you to add fiends to your party, however I would much rather watch the Gullwings (the neutral sphere hunting group consisting of Yuna, Rikku, and Paine) have at it with a particular giant fiend. And after watching Yuna and Rikku take a back seat in the previous game, it was fun to see them take the reigns with no one to lead them but themselves.

In reality, the game doesn’t deserve a five star rating. The game has plenty wrong with it. The soundtrack is a far cry from the original game’s. Even the story premise is down right dull compared to the heavy religious undertones Final Fantasy X dealt with. But for all that is wrong with Final Fantasy X-2, I still find myself enjoying every part of the game as I gleefully make my way through Spira two years after Yuna’s Calm.


About Emily Horton

Emily is just your average twenty something girl who discovered her love for gaming at the age of three or four, all thanks to her older brothers. Mario, The Lion King, Aladdin, Zelda were her first loves, but Pokemon, Final Fantasy, Tales, and pretty much all Japanese games eventually fell into that category. She has an unhealthy obsession with Pikachu, hoodies, her 3DS, t-shirts, plushies, and purses. She may also fancy herself as an excellent lawyer due to number of times she has played through the Ace Attorney series. Outside of videogames, she is a Disney, Harry Potter, and Tolkien fanatic, while also recently discovering that she is now a hardcore fan of Supernatural thanks to Netflix allowing her to watch eight seasons rapid fire. She has elvish writing, the Deathly Hallows, a rather large Tinkerbelle and a large Yuna from Final Fantasy X all tattooed on her body, with only more geeky stuff to be added. Currently working on her own fantasy novel, she hopes to publish it eventually once all the kinks are worked out.

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