An anniversary to remember, because in Final Fantasy X there is the exaltation of friendship, yes, but even more of love; there is the political intrigue; there is reflection on the afterlife, on the power of religion; there is the plot made up of single stories that, in a delicate and profound way, merge into a single great adventure with a poignant ending.
Twenty years ago the pilgrimage of the invoker began Yuna to save the world of Spira from sin, that is a monstrous being called Sin that overwhelms everything. Emblematic, in this journey, is the scene set in the ruins of the city of Zanarkand, in which the girl and her six guardians, including the rebel Tidus, they gather around a bonfire to make their history indelible once and for all.
Difficult to summarize the profound script of Final Fantasy X in a few lines, but these should be enough to express the great importance that the tenth final fantasy holds within the JRPG (Japanese Role-Playing Game) series created several years ago by Hironobu Sakaguchi. In Final Fantasy X there is the exaltation of friendship yes, but even more of love; there is the political intrigue; there is reflection on the afterlife, on the power of religion; there is the plot made up of single stories that, in a delicate and profound way, merge into a single great adventure with a poignant ending. It is no coincidence that Final Fantasy X is the first chapter of the series to have had a direct sequel to please the many fans of Yuna and Tidus.
To make the story narrated by Final Fantasy X powerful is also the historical moment in which it came out, which it represents many firsts for the series, as well as the aforementioned sequel. The tenth chapter is in fact the first to debut on PlayStation 2. It is the first to be made entirely in 3D. He is also the first to resort to full character dubbing and the Facial Motion System: two technical revolutions that have had the merit of making human and close not only the protagonists, but also the antagonists. In this way, the laughter between Yuna and Tidus at Luca after the Blitzball tournament or Seymour’s eager gaze on the invoker dressed as a bride take on a whole different meaning. And what about the famous kiss in the waters of Lake Macalania, among the notes of Suteki Da Ne? Because Final Fantasy X is a constant whirlwind of emotions, supported by an unprecedented game system for the times: also in this case, for the first time, the series abandons the characteristic combat system based on the ATB bar (Active Time Battle) for a turn-based mode, which strongly winks at tactics and strategy, said CTB (Conditional Turn Based).
For all these reasons – and more – Final Fantasy X is not only one of the most popular chapters of the series, but it is also one of the most important JRPGs in the history of the video game. Not surprisingly, among the ruthless votes of the Metacritic platform, Final Fantasy X presents a score of 92/100 and the acronym “must play” twenty years later. A mandatory title for those who love video games, because the work that sees the union of genius and creativity by Yoshinori Kitase, Yusuke Naora, Kazushige Nojima and Nobuo Uematsu remains one of the most powerful experiences in the history of the medium. Today its debut on the Japanese market is celebrated: a first step that in the following years will conquer the rest of the world, with 8 million copies sold. For those not lucky enough to play it twenty years ago, Final Fantasy X is available in HD on PlayStation 4, in the company of the sequel Final Fantasy X-2.