Final Fantasy X-2 – Part 1

The Spoony One | Jul 10 2011 | more notation(s) | 

What can I do for you, except review another Final Fantasy atrocity? It’s the much-maligned sequel to a game I already hate! How much worse could it be?

Follow-up: In hindsight, “predictable” wasn’t the word I should have chosen in describing the series– although the spinoff games outside of the main series definitely were.

I honestly regret my choice of words there. Predictable? No. Reinvention has become something of a series trademark, actually. Just look at the changes between 7, 8, 9, and 10. The settings certainly are unconventional. If I could go back I’d probably revise that speech to explain myself a bit better. Perhaps it’s more correct to say that the series needed something new to correct its downward slide ever since FF7. Since then, the series has seemed strangely unfocused and uncertain what it really wants to be. Poor storytelling has really crippled the series with 8, 10, 10-2, 12, 13– each seeming to demonstrate a growing lack of understanding of narrative structure, or who should even be considered the protagonist of the story– be it Tidus insisting “this is my story,” or Vaan being cast as the hero of 12. This is more what I meant in terms of “predictability,” as in, “predictably awful writing,” but again, a very poor choice of words.

  • TheNumberOneShmuck

    And here we go. Again.

  • TheNumberOneShmuck

    And here we go. Again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001411834870 Kyle Wallace

    I have waited for this for ages, I can’t wait to see him tear into it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001411834870 Kyle Wallace

    I have waited for this for ages, I can’t wait to see him tear into it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001148619974 Luuk Visser

    oh god yes!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Balthazar-Crane/605751145 Balthazar Crane

    Where’s the video!? XD

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Balthazar-Crane/605751145 Balthazar Crane

    Where’s the video!? XD

  • http://twitter.com/WaltzDark Austin

    I has to see it!!! Sadly not working just yet.. can’t wait! :)

  • http://twitter.com/WaltzDark Austin

    I has to see it!!! Sadly not working just yet.. can’t wait! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1331734297 Ant Atkins

    been waiting for this one since your ff8 stuff spoony god this game needs a kicking

  • http://www.facebook.com/thewhitebuddha Katie Carbrey

    Can’t wait.  The suspense is killing me

  • http://twitter.com/SirTobbii Torbjörn Karlsson

    Just as I was ready to go to bed…

  • http://www.facebook.com/imademonindisguise Justin Garcia

    Seriously can’t wait for this haha

  • Anonymous

    Deadly Premonition! :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/imademonindisguise Justin Garcia

    ok here we go

  • http://www.facebook.com/imademonindisguise Justin Garcia

    ok here we go

  • http://www.giantbomb.com/profile/cornbredx/ CornBRED-X

    I may get flack for this, but this is the final fantasy game, for me, where the series started really going downhill.
    I’m interested to see what you have to say about this one.
    BLIP TV NEEDS TO GET IT READY TO VIEW FASTER! =P

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Todd-Stonebraker/1583870323 Todd Stonebraker

    Is it safe to assume then that you’ve abandoned the idea of finishing Deadly Premonition, then?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Todd-Stonebraker/1583870323 Todd Stonebraker

    Is it safe to assume then that you’ve abandoned the idea of finishing Deadly Premonition, then?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-MacLellan/762735236 Scott MacLellan

    Hurry up, dammit blip!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000272854428 Maxwell Hooven

    *Taps digital foot*

  • http://twitter.com/PatrickSkiba Patrick Skiba

    This video is too awesome for the internet, therefore it will never load

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Drain-Blut/100001687703474 Drain Blut

    What a cock tease… But it’s better to save it for when it’s ready or fully working anyway. I assume it isn’t at this time.

    As for Deadly Premonition, he done said he has no plans to continue that, because it already got several other Let’s Plays and Walkthrough videos. They wouldn’t be as good as his though, naturally.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thewhitebuddha Katie Carbrey

    Finally!  It’s working!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/thewhitebuddha Katie Carbrey

    Finally!  It’s working!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Drain-Blut/100001687703474 Drain Blut

    Lol I was just about to go. I reload once and it’s working. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Drain-Blut/100001687703474 Drain Blut

    Lol I was just about to go. I reload once and it’s working. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/CaptainAlbatross Reid Allen

    YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! HE DID IT!

  • Ares_hot

    Really fucking funny review. The ending thing really got me pumped up too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=684968309 Charles M Taylor

    Why the hell does Shinra sound like Bobby from “King of the Hill”?

    • http://www.facebook.com/alexa.w.1 Alexa White

      That’s because that is Bobby. To be more specific her real name is Pamela Adlon. She was also Spinelli from the cartoon Recess.

      http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0781899/

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vincent-DiStefano/100001575032538 Vincent DiStefano

    Been waiting so long for this!

  • http://www.facebook.com/imademonindisguise Justin Garcia

    YOU VAPID WHORES!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-Lee/676569292 Christopher Lee

    Awesome part 1.  Can’t wait for part 2.  :)

  • http://profiles.google.com/earnestlysearching Isaiah Thompson

    Dammit!  I bet a friend Spoony’d never do this.  Now I have to finish FFXIII.  Dammit!  I Bet a friend Spoony’d never do this.  Now I have to finish FFXIII–AND they’re making FFXIII-2???  I hate SquareEnix.

    • Anonymous

      In regards to FFXIII-2, think of it this way… at least it gives Noah more material for future episodes.

  • Mike Terrance

    been waiting all summer for this one spoony,

    and I am not disappointed! this is friggin hilarious, so many quotes from this will be stuck in my head

  • Anonymous

    I tried playing this game for completion sake for all offline FF games. 15 minutes… at best. Couldn’t do it.

    Seriously, how does a woman go one-step away from Pope to goddamn Brittany Spears?

  • Mike Terrance

    ohhh ouch.  that’s gonna be painful, I bet your friend is gonna sit on the couch with a bag of popcorn to enjoy your pain hahahaha

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Burnell-Phillips/100001952022891 Burnell Phillips

    Suede??

  • http://www.facebook.com/Novak83 Ed Novak

    Dude.  Post-credits thing is freaking epic.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Novak83 Ed Novak

    Dude.  Post-credits thing is freaking epic.

  • http://twitter.com/CallMeAndro Andrew Lozinski

    man i was having a good time watching your review and then you mentioned the bouncer
    took me right out of it

    keep up the good work spoony!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CIAG63BD265FXVTC5XTIU656ZE Elric

    Oh god, I actually paid money for this game. Even if you perform everything right the sidequest minigames get fucking impossible. The cactaur shooting, the boss you have to fight at the end of that, the Den of Woe, the requirements for the fucking mascot job, none of that was worth it. Not to mention the other crap that I’ve probably repressed.

  • Anonymous

    Once the player finds out you’re supposed to use Charlie’s Pop Stars to go find whiny little Titus, that’s where the saner people threw down their controlers in rage quit. Good luck to anyone else thinking this game was worth anything more than a total waste of time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1568256027 Jerrylee Davis

    Am I the only person that watched them completely pointless sphere video clips and thought of the japanese ring film ?

    I was also expecting the emptyness of them to be some kind of jump scare LOL, Congrats on finally doing this spoony it must have taken alot outta you to get through this “Game” enough to review it.

    • http://twitter.com/edcc16 edcc

      I was thinking of marble hornets

  • http://www.facebook.com/michelle.brydon Michelle Brydon

    He’s back! Good, good, your rage sustains us :P Looking forward to seeing more!

    question: how the hell did Wakka bag Amy Lee? Is she deaf, blind and stupid?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ICDHG7TLTN6JVK6JMK3TKQFXKQ Mike Wallace

      I guess she likes men who know how to handle their balls. *Pause for brief spurts of awkward laughter*

  • http://twitter.com/tpayne8888 tpayne8888

    i swear FF is soft porn for the Japanese great job spoony :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Olga-Nillelund/100000462233621 Olga Nillelund

    Aahhhh… Just as I was about to go to bed (it’s 5 AM here), I see an update at TSE…

    And as always, it’s a great review! We always enjoy watching you lose it over Final Fantasy.

    But I was kinda waiting for you to stop in the middle of everything and go “Ma-Tiiiii!!!!” and then cry a bit. :D

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Wells/519519675 Michael Wells

      Thats from his future FF XIII review not FF X-2

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Olga-Nillelund/100000462233621 Olga Nillelund

        Oh! My bad…

        Still.. would have been funny.

  • Diggerjohn111

     Awesome review Spoony!

  • Diggerjohn111

     Awesome review Spoony!

  • Anonymous

    …Deep Wang.

  • Renaissance_nerd

    its either Sephiroth or Suede…

    • Anonymous

      The white cuffs and the sword (which is being held left-handed, even) seems to point to that, but I’m conflicted by the fact that his hair appears… black. With a red headband directly underneath it. Qualities I seem to remember about a character who was forcefully starred in ANOTHER badly written Final Fantasy spinoff.

      We may be looking at a hybrid of some sort, folks.

      … Or it could just be some really bad lighting.

  • http://profiles.google.com/willgtanner William Tanner

    Someone needs to do one of those YouTube mashup vids of Koopa and Rikku saying monkey for 10 minutes… maybe throw in some mudkips for fun…

    I would, but I don’t have the video editing software…

    • http://UnholyFireDragon.com Unholy Fire Dragon

      Mudkip, Mudkip, Mudkip, Mudkip. MON-KEY! MON-KEY!

      New internet musical meme anyone?…

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1045530038 Jeremy Brooks

      Sort of spoke too soon. Lol.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=te5BLSRgzFM

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nathanael-Hood/622684156 Nathanael Hood

    Anyone who says that Spoony isn’t funny more anymore is a moron…and an idiot.

    Great video, Spoony!

  • http://twitter.com/TheWerebunny Laura Burkhardt

    Woo! This looks awesome! =^-^=

  • http://twitter.com/Fairstarter Michael Holtz

    TO YOUTUBE!

  • http://twitter.com/BlaydeTan Bryan Little

    THANK YOU for seeing the Charlie’s Angels reference.   I was saying that as soon as i saw the trio together and my then girlfriend apologized for buying it for me as a surprise birthday gift.

  • http://twitter.com/SanJ922 Sanjay Dharawat

    A new Challenger appears!
    allso DEEP WANG!

  • http://twitter.com/dreamerhorwitz Noah Howard

    Hoo-boy! I don’t want to inform you, probably because a thousand people will do it already, but there was a short film interquel. Yeah. And it was used to just to show that the world had changed and because Yuna’s a summoner, some of the rival treasure hunters want her in their group. Not. Kidding.
    Other then that, from a writer’s standpoint, it’s useless.
    But this is still a good review! You addressed most of the game engine issues! And the fan service. Can’t wait to see how it ends.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1045530038 Jeremy Brooks

      I remember seeing that short movie on a game demo disk from a magazine before the game came out as well. And you’re right. I didn’t really add anything whatsoever. Just to show slight indication that Spira had changed. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1045530038 Jeremy Brooks

      I remember seeing that short movie on a game demo disk from a magazine before the game came out as well. And you’re right. I didn’t really add anything whatsoever. Just to show slight indication that Spira had changed. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1045530038 Jeremy Brooks

    So a game about women who wear revealing clothing armed with heavy weaponry and no “Sucker Punch” or anything else out of the million things in geek history and culture where product marketing does that (a.k.a. “The Women In Tight Pants Who Kick Ass” sub-genre and so on) relating to it jokes? Lol. Still laughed my butt off, but was hoping for more of that. As far as it goes, “Sucker Punch” has become my favorite bad movie (just a lot of the elements I see in nerd culture tossed into a salty Pringles can and shaken up for me to just giggle at such an attempt. All that was missing was the scene with vampire cowboys and werewolf Native Americans for the girls to fight against. Lol) that I’m still having fun trying to review myself and I was hoping he would do jokes like Brad Jones did. Especially considering the similarities.

    Either way, I bought this game when it came out as well and now I’m happy to see it get what’s coming to it. I do agree with him about the slight attempt of being innovative at the beginning, but yeah, the game just didn’t work out. Awesome job. Keep it up, Spoony! Can’t wait to see your reaction when you get to the scene with the hot springs! Lol. ;D

  • Princess Stabbity

    Huh. A villain? Hrm.. Will not speculate. Will simply watch and enjoy.

    But oh god… I actually bought this game and thought, “Oh, keen, a Final Fantasy game with a female lead! I haven’t had one of those since FF6!” And then I played it.. and then I put it back on the shelf and haven’t touched it since. I’m all for female leads, but this was just too much. And what were they thinking? Out of all the characters to revive or whatever, the goal is Tidus? Screw that, I want to go get Auron back…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Markus-Hilmersson/100001210966576 Markus Hilmersson

    It’s good to see you doing suicide jokes again =)

  • gravityBomb

    I think….I think I just suffered the same effects of a brick coming at my face.

    Fuck getting Tidus back! He makes me wanna strangle something, and the only thing that I’ve ever played with him in it….is KINGDOM HEARTS. It really says something that when a character from another game makes you hate them, and you only know like 5 things about them, you KNOW that there’s something wrong with this.

    I think (cause I’m an obsessive 100% completion type of gal) this game would make me want to launch it out of my window. Ugh…just…UGH.

    I’m so glad that you’re doing another FF review Spoony! Can’t wait to see more!!!

    P.S. Epic ending is EPIC. Who the hell is that and why do I get the feeling that it’ll be totally LOL worthy or GAR when we do find out? :D

  • gravityBomb

    I think….I think I just suffered the same effects of a brick coming at my face.

    Fuck getting Tidus back! He makes me wanna strangle something, and the only thing that I’ve ever played with him in it….is KINGDOM HEARTS. It really says something that when a character from another game makes you hate them, and you only know like 5 things about them, you KNOW that there’s something wrong with this.

    I think (cause I’m an obsessive 100% completion type of gal) this game would make me want to launch it out of my window. Ugh…just…UGH.

    I’m so glad that you’re doing another FF review Spoony! Can’t wait to see more!!!

    P.S. Epic ending is EPIC. Who the hell is that and why do I get the feeling that it’ll be totally LOL worthy or GAR when we do find out? :D

  • Anonymous

    You know, as sad as it is, I had high hopes going into X-2. Here I thought Square would break new ground and deconstruct the FF formula. It had all the story potential in the world to do it:

    -the saviors of the planet reduced to mere mercenaries.
    -the environment they fought to protect is now poisoned and twisted with too much technology.
    -the biting reality that despite saving the world, new evils will continue to rise up, the fiends will never go away (in fact, now there’s more of them because few people are doing the sending), and now the threat of global lawlessness and war as former allies turn on each other in a mad quest for resources and power.

    The could have really run with the concept. Instead….we get pop singers fighting ill-explained giant robots and non-threatening “rivals”.

    It was about here that my love for Square pretty much died.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kawaiiamethist Samantha Hill

      To be somewhat fair, the passage of time has only been two years, and what you stated did sort of happen in the game, they were just very light handed with the presentation. We do see Spira in shambles as factions rise to fill the gap that Yevon left. The world is struggling for guidance, and it was interesting to see characters from the first game torn apart by warring philosophies. Many people are disillusioned by the old ways, so we see Zanarkand redused to a theme park.

      The LeBlanc Syndicate were there for amusement, rather than a real threat, and had their part to play. LeBlanc is actually a faction leader too, who took in the people who didn’t fit the other factions.

      To get the full on experience of your points, it’d be better handled with the next generation; people who have never known war, basking in the vapid riches of a prospering world, not knowing how to handle a real threat. Basically the baby boomers.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, but that’s the problem isn’t it? Why did the game have to happen so close to the end of the first? I understand that they wanted to make the game “lighter” (and trust me, I love a lighthearted adventure ala Earthbound). But when the first game was so damn melodramatic and when you hint at the world falling apart and starting down the road to resembling something out of “Shadowrun”, it’s a tone change that is so sudden that it gives me cognitive whiplash. It just feels weird to me and causes some considerable narrative problems.

        I guess it all comes down to the question of, “was this necessary”? It’s the same question I asked when Square released “Dirge of Cerberus” (or as I like to call it “Squaresoft riverdancing on my fond memories of FF7 with cleats”).

         

        • http://www.facebook.com/kawaiiamethist Samantha Hill

          I can’t defend their decisions, narrative wise, it’s a wreck compared to the first. The point I was trying to make was that the writers did put some thought into what Spira would be like two years on.

          For all of Spoony’s gripes, I still love the hell out of X. It is my VII. X boasted engaging characters and an epic storyline that I still experience chills over. X-2, while a bomb of a story, gets a pass for me because of the gameplay (same goes for XII, hate the story and blase on the characters, but love the ‘game’) and the little threads of story that make up the disasterous whole.

          It’ll never happen, but I’d like to see the International Version localised. I’ve watched the cutscenes, which were written with that mix of maturity and fun that X-2 found so difficult/refused to balance. The theme tune even has this haunting mood of somber contemplation.

          • Anonymous

            Yeah, but that’s kind of my problem: I can stomach bad gameplay if the story is compelling. If the narrative falls apart, well, there goes the game for me. Once again, I think this is because of my pen and paper rpg roots.

            To give you an example, I was able to tolerate Dirge of Cerberus’s  awful, awful, AWFUUUUL controls and gameplay quirks until about an hour in, wherein the plot takes a dump and it just gets progressively stupider. By the time the last boss rolled around, I just wanted to beat the game to see if the ending could somehow salvage this sham of a plot (which amounted to mass character assassination). Suffice to say, the ending only made things worse and now all I have left from that experience is a burning hatred of Lucrecia (seriously, the apple does not fall far the fucking tree here. She was more of a villain than her son was, and yet we’re supposed to feel bad for her) and the writers who brought this nightmare to life .

            Even if the gameplay is good, a story that leaves me feeling cold will sink that game in my eyes. I guess I’m a bit of a literature snob in that sense. 

  • http://twitter.com/ihaveno_life Katrin H.

    Hmmm… well not as much screaming as I had predicted. Good job on staying pretty collected thus far in your review. I agree with you about the changes in the game. I liked the more sandbox take on things.

    I look forward to seeing who the villain is. I’m guessing it’s either Suede or some version of Shinra that is the villain. It could also be Sepheroth, but I really hope I don’t have to see Spoony dressed like Sepheroth. Actually the whole villain bit kind of reminded me of Kindom Hearts 2, although I haven’t played that in ages.I am always pleased by the extra quality in your reviews compared to other review shows.

    This game is in my basement. Its still sealed in its plastic with a nice layer of dust on it. Depending on how the review goes I may or may not open it.

  • Anonymous

    I completely understand the point Spoony made about the 100% unlockables. 

    I hate it when hidden items aren’t labelled, because you’ll be damned if you miss one.  You won’t have any idea where to look for it.  You’ll have to complete the whole game from scratch and cover the unknown spot where you missed. Even an archaic jigsaw puzzle has the decency to tell you the missing pieces!  So what gives X-2 the right to keep the missing pieces a secret?  That’s poor form for a videogame.  Poor form. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nagneto-Lives/100002330956610 Nagneto Lives

    I’m one of those rare few that actually like your little side story skits. I’m intrigued!

    • Anonymous

      I like them too. They just usually take to long to finish, not in the time spent in his videos, in the time I spend waiting for them to arrive in the real world.

  • Anonymous

    I know that you were probably being ironic when you said that you wanted to have a f**k fantasy about Squall, but I still did not need to here that.

  • Anonymous

    Oh Spoony, I call BS. You’re being wildly unfair…to Tetanus shots…

  • Anonymous

    Wow, you’re a brave man, Spoony!  This game sucks, and you’ve made quite the long review out of it!  The mere prospect of making another Final Fantasy review must have been quite harrowing.  Looking forward to seeing the rest, though!

    And wow, crazy ending!  I wonder who that guy in the chair with the sword was…?  Looks like it’s gonna be awesome, though!

  • Anonymous

    I hope he speeds this up and get XIII out as quick as possible. Though, it is hilarious.

  • Anonymous

    Great video, Spoony. I’m looking forward to the rest : )

  • http://twitter.com/Eniacc Eniac

    Find out Spoony’s reviewing another Final Fantasy > Squee like a bitch
    *eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee* xD

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1442290943 Derek Thomas

    YESS! I guess it worked. As I am a man of my word spoony, I will donate 20 bucks to your site. ;)

    I can’t believe you read my email..

    Apparently money really is a great motivator lol. Send an email on Saturday offering twenty bucks if he reviews this, the NEXT DAY??? lol either it’s a coincidence or that’s just AWESOME. I’ll be HAPPY to donate.
    From how hilarious your review was of ffx I just knew you’d hate this one even more. And I just knew I had to watch it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Treima Jimi Alexander

      He’s been working on this review for the better part of a month, dude. He announced he was going to do it all the way back in March.

      If you’re trying to be funny, it’s not working.

  • Anonymous

    FUCK THIS GAME!!!

    SERIOUSLY… FUCK!!!  THIS!!!  GAME!!!

    FUCK IT!  FUCK IT!  FUCK IT!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matt-Loudon/100000983582044 Matt Loudon

    Wow the Morphin Grid makes more sense than the Garment Grid.  Then again everything in Power Rangers makes more sense than this game.  

    • http://twitter.com/Jake_Orton josh adams

      thats because Power Rangers kicks ass

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1045530038 Jeremy Brooks

    Thought I might as well. Lol.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=te5BLSRgzFM

    • Anonymous

      Egads! Wow, that’s nightmare fuel.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=713250984 Tyler Polishak

    I find it really hard to disagree with what you’re saying here, as well as with your review of FFX. That being said, I really liked both games. Sure, they had tons of glaring faults as you pointed out, but I still thought both games were fun. I understand why people are upset with the whole dress sphere system and everything, but I say c’mon! It’s the job system! I don’t care that it’s a bunch of hokey cheesecake… it’s the job system! Maybe I just like FF5 and Tactics too much or something.

    As a side note, apparently there’s a loose connection between X-2 and 7… from what I’ve read, I believe it was Tetsuya Nomura or someone else involved in creative said that apparently Shinra from X-2 eventually ends up creating some sort of space program and either he or his descendants end up going to the world that FF7 takes place on, which is where apparently normal humans come from? Something like that. In any case, at some point they Shin-ra company springs up and is named after Shinra, for whatever reason.

    In any case, I still enjoyed the review, and am looking forward to the rest!

  • http://UnholyFireDragon.com Unholy Fire Dragon

    My favorite part has got to be when you had a complete freakout over the characters not looking around Titus’ homeland. LOL

    Horrible, HORRIBLE story!… DEEP WANG!

  • Anonymous

    Personally, I liked FFX.  I agree that the characters are annoying; the designs are ridiculous; and some of the side-quest are frustrating and monotonous.  Still, I actually like elements of the story.  I dig all the stuff about Sin and Zanarkand and Auron and the Summoners.  I also thought Yuna was very likeable and that the ending was fairly touching.  More importantly, however, I generally enjoy the combat system in it, and I just found it fun to play.  I couldn’t say that for 8, 9, or 12.

    All that said, FFX-2 really turned me off.  After playing and enjoying FFX, I got X-2 even though I knew about the j-pop elements.  Honestly, I LOVE FF3, FF5, and FFT, as I’m a big fan of the FF job system in general.  I figured that, with the job system, I could get by the j-pop elements.
    Truth be told, I was mostly right about.  I mean, don’t get me wrong, the j-pop elements and fan services are obnoxious, annoying, and emasculating, but I still had fun with FFX’s battle system combined with jobs.

    What did me in, however, was the ludicrous 100% requirements.  I missed talking to some moogle on the first mission, and, 15 hours in, I realized I wasn’t going to get 100%.  That pretty much did it for me, as I get pretty OCD about RPGs, and I didn’t want to play straight from a guide or anything.
    That, mixed with the annoying j-pop, pretty much ended any flirtation I had with this game.

    Still, if I had to pick this or FF12, I’d totally play this instead.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000360871797 Greg Dean

    SUEDE?!?

  • http://www.facebook.com/nickthemoviethegame Nick Parsons

    laughed my ass off durning review, also i really enjoy when spoony (and linkara for that matter) do storylines i enjoy that kinda thing

  • http://twitter.com/justjohn2x John William

    ok is it just me or does the intro seem a lil different? IDK maybe they they recorded a newer version or one just for spoony to use  since im sure him using this song over the  past year or two made the group more popular.

    • ORCACommander

       not specifically for spoony no but they did do a rerecording for an album about 6 months ago and spoony has been using it since.

  • Anonymous

    and to think that Square actually let FFX-2’s director (Motomu Toriyama) direct FF XIII. The guy is by FAR the worst write and director at Square and it baffles me as to why they let him do anything. My guess is that he just sucks up to the right people

  • Renaissance_nerd

    And once again Benzaie is awesome.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZFDITNEU2RBT3JMSNUIGHMO73E RedFox

    Oh no…. It’s time for the pain that is Charley’s Ang- I mean… Final Fantasy X-2 to begin….

    This is going to hurt. A lot.

  • Anonymous

    Wow I don’t envy Spoony having to play this one for his job lol. I already felt the FF series was going downwards after 8. But when I played 10-2 I just plain felt ripped off for buying it. The plot was just so ridiculous it felt impossible to care. An you kind of need to care to enjoy a FF game.

    Only thing good about it I can remember is that the combat system actually was not half bad. Since it took the best of 10 an brought back job system mechanics. So if you mainly play it just for the fighting it can be ok. But no one does. They don’t play it for the side quests either. Which are most of the game…

    In fact I read a guide after beating it an I probably missed half this game. Since a lot of it is timed sidequests that require you to stop progressing the main story an go all over the world again every time you finish some main story to see what new sidequests opened up. An if you don’t do them then they disappear. They really thought people would not only like this game but like it enough to play it multiple times to see everything lol.

  • Zach Robinson

     I’d probably sound like an idiot for thinking that Suede was there at the end with his sword sitting there knowing what Spoony has said about Final Fantasy. Glad to see you and Sean got this up and going, can’t wait for part 2.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lenne-Shuyin/100002432893015 Lenne Shuyin

    this, this is the crap i was waiting for, good god spooney, I never would of had you go for this peice…….but I loved seeing you spoons

  • http://profiles.google.com/coredumperror Robert Rollins

    You know, it’s funny.  I really enjoyed this game when I played it shortly after it came out, even though the insane girlishness and fanservice was annoying.  And yet, even thought my enjoyment, I totally agree with 90% of your negative criticisms.  There’s a shitload of “please, please suspend your disbelief!” going on from the writers in this game. 

    But the combat is fun, the Gunner dress sphere is easily the best Blue Magic system in any FF game I’ve ever played (slightly edging out FF7), and some of the fights are actually really challenging and interesting.  Anyone who’s beaten the super secret final boss at the bottom of the Bevelle 100-level dungeon knows what I’m talking about.

    The only thing I remember being seriously disappointing was the reward for the longest, most boring sidequest in the game: oversouls.  Seeing an oversouled version of every single monster in the game takes DAYS of grinding (and fleeing!) battes to ensure that the right monsters oversoul when you want them to.  And then you get a garment grid that gives you an ability, after changing dresses between all the points, that deals damage based on how many times you’ve run from battles.  And it sucks balls unless you’ve fled combat several THOUSAND times.  It’s one of the only attacks in the game that can break 9999 damage, but that doesn’t really matter since you’ll never flee enough times for that to matter unless you’re a masochist.

  • http://profiles.google.com/coredumperror Robert Rollins

    You know, it’s funny.  I really enjoyed this game when I played it shortly after it came out, even though the insane girlishness and fanservice was annoying.  And yet, even thought my enjoyment, I totally agree with 90% of your negative criticisms.  There’s a shitload of “please, please suspend your disbelief!” going on from the writers in this game. 

    But the combat is fun, the Gunner dress sphere is easily the best Blue Magic system in any FF game I’ve ever played (slightly edging out FF7), and some of the fights are actually really challenging and interesting.  Anyone who’s beaten the super secret final boss at the bottom of the Bevelle 100-level dungeon knows what I’m talking about.

    The only thing I remember being seriously disappointing was the reward for the longest, most boring sidequest in the game: oversouls.  Seeing an oversouled version of every single monster in the game takes DAYS of grinding (and fleeing!) battes to ensure that the right monsters oversoul when you want them to.  And then you get a garment grid that gives you an ability, after changing dresses between all the points, that deals damage based on how many times you’ve run from battles.  And it sucks balls unless you’ve fled combat several THOUSAND times.  It’s one of the only attacks in the game that can break 9999 damage, but that doesn’t really matter since you’ll never flee enough times for that to matter unless you’re a masochist.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Borean/100000041163314 Michael Borean

    Ahahahahah I knew he’d bring up Key mon. My freaking god. I have been looking forward to this so much because X-2 to me was the turning point in when FF games became the most absolute shit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Borean/100000041163314 Michael Borean

    Ahahahahah I knew he’d bring up Key mon. My freaking god. I have been looking forward to this so much because X-2 to me was the turning point in when FF games became the most absolute shit.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ICDHG7TLTN6JVK6JMK3TKQFXKQ Mike Wallace

    Wow, and I literally just finished watching the X review. That’s timing!

    Wait, the point of this game was to bring Tidus back? Are you fucking KIDDING ME?!

    Fuck it. I don’t even have it in me to throw a seven paragraph diatribe/fanboy-tagalong rant onto this thing. FFX2 is shit on toast. Spoony, God help you bro, God help you.

  • Ryan Murphy

    Spoony, this is great. glad to see you’re still sane enough, or maybe insane enough, to stay with your FF reviews.

    Hey, i notice you said you played The Bouncer, and i was wondering… would you please make that game hurt? It couldn’t take too long, it’s a location-to-location fighter with a story that takes maybe 2-4 hours to beat for one character, so you could probably get enough footage and material to review it and give it the true beatdown it deserves.

  • Ryan Murphy

    Spoony, this is great. glad to see you’re still sane enough, or maybe insane enough, to stay with your FF reviews.

    Hey, i notice you said you played The Bouncer, and i was wondering… would you please make that game hurt? It couldn’t take too long, it’s a location-to-location fighter with a story that takes maybe 2-4 hours to beat for one character, so you could probably get enough footage and material to review it and give it the true beatdown it deserves.

  • http://twitter.com/thefallenface Bryan Tiggelaar

    goddamn it. why? why would you want to bring back tidus? NOBODY LIKES HIM!!! in fucking kingdom hearts you get rewarded for repeatedly beating him over the head with a stick! fuck that shit without a condom!

  • Anonymous

    The really unbelievable thing is that, somehow, I DID earn 100% completion and actually saw the true ending back in the day. Looking back at it now, I must have been really dedicated and/or meticulous to do it.

  • http://twitter.com/Okanehira Okanehira

    10/10 review, I…. also kind of enjoyed this game, it is “girly” and “Light-hearted” and i kind of liked the dress spheres (took me hours to get lady luck) but its a guilty pleasure and at that time i was a complete brainwashed final fantasy fan so i probably overlooked all the bad points. 

  • http://twitter.com/Okanehira Okanehira

    10/10 review, I…. also kind of enjoyed this game, it is “girly” and “Light-hearted” and i kind of liked the dress spheres (took me hours to get lady luck) but its a guilty pleasure and at that time i was a complete brainwashed final fantasy fan so i probably overlooked all the bad points. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000901746556 Allaiyah Weyn

    Now I never played FF10, but when the reviews for FF10 II came out I thought it was just Square Enix trying to squeeze money out of the male half of the fandom. They’d be like, “what do pervy young Japanese men like? Idols, harems, race queens, slutty cosplay girls, pin-up models, micro-mini skirts, boob-windows, extreme decolletage, magical girl transformations scenes, relatively no male characters, sexy dress-up/dress-down, ass-shots, upskirts, scantally-dressed women wiggling & jiggling, fanservice, shitty American-style pop….sung by idols.”

    The Garment Grid was created by Bobby Hill?

    Kinderguardians…….?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tariel-Corbeau/1388782046 Tariel Corbeau

    I can’t wait for part two! This is so awesome!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matt-Danza/615842885 Matt Danza

    Spoony you forgot to mention the disturbing crush that Brother has on Yuna. Brother is Rikku brother and he likes Yuna, Yuna and Rikku are cousins so that’s just gross if you see where that is going. Plus Brother just loves to watch his sister and cousin dress in the most revealing clothing???? Japan is messed up really bad.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1441642492 JoeCB91

    Okay…. I’m glad I never played this piece of shit now.

  • http://profiles.google.com/danvgeg Daniel vigil

    Yes! Finally! I get to hear Spoony rage about the horror that is FFX-2! 

  • Anonymous

    Spoony, first off I can actually say that your crab joke was “too soon” in that the PS3 game its in reference to didn’t even exists. I don’t even think the game it was a squeal to had been made.

    Second, I think all of your FF complaints have been answered by the father of the franchise himself, Hironobu Sakaguchi, who admitted in a recent interview that he prioritized gameplay over story. A tradition Square has only kept.

    Here’s the story:
    http://www.siliconera.com/2011/07/10/the-last-story-is-sakaguchis-third-game-that-emphasizes-game-over-story/#disqus_thread

    • Anonymous

      So they ignored story to focus on gameplay…which STILL ended up shitty. Way to go Square-Enix.

      It’s also funny that Sakaguchi would say that, because his company Mistwalker excels at making generic JRPGs. 

    • Anonymous

      So they ignored story to focus on gameplay…which STILL ended up shitty. Way to go Square-Enix.

      It’s also funny that Sakaguchi would say that, because his company Mistwalker excels at making generic JRPGs. 

      • http://profiles.google.com/supersqualllee squall lee rhodes

        he makes the games he wants to make. But I’m not gonna sit here and pretend I wasn’t completely bored by the ease of Blue Dragon.

        Either way, the Last Story is pretty good; it’s like a Medieval Monster Hunter with some fantastic design and imagery

    • dennett316

      What are you talking about?  References don’t have to fit into timelines…it’s just a dumb reference for a cheap laugh.
      Also, prioritizing game play over story is fine for an FPS or a beat em up, but RPG’s kinda hang on their story being intriguing enough to keep someone playing for 20+ hours.  That is no defence for a shitty story.

  • ApatheticOne (the original)

    This review is further proof that The Spoony One is indeed, a masochist. I can’t wait to see the rest..

  • Matthew Forester

    +1 for “Last Starfighter” poster.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4LM23I53VCE4KUVGC4GI6XYCVU toms

    Yea, who wants Lulu in a fan service game when we can get female Squall?

    As for finding out that your religion is a lie, in the real world there is literally NOTHING that can possibly stop a true believer. Consider for example the “world is going to end on May 21, 2011″ where, surprise, nothing happened and they kept the faith. And this is like the second or third time that happened (and basically the same thing happened to the Jehovah witness).

    So technically the FF10-2 people (Wakka included) are smarter than real people.

    • Anonymous

      Thing is I don’t think Jehovah Witnesses have freaking Cthulhu literally crawling up their ass every other week. Though of course not being one I wouldn’t know. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrick-Carroll/100000471709390 Patrick Carroll

      damn Wakka smarter than some one (in the real world)  damn thats saying something

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, but in our world, there’s  six different flavors of Jehova’s Witness (two of which have no set date for doomsday) and even the Campenite Sect  (the one’s who believed in the end coming in October, May, and so on) has at least two denominations*

      In Spira, you just have, the Yevonites, and the Al Bhed religion (which is ill explained, but sounds like an Islam analog). That’s it. There’s not much choice in their theological marketplace (and  there is a need for sendings and the like).

      *Yeah, I didn’t know about that either until I volunteered with my church to do some counseling for these guys after their “missed doomsday”.

      • http://www.facebook.com/kawaiiamethist Samantha Hill

        I’m an atheist, but I grew up Jehovah’s Witness, and only heard about the doomsday bullshit on wiki a couple of years ago. I also never came across sects. I’m Australian, so perhaps it’s different here, but the religion seems pretty unified. No one preached doomsday, only the generic message of paradise sometime in the future, no one knowing when. It felt the equivilent to the generic message of a heavenly life after death. Anyone who sets a day for doomsday either has access to nuclear bombs or is insane or an idiot – likely both, as we saw just recently with the latest Christian doomsday scare.

        • Anonymous

          On the first score, well, all I can say is I know of six distinct groups under the JW banner (each with different doctrines) here in the US. The two largest (according to what I’ve personally seen) do not preach a date for doomsday. I, of course, could be wrong since this is based on a specific geographical region/is anecdotal.

          On the second point, I wholeheartedly agree. As a Christian myself, I always get a headache everytime some fringe group claiming the name of my faith does crap like this.

        • Anonymous

          On the first score, well, all I can say is I know of six distinct groups under the JW banner (each with different doctrines) here in the US. The two largest (according to what I’ve personally seen) do not preach a date for doomsday. I, of course, could be wrong since this is based on a specific geographical region/is anecdotal.

          On the second point, I wholeheartedly agree. As a Christian myself, I always get a headache everytime some fringe group claiming the name of my faith does crap like this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1309218787 Teppo Luoma

    Brilliant video :D This was probably first FF-game with I just wanted to finish as soon as possible. Yeah, I even played FFX 100% ._.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrick-Carroll/100000471709390 Patrick Carroll

    i found it kind of funny that people who hated X-2 but liked X should really look at X again

  • Greg Phillips

    First off, I’d just like to say that this game is complete horseshit.

    Now that being said, I do have some theories to answer Spoony’s questions. They were certainly questions I had while playing the game, and while the answering of these questions doesn’t help the game at all, it did give me some small peace of mind, and maybe it will to someone else as well.

    The spheres are recordings, probably from Zanarkand, that people made to communicate not only their surroundings, but their state of mind at the time of recording. They probably emit energy in a wave form based on these emotions, which in turn attracts fiends. They’re valuable because these people are basically in the dark ages working off lost technology – even the most worthless trivial crap from the original Zanarkand era is bound to be valuable to SOMEONE.
    Shinra likely devised a way to utilize that energy towards combat ends. LeBlanc likely stole the dress sphere (which isn’t the sphere itself exactly, but more like the actual holographic projector which utilizes the spheres), and used it to steal Yuna’s identity beacuse she’s a vapid whore and is jealous of Yuna’s fame. I mean hell, look at that turnout.

  • Anonymous

    Ahh finally been waiting for this one, as to answer your question about the whole religion is a lie bit, from what I can remember of the game they never really exposed the truth about Yevon or at least not the full extent, everyone there just thinks that “hey SIN is finally dead we have been forgiven yahhhh” other then that Keep up the Good Work 

    • Anonymous

      Actually they did (it’s a plot point for the game). Most people in the world now just changed to the Al Bhed religion. 

  • Anonymous

    My thing has always been that the “pyerflies?” or souls of the dead are still hanging around. By my count, Tidus and Zanarkand, they were byproducts of the spell which created and maintained Sin, so if they’re around – though a spell that’s been active for 1000 years to finally dissipate – someone could remake it. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mathias-Andersen/578838807 Mathias Andersen

    i agree with spoony on this one.
    FF x-2 had solid gameplay allmost all the way trough. especially the combat was actually designed to be fun. where it all comes apart

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mathias-Andersen/578838807 Mathias Andersen

    i agree with spoony here. the game had basicly better than decent gameplay especially in the combat itself however the way the entire plot simply falls apart into nothingness makes it a so horrible expirience that you allmost forget that. i mean i played this game like 5 times now and now being able to overlook the hillariously bad plot it’s actually entertaining… more than i can say for FF 12 witch is another FF i refuse to abandon but still after 10 tries have yet to bother to finish. at least FF X-2 is fun to play.

    still one thing still bugs me. rikku was allways a main charecter. allright maybe not main main. but after tidus, yunan and auron she was at least the most importnat suport charecter.
    though why she’s a main charecter now…. well it’s better than getting some new nobody like paine right?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mathias-Andersen/578838807 Mathias Andersen

    i agree with spoony here. the game had basicly better than decent gameplay especially in the combat itself however the way the entire plot simply falls apart into nothingness makes it a so horrible expirience that you allmost forget that. i mean i played this game like 5 times now and now being able to overlook the hillariously bad plot it’s actually entertaining… more than i can say for FF 12 witch is another FF i refuse to abandon but still after 10 tries have yet to bother to finish. at least FF X-2 is fun to play.

    still one thing still bugs me. rikku was allways a main charecter. allright maybe not main main. but after tidus, yunan and auron she was at least the most importnat suport charecter.
    though why she’s a main charecter now…. well it’s better than getting some new nobody like paine right?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Neville-Bamshoot/820497626 Neville Bamshoot

    i got two words for final fantasy.
    1)over-rated
    2)silly costumes and hair does NOT make for compelling storytelling!

    wait…

    • Anonymous

      Oh my. /takei

      You make a pointed jab.

      • spookydonkey03

        @SkyRealm:disqus
        hellooooooo. /takei

        ty
        ‘;,,;’ 

    • http://twitter.com/FinnishPhenom Mikko Laurinen

      “2)silly costumes and hair does NOT make for compelling storytelling!”

      …Yes, those would be AESTHETIC features, not story-telling ones.

      • spookydonkey03

         @twitter-121347037:disqus
        berry true, but with each entry in the franchise its clear more time is spent on costumes than story, non?

        (im neville, cant seem to switch disqus back to my fb)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Neville-Bamshoot/820497626 Neville Bamshoot

    i got two words for final fantasy.
    1)over-rated
    2)silly costumes and hair does NOT make for compelling storytelling!

    wait…

  • http://twitter.com/pageym michael page

    I kinda get the idea of final fantasy x-2 but they went at it at the wrong angle. It is the only 3d final fantasygame which uses the job system which is pretty cool except they are freakin DRESS SPHERES!? You should do kingdom hearts after X-2, spoony even though that is a good game. Suede at the end!?

  • Anonymous

    If Final Fantasy wasn’t already ruined with hip trendyness, it was now.  Why couldn’t FF be limited to the NES and SNES, NO they had to freaking ruin everything.  Everything Spoony said about “gamers only” way back in the FF8 review was so dead on it wouldn’t even need a scope to go sniping with.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andre-Aberg/677507600 André Åberg
  • Anonymous

    This review was great and I can’t wait for the rest of this!  One question though, who the hell is Pain?  Do they explain her later or do they just put her in there and just say the other two girls already know her?

    • Anonymous

      Is she explained? Yes.

      Is she explained well? No. Very no.

       

      • Anonymous

        As the only new character in the party, it falls upon her to have the game’s secret, tragic past.

        • Anonymous

          But even after they explain it, only more questions arise. Personally, I would have swerved the audience and revealed that Rikku had a dark past involving cocaine, the dropping of a space colony on Earth Federation forces, the murder of Dr. Kimble’s wife, and maybe the canceling of “Firefly”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Zach-Mireles/100002180743543 Zach Mireles

    I don’t want to sound like a nostalgiafag here, but holy christ on a cracker why can’t these games go back to the good ol’ days of Final Fantasy 1-6? I’ll never understand today’s Final Fantasy fans…hmm, interesting ending there Spoons. Can’t wait to see what that ends up being!

    • Anonymous

      It’s kind of how I feel about D&D 4.0 (I’ve been playing since 2nd Ed). But then again, people just look at me funny when I start talking about THAC0…

    • http://twitter.com/FinnishPhenom Mikko Laurinen

      Go play 9. Now. lol

    • Anonymous

      I do actually kind of wish Square would make a Final Fantasy game with the grungy steampunk feel of 6 and 7. I don’t necessary hate the glistening futuristic sort of feel of recent games, but I think they had something good going before and didn’t even realize it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kim-Smith/100000682553835 Kim Smith

    oww god this game was terrible… this game made me lose all faith in square-enix since it was their first FF game after squaresoft became square-enix… BETRAYAL!!! 

  • Anonymous

    Arrghhh! Nooooo!

    I hate this game! I hate it!

    I only brought this game because of the Via-infinito dungeon and Trema as the hidden boss…It got me curious….but the games “Charlies Angels” theme, the kiddy kissy kissy, pree-teen ‘twilight fangirls’ attitude of the main characters makes me want to bite my tounge off and swallow it.

    One thing that really ticks me off is that pesudo-tropical tune in the ship….and how overly happy everyone is…and why are they getting so damn excited about a damn sphere…Rikku’s idiotic quote about it being something like “a fantastic, wonderfull, Kewl, awesome, supper suggar daddy sphere…wow! lets go get it, angels!’ makes me want to punch the tv screen.

    another thing that bugs me is how easilly most of the world left the yevon religion…beleive me, it is NOT easy to abandon religious beleifs, especially if you were taught to follow it from birth….and another thing….now that the summoners are gone, what will they do when someone dies? think “ah well, when grandpa become a fiend, i’ll just blow his now-monster-head off with a shotgun and hope he doesn’t respawn again’

    ARGHHH!!

    • Anonymous

      Your last point about fragging gramps until he can’t get up? That’s kinda the “solution” they went for. As the game shows us, it doesn’t work all that well especially since some of the extraneous material released for this universe suggests that repeatedly “killing” a fiend just makes it angrier and just like the Hulk, the angrier they get, the stronger they get.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7D6FQ6H45W7QC6PU2MGYUJTXUA J

    …Job system?

    THIS IS THE JOB SYSTEM!?

    God, i feel sorry for FFV, tactics, and whatever other good Job System FF games that it’s come to this. Such a fun system has pretty much been raped now.

    • doresh

      Belive it or not, but if you ignore all the fluff and fan service, X-2 actually has a rather enjoyable job system – especially if you use one of those ultimate dresses to basically turn into a playable boss. If anything, you should blame Square-Enix for abandoning the job system ever since FFV.
      And at least X-2 tried to EXPLAIN this gameplay feature. I can’t see this work any better with those horribly shallow board games recent FF games have.

      Oh, and FFV is the most lighthearted and goofy game in the classic series – which is part of what makes it so awesome. Gilgamesh, anyone?

      Anyways, nice review, Spoony. I was hoping that you’ll mention Rikku’s brief character model downgrade, and you did not disappoint ^^ !

      P.S.: The Gun Mage is this game’s blue mage. Apart from being able to learn special attacks that deal MASSIVE damage to the right kind of monster, you can also learn one or two rather overpowered attacks from certain monsters (not sure if they are more overpowered than the Dark Knight, though). Plus you get the Scan spell that can be upgraded to allow you to get a better look of your own party’s character mode… err, forget what I said…
      Oh, and you forgot to mention the Item Hunter, another optional dress that can recreate the effects of pretty much every healing item in the game.

      • Anonymous

        You mean the Alchemist?

        Also it’s fitting that you mentioned FF5, because 10-2 is the FF game with the shortest development cycle (around one year) since 5. It saves a lot of time when you only make three new areas that don’t seem randomly generated and only a handful of new enemy models.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lysander-Darkholme-Price/100002252740861 Lysander Darkholme Price

    WTF was that shit? like seriously, that game looks just AWFUL!
    and CONFUSING! friggin spheres that contain poorly recorded video footage or random locations…WHAT? this makes NO SENSE!
    your commentary was HILARIOUS as usual…very creative, keep it up :D
    great Benzaie cameo too

  • Annika Karlsson

    I hate this game… >_< Thank you Spoony for pointing out everything that is wrong with this piece of shit! Square Enix should burn in hell for this game…

  • tirsa_v

    Suede!

  • http://twitter.com/runningerror42 Sebastian

    I never finished this game, I don’t even know how I got over an hour of game time but I drew the line when I was beating for roughly an hour on a Tombery and it was still alive. If I haven’t looked it up on the internet I would still be trying to kill an enemy that can’t be killed. Who in their right mind would set an enemy that can’t be killed at all? Even if it could be killed, I wouldn’t waste my time with it, I quit this game because their was nothing of interesst. The only thing with a little potential in it was arranging the spheres in the grid or card or what ever it was, so that I could be as fast and dynamic as possible in combat but I couldn’t stand the pain I would have to go through just to get enough spheres to experiment. Even the characters (main as well as NPCs) in this game seemed more annoying as in FF X (and I didn’t think that was remotly possible).

    • http://twitter.com/FinnishPhenom Mikko Laurinen

      …Wait, what? It’s only been like two months and I’m SURE I slew SEVERAL Tonberries… they took a while to beat each, but… 

  • Anonymous

    nice, cant wait for part two^^
    and you are absolutely right about this game. its bad and doesnt succeed at anything it tries but it does manage to stand out from the rest of the final fantasy series.
    also: KEYMON! http://imediamag.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-o-matic/cache/c83b8_Keymon-Ache.jpg

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/L6YM2Q5ZA74CRIMRZIEPYQWOSE Dana

    XD I must admit that I got excited when i saw this posted, I also like that you like this game more than the final fantasy X  even though you hate it.

    Now what’s really funny Spoony is a while ago… two of the Lpers I watch on You-tube each decided to play their favorite final fantasy games.

    What’s really weird is those games are Final Fantasy 8, and 10… 

    And man are the games boring so far XD

  • http://twitter.com/zerosozha Seth Meszaros

    Goofy as fuck?  Yeah.
    Horrible story?  Definitely.

    But I’ll be damned if FF X-2 doesn’t have THE BEST combat system out of all of them.

    It’s fast-paced, strategic, the “jobs” are all unique with great abilities (Alchemist and Dark Knight are especially awesome), the level-up system is good, and the boss fights are actually challenging in many places.

    It’s like playing FFV (my second favorite FF) on Turbo speed.  I had a lot of fun playing FF X-2, even though I face-palmed through half of it.

  • Genesis375

    Hilarious review as always and what an awesome cliffhanger! Can’t wait to see how it unfolds.

    This is the only Final Fantasy I’ve ever called quits on and never went back to and that’s because I didn’t give a shit bout finding Tidus; but I mean for all its flaws with the dress sphere at least they wised up and got rid of the sphere grid, you got to give it points for going back to a more traditional way of levelling.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kawaiiamethist Samantha Hill

    Oh, I’ve been looking forward to this and you didn’t disappoint!

    Sadly I’m in the minority who liked the game…but then I am a perve, and I have a vag. But even still, I had a lot of gripes with the game.

    I’m one of those freaks who got 100% and was treated to that fucking lame secret scene, which wasn’t even pre-rendered! And yes, even following a guide I somehow only got 99% I had to change my sphere giving decision to get a guaranteed 1%! The story rarely made a lot of sense, especially their bullshit explanation of the dress spheres. It especially stands out when compared to its predecessor’s compelling story. It also could have used with more new areas, or visible changes to the world. Where is Lulu’s baby bump! The game world was basically copy and paste, including NPCs. It still bugs me that Calli, an NPC with a thing for chocobos, was white in the first game and suddenly black in the sequel. WTF?

    Even with these gripes, I loved playing the game. The side quests were mostly entertaining, it was great to see how characters from the first game were progressing with their lives, the new characters were great to get to know, the political state of Spira was a smart framework, and as mind boggling as the dress spheres were, it was cool to track them all down and explore their gimmicks. It’s a shame most of them were useless though, and I wouldn’t put Lady Luck in that category. As I recall, it gave you double exp and dealt decent damage.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kawaiiamethist Samantha Hill

    BTW Spoony One, ever played Lost Odyssey? I’m a nut for the game, and well…you’d make an awesome Jansen <3 I'd love to see you trash my beloved fandom, if only to see you cosplay my JRPG hero.

    • Anonymous

      Okay, you’ve piqued my curiosity: what do you see in that game (Lost Odyssey)? I’m just curious because I played it and didn’t see what all the hub-bub was about, so I’d appreciate enlightenment in this regard.

      • http://www.facebook.com/kawaiiamethist Samantha Hill

        I’ll do my best…

        Gameplay
        *Old-school JRPG system on a next gen console
        *Building my list of abilities from mortals and items
        *Making and using rings for extra damage
        *Hard bosses that require actual strategy
        *Plenty of side quests
        *Collecting memories
        *Excellent english voice cast, actually better than the Japanese

        *Memorable soundtrack

        Story
        *Fully realised world
        *Mature mood, only adults and children, no teenagers
        *Strong, interesting characters
        *Characters are connected to each other and have genuine reason for being in the party
        *The countries had their own flavour
        *The memories were often heartbreaking, but always worth the read
        *JANSEN FRIEDH – the english voice cast did their work first, and his actor was permitted to improv, which made for one of the most realistic performances in games. Like him or hate him, you’ll remember this guy and he elevates a fun game to something addictive, to hear what this guy has to say next. Hell, he’s just as much the lead character as Kaim. He’s the only character to experience a full character arch, he takes charge when Kaim isn’t around, he has the romance story, and the theme song is about his experience.

        Of course it has its flaws. The game’s story is character driven, which is a good thing for it, because the actual narrative is generic and forgettable.  There were also occasions where characters know something without explanation. The villain’s also a mustache twirling douche who is also forgettable. But these aren’t deal breakers, because the overall experience is that wonderful for me.

        • Anonymous

          Hmmm…you make some excellent points. Maybe I’ll give LO a second chance. Thank you!

          • http://www.facebook.com/kawaiiamethist Samantha Hill

            Games, like any form of entertainment, are subjective. If you play it again and don’t see what I see, it’s just your taste. I played Mass Effect, every side quest and found it dull, yet it’s one of the most beloved RPGs out there. Same with all Diablo 2 – hate that thing.

          • Anonymous

            Yes, but there are universals which fans of a genre can agree on. Me? I’m not a huge fan of JRPGs. As a old school D&D player, I really enjoy being able to actually roleplay and make choices based on how I envision a character (I like games like KOTOR, Mass Effect, and Jade Empire for that reason). That said, I can however respect a solid soundtrack, a good story, and competently realized characters, so there I see something that is likable.

            As for Diablo? Well….sometimes I’m not in the mood for hours of cutscenes and dialog. Sometimes I just want to smash things, explore, collect loot, and kill giant bosses in grim setting. That’s why I, when I’m in the mood, I dust off Diablo I & II (and LoD) and get to slicing.

          • http://www.facebook.com/kawaiiamethist Samantha Hill

            Oh, I love Jade Empire! Bioware, where is that sequel?? Very disappointed by lack of ending for the threesome romance choice. I should also point out I’m a huge fan of Dragon Age…though DA2 was rushed garbage. Both worlds were so much fun, and had a lot of little stories to explore.

            My main issue with Diablo 2 was there was no story for me to latch onto and constantly returning to town to sell loot was a pain in the ass. When I want to loot and kill big bosses, I turn to the adventure hack and slashers, like GoW, Devil May Cry and the only shooter I could get into, Dead Space.

          • Anonymous

            I agree with your thoughts on DA and DA2. It’s not the first time a sequel has disappointed me so much, but it still stings.

            Diablo 2 I liked because it was a hack and slasher with that rogue-like perspective (ala Baldur’s Gate, Fallout 1 and 2, etc). DMC…I loved the original but the sequels were…well, to say that they failed to light my fire, is an understatement. As for Dead Space, it was okay but my favorite (and I know I’m a freak for saying it) was DS: Extraction on the Wii. I’m serious! It actually nailed both the action and the horror beats better than the regular games. You really do feel like you are in a masterfully made thriller with Extraction.

            Now if you’ll excuse me I have to go drown my sorrows after being reminded that Bioware STILL hasn’t said anything about the sequel to JE.

            *sob*

            MY KUNG FUUUUUUUUU!!!

          • http://www.facebook.com/kawaiiamethist Samantha Hill

            Hey, I liked Extraction, too :) I was given the sequel for my bday, and was delighted to find the PS3 port bundled on the disc. A few bosses made me rage quit, but I always returned and eventually prevailed. Oh, how I felt like a bad ass! XD

            I enjoyed all the DMCs, except for 2, well half of 2; the disc as the girl was actually enjoyable. I bite my nails everytime I ponder the upcoming game. It looks like too much of a departure from the established mood of the franchise. It’s also annoying to not see a continuation from 4, especially with a few developers admitting that Nero was Virgil’s son. *sigh* I’m also concerned that battle will resemble Heavenly Sword; I barely beat the game, and by the time I had, my hand muscles were injured from the control layout.

            Did you know a major Lost Odyssey actor appears in Jade Empire? Sarah (Kaim’s wife) was Dawn Star. I did an internal double take when I first heard Dawn Star speak.

          • Anonymous

            Really? Kim Mai Guest was in LO?

            *checks IMDB*

            Holy shit, she was! I knew that she voiced Mei Ling in the Metal Gear Solid games, but I didn’t know she was in LO.

          • http://www.facebook.com/kawaiiamethist Samantha Hill

            Yep, she’s a party member. LO has quite a cast – Kaim was Keith Ferguson (Basch from FFXII), Seth was Tara Strong (every cartoon ever, and Rikku here), Cooke was Kath Soucie (lots of cartoons, but most recognised as the twins from Rug Rats) and Ming was Salli Saffioti (known for Ingrid Hunnigan in Resident Evil 4). Michael McGaharn, who voiced Jansen, sadly has a small body of work. He was the original Knuckles in Sonic Adventure and is the lead character in a Troma spoof comedy, Blondes Have More Guns…which I bought purely to check this guy out :P

            I’ve got this thing for voice actors. If you do, I highly recommend the mockumentary by Mark Hamill, Comic Book: the movie. It features a lot of voice actors in live roles.

            Back to Final Fantasy, something I appreciate about this series is that no matter how annoying the character, you can rarely chalk it down to a bad performance, it tends to be more poor charactisation by the writers. I’m looking at you XIII! X and X-2 attracted voice acting veterans, and funnily, you can find several in Drawn Together. James Arnold Taylor, AKA Tidus, is Wooldoor Sockbat!

          • Anonymous

            Wait, wait, wait…you actually saw “Blondes have more guns”? Wow. I’ve only known two other people that have seen it besides myself. Makes referencing it for humor a bit of a bear. Glad to find someone else who knows of it.

          • http://www.facebook.com/kawaiiamethist Samantha Hill

            Wowser, someone else has heard of it…I love Troma films, but I didn’t know about that gem till I researched Michael McGaharn sometime back. There were no torrents around, so I bought the dvd off ebay. That man’s comedy career not taking off is a crime! >.< I found comments he made on a forum when the game first came out, I think his day job was physiotherapy. Anyway, he came across as very humble, and simply stunned to suddenly have fans. He was also embarrassed by BHMG, such a shame, because it's genuinely amusing.

          • Anonymous

            Of course! You are chatting with a man who once submitted a final paper in a film class entitled, “The Reich Does Not Rock: The Deconstruction of Nazi Propaganda As Demonstrated By Shah’s ‘Hard Rock Zombies’ “. Quirky obscure movies are my deal. *

            *To answer your unasked questions.

            1. Yes, there is a movie with that title that does indeed feature Rock, Zombies, and Adolf Hitler. Though admittedly calling it “Hard Rock” is a stretch considering the film’s protagonists make Hanson look like Man-o-War.

            2. Why yes, that paper was a load of post-modernist tripe (you’d think I was going my black belt in bullshito) and yet the professor gave it perfects marks.

          • Anonymous

            I actually kind of disagree with you on this point. I’m of the opinion that Tidus’s voice acting was more detrimental to the character than the script, and Yuna sounds like she’s drowsy half the time (and from what I heard her VA had no prior experience!). The two voices in FF10 they couldn’t afford to fuck up ended up being the most irritating of them all.

    • Anonymous

      Well he did indeed. If you didn’t check it out yet you might wanna listen to this http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/podcasts/tranmission-awesome/11253-taep32. It’s not much and not really a review but he goes off on his short little rant about Lost Odyssey.

      • http://www.facebook.com/kawaiiamethist Samantha Hill

        Thanks for the link, its never occurred to me to check out the podcasts. I guess because I come here for vids, and go to spill.com for podcasts. Thrilled to know Spoony hates Lost Odyssey! I hope he does a review series, it’d be great exposure for the game.

  • http://profiles.google.com/supersqualllee squall lee rhodes

    The experiment has gone HD, and it’s glorious.

    Masterful work Spoony. I was actually surprised at the mention of this game trying to be fresh, new, and upbeat, and just genuinely having something good to say about it. I admired that to, even if the execution was head scratchingly, eye rollingly, curb stompingly stupid.

    I also agree, the garment grid thing is extremely weird. At least in the earlier games it was all magic crystals. They didn’t explain much more than this game does but at least that had the benefit of a definite presence of magic and no bull shit techno-hoohaa.

    And oh god… the subquests and that 100% completion thing. I freakin’ miss one line of dialogue with Brother because I refused to watch him creepily hit on his cousin but I did everything else, even the ranching and monster hunting, and I still failed. If the game didn’t cost me $40-new, I would’ve run over it with a steam roller

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mattia-Garavini/1392975403 Mattia Garavini

    Spoony likes X-2!?!?!?!? ”head explodes”

  • http://www.facebook.com/Kastlo Michele Castellani

    Another Game review! I missed those.

  • Anonymous

    I rather liked the combat system and hunting spheres for new jobs was surprisingly addictive… especially when got hands on Dark Knight that was basically way more butt kicking version of warrior. With venoms!

    But the story and characters (FU Brother!) made it hell.
    I barely finished this game once and never looked back. It’s been ages since played ffx-2 but I remember there was a part where Brother had for some reason jumped off from airship. Sadly, he didn’t die. Instead he’s lying on floor and you got an option to tend or ignore him.
    Naturally I picked more realistic option and proceed running over him because that made him snivel helplessly. Ah, the memories.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jnieminen Janne Nieminen

    FFX-2 was the first in the FF series I didn’t play. FFX lured me by being the PS2 debut game, but after that, I just couldn’t go through with it anymore. I rather load up the classic FF’s once again than play these modern versions. Looks like I haven’t missed much, either.

    And loved the cliffhanger, btw.

  • http://gangstaboogie.deviantart.com/ goodtimesfreegrog

    I’m surprised, I was really expecting you to go into this all-out screaming and loathing, but you actually prefaced it with a nice “I can see where they’re coming from” disclaimer. Very nice.

  • Anonymous

    At 8:54, Pose As A Team, Cause S*** Just Got Real! Except this is FFX-2, so this phrase may have a double meaning.

    Also, the Ass Counter is back! With a game this full of fanservice, that counter’s going to make the Fuse Box Counter look like a CHUMP!

    Also… MONKEY!

  • Anonymous

    Dear Spoony and all of your fans, I’d like to bring up a topic, which almost nobody of you care or even think about – the aspect ratio. Spoony, could you please pay attention to it? IMHO, you as a movie and video fan should care about the correct AR. You know, the way it is intended to be by the author? Surely, most people don’t give a damn about correct AR, but there are still people (although very few) who don’t enjoy watching unnaturally stretched or squashed faces or oval Moons.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Erik-Krug-Aase/664360942 Erik Krug Aase

      I’m so happy I’m not the only one to notice!
      Specifically, the aspect ratio of the game is 4:3 (1,33:1), while you’re presenting it in 16:9 (1,78:1). If you just squashed the FFX-2 footage down to 4:3, it would look so much better. And correct!
      With my job as a projectionist, whose job it is to worry about aspect ratios, it makes it almost impossible for me to watch these awesome reviews. Please don’t let your videos look like old people who just got a widescreen TV and set it to stretch!
      I could even do it for you! Seriously!

      • Anonymous

         You’re not the only one, but you’re like one in in a million or something. Very few people care about correct aspect ratio and some even don’t notice if an obviously circular object (like a car tyre) is oval shaped. I always try to raise awareness for AR and I am always unhappy with my favourites Spoony, Nostalgia Critic and AVGN messing up the AR while they actually should know it better. After all, they are movie and video fans; so how is it possible that they don’t care about correctly shaped pistures? I tried to contact them, but as for now there is no reply on this topic by any of them. I left comments on their pages, but I either fell on deaf ears or I only found replies by fans like “who the hell cares?” If you, Erik, are interested in this whole “messed up AR” topic, please let me know. You can find me on youtube (whiterottenrabbit). Also, I recommend to you the blog “Are Some People Just Visually Dull?” which you can easily find by googling for this phrase.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ICDHG7TLTN6JVK6JMK3TKQFXKQ Mike Wallace

      Well you’re right about that. We don’t care or even think about it. It’s like like I paid ten bucks to be here so the projectionist had better do his freakin’ job. The moon does look kind of oval-shaped. Totally ruins the experience of watching him play clips of this game. I mean, I’m sitting here putting up with a crap game about crap characters trying to imitate Lara Croft, Ke$ha and FemSquall respectively and now the friggin’ moon can’t shape itself properly in a cheap internet video done by a work-at-home critic?

      What’s the world coming to.

      • Anonymous

        After I wrote these lines, I am totally ignoring your comment (and all of your possible subsequent comments) since I don’t see helpful or even anything meaningful in it. Have fun trolling!

      • Anonymous

        After I wrote these lines, I am totally ignoring your comment (and all of your possible subsequent comments) since I don’t see helpful or even anything meaningful in it. Have fun trolling!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=753345456 Octo Seven

    Loving the review so far; the new Sad Panda theme is awesome too; great scene after the end credits.

  • Anonymous

    Ugh, Auron’s not in this game. That might have made it somewhat bearable….you know….to have one character that was not a complete moron with the dress sense of Lady Gaga. But noooo.

    You know what though? Despite the terrible, vacuous characters, despite the dreadful dialogue, rock-stupid story, ear rapingly dreadful music (FFX had a great soundtrack), poorly designed minigames and disturbing fanservice….I would rather play this again and attempt 100% than even play an hour of FFXIII. At least you can actually play this game, you can explore. There’s STUFF to do besides run down a hallway and watch the AI fight battles for you so you can get back to a pretentious load of nonsense storyline that takes itself way too seriously. In retrospect….FFX-2 was only the bottom of the FF barrel…the bottom no longer exists now. Anyways I enjoyed the review. I was worried about Spoony becoming “that guy who just hates Final Fantasy” when he announced he was doing FFX way back, but these games inspire so much snark, vitriol and overall hilarity….and that’s why he has so many fans in the first place.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephen-Martin/1596700226 Stephen Martin

    A few things.

    How do they make money with the spheres? The don’t. That is why Yuna has to do shitty pop concerts. :)

    The garment grid is something new, like an ereader, while the grids you collect are ancient tablets that tell you secret techniques or something and the garment grid that was built reads them like putting ancient sumerian text into a txt file. As for forgetting things… it is dangerous mental rewriting. You got it right. It should be banned as a crime against humanity.
    Why do the spheres attract fiends? They don’t. Those are emotional memories imprinted on the spheres, probably the early versions of the technology. When a soul has emotions tying it to the world it left behind it’s called unfinished business. Last game established the fiends were unsent souls so… those fiends you kill are the tortured souls of the people trapped in this untested unperfected technology all so they could have grainy static filled pictures of buildings and waterfalls. Worth it.
    As for why the aren’t at the top… apparently they decided to jump out of the ship just like when they fought Sn for old time’s sake just as the ship was starting to extend some ramp or something. Not surprising considering no one asks Rikku to teach them Al-bed or they don’t ask the barkeeps name.

    Those are the ONLY questions that I can come up with crappy answers for. The learning Al-bed, the barkeep’s name… I can only refer back to the spheres rewire their brains.

    I’d like to compliment you on two things that made me laugh more than they should. The abandoning the comic relief villains to fall to their deaths was something I never realized. Like a boss. Thank you. And the Benzai dance… once again that took me by surprise. I cannot believe I did not see that coming. That made me laugh like crazy. Keep up the good work and lay off those anti-crazy pills.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matthew-Eis/1464941192 Matthew Eis

    oh gawd that was amazing. The waka/gun scene mad me laugh so hard I almost threw up.

  • Anonymous

    I think Shinra at one point comments that he might be able to draw energy from the Farplane to generate power, like what Shinra corp. is doing in 7 to the lifestream. Wait, why do I know this? Oh god….

  • Anonymous

    The one thing about FFX-2 I actually liked was the battle system.

    Kind of.

    Rather, if you strip away all the nonsense story explanations and the girly transformations and terminology, the bare-bones battle system in FFX-2 is actually kind of interesting. Being able to swap jobs in battle is a nice improvement over, say, FFV, though you’re still limited by the grids you use and need to plan them out strategically. The jobs are nowhere near as deep as they were in FFV, though, and you can’t break the game wide open like you can there.

    Unfortunately, though, you never spend enough time in the battle system in FFX-2. So much of the game is spent on the sidequests and the ridiculous mini games, there’s actually not all that much combat.

    Unrelated: Isn’t one of the potential endings in FFX-2 one where Tidus doesn’t come back? Maybe we should just consider that one canonical…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Brannan/100000553090641 Thomas Brannan

    Thank goodness I’m not the only one who thought Rikku’s “Monkey” face was messed up.
    Also how do the Kinderguardians not get mauled by fiends, are they only interested in grown-ups and jailbait?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Brannan/100000553090641 Thomas Brannan

    Thank goodness I’m not the only one who thought Rikku’s “Monkey” face was messed up.
    Also how do the Kinderguardians not get mauled by fiends, are they only interested in grown-ups and jailbait?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Johan-Emeren/100000289562156 Johan Emeren

    Why do american reviewers insist on playing without the original japanese music/voices?
    It makes me cringe all over, please stop doing this!

    • http://www.facebook.com/benjcano Benjamin Cano

      If the designers didn’t want the game played except in the original Japanese, I guess they shouldn’t have gone through the trouble of translating and hiring voice actors and musicians. Since they included the substandard audio tracks, they become fair game for review.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Z4GHIK2SGV6VRON7K55BERDQUY Papa Smurf

      Maybe because Spoony doesn’t speak Japanese and doesn’t want to be taken out of the game by reading the subtitles.
      Would you review a game which has it’s original audio recorded on Kurdish or Kazakh or Czech or Serbian? 

      • http://www.facebook.com/Manofmanycoats Robert Cousineau

         Personally I would. Honestly, any person that really likes anime or foreign films watchs them in their original language with english subs (Unless your one of the hundreds of kids that pretends to like anime and watchs them in dub). For one, it usually sounds “correct” in the language it was designed in. Sure, not everybody likes reading the subs but those people are just lazy.

        And once again yes, if there was a game in Czech with english subtitles, I would review it while playing it subtitled. It feels like games that translate slightly change the dialogue in order to make sense to the culture they are translating to, and I want all the weird euro bullshit.

        • http://twitter.com/Tony7wsfk Tony

          You don’t think the same is true for the subtitles? There are a lot of words, phrases, and exclamations that can’t be translated into English because there isn’t an English equivalent. Some words are completely unique to their language and can only be compared to. Knowing this, it’s unlikely dubbing is vastly different from the original content, and even if it is, so are the subtitles, if only to a slightly lesser degree.

          It’s also extremely arrogant to say people who listen to dubs aren’t even really fans of what they’re watching. I’d say it’s people like you who aren’t really fans for caring more about how you watch something, as opposed to what you watch. And honestly, if you wanted the true experience of a foreign film or anime, you’d need to not only learn the language it’s spoken in fluently, but understand the culture it comes from on a personal level. You and people like you just want to be that, but since you can’t be, you choose the next best thing, which is hating dubs and people who use them to make yourself seem like you’re on a higher or more honorable level, when you’re really not.

    • http://www.saisasylum.com/ Sai

      Because that’s the version that was made for America? 

      Though I leave games in Japanese sometimes, like with Eternal Sonata, because some of the dialog was so smaltzy and stupid I wouldn’t be able to stand it if I could actually understand what they were saying. Reading it made me feel slightly less embarrassed for the game.  

    • Anonymous

      Becuase it’s inherently utterly fucking stupid to prefer a language you don’t understand and isn’t native to you versus one that is?

      And becuase most normal people in the west aren’t Japanophile Asia-obsessed idiotic raving fucking Weeaboos who delude themselves to the core of their being, to brainwash themselves into thinking that a country they honestly know fuck-ass about like Japan and never lived there, is somehow “superior” to the rest of the world just because they unnaturally idolize a few fucking video games and cartoons that HAPPEN to come from there?

      Yeah. Those reasons, probably.

      • Anonymous

        I think I love you. In a totally non-homo way.

        I’m sick of reading comments about people playing the game in English, it’s fucking stupid, people play with what is comfortable to them. If that is playing a JRPG with English Dubs, so be it.

        But to be fair, it’s not only Americans who do this. It is a majority though.

      • Anonymous

        Bit excessive. Japanophilia is mostly harmless fun. This level of hatred really is unjustified and helps no one. And apart from that, you’re directing it at someone who may not even have the characteristics you’re talking about!

        As for subs vs. dubs, who care who? Just go with the version you like and stop being high-and-mighty about it.

      • Anonymous

        Fuckmuffins. Meatpuppets.

        These are fun words. Give me more!

    • http://twitter.com/Bofinkins Reija Pekkinen

      While I personally prefer subs over dubs, most of the european and american releases for japanese games simply do not have the option to switch the audio to the original language. I remember browsing the settings for quite a long time trying to figure out how to change the language in FFX. In the end I just muted the speech.

      That, and of course it’s down to personal preference. It’s easier to just listen to the dialogue, than read the subs, because then you can focus better on what’s happening on the screen.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kawaiiamethist Samantha Hill

      Most games don’t have the option, especially the FF series, and even those with the option like Lost Odyssey, Blue Dragon and Eternal Sonata, would slow down the video so the audience could read the subtitles. Besides, most dubbed games are actually GOOD these days, and some better than the Japanese, like Lost Odyssey.

      • Anonymous

        I would have liked the option in FF10. I’d prefer just about any other voice actors for Tidus and Yuna, regardless of language, over the ones the English dub actually got.

        That’s all I care to contribute to this particular debate.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Antony-Cannon/100000532669547 Antony Cannon

    This was super! I trully appreciate it, Spoony.
    Great job!
    I especially like the blue metaphors.

  • http://twitter.com/MsMeiriona Celeste LaScala

    I…this…it doesn’t… dress up..mokeys… I think my brain broke.

  • Anonymous

    FF has always baffled me. I just do not see the appeal. Weird-ass stories, weird-ass characters, hours and hours of running around all to watch endless cutscenes and participate in turn-based combat which might just as well be text-based.

    P.S. One more thing… I think Sad Panda is a nice guy and all, but his music is seriously lacking. Don’t know if it’s his singing voice, or same chord progression he recycles from song to song, but it’s just.. ouch. He should at least find someone else do to the singing.

    • http://www.saisasylum.com/ Sai

      I like Sad Panda’s ending themes for the Critic and Phelous, but this one WAS a bit odd. I think he was out of his range. 

    • Anonymous

      “FF has always baffled me. I just do not see the appeal. Weird-ass
      stories, weird-ass characters, hours and hours of running around all to
      watch endless cutscenes and participate in turn-based combat which might
      just as well be text-based. Why? Where’s the fun?”

      WRPGs are not much different, hours of running round huge arse areas with ~90% being useless outside of getting lost, and SO many fetch quests, Why? Where’s the fun? at least JRPGs mix it up.

      as for Turn-based vs non Turn-based I can work with either but I do prefer Turn-based(though FF hasn’t been truly 100% Turn-based since FFIII).

  • Anonymous

    FF has always baffled me. I just do not see the appeal. Weird-ass stories, weird-ass characters, hours and hours of running around all to watch endless cutscenes and participate in turn-based combat which might just as well be text-based.

    P.S. One more thing… I think Sad Panda is a nice guy and all, but his music is seriously lacking. Don’t know if it’s his singing voice, or same chord progression he recycles from song to song, but it’s just.. ouch. He should at least find someone else do to the singing.

  • http://profiles.google.com/jake.demopoulos Jacob Demopoulos

    Hey Spoony, have you ever wondered how exactly the spheres record? They function exactly like cameras. Except they’re spheres, so they don’t have a lens, or rather they do; it’s just that it’s a 360 lens covering the entire thing. On that note, how do you press ‘record’? What does the sphere records? Does it have a front, or does it record everything in what would be its field of vision? Why does it have static? It’s not electronic and it doesn’t use film. What happens?

    I could go for ages on this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jakob-Heugenhauser/100001231405910 Jakob Heugenhauser

    am i the only one thinking that ryku looks like god damn ke$ha in this game? 

  • http://www.facebook.com/cnauta Charles Nauta

    Always! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/Philipskiii Filip Aleksandrov Mihaylov

    OH. YES. It finally is here. One of THE most awated reviews of the year. D:

  • http://www.facebook.com/Philipskiii Filip Aleksandrov Mihaylov

    OH. YES. It finally is here. One of THE most awated reviews of the year. D:

  • http://www.facebook.com/bfman992 Brian Flaxman

    It’s a shame that you have been getting a lot of flack lately for “not being funny anymore.” This is one of the funniest videos you have released.

    It is sorta funny, though, because I thoroughly enjoyed both FFVIII and FFX, making this the first FF game you reviewed that I did not like. Regardless, all of those reviews were hilarious, as is this one.

    Great Job Spoony!

  • Anonymous

    Lmao. Oh man. The betrayal clip. I was waiting for that. And when it came, it was platinum.

    THANK YOU for having such a great sense of timing.

    • Anonymous

      That’s one of my favorite non-sweary lines to come from Spoony. It’s perfect in two ways.

      1: He’s genuinely pissed off, like I am about X-Com.
      2: Angry Joe looking freaked out, hoping no one around is actually noticing them

  • Anonymous

    Key-mon?

  • http://twitter.com/Simbaka Thomas Punton

    Oh my word, its like Final Fantasy’s version of Jem!

  • Anonymous

    I liked FFX, though I’ll admit I forgot some of the stupider moments, but Spoony’s done more than I could and got past the opening sequence of the sequel – he predicted that reaction right. I’ve always felt I should give it a shot at some point though, as it couldn’t be as bad as that first impression, and the dress sphere thing didn’t sound too bad in theory – good thing I don’t need to check it out now I guess. 

    I don’t know how someone who hated the later FF games could make it through this game – I saulte you sir!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ben-Smooker/100001851743299 Ben Smooker

    One of the biggest supposed “insults” this game gave came in an interview way after release.
    People considered the kid “Shinra” to be a simple homage or callback to FF7. You know like Chocobos, Moogles, all that stuff ends up being.

    But no. The director revealed FFX-2…is a prequel to FFVII. That some times in the future, after FFX-2 is over, Shinra develops space technology and leaves to find another planet. Gaia. The world of FFVII. After his death, the corporation set up in his name continues to expand until it becomes the one dominant force on the planet.

    Yes, this Shinra kid is actually the great, great, great, great, great, grea grandfather of Rufus Shinra from Final Fantasy VII.

    Oh the fans were so happy, and most just went into outright denial.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F6DCTUY6RUMWXJKGOICRNIAXCM André Norell

      You just HAD to go and dredge up those memories again, didn’t you? *sigh* Where’d I put the brain bleach…

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sean-Lincoln/503842752 Sean Lincoln

        It’s next to the brain liquid plumber.

  • Anonymous

    you probably should adress where they got the ONE MILE LONG SPACESHIP in the first place, seeing how they only had this tiny ugly thing in X.
    also, X-2s fighting system is awesome, almost makes up for the boring rest.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Walsh/100000396472034 Bob Walsh

    NOW I understand why it took so long.  We had to wait for Suede.

  • http://www.gamerscorner.co.uk Gamers Corner

    Maybe it’s because I didn’t play X-2 until it’d been out for a few years, so I already knew the complaints of the fans, but I quite liked it. It’s not going to go down as one of my favourite games but it was nice to adventure through Spira again and seeing how the world had developed since the events of X.

    X-2 was far more enjoyable than XIII anyway.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mateo360 Matthew Boston

    I actually managed to get 100% on the first playthrough. But to do it I had to have the strategy guide, an online walkthrough, youtube and about 3 weeks to do it. To get it on the first playthrough, You have to do every single side quest (except you don’t have to do anything related to blitzball THANK GOD) which includes doing the 100 floor death dungeon in Bevelle and a bunch of chocobo related quests. You also specifically have to give the choice sphere to the Youth League. You must also get a specific culprit for the Mi’ihen Highroad mystery and a whole bunch of other small little details such as not push anything even continue during Maechen’s long ass speeches. You also specifically have to WIN the sphere break tournament in Luca or you can’t get a dress sphere.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-Naylor/1417366109 Paul Naylor

      I thought you needed to do two playthroughs to get 100%.  The storyline splits between new yevon and youth league.  If chose either you cant do all the other storylines sidequests.

      • http://www.facebook.com/kawaiiamethist Samantha Hill

        You can do it in one. The second gives you a couple of options to pick up points if you can’t figure out where you went wrong, even following a guide. Happened to me; 99% first play through, so I changed my sphere giving to New Yevon on second.

  • Anonymous

    You know after seeing your reviews Spoony I gotta say how could so many reviewers not see all the problems you outlined? Kind of mind boggling. Just goes to show how untrustworthy a lot of the major publications and websites can be. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ICDHG7TLTN6JVK6JMK3TKQFXKQ Mike Wallace

      Spoony doesn’t get paid by companies that get paid by game developers.

      • Anonymous

        Makes sense. Pretty pathetic. I guess guys like Angry Joe and Spoony are the only honest reviewers we can trust

  • Anonymous

    You know after seeing your reviews Spoony I gotta say how could so many reviewers not see all the problems you outlined? Kind of mind boggling. Just goes to show how untrustworthy a lot of the major publications and websites can be. 

  • http://twitter.com/Jegsimmons James Simmons

    YES!!! FINALLY! FFX2!!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/Jegsimmons James Simmons

    YES!!! FINALLY! FFX2!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Yuna runs like a girl? o..k

    • http://twitter.com/Christhors Chris Thorsen

      She’s 17 in X-2, which is still jailbait in the states.

      • Anonymous

        not everywhere in the states though, obviously it must be where Spoony lives, but when most states are 16, is it that much of problem? that she’s 1 year off? the translators could have easily have said 18, they did it in Snatcher

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sean-Lincoln/503842752 Sean Lincoln

          18 is the age in which it is unequivocally legal regardless of the other party’s age.  

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ICDHG7TLTN6JVK6JMK3TKQFXKQ Mike Wallace

          I like how you’re trying to defend 16 as a legal age restriction. Then you wouldn’t have to hide all that stuff on your computer, right? *Snerk* /just kidding

          • Anonymous

            I live in the UK, it is legal.

          • Anonymous

            Dude, the numbers are SOOO arbitrary. The awakening of sexual responsibility varies so far between one person and another, that in some areas of Japan it’s as low as 13.

  • http://www.saisasylum.com/ Sai

    I always thought this game was a misguided attempt to appeal to girls and women, with all the pop singing and outfit collecting. But since it was made in Japan it’s really for 30-40 year old otaku perverts isn’t it?

    • Lady_KaguraX

      I agree with that. And to think we’re suppose to respect the elders when they haven’t realized that they aren’t getting any younger. You only live once in your liftetime, but don’t spend it vying on younger women who want nothing to do with you. Don’t you have someone in your life you are growing old with? Forget about the nuble youngsters and stick with the one you married, you old morons. This is why it’s hard for me to look up to the elders who try so hard to date anyone younger than them. It pisses me off.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nagneto-Lives/100002330956610 Nagneto Lives

      In that respect I think it was marketed to appeal to both.

  • http://twitter.com/xxDrCrackbone Matt

    Okay, so… who’s the pissed off Final Fantasy character this time?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mattias-Granlund/100000618693819 Mattias Granlund

      that or the returned That guy in the suede, consider that guys updated “dresscode” includes black gloves and a katana

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ICDHG7TLTN6JVK6JMK3TKQFXKQ Mike Wallace

      Could be… Sephiroth. I hesitate to even say the name, but consider the hair, black gloves with little white wrist… warmers? And the katana. *Shrug*

  • http://twitter.com/Jegsimmons James Simmons

    wait…WAKKA porked LULU!?!?!?

    REALLY?!?!?!
    was that even hinted at?
    ok fanboys/girls, think about this, wakka busted a nut In Lulu. and it probably smelled like hair gel.
    dude if something like that happened in a series i liked, i’d be devastated because in turned into a freakish fan fic.

    • Anonymous

      It’s the result of the fact that Wakka was the only dude still around in the party at the end of FFX.

      “Look, the cool guy and pretty boy are dead and pretty boy was totally all up on Yuna, so it’s your choice between me and Panthro over there. Make your decision quick, sugartits, or I’m gonna start hittin’ that jailbait in the corner until I get a limit break.”

      • http://twitter.com/Jegsimmons James Simmons

        wells shit, it’s japan i honestly expected half man half wookie babies…because HOW FUCKING AWESOME WOULD THAT BE??!!??!!

        or better yet, lesbianism with the new emo chick! a goth and an emo!! heavy metal lesbian sex scene!!!

  • Anonymous

    French Conan, what is best in life?

    To surrender to your enemies, be driven before them, and then seduce their women with our sexy accents and implications of using our tongues creatively.

    • Anonymous

      Well, played AggroWill. Well played.

  • Anonymous

    Man, Spoony’s gone full AVGN on Final Fantasy. I really, really want to see a lengthy review of FF13 now. His opinions shall reflect my own in cadence and diction!

    Observation.

    Final Fantasy X-2 might have been a much better-received game if it had nothing to do with the Final Fantasy series at all. Something lighthearted and standalone, like Blue Dragon or the Dragon Quest games (or anything else with Akira Toriyama’s art design and a total lack of giving a shit about pathos).

    A bunch of Charlie’s Angels-like treasure hunters in an airship fly around the globe to find ancient technology, constantly getting accosted by Team Rocket-like douchebags and fighting a boss just before every piece of technology is found, until a superweapon is found and you have to stop various people from using it. Add some direction from Itagaki and you have both a light and fun RPG that doubles as bitchin’ spank material.

    Just ignore tons of things, like Yuna’s entire past relationship and identity (the game did that), the planet’s cyclical disaster god recently being completely destroyed along with the planet’s ruling religion (the game did that), the character development system in favor of something that gives you an excuse to put the characters in lots of different skimpy outfits (the game did that)… man, if this game had any jiggle physics, it would have been game of the freaking year.

  • Anonymous

    MONKEY~!

    I loved the first part. Awesome work, Spoony.

  • http://www.facebook.com/fatmaster2002 Mattias Ekberg

    Holy shit i laughed when you just yelled out deep wang

  • Anonymous

    Does he ever actually like anything, or is he just another worthless ball of lardy impotent rage slobbering all over the internet?

    • Jorge Guerreiro

      Well, if you consider making a living out of “lardy impotent rage slobbering”, then yes.
      He likes games, really good games, which means that 95% of what he likes are games from the 90s. Betrayal at krondor, wing commander, ultima, fallout, half life, total war, civilization, and things like that.

      And are you sir, another of those septics who just bash anyone who has an opinion posted on the internet, oppose free speech, dress in white and worship burning crosses and voted for Bush?

      He often points out positive things in the games he dislikes, but in sarcastic and satirical ways, understood only by very few. If you don’t get it, ragequit the internet and go watch some family guy or some crap.

      • Anonymous

        ….I like how you extrapolate that simply because I find the beast’s
        frothing rants retarded–like, in the literal sense; I think he has brain
        damage–I must have voted for Bushhitler.

        And also that I must be male. I’m not.

        • Anonymous

          I’m extrapolating that you must be a fan of FFX-2 seeing as how you are coming here to a FFX-2 review in order to bash the person doing said review of FFX-2. TBH that is more worrying than you voting for Bush. :O

      • Anonymous

        ..I like how you extrapolate that simply because I find the beast’s frothing rants retarded–like, in the literal sense; I think he has brain damage–I must have voted for Bushhitler and I hate free speech and I must be a closet racist homophobe. Congrats to you, sir, you have literally just proven to me you are the internet stereotype embodied. It is literally not possible you weigh less than 300 pounds and that you are wearing pants at this moment.
         
        And also for some reason you assume that I must be male. I’m not.

    • http://www.facebook.com/fimbulvetrr Dovah Kiin

      Thanks for describing yourself.

  • Anonymous

    Does he ever actually like anything, or is he just another worthless ball of lardy impotent rage slobbering all over the internet?

  • Anonymous

    Ohhhh boy!  You can tell it’s public service time for Spoony so we don’t have to suffer through such atrocity the the FF series has given us since after Final Fantasy VII

  • http://www.facebook.com/jfrapart Joel Frapart

    Wait.  Hold on, I can’t comprehend this.  Your not bothering with the side-quests for FFX-2?  There’s an aspect of a Final Fantasy game that’s optional, that your not going to force yourself to play completely?  You played that stupid card game for FF8, forced yourself to play blitzball even though you hate it, and yet when it comes to major scripted side-quests in this game you just said fuck-it and didn’t bother with them?  Well… GOOD!  What the hell took you so long to grow some fucking common sense?  Maybe now you won’t spend an entire episode on one battle drawing from enemies when you can go the entire game never drawing from an enemy more than two or three times and never run out of magic!

    Anyway.  Good review, look forward to part 2.

    • Anonymous

      Spoony’s come a long, long way since those first FF8 videos, and I’m proud of him for it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jfrapart Joel Frapart

    Wait.  Hold on, I can’t comprehend this.  Your not bothering with the side-quests for FFX-2?  There’s an aspect of a Final Fantasy game that’s optional, that your not going to force yourself to play completely?  You played that stupid card game for FF8, forced yourself to play blitzball even though you hate it, and yet when it comes to major scripted side-quests in this game you just said fuck-it and didn’t bother with them?  Well… GOOD!  What the hell took you so long to grow some fucking common sense?  Maybe now you won’t spend an entire episode on one battle drawing from enemies when you can go the entire game never drawing from an enemy more than two or three times and never run out of magic!

    Anyway.  Good review, look forward to part 2.

  • Anonymous

    I liked X-2’s gameplay, that was it. Gameplay was solid and fun.

  • Anonymous

    Some people prefer X-2’s Blitzball to X’s because it’s more about managing and training, you don’t actually get to play games, how that’s better is beyond me but hey, whatever floats their boat right?

    • http://twitter.com/Tony7wsfk Tony

      You essentially just said you don’t understand why people enjoy the strategy genre.

      • Anonymous

        Not entirely sure about that, I’ve played and like C&C.

        • http://twitter.com/Tony7wsfk Tony

          “…you don’t actually get to play games, how that’s better is beyond me but hey, whatever floats their boat right”

          In strategy games, you don’t actually get to fight, but you plan attacks and watch your military fight. It may seem different, but it’s more or less the same concept.

          • Anonymous

            there’s more too Strat games like C&C though(or at least feels like it at time to me), Blitz in X-2 is more like a footie Manager(Never played one and I don’t know if they come under Strategy, probably not though) and is boring and confusing, I loved Blitz in FFX why couldn’t they have left it as it was, or let me play while still keeping the LMA Manager side? at least then I’d try to understand it, and waiting till Chapter 5 to open it is all kinds of wrong.

  • Anonymous

    Linearity isn’t always bad in games but in adventure games it is.

    It’s a Monkey! ..That must have been some kind of poorly translated japanese puzzle or probably impossible translation. AND oh god they have been lazy.

    • http://twitter.com/FinnishPhenom Mikko Laurinen

      How do you figure there was anything badly translated about it? The Japanese word for a monkey isn’t “monkey”, you know. lol

  • http://twitter.com/TheMMOFifty TheMMOFifty

    10:26 French Conan FTW

  • Anonymous

    A French Austrian! No one will expect it!

  • http://twitter.com/DerGreenNinja Konrad

    Finally! I’ve been waiting for this review. :D And the story already looks very promising.

  • http://www.facebook.com/TopherBlair Topher Glenn

    When Sakaguchi left after IX I knew the series would hurt. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Grzegorz-Wojtczyk/100000046280578 Grzegorz Wojtczyk

    At least now I know how Final Fantasy XIII-2 will look like…that’s not very comforting. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Calderon-Perez/1393271629 Calderon Perez

    WTF!!! I mean …… WTF!!! I cannot watch this SH$%)$ anymore so… you are bashing FFX, the best rpg on ps2 and you like this FFX-2 abomination. REALLY???????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ARE YOU SERIOUS??!!! I WANT TO FACE PALM YOU GUY!!! WTF!!!

    I have spited on my copy of FFX-2 I cannot play it for more than 10 minutes before trowing it trough the window. And you are praysing this bullshit!!!???? You are … wait wait … you are suggesting that is better than FFX?????????!!! OMG! OH MY FUCKING GOD!

    SORRY GUY BUT I CANNOT STAND WITH THIS! YOUR CRITERIA IS BULLSHIT!!!!! YOU WILL NOT RECOGNIZE A GOOD GAME EVEN IF IT SMASH YOU IN THE FACE!!!!

    This game is bullshit and no FF at all. Is the only FF worst that FF13. You know why is so bad? So ugly? Main reason is because the great Hironobu Sakaguchi left Square in the middle of FFX.

    I will not see this review complete. I’m really really offended and I have only one word for what you have done here:

    BETRAYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=753345456 Octo Seven

      u mad?

    • Jared Goettemoeller

      Watch the review.  He says this game is shit and a betrayal to FF.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ICDHG7TLTN6JVK6JMK3TKQFXKQ Mike Wallace

      Yeesh. Spoony overreacting to XCom is one thing; at least he does his research so he knows he’s not flying off the handle for nothing.

      Watch the entire video, or hell, even read some of the comments here. Maybe you’ll learn his praise for the game was for its attempt to bring something new to the game even if it failed at it, and completely disregarded once he gets into the game itself. Hell, you might even learn some proper English grammar: fifteen exclamation points don’t make a fucking sentence.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Valerie-Dicaire/100000800421372 Valérie Dicaire

      Wow calm dude… He only ‘praised’ the game for at least trying to be
      innovative and that was it. And while he said he ‘prefered’ X-2, it was
      like saying X was diarrhea and X-2 was slightly more solid fecal matter.
      Both are still terrible. And maybe, just maybe, you’re the one who
      doesn’t know what a BAD game is until it hits YOU in the face…

    • Anonymous

      First of all, are you for real? Secondly, thats why he kinda likes it, because they tried to give it a makeover, and he just said that he understands that this is the reason why the fans didnt like it.

    • Anonymous

      Well you know if you play past the first chapter, it tones the “girlyness” down A LOT.

      and how do you get offended by someone elses opinion? that’s like me being offended because he did like FFX, FUCKING STUPID.

    • Anonymous

      Ahahaha.

      FFX the best RPG on PS2?

      No, just no.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Calderon-Perez/1393271629 Calderon Perez

        spoony states clearly in its video that FFX is considered one of the best rpgs. So go and discuss with him.

        • http://twitter.com/Tony7wsfk Tony

          He also said that people who think this, and a paraphrase here, are ‘idiots’.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Grzegorz-Wojtczyk/100000046280578 Grzegorz Wojtczyk

      Just another troll :-)

    • Jorge Guerreiro

      Dumb pricks… They worship the brand like the people worshiped god during middle ages. Dogma ftw, no sense of freewill whatsoever.

      FFX was like putting a bum in an armani tuxedo. It has a very fine package, but a f0cked up interior. The battle mechanics are very good. Inovative, strategical oriented, puts all the characters in a position of usefulness, no FF did that before, and FFX deserves credit for it (and Spoony gave it). The sphere grid was meh… I don’t enjoy those systems very much, as they make all the characters alike by the end of the game (FF7 and 8 had the same problem). But it wasn’t worst the other systems in the previous installments of the series.

      The characters personalities, the storyline, the take on the story, that’s what made FFX fall so hard from grace. And that’s why, from a storytelling stand point, character development, motivations, pace, gameplay and sense of uniqueness, I find FFVI and IX to be the best.

      FFXII was also very good, waaaay better than FFX. Again, creative, good character development, good storyline, the pace was a little slow, but I loved those big maps and the battle system.

      Maybe I just watch a game play the same way I watch a movie, expecting the same attitude towards conclusion, but that’s just me. Anyway, if you think FFX is the best RPG on PS2, play Valkyrie Profile, Star Ocean or Xenosaga. And I didn’t even played many PS2 RPGs. They just sucked BAD. PSX and 90s computer, that was the era of RPGs. Nowadays shooters, sandbox RPGs and RTS games dominate the mainstream and there just aren’t many good old school RPGs being made.

      Life sucks. If you are an RPG man like me, drop the controller once and for all or start playing other games like I did. No one ever said evolution was always for the better….

      • Anonymous

         …or you could just pick up a mouse (so to speak) and play PC RPGS.

        There. I said it and I feel better for having said it. With the advent of DOSBox and with a pretty interesting release season coming up, people disappointed in console RPGs can look to PC RPGS for solace and to restore their sense of wonder in the genre.

        Also as for your Middle Ages comment:
        http://armariummagnus.blogspot.com/2009/10/gods-philosophers-how-medieval-world.html

    • Anonymous

      Yea the best rpg on the ps2 would have to go to Shadow Hearts (one or two), or both of the ‘Tales of’ games, or Suikoden (4 and 5), or even Grandia 2 if you’ll count the bad port from dreamcast. Really blows all of the final fantasy games on the ps2 away doesn’t it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Calderon-Perez/1393271629 Calderon Perez

      Hi Guys.

      Clearly I’m overreacting. But have you seen the reviews of this guy? he do exactly the same. I will not discuss with ya why I disagree with some points of this review. Why? because if you are not understanding that my post was charged with humor then it’s not worth it.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Valerie-Dicaire/100000800421372 Valérie Dicaire

        Yes because SARCASM TRANSFERS SO WELL OVER THE INTERNET (btw THAT was sarcastic). With all the trolls and retards nerdraging over the most stupid things nowadays, it becomes nearly impossible to tell a joke (and a very bad one a that) apart from just plain trolling. So don’t try to play the ‘you people are so dumb you can’t even tell I’m joking and is therefore not worth my time’ card, that’s the worst kind of assholism.

      • http://twitter.com/Tony7wsfk Tony

        Spoony does overreact, but for a comedic response and for entertainment value. Your comment was neither comedic nor entertaining, and if it was meant to be that, you utterly failed. Your comment was, as Valerie mentioned, indistinguishable from a troll comment or a raging fanboy comment. If you can’t understand that, lurk moar or gtfo mah internetz.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Calderon-Perez/1393271629 Calderon Perez

      Hi Guys.

      Clearly I’m overreacting. But have you seen the reviews of this guy? he do exactly the same. I will not discuss with ya why I disagree with some points of this review. Why? because if you are not understanding that my post was charged with humor then it’s not worth it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Calderon-Perez/1393271629 Calderon Perez

      Hi Guys.

      Clearly I’m overreacting. But have you seen the reviews of this guy? he do exactly the same. I will not discuss with ya why I disagree with some points of this review. Why? because if you are not understanding that my post was charged with humor then it’s not worth it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Calderon-Perez/1393271629 Calderon Perez

    WTF!!! I mean …… WTF!!! I cannot watch this SH$%)$ anymore so… you are bashing FFX, the best rpg on ps2 and you like this FFX-2 abomination. REALLY???????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ARE YOU SERIOUS??!!! I WANT TO FACE PALM YOU GUY!!! WTF!!!

    I have spited on my copy of FFX-2 I cannot play it for more than 10 minutes before trowing it trough the window. And you are praysing this bullshit!!!???? You are … wait wait … you are suggesting that is better than FFX?????????!!! OMG! OH MY FUCKING GOD!

    SORRY GUY BUT I CANNOT STAND WITH THIS! YOUR CRITERIA IS BULLSHIT!!!!! YOU WILL NOT RECOGNIZE A GOOD GAME EVEN IF IT SMASH YOU IN THE FACE!!!!

    This game is bullshit and no FF at all. Is the only FF worst that FF13. You know why is so bad? So ugly? Main reason is because the great Hironobu Sakaguchi left Square in the middle of FFX.

    I will not see this review complete. I’m really really offended and I have only one word for what you have done here:

    BETRAYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ralf van Goch

    Monkeeeeyyy *drool

  • Ralf van Goch

    Monkeeeeyyy *drool

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Konstantin-Akhmetov/100000303416185 Konstantin Akhmetov

    13:08…
    who’s fucking with my medicine

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Konstantin-Akhmetov/100000303416185 Konstantin Akhmetov

    13:08…
    who’s fucking with my medicine

  • Anonymous

    Been waiting so long for this review to come out! :D Lol at Joe’s face when you shouted betrayal.

  • Hashim .

    Was waiting for this review. I quite liked the battle system of this game (except that once you got the dark knight, you basically ignored every other sphere save for white mage – or catnip/gun combo). It was much better than ff10 and way better than 12, where about half way through the game you didn’t even need to fight any more. Although it does say something that I can’t remember the story, or the side quests (there was blitzball!?) or the final boss or the stupid music intro until I watched this video….

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Valerie-Dicaire/100000800421372 Valérie Dicaire

    Ahhh guys… Remember the days of FFIV… The only FF game I can still play today without loosing a shred of dignity? Yeah, those were the days…

  • Anonymous

    Ah thank you so much Spoony, you’ve made my day. I had a busy weekend and needed something to help me unwind. Can’t wait for part 2 ^^

    Oh and goddammit Benzaie, stop blinding me!!!

  • Anonymous

    Holy fucking shit, did Spoony just praise the game for the first few minutes? That is the exact opposite of what I expected (Which was basically Spoony doing a 5 minute long “FFFFFFFFUUUUUUUU-“. I’ve even more respect for you for pointing out the positive aspects to one of the most controversial and hated RPGs of all time, and I like the game for all those reasons. Now..onto the rant, because Spoony + Final Fantasy creates some of the best rants out there.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-Norris/557445019 Christopher Norris

      When my wife and i heard him say ” i like this” our jaws hit the floor! We had to pause the vid and get a drink because we were so dumbfounded that he could even say this. We waited a further 5 minutes before continueing with the vid to be sure the universe didn’t collapse

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-Norris/557445019 Christopher Norris

      When my wife and i heard him say ” i like this” our jaws hit the floor! We had to pause the vid and get a drink because we were so dumbfounded that he could even say this. We waited a further 5 minutes before continueing with the vid to be sure the universe didn’t collapse

  • http://twitter.com/random_ninja5 Eric Hesselberg

    I haven’t played X-2 in a long while, but I actually enjoyed it. While I can see it’s many flaws, I still found it a rather enjoyable experience; and I feel that way about most of the FF games. The only thing I don’t get, and I’m sure Spoony will bring it up at some point, is the number of side quests that culminate in a boss battle 100s of times harder than the final boss. I actually was attempting a 100% completion play through, I’m at either 98 or 99% with only one dungeon left to clear, but the enemies are balls hard! For those interested, the dungeon is in Bevelle and has 100 floors. Every 20 floors there is a boss battle which increases in difficulty the further in you go. Not only that, but the regular monsters are also balls hard and can kill you in one hit. I’m stuck on floor 80’s boss who can turn you into stone. As far as I can tell, there is nothing you can do to prevent that. I put the game down and have tried a couple times since without success.
    Back to the review. I have always enjoyed Spoony’s FF reviews, and while I don’t always agree with him, I love the vids and watching him go insane. His FF8 reviews were what got me started, and I have been watching ever since. But I would have liked it if he’d done FF9 which is my favorite. Also, I completely understand you, Spoony. Paine is hot! The garment grid system wasn’t a turn off for me, but I felt that at times it pulled away from the action, and I rarely used it. Most of the time, I just went with the default. Although their ultimate garments proved vital to beating those enemies that can wipe the floor with the final boss. However, you have to make them change, which takes up time in battle that can be used for attacking the enemy. Time that leaves them open to attack, and in an active battle system, you need all of the time you can get.
    I’ve been waiting for X-2 for a while, and I was so excited when I saw part 1 up. I can’t wait for the rest. Plus I’m really interested in this guy with the katana. Oddly enough it reminded me of a villain in my own videos, but I’m sure that it is only a coincidence. Great video, Spoony!

  • http://twitter.com/random_ninja5 Eric Hesselberg

    I haven’t played X-2 in a long while, but I actually enjoyed it. While I can see it’s many flaws, I still found it a rather enjoyable experience; and I feel that way about most of the FF games. The only thing I don’t get, and I’m sure Spoony will bring it up at some point, is the number of side quests that culminate in a boss battle 100s of times harder than the final boss. I actually was attempting a 100% completion play through, I’m at either 98 or 99% with only one dungeon left to clear, but the enemies are balls hard! For those interested, the dungeon is in Bevelle and has 100 floors. Every 20 floors there is a boss battle which increases in difficulty the further in you go. Not only that, but the regular monsters are also balls hard and can kill you in one hit. I’m stuck on floor 80’s boss who can turn you into stone. As far as I can tell, there is nothing you can do to prevent that. I put the game down and have tried a couple times since without success.
    Back to the review. I have always enjoyed Spoony’s FF reviews, and while I don’t always agree with him, I love the vids and watching him go insane. His FF8 reviews were what got me started, and I have been watching ever since. But I would have liked it if he’d done FF9 which is my favorite. Also, I completely understand you, Spoony. Paine is hot! The garment grid system wasn’t a turn off for me, but I felt that at times it pulled away from the action, and I rarely used it. Most of the time, I just went with the default. Although their ultimate garments proved vital to beating those enemies that can wipe the floor with the final boss. However, you have to make them change, which takes up time in battle that can be used for attacking the enemy. Time that leaves them open to attack, and in an active battle system, you need all of the time you can get.
    I’ve been waiting for X-2 for a while, and I was so excited when I saw part 1 up. I can’t wait for the rest. Plus I’m really interested in this guy with the katana. Oddly enough it reminded me of a villain in my own videos, but I’m sure that it is only a coincidence. Great video, Spoony!

  • http://twitter.com/random_ninja5 Eric Hesselberg

    I haven’t played X-2 in a long while, but I actually enjoyed it. While I can see it’s many flaws, I still found it a rather enjoyable experience; and I feel that way about most of the FF games. The only thing I don’t get, and I’m sure Spoony will bring it up at some point, is the number of side quests that culminate in a boss battle 100s of times harder than the final boss. I actually was attempting a 100% completion play through, I’m at either 98 or 99% with only one dungeon left to clear, but the enemies are balls hard! For those interested, the dungeon is in Bevelle and has 100 floors. Every 20 floors there is a boss battle which increases in difficulty the further in you go. Not only that, but the regular monsters are also balls hard and can kill you in one hit. I’m stuck on floor 80’s boss who can turn you into stone. As far as I can tell, there is nothing you can do to prevent that. I put the game down and have tried a couple times since without success.
    Back to the review. I have always enjoyed Spoony’s FF reviews, and while I don’t always agree with him, I love the vids and watching him go insane. His FF8 reviews were what got me started, and I have been watching ever since. But I would have liked it if he’d done FF9 which is my favorite. Also, I completely understand you, Spoony. Paine is hot! The garment grid system wasn’t a turn off for me, but I felt that at times it pulled away from the action, and I rarely used it. Most of the time, I just went with the default. Although their ultimate garments proved vital to beating those enemies that can wipe the floor with the final boss. However, you have to make them change, which takes up time in battle that can be used for attacking the enemy. Time that leaves them open to attack, and in an active battle system, you need all of the time you can get.
    I’ve been waiting for X-2 for a while, and I was so excited when I saw part 1 up. I can’t wait for the rest. Plus I’m really interested in this guy with the katana. Oddly enough it reminded me of a villain in my own videos, but I’m sure that it is only a coincidence. Great video, Spoony!

    • http://twitter.com/Tony7wsfk Tony

      A lot of RPG’s do have bonus bosses that are more challenging than, or at least equally as challenging to the main story bosses. There wouldn’t be much of a point to them if they were easier to defeat than anything you faced in the main story.

    • http://twitter.com/AmandaInTheBox Amanda Pallkvist

      Gunner + cat nip and two dark knights. Win!

      Great review spoony! I think the game is.. ok. Really enjoyed the battle system. With that said, the story is just a big steaming pile of crap. Oh, wait, there’s no story. And yeah, I tried the 100% thing (in one playthrough). Forgot to touch the moogle… -.-‘

      I’m fascinated by the fact that ffx-2 is sooo girly, but at the same time stuffed with, well, fanservice. (Hellooo, anyone got the hot spring cutscene??) What the hell???

    • http://twitter.com/AmandaInTheBox Amanda Pallkvist

      Gunner + cat nip and two dark knights. Win!

      Great review spoony! I think the game is.. ok. Really enjoyed the battle system. With that said, the story is just a big steaming pile of crap. Oh, wait, there’s no story. And yeah, I tried the 100% thing (in one playthrough). Forgot to touch the moogle… -.-‘

      I’m fascinated by the fact that ffx-2 is sooo girly, but at the same time stuffed with, well, fanservice. (Hellooo, anyone got the hot spring cutscene??) What the hell???

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Long-Tran/100000925302357 Long Tran

    I think this game is kinda hard to review. FFX-2 is intentionally silly and very stupid in a japanese way so it’s kinda not worth ragin on. Final Fantasy 8 took itself much more seriously so it was very fun to see Spoony goofin’ on Emo-Squall, but it just doesn’t work with this circus fest which is FFX-2. Great rant though!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Long-Tran/100000925302357 Long Tran

    I think this game is kinda hard to review. FFX-2 is intentionally silly and very stupid in a japanese way so it’s kinda not worth ragin on. Final Fantasy 8 took itself much more seriously so it was very fun to see Spoony goofin’ on Emo-Squall, but it just doesn’t work with this circus fest which is FFX-2. Great rant though!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Long-Tran/100000925302357 Long Tran

    I think this game is kinda hard to review. FFX-2 is intentionally silly and very stupid in a japanese way so it’s kinda not worth ragin on. Final Fantasy 8 took itself much more seriously so it was very fun to see Spoony goofin’ on Emo-Squall, but it just doesn’t work with this circus fest which is FFX-2. Great rant though!

  • http://www.facebook.com/dominicque.lorenzi Bushido Brown

    Been waiting immensely for this review…I had the guide and STILL NEVER 100% it!!! Fail on my part. Freakin’ quitted on the last boss, but I wanted to like this game since it was a birthday gift to myself

  • http://www.facebook.com/SuperSunshine21 ダール ダニエル

    Huzzah! Another FF-review by Spoony! :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/CecilHoshino Spencer Gabriel Williams

    It’s probably been harped on before, but the Crystals and Job System in games like Final Fantasy’s 3 and 5 really possess the same problems (Why does changing my outfit bestow new skills while taking away my old ones) but I think the key difference is Crystals are magic, Dresspheres are science. And we’re told a lot about how the Spheres work, but only in passing how the Crystals work. (Plus I think it’s explicitly said the Crystals contain the spirits of different warriors and adventurers rather than just implied in X-2, and even if implied, it doesn’t work…)

  • Anonymous

    Ugh. Now even Sephy wants Noah dead. Whose going to be the next sad sap for his FFXIII review?

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/YXIXYOH5SVZ6KUFDROBIFGE4O4 Mark

    Oh boy, I hope he cosplays as YUNA this time!

    • istilldontcare

      he does

      • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/YXIXYOH5SVZ6KUFDROBIFGE4O4 Mark

        That comment was from a year ago. As in, when this video first came out. Derrr.

        • istilldontcare

          And I did that knowing all that because I wanted to do it. Derr

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Aaron-Shurmon/1834358115 Aaron Shurmon

            Your two existences makes me wish i had the black materia. Derr

          • http://twitter.com/KingKaor Kaor Hashinake

            As do I.

  • http://twitter.com/RihitaBerumondo Mitchell Dreiske

    I think Sephiroth has a score to settle with Spoony, seeing that Spoony never finished the game (due to a horrendously timed game crash). I’ve never played a single FF game and even I know it’s Sephiroth. Hey Spoony, you gotta give Sephiroth a shrill, Kermit the Frog-esque voice. That would be hilarious.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tyler-Breuker/1250414148 Tyler Breuker

    Was there any shape or form of a relationship between Lulu and Wakka in the last game?  Cause good god that just seems random and stupid.  Wakka is the type of person who needs to die a Virgin.

    • Anonymous

      Because a relationship couldn’t have happened within the 2 years of the first finishing and the second starting?

      • Anonymous

        Wakka and Lulu didn’t even change their character models. What are the odds they could have changed their relationship dynamics?

        “I’m going to grow as a person and fall in love with this other person with whom I shared a traumatic but inspiring quest. Also, I’m never going to change out of my black Elvira dress/neon orange lederhosen.”

        • http://twitter.com/xxDrCrackbone Matt

          Lulu’s going to need to add notches to all those belts she’s wearing.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kawaiiamethist Samantha Hill

      Yes there was, it wasn’t random. They grew up together and you did see tender moments between them in X. When they both let go of Chappu, they were able to come together as a couple.

  • http://twitter.com/RihitaBerumondo Mitchell Dreiske

    “It could also be Sepheroth, but I really hope I don’t have to see Spoony dressed like Sepheroth. ”

    In that case it’s gotta be Sephiroth, because it would be funny. And it’s not too abominable, unlike him dressing like Yuna, or…Rikku (let the images leave mental scars).

    • http://www.facebook.com/jbhaslach John Barton Haslach

      he is going to.

    • Anonymous

      I enjoyed FF8. I enjoyed FF10. Hell, I played through both twice because I enjoyed them.

      I couldn’t get halfway through Final Fantasy 13. The combat system was fun, but the absolute lack of any sort of side quests, exploration, or even simple faffing about ruined it for me.

      Yeah, I know most towns in Final Fantasy are just waystations to point you to the next dungeon, and that most of the games have been extremely linear based on their narrative and progression. The issue is pacing. Without those towns, those little side quests, those places where you can run around, find dead ends, find extra items, maybe get a bonus boss fight or a summon you wouldn’t find just going straight through, it just feels like a single, long melodramatic chore. There is just no room to breathe in FF13. You keep going and going, interrupted only by cutscenes, through different corridors that are visually varied but structurally identical.

      Then there was the storytelling issue. Yes, Final Fantasy 13 had a sweeping, dramatic plot that got both personal with the individual characters’ motivations and desperation and epic with their decisions impacting the entire world (or two worlds). THe problem? 80% of the details WEREN’T IN THE FUCKING GAMEPLAY OR CUTSCENES. Every single new area or scene gave me a message that there were a pile of new definitions in my glossary’s inbox, to let me know what was going on and what was what. The game had a glossary, and that glossary had an inbox, and you needed to keep track of those things to have any idea what the fuck was going on. This is not just bad storytelling, this is the worst storytelling. It’s bad to use raw exposition as a crutch or have a character who’s blatantly an exposition sponge so other characters can explain what’s what (HAY TIDUS!), but it’s even worse when you don’t bother to exposit basic concepts at all and force your player to read the game’s freaking footnotes to keep track.

      Also, anyone who says the game gets better further in can bite my ass. If I have to play through 2/3rds of a game to get to the “good part,” that game is not worth my or anyone else’s time. If that “good part” is basically just a version of the Calm Lands and the monster hunting quests of FFX and FF12, then bite my ass twice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jbhaslach John Barton Haslach

    glad to see you are back on the reviews. Been waiting for this for a long time. Thanks Noah.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mitchell-Bandes/100001750373297 Mitchell Bandes

    Rikku’s face is the stuff of nightmares.

  • http://twitter.com/xxDrCrackbone Matt

    Okay, so it might be Sephiroth, I can see why, as he couldn’t finish FFVII due to a game crash. Seude I’m not so sure of, wasn’t the sword he used in Suburban Knights borrowed from Bargo? Or does he have his own? Wouldn’t it be difficult for him to meet with Spoony for their inevitable clash? So many questions remain unanswered…

  • http://twitter.com/xxDrCrackbone Matt

    Also, when ff13 comes around, Spoony, you need to point out that Lighting is LITERALLY just Cloud wearing a pink wig. I’m not even kidding. The Square Enix guys admit this, not to mention they have identical facial structures. There’s a gif out there that proves it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=37101365 Fraser Stewart

    Oh thank fuck I never played that horrible piece of shit.  I played 10 and fucking hated it, like fuck I was going to pay for the fucking sequel.  I can’t wait till you review 12 though, because christ al-fucking-mighty that game seriously sucks like fuck too. 

    I mean fuck turn based, with 12 you can set your guys up to fight, go away for a fucking coffee, go out and watch a movie, have sex, come back and the game fucking completed itself.  It really is that fucking easy.

    Also why in the fuck did they get rid of the fucking airship, I mean for fucks sake, is it suddenly impossible to have a fucking airship that you fly around the fucking world.  I mean they got rid of it in 10 and I’ve never seen a fucking airship.  Then Vaan in 12 goes on about how much he’d like to be a fucking sky-pirate, but you never once get to control a fucking airship.

    Sorry about all the swearing, but every one of these after 7 just make me so fucking angry.  There’s no originality, no decent plot, no decent leveling system, the exploration is fucking awful.  Can’t they just get someone to come up with a decent, compelling storyline and good game play, is it really that fucking hard?

  • http://twitter.com/yamina_chan Miriam Percival

    I like the fact that you added the “Betrayal!” moment in this XD I know it comes from a very diffrent situation, yet it fits.
    And…there is a character called Shinra in this game?! Seriously? That’s just….Grah! ><
    When FF IX did all the tributes to the earlier games, that was awesome. But this?
    Deep Wang.
    Ever since Final Fantasy stepped on PlayStation 2, it stopped beeing Final Fantasy and beeing good. (Well, Dissidia was great, but I'm talking main series here)
    Sure, 7 was confusing in some points, 8 had some problems with it's story, 9 pulled out a stupid last boss out of nowhere and all the earlier games had their own WTF moments, but back then it was still fun to play and you didn't need to shake your head at the stupidity.

    And here I was, thinking Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates was the worst thing to happen to Final Fantasy ever in terms of characters and plot…And was that Miles trying not to laugh at 25:28? I swear: I hear someone. Or at least I think I do…You made a great video there Spoony, as always =DI feel bad that we are making you endure things you hate, tough.I also really love the ending. At first it reminded me at what Linkara is currently dooing with the entity, but I quickly noticed it had nothing to do with that. After watching it three times I have an idea now, but without more evidence I'm not going to name it so not to start a rumor for no reason.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Max-Beattie/1587183387 Max Beattie

    Like I’ve said in other comments, games like the Final Fantasy series, are not RPG’s as they posses no actual Role Playing. Sorry, but level grinding and upgrading weapons and abilities is not role playing. Also, I hate the Final Fantasy series like PETA hates bacon. 

    Anyway, for as much as I detest this franchise (except FF9. That one rocked), I would rather play VII AND X (the two worst of the main series, in my opinion), simultaneously than play X-2, this spin-off piece of vacuous shit. Goddamn, this plague upon gaming, by which I mean the whole series, not just X-2, somehow torpedoed itself with X-2. I did not realize you could ruin something that was already horrible, but Square somehow managed. 

  • http://profiles.google.com/csartisticatheart Casey Stuhl

    All i can think of when seeing this is GLaDOS saying: “It’s been a long time. How have you been?” A long time it has been. Great to see you again with a videogame, Spoony. As always, Square Enix decided to take shots of tequilla while sniffing a gallon of cocaine while making a game. The result is as follows.

    At least the fanservice isn’t as bad as the ones shown in your Final Fantasy VIII Time Loop April Fools video. Or is it?

    Loving the Final Fantasy X-2 poster of the girls in mascot outfits behind you.

    On another note, does anyone know where i could find the “Betrayl” video?

    • http://twitter.com/psycojosh Josh

      Look at his E3 2010 videos, for the one where he talks about XCom. He flipped out in the middle of of the convention center, and it was great.

  • http://profiles.google.com/csartisticatheart Casey Stuhl

    All i can think of when seeing this is GLaDOS saying: “It’s been a long time. How have you been?” A long time it has been. Great to see you again with a videogame, Spoony. As always, Square Enix decided to take shots of tequilla while sniffing a gallon of cocaine while making a game. The result is as follows.

    At least the fanservice isn’t as bad as the ones shown in your Final Fantasy VIII Time Loop April Fools video. Or is it?

    Loving the Final Fantasy X-2 poster of the girls in mascot outfits behind you.

    On another note, does anyone know where i could find the “Betrayl” video?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-Norris/557445019 Christopher Norris

    I hated x-2 MORE than the the first ffx. Oh on the mention of disturbing fanservice check out the scan spell upgrades. No, seriously, it goes…
    1st upgrade- get scan spell. Scans monsters
    2nd- Can now scan characters…ok, suppose good if you want additional info on characters..i guess
    3rd- now can rotate the scanned character on the y-axis…Why would you want to? Unless you want to look up yuna’s skirt…oh.

  • hentailv hent

    When you said about good points of the game and how you kinda like it, I actually shouted with happy face “I get it”… Embarrassingly I actually kind of like it too. It has a nice light hearted atmosphere, it’s just rolls with it’s premise and has fun…
    +I kinda dig the whole Japanese Pop Idol stuff
    +Rikku is sexy
    +Battle systems rocks. it’s what 13 was most likely based of, only not as dumb down and repetitive.

    So that part in beginning… i totally agree with you there… I kinda like it too…  

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Borean/100000041163314 Michael Borean

      Wait, 13 was based off of 10-2? Really? The battle system? Really? Actually no wait, that doesn’t sound as dumb as I thought it did upon reflection… thats rather spot on. Man no wonder I didn’t finish 13. I was remember x-2 while I was playing it. (17 hours of 13 before I said fuck it)

      • hentailv hent

        They even used Rikku gun mage model to beta test XIII system… It may not been outright based of, but resemblance is there. Real time system, positions actually matter and stuff like that are really similar. Only 13 one was extremely worsened for the sake of more flashy battle instead of more tactical. They even took you ability to control all characters? WHY? You can control the whole trio in X-2 and that was not a problem…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Kinnane/52803296 Michael Kinnane

    Spoony: “Who could possibly do a dance so horribly it blinds people.”

    I think: Didn’t Benzaie do some really terrible dance for one of his oth-

    JESUS CHRIST! Why didn’t I look away!?

    • http://UnholyFireDragon.com Unholy Fire Dragon

      The crazy thing is, I actually saw something like that coming, but I chose not to look back. I must have incredible resistance to seeing that sort of thing because I just kept looking at this entire video. I didn’t want to miss a second of Spoony! LOL

    • Anonymous

      I’m starting to wonder if Benzaie has an allergic reaction to his own clothing. He seems to strip at every given opportunity.

      Makes me wonder if he’s been moonlighting as an exotic dancer….on second thought, that’s kinda scary. Never mind.

       

  • http://UnholyFireDragon.com Unholy Fire Dragon

    Not even 24 hours have passed and Spoony’s nearly passed the 300th comment mark on this thing… Wow!

    I can hardly wait for part 2. :-)

  • Anonymous

    It’s a shame he had to go into the JPOP, Fanservice and Charlies Angels shtick talk about over done and not funny any more, it’s as bad as saying NO TOWNZ when talking about FFXIII, I guess it can’t really be helped but it’s just so unoriginal. I know it’s only part 1 and most of the footage is from the start but to me it made it sound like he didn’t get past the first chapter, maybe in part 2 or something he’ll touch on that it does tone down immensely.

    Not that it makes it easier to get, but he was wrong on how to get 100%, there’s info all over the net on it, in the words of Spoony “How do you fuck that up?”

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christian-Sprick/100001519579785 Christian Sprick

      @Goblin_King: …well my former roommate is an insane completionist and i gotta say:you are wrong.he had a full completion faqs as a printet version and another 1-3 faqs constantly open on his desktop pc and he still fucked up 1% around the 75% mark of his playthrough…wich caused him to quit. and u know what? i cant blame blame him for that…its just insane…and another thing BORING.the stuff you gotta do to get that special ending…its sooo pointless, no fun and definitly not worth it.

      btw…pretty awsome review so far :D ….can’t wait to see more.

      • Anonymous

        I never said the part about needing an FAQ was the part that was wrong.

      • Anonymous

        I never said the part about needing an FAQ was the part that was wrong.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christian-Sprick/100001519579785 Christian Sprick

          well…you said:”Not that it makes it easier to get, but he was wrong on how to get 100%,
          there’s info all over the net on it, in the words of Spoony “How do you
          fuck that up?””

          so how can you fuck that up?i’d say:pretty fucking easy ;-) …

          • Anonymous

            ah, yes, forgive me I forgot haters don’t look into the things they’re hating on(how do you fuck that up?), anyway I meant the talking to every NPC and waiting for the bubble to disappear on it’s own(specificity)

          • Anonymous

            ah, yes, forgive me I forgot haters don’t look into the things they’re hating on(how do you fuck that up?), anyway I meant the talking to every NPC and waiting for the bubble to disappear on it’s own(specificity)

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christian-Sprick/100001519579785 Christian Sprick

            oh thats such a cheapshot.i’m not a hater…i was actually planing to play that game at one point but there was so much stuff that turned me off…mostly this 100% bs for the perfect ending crap…seconded by yuna dancing…ugh^^.

            its not only about talking to every npc…just try to read one of your praised faqs…and you’ll see what i mean…

          • Anonymous

            In that case I apologies.

            I know what you mean, I’ve tried 100%(I’ll get it one of these days though), I wasn’t really praising them as much as I was stating there was info out there that tells you what you need(if that makes any sense).

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christian-Sprick/100001519579785 Christian Sprick

            ah its cool ;-) .just felt like that needed a correction. good luck on your 100% though.

          • Anonymous

            and good luck on your playthrough

          • Anonymous

            and good luck on your playthrough

          • Anonymous

            mmm spoony was probably thinking about that time somewhere early in the game where you you to let this guy voiced by the guy most famous for his role as Howlin Mad Murdock tell his story for a couple of minutes when he wrote that line. If you don’t let him finish you’re missing out on %s. It’s still a pretty big oversight to substitute ”that one old guy” with ”everyone”, but its bound to happen to get details like this wrong when you’re basically falling back on memories and have somebody else play through the game to get footage.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1274202613 Brent Perner

    I repeat, the most important part of a video GAME is the GAMEPLAY.  All those complaints about FFX you said would make it one of the worst MOVIES you’ve ever seen, but you said the Really enjoyed the gameplay.  You also thought too hard about a couple things, not much but still.  Otherwise its a Great review.  I remember reading the strategy guide that, when your chasing Leblanc disguised as Yuna as Rikku at the beginning of the game, and you dont go over to the side to find a moogle mascot, you dont get 100% completion, cause we’re suppose to explore EVERY square inch of this game, including the VERY beginning during the Tutorial before Yuna even properly shows up

    • http://www.facebook.com/moriyamug Jeff Nussbaum

      Personally, I found X-2 to have the best and most enjoyable combat system of the entire FF series. The story was pure fluff, but who cares? No one who matters.

    • http://www.facebook.com/moriyamug Jeff Nussbaum

      Personally, I found X-2 to have the best and most enjoyable combat system of the entire FF series. The story was pure fluff, but who cares? No one who matters.

      • Anonymous

        That’s just an opinion. My opinion is story is pretty important in a linear RPG. Cause even well done RPG combat is usually boring. And unless I have sandbox stuff to mess around with or a good story to carry it then its not worth a damn. That’s also the problem I had with FF XII. It’s combat was something new an I liked the world map an sidequests. But my god the story was so boring it made that game a pain to sit through. I didn’t even beat it in the end. Between X-2 an XII both having crap story I gave up on the series.

  • http://twitter.com/Pirate_Mike Michael James Orton

    To my shame, this was the first final fantasy game I ever bought, and the second I had played, I was also a stupid dipshit who waited outside the store till it opened so I could get it.

    To this day I want nothing more than to punch the numbnuts that thought I needed a fucking math based minigame in my abortion of an rpg.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alex-Jennings/508741443 Alex Jennings

    The “Full Throttle” sphere? female antagonist and 3 female protagonists.

    Why didn’t they go the whole 9 yards and just call the game “Final fantasy X- Tidus’ Angels”.

    Enjoying the review so far man.

    -Tatty

  • Anonymous

    I learned 9 new profanities today.  Thank you, Spoony.  Sincerely.

  • Anonymous

    What makes the use of the same character models in the game gets even funnier when you consider Lulu’s character and the fact she’s suppose to be pregnant.  She has no change in her body shape for the entire game which doesn’t make much logical sense. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alex-Jennings/508741443 Alex Jennings

      You have to remember this is the Final Fantasy universe where little logical like this things make sense my friend.

  • ina pereira

    frankly i was hoping a funnier review than this. in FFX you was visibly excited.

    you’ve paid attention in unnecessary things (like shinra) instead brutally attacking the worst parts of this piece of shit.  

    i hope 2nd part be better.

    • Anonymous

      Well I thought it was pretty good. If there is anything bad to talk about, talk about Suburban Knights. I could only make it through about 1 and a half parts before I decided to say fuck this.

    • Anonymous

      “you’ve paid attention in unnecessary things (like shinra) instead brutally attacking the worst parts of this piece of shit.”

      The irony is, that he is attacking the worst aspects

    • Anonymous

      c’mon are you protectin ffx2?

  • http://www.facebook.com/AmyFelixPhillips Amy ‘Felix’ Phillips

    I love FFX and FFX-2 but I love these reviews as well. What you said about Shinra was spot on, that kid was fucking annoying! Can’t wait for the rest :D 

  • http://www.facebook.com/AmyFelixPhillips Amy ‘Felix’ Phillips

    I love FFX and FFX-2 but I love these reviews as well. What you said about Shinra was spot on, that kid was fucking annoying! Can’t wait for the rest :D 

  • Anonymous

    Spoony, I love your videos. I’ve been a fan for a several of years now.

    I must ask, do you have to say fuck so much? It loses its effect. You can use it to be funny or to make a point. Plus, I have to make sure my headphones are on or that no one is around me to watch a video.

    That’s really my only critique though. Major thumbs up on the rest of the review!

  • Anonymous

    why don’t you play the games any more? also, reviews don’t need plots!

    • Anonymous

      are you talking about let’s plays?

      • Anonymous

        no that he can’t even take the time to play the game for the review. he gets someone else to do it for him and I wanted to know why.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Josh-McClary/504395847 Josh McClary

    While I really enjoyed FFX (Mainly for its setting), I have to admit I’ve never been able to slog through FFX-2. It’s just so…vapid. Admittedly, there is a fun and engaging combat system and overall gameplay, but the deluge of mini-games and the stinted writing just weigh the game down. I especially have to comment on the writing.

    The overall plot of FFX-2 is actually not that bad. Utilizes the themes from “Romeo & Juliet” and gives us a look at the war between Zanarkand and Bevelle that lead to the rise of Sin (And if anyone had bothered, we could have gotten Yu Yevon’s backstory in here too, but yeah.). Unfortunately, it buries this behind the mountain of Fan Service and J-Pop. To be fair, “A Thousand Words” is easily one of the most memorable FMVs in a Video Game, but I grew irritated and annoyed with The Gullwings’ overall lack of maturity. Dammit, two of these three women saved the world in the most literal sense possible. A little bit of professionalism and actually knowing their asses from their elbows would have been nice.

    Finally, Wakka and Lulu. If you really want to be disturbed by that pairing, just remember Lulu was originally with Wakka’s Brother, who looked like Tidus. *shudders* It’s a Love Trifecta from Hell.

    • Anonymous

      ” but I grew irritated and annoyed with The Gullwings’ overall lack of
      maturity. Dammit, two of these three women saved the world in the most
      literal sense possible. A little bit of professionalism and actually
      knowing their asses from their elbows would have been nice.”

      yes, god forbid should teenagers get to act like teenagers, and not have to solve the worlds problems after saving the fucking thing.

      • Jorge Guerreiro

        I know I didn’t act like THAT when I was in my teens (or pre teens for that matter). Hell, the only people who act like that are the Tokyo Hotel die hard fans (or Hanna Montana, Justin Bieber or any of those teen idols who couldn’t sing if they’re lives depended on it).

        It’s too lame, too dumb, too stupid, too 10 year girlie, too Japanese collage teen on crack. IMO, the game had everything to be a great sequel. Good story spin-off possibilities, a prequel possibility (you know how much was left untold in FFX), a very good combat style (not to be confuse with the dress sphere system), etc. Instead, we got this, and god, that day I swore square had died on me.

        I mean, ruining Star Ocean was a shot to the balls. FFX was the electric chair. But FFX-2? That was the equivalent of watching little kittens being pealed alive for their fur, everyday for the rest of my life, while being force to eat them, alive, after pealed. FFXII was just a mistake. I don’t believe they intended it to be so good, but then XIII and hell yeah, square betrayed us.

        Final Fantasy died with playstation one. After that, well, as people say, shit happened…

    • Anonymous

      ” but I grew irritated and annoyed with The Gullwings’ overall lack of
      maturity. Dammit, two of these three women saved the world in the most
      literal sense possible. A little bit of professionalism and actually
      knowing their asses from their elbows would have been nice.”

      yes, god forbid should teenagers get to act like teenagers, and not have to solve the worlds problems after saving the fucking thing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Runo-Lohi/100000568491105 Runo Lohi

    Oh god Spoony please compare this game’s fighting system to that of X’s… That was so much better…

  • http://www.facebook.com/pat4luigi16 Patrick McCollum

    I remember you talking about them not checking Zanarkand for….well, ANYTHING on Twitter.  Deep Wang….not sure if I get it or there’s nothing behind it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charlie-Sullivan/531414639 Charlie Sullivan

      Was a reference to his Transformers 3 review. I laughed so damn hard.

  • http://twitter.com/TheMMOFifty TheMMOFifty

    Ah, nothing like Final fantasy to bring out the most strongly-in-need-of-medication-trolls

    seriously people, spoony is simply stating opinion, don’t agree? fine, just take a few crazy pills and calm down, its just a game, no need to get bent out of shape

    • http://www.facebook.com/thewhitebuddha Katie Carbrey

      I’m a FF fan and I agree with what TheMMOFifty said.  Chill, people

      • Renaissance_nerd

        its all just entertainment people. have a cup of java and laugh, it’ll do you good.

        • http://www.youtube.com/user/EnvyMizuhashi Garyuu

          Honestly, I couldn’t wait to see Spoony suffer when I saw the very title of the video. LOL He can review FFXIII, which I pretty much like, and I’ll still laugh my ass off.

  • Daniel Barstead

    I find it weird that you don’t even collect gameplay footage for your own reviews. 

    • Renaissance_nerd

      Because simply he did his time, Spoony always says he played and beat said game years ago and doesn’t want to subject himself to it again to capture footage. A lot of reviewers do it too.

  • Daniel Barstead

    I find it weird that you don’t even collect gameplay footage for your own reviews. 

  • Anonymous

    I remember I played ffx-2 for about an hour before I gave up and just never touched it again. It wasn’t just the charlies angels crap that bothered me but also the music. oh dear the music…Made me want to choke chickens and punch babies. 

    • Anonymous

      and kick Moogles and find Meg Ryan and punch her cause she looks like Titus.

    • Anonymous

      and kick Moogles and find Meg Ryan and punch her cause she looks like Titus.

  • Anonymous

    damn Disqus

  • Anonymous

    I soooooo hope Spoony talks about the giant Vagina in the last fight with Vegnagun… Once it is seen it can not be unseen…

    • Anonymous

      what?

      • Anonymous

        google a pic of Vegna gun and look at the floor

        • Anonymous

          how did I miss that?

          • Anonymous

            lol, see? now you want him to point it out too!

          • Anonymous

            actually I’d rather him not carry on about ‘Fan Service’ (as the kids seem to be calling these days, urban dictionary my arse), he’s mentioned it already having him dwell on it would overly unoriginal, there’s worse stuff in the game (and I fucking love the game)

          • Anonymous

            Well, that is not really fan service, and more like subliminal smut. It is the one thing in the game that stands out in my mind, and I played it enough to 100% that thing. With a strat guide >>

          • Anonymous

            Today it’s not Fna service, but it’s a term from a Wikipedia Dictionary, who knows what tomorrow will bring

    • Anonymous

      what?

  • Anonymous

    I think not playing the games yourself makes it somewhat disingenuous when you complain about the pointless busywork they made “you” go through.

    • Anonymous

      Not Capturing doesn’t equal Not Playing.

      • Anonymous

        he has the capture equipment so if he does play the game why doesn’t he capture at the same time?

        • Anonymous

          good question… time?

        • http://twitter.com/Tony7wsfk Tony

          He’s addressed this in previous videos. I’m pretty sure it’s out of convenience, or only wanting certain clips, making it pointless to record everything or be extremely well planned to capture what he wants.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/George-Rosenbaum/100001387887487 George Rosenbaum

      There’s nothing wrong with using Let’s Plays to supplement your knowledge of a game, in moderation. True, if you use too much, you rely too much on the biased report of another person, which is dishonest. As long as you play enough of the game yourself to develop your own opinion, and you only watch Let’s Plays from reliable sources, you shouldn’t be too worried about being misled.

      Also, what’s going to happen if Spoony uses a short cutscene of generic battle that isn’t his? It’s sure faster than recording, compiling, and transferring it onto your computer. It won’t affect his opinion, so what’s the harm? Is it against the law or something?

      Sorry to say, I don’t ever recall Noah ‘complaining about busywork’. Can you tell me where you got this information? At what point did he make this supposed complaint that you speak of?

      • Anonymous

        He makes a lot of complaints about the sidequests being pointless busywork in this very video. Disingenuous means dishonest, but implies less harsh a term. I’m taking issue with him taking personal offense when he doesn’t do the work. Since he also posted almost a year ago about having someone else do his editing it just seems like he’s becoming more a writer/actor without the talent to be either.

        When you hear his early rants on Final Fantasy 8 they are brimming with personal anger. Editing those clips must have given him even greater rage since he now had to stare at the thing he was already complaining about.

        It gives his reviews more of a personal touch, rather than making them feel like a product he makes to get money.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dennis-Henderson/100000450004141 Dennis Henderson

    i’m glad that spoony admitted that this wasn’t a horrible game most people i know who played this game actually liked it

  • Anonymous

    I think Spoony played these years ago before he had a capture card, and not willing to submit himself to more garbage, he got someone else to play the games and he goes over what he knows from playing the game before.

    • Anonymous

      That would explain why he gets a bunch of stuff wrong I guess.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kawaiiamethist Samantha Hill

      He mentioned capturing footage from the game in a recent movie review.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/George-Rosenbaum/100001387887487 George Rosenbaum

      There’s something to be said for reviewers supplementing a Let’s Play. If you don’t have the time to completely play though the game on your own, watching someone else play it with a running commentary is the next best thing.

      Example: after watching Spoony play through “Swat 4″, I myself felt as if I had played the game too (I wish I was more of a PC gamer, but money’s tight). I may have been yelling at Spoony for blinding himself by staring directly into the room he just tossed a flash grenade into, but every one of his actions that I DIDN’T object to made me feel as though I was part of the experience.

      It’s not perfect, but it’s definitely forgivable in moderation. As long as your Let’s Play is from a reliable source, and you play some of the game yourself to understand how your interpretation of the game differs from the interpretation of the Let’s Play commentator, you shouldn’t have a problem.

      I suspect that since Noah had so long to work on this review, he must have played through most of the game, at the very least. I chalk up his positive reaction to his lowered standards of the Final Fantasy series. After so many truly horrid games, some folks will just take what they can get and call it ‘good’.

  • Renaissance_nerd

    DEEP WANG bitches DEEP WANG!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/George-Rosenbaum/100001387887487 George Rosenbaum

    YAAAAAAAY! HOLY SHIT! THIS IS THE HAPPIEST DAY OF MY.. well of the past few months.

    STILL! I TAKE BACK ALL THE TIMES I ACTED LIKE AN IMPATIENT ASSHAT WAITING FOR THIS REVIEW.

    OH, yeah…

  • http://twitter.com/ZigTheHunter Cole Parker

    yeah I liked Final fantasy X and tidus as a character, because I could relate with him, and he goes through a lot more crap then some of the protagonists and is still more cheerful then them, but anyways I didn’t get very far in ffx-2, I just lost interest, even with good gameplay and tons of sexy fanservice, the stupid story, the dramatically changed characters, and the incredible cheesiness of most of dialogue, made me quit very soon.

  • http://twitter.com/ZigTheHunter Cole Parker

    oh and lolita is for 12 and under, rikku is 17 in this one, one year underage, get over it.

    • Anonymous

      It’s still really unnecessary to have a 17 year old’s thong very visible in this game. Like why is that even there?

      • http://www.facebook.com/kawaiiamethist Samantha Hill

        She’s wearing a bikini, it isn’t a thong. The real problem is her outfit is she looks ready for the beach and not for battle.

    • Anonymous

      It’s still really unnecessary to clearly show and even show off a 17 year old’s thong in this game. Like why did they think it was a good idea to give her less clothes then she previously had?

      • Anonymous

        Remember this was developed by Japanese. Making underage girls wear skimpy outfits are natural to them. And I don’t get it too because these are virtual characters anyway. There is no way in hell I could be turned on by these…things. I guess some people have odd fetishes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jesse-Melat/1331583316 Jesse Melat

    A sandbox Final Fantasy game….  noooo….get right outta town….honestly, with a few exceptions, “sandbox” means “immune to foul-mouthed 12 year olds who have just discovered the word “fuck”.”  

    We saw what happened when they tried to make a non-sandbox FF game….people nearly died.

    I call BS on the ‘covering all bases’ thing….Paine’s boobs are…not big, man.   She’s like a post-breast reduction, anorexic Lulu.  Which essentially….seeps out any interest I’d have in the character like a mortician’s draining table.

    That all said…promising return to form, Spoony. Keep it up.

  • Stephen Garrett

    Oh, I’ve been looking forward to this.  And I speak as someone who generally enjoyed the game (well, most of it… over half of it at least.  I really wanted to punt Tobli *and* Brother off the Celsius, though, and whoever conceived of the storyline and material in Chapter 4 has earned my eternal disgust), such that I got rid of FFX but kept FFX-2.

    Also, I maintain that this game’s genesis likely involved repeated viewings of Charlie’s Angels with copious amounts of mind-altering substances involved…

  • Anonymous

     Huh, I wonder what Suede was doing. Catching up on Spoony’s videos since he left for his missionary work?

    Seriously, Suede’s going to pop up in my head for a brief second every time a katana appears now thanks to Suburban Knights.

  • http://twitter.com/ChuckZ85 Chuck Lohse

    I’ve said this many times to friends and acquaintances alike that FFX-2 is the the Square Enix equivalent of Sailor Moon.  Does it have hot girls constantly changing there clothes in over-stylized transformation scenes?  YES!  Are their enemies equally as ridiculous as they are? YES!!  Is the story essentially a professionally made fanfic?  NOOO!!! Because professional writers don’t write fanfics, they write actual stories that have some sense of gravity in their plot and character development….this has NONE OF THAT!!!! 

    I will give props to Yuna’s new appearance and the fact that she’s dual-wielding handguns, that gives her some points in my book.  As for the “Dresspheres System”, it could have a been an interesting new job system if any of the outfits were worth getting and wasn’t named the “Dressphere System”. 

    I personally don’t have problem with popular entries of a franchise getting direct sequels, but they need to make some sort of sense and considering how FFX ended, this sequel just shouldn’t have been made.

    • http://profiles.google.com/lukamillfy Luka Millfy

      Transforming heroes are a staple of japanese superhero media. Besides, at least Sailor Moon had a decency of having a good script, likeable characters with character arcs and threatening, even if ridiculous, villians.

      So yeah.

      • http://twitter.com/ChuckZ85 Chuck Lohse

        I never mentioned anything about Sailor Moon being a bad manga/anime series, I just said that this was Square Enix’s poor attempt at copying that show and genre in this sequel. 

        I also don’t mind the “transforming heroes” aspect of the game.  In fact, I find that an interesting concept that I wouldn’t mind seeing again, I just felt it could have been better utilized with better costumes and far better usage then simple eye candy, in one form or another. 

        Next time, just read my response before you pick out the parts you saw when you were glancing over it and THEN call me out on what does and doesn’t work for you about what I said. 

        • Anonymous

          Changing class during battle was cool, but you’re right, just too silly and used for nothing than gross eye candy. Although I have no idea why Yuna went from innocent summoner to “oh wow, she has like… no clothes no.” Maybe it’s because I couldn’t play passed the second hour.

      • http://twitter.com/ChuckZ85 Chuck Lohse

        I never mentioned anything about Sailor Moon being a bad manga/anime series, I just said that this was Square Enix’s poor attempt at copying that show and genre in this sequel. 

        I also don’t mind the “transforming heroes” aspect of the game.  In fact, I find that an interesting concept that I wouldn’t mind seeing again, I just felt it could have been better utilized with better costumes and far better usage then simple eye candy, in one form or another. 

        Next time, just read my response before you pick out the parts you saw when you were glancing over it and THEN call me out on what does and doesn’t work for you about what I said. 

  • Anonymous

    I avoided this game at all costs, and when my brother rented it, I was ready to murder him, and the PS2, and myself.  It hurt my head.  My ears.  My eyes.  Everything.  Even watching the footage here, I had to mute my damn computer, turning up the volume (SLIGHTLY!) only to see if Spoony was talking over it.  To prevent that song from getting stuck in my head again, I had to sing the Arnold Rimmer song from Red Dwarf (that one’s already been stuck in my head all week, but at least that one’s a good song).  The intellectual damage this game causes lasts a LONG time.

    Although this time, the pain from this game is accompanied by vulgar hilarity.  I even had to stop the video and take a laughing-break when I said “ASK him his FUCKING name!!” along with spoony.

    Games like this are the reason why I had to get the Hell away from games that I felt were “Too Japanese”.  I didn’t like the person they were turning me into. 

    Stupid hurts.  It really, really hurts. 

    Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to burn down an orphanage.  It’ll make me feel better after I’ve taken out a few Kinderguardians.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Salary/1820734427 Joe Salary

    The reason why we all (anyone saying different needs to come out of the closet) looked directly into the video during Benzie’s skit was because he played this like a professional manwhore. Looking directly into the camera, accepting the sluttiness of the situation, and then making us feel uncomfortable for him evoking our heart’s desires when our eyes locked.

    Don’t lie, everyone saw the samething.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Salary/1820734427 Joe Salary

    The reason why we all (anyone saying different needs to come out of the closet) looked directly into the video during Benzie’s skit was because he played this like a professional manwhore. Looking directly into the camera, accepting the sluttiness of the situation, and then making us feel uncomfortable for him evoking our heart’s desires when our eyes locked.

    Don’t lie, everyone saw the samething.

  • http://twitter.com/psycojosh Josh

    The new villian is Seperoth. At least thats who it looks like to me. PS: I know there is spelling errors. I wrote this at 12:40 in the morning. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Carraher/1721610402 Ryan Carraher

    I actually really enjoyed X-2

    It was light hearted and didn’t take itself overly serious, and actually had really solid and fun gameplay

    Most of the people who rail against this game just do so because of the
    girl power aesthetic without actually having given the game a chance

    • Earthbound_X

      I really liked the battle system myself, and job changing has always been one of my favorite FF thing. I couldn’t tell you anything about the story though, since I never beat it.

      Something Spoony mentioned I found interesting, He said he thought they changed too much, so it didn’t feel like FF. Kinda reminds me of something I heard once.

      People will complain if something stays too similar, but they will also complain if they think it’s changed too much. So it seems developers are screwed either way, that can’t make everyone happy.

      Or maybe gamers just love to complain? I’m pretty sure gamers are the most pessimistic and unhappy people on the planet.

      • Bruce Houk

        Thanks for again proving rabid final fantasy fans are functionaly retarded. Spoony said “from a fans point of view they changed too much”. He is attempting to guess at why retards that loved that piece of shit ffx, would not like ffx2.

        • Earthbound_X

          Nice irony there.

          I’m not a rabid fanboy, the last FF game I really loved was 6.

          And why are people retarded because they like something you don’t? Elitist much?

        • Earthbound_X

          Nice irony there.

          I’m not a rabid fanboy, the last FF game I really loved was 6.

          And why are people retarded because they like something you don’t? Elitist much?

      • Anonymous

        You know what… I didn’t complain when they introduced Active Time Battle. I didn’t complain when the way you get skills is different in nearly every game.
        Oh, and I’m also not unhappy idiot, I just refuse to take Square’s bull when it’s obvious that this game was intended for people who got off to Sailor Moon.
        And to the other dude, ever played Grandia? That is both light-hearted and has solid/fun gameplay, and you know what? That game didn’t have to sink low enough to have a damn concert with a girl dancing wearing clothes that are covering maybe 10% of her body.
        Sure the gameplay is good, but if everything else is just insulting silly, why should anyone play it. If square’s not going to take their job seriously, we’re not going to take them seriously.

        • Anonymous

          Hell yes! Grandia! I played the first two games and that got me introduced to JRPG’s. Not FF! I tried playing FF7 and it annoyed the hell out of me because of the random encounters that are unannounced. Screw that!

        • Earthbound_X

          That comment about gamers being pessimistic and unhappy was just in general, something I’ve noticed in the last few months.

          I love Grandia myself.

        • Earthbound_X

          That comment about gamers being pessimistic and unhappy was just in general, something I’ve noticed in the last few months.

          I love Grandia myself.

    • Earthbound_X

      I really liked the battle system myself, and job changing has always been one of my favorite FF thing. I couldn’t tell you anything about the story though, since I never beat it.

      Something Spoony mentioned I found interesting, He said he thought they changed too much, so it didn’t feel like FF. Kinda reminds me of something I heard once.

      People will complain if something stays too similar, but they will also complain if they think it’s changed too much. So it seems developers are screwed either way, that can’t make everyone happy.

      Or maybe gamers just love to complain? I’m pretty sure gamers are the most pessimistic and unhappy people on the planet.

  • http://twitter.com/the_real_TRR Taylor Reitz

    Oh that was fun to watch.  I knew there were reasons I just don’t play final fantasy games.

  • http://twitter.com/the_real_TRR Taylor Reitz

    Oh that was fun to watch.  I knew there were reasons I just don’t play final fantasy games.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vaughan-MacDonald/100000473507885 Vaughan MacDonald

    Spoony, you’ve got to stop making enemies with crazy douche bags. There’s only so many times you can blow up your bedroom.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vaughan-MacDonald/100000473507885 Vaughan MacDonald

    Spoony, you’ve got to stop making enemies with crazy douche bags. There’s only so many times you can blow up your bedroom.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nathan-Ellis/100002419726549 Nathan Ellis

    Spoony’s gettin back to his roots! this was an instant classic.

    Like A Boss!

  • Anonymous

    look at how many comments are already here. more than all seven commentaries combined.

  • Anonymous

    look at how many comments are already here. more than all seven commentaries combined.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001218463429 Tim House

    Let me make a prediction here: Dr.Claw at the end was Tidus.  Coming back for revenge. And it’ll be the most pathetic, whiny revenge attempt in the history on reviewerkind.

    By the way, did you play Duke Nukem Forever yet? I loved it! :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nick-Ventura/548493407 Nick Ventura

    As Always Spoony Awesome Job looking forward to part 2

  • Anonymous

    Awesome review Spoony, your at your best in FF rants,
    the Monkey! part was hilarious.

    and WOW never knew Wakka ended up with Lulu…
    (was it hinted at the end of FFX??)

  • Anonymous

    At long last, the game that killed the rest of my patience for the Final Fantasy series.
    Don’t know what else to say other than… “”MONKEY””

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nate-Conarroe/100000062876218 Nate Conarroe

    “this game could’ve benefited from a crossover into the Fallout universe”
    to quote NC here
    NOOOOOOOOOOO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO no no NO no no no no no no no NO NOnonononoono no no no no ub up no no no NO NO NO NON ONNONONONONONO NO NONONONONON NO NO I’M PROJECTING MY NO ONTO THIS NO

    lets not bring Fallout down to Final Fantasy’s level.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002487860086 Wally Steve Dennison

    I cant wait to see how badly he rips this game up

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002487860086 Wally Steve Dennison

    I cant wait to see how badly he rips this game up

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=661037953 James Enri

    Great form Spoony.

    I enjoyed this a ton, though it felt as if you were pushing the profanity a bit too much. Other than that, fantastic job.

  • http://www.facebook.com/TheChampionEagleEyeSmith John Lopez

    Good god, I detested Mystic Quest, I abhorred VIII, X confused me with its Sphere Grid….but X-2 just……….it’s not Hydlide bad, but it’s at least equal to Brandish and Granstream Saga.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Petersen/542275525 Michael Petersen

    Good Question….The answer is yes… haha that little segment was funny…I kinda liked this game a little, but it was a little weird as well, it also ruined the ending of FFX in so many ways…

  • Anonymous

    …Here’s the kicker, I rented this game and it took me hours to get the disc freaking working. It was ridiculous, but I finally got it working :D. Then I played the game, and damn did I feel like an idiot.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Toby-Tobsen/100001008187412 Toby Tobsen

    FFX-2 was a funny game .. its so stupid .. but they tried to be different … not like Nintendo making the same (good?) shit again and again …
    But why is Spoony so mad with FFX ? Ok it has a bad ending , annoying characters , lame temple  things … really not a perfect game …
    but the battle system was nice (no panic, just lean back and eat some pizza while playin) , some story elements were nice like Lord Braska, Jekkt and Auron (FFX-3 with these characters please ;P ) , graphics were awesome at that time , even my ex-girlfriend liked it ^^ …
    i think FFX is much better than the linear FFXIII

    greetings from Germany  :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/jnieminen Janne Nieminen

      I think you should rewatch FFX review if it’s unclear why Spoony hated that game.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Borean/100000041163314 Michael Borean

        FFX is almost as linear as 13, it just hides it better dude.

  • Ubersnuber

    Thank you, Spoony! You made my somewhat shitty morning a little better.

  • Anonymous

    Spoony my man, I think is time you expose the rot inside the square enix, I’m talking about Toriyama Motomu. Creator of god forsaken FF13, FF13-2 and FFX-2. He says hitman and tombraider are western rpg and compare it to ff13, he says modern warfare and uncharted are an inspiration of FF13. You, spoony, must put an end to his madness and tell him to quit his fucking job by making an ultimate rant on him!!

    • Anonymous

      take heed theSpoonyone! “knowledge is power.”

    • http://twitter.com/xxDrCrackbone Matt

      Sounds to me like he’s the Japanese equivalent of Bobby Kotick; maybe not the exact same position, but they’re both insanse supervillains in the gaming industry.

      • Anonymous

        more like Uwel Boll. 

        • http://twitter.com/FinnishPhenom Mikko Laurinen

          It’s more like if Uwe Boll had been handed the job of directing the last Lord of the Rings or maybe the next bunch of Star Wars films.

    • Anonymous

      So this man took a beloved series and completely changed the mechanics and premise, to the point that hardcore fans consider it a…

      BETRAAAAAAAAAAAYAL!!!! BETRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYAL!!!!!

      • Anonymous

        we seriously need to tell spoonyone to do a rant on him, seriously.

      • Anonymous

         not to mention Toriyama just single hand destroy parasite eve before.
        This cannot, THIS WILL NOT STAND!!

  • http://twitter.com/Professoriii Iherdu LiekMudkipz

    You god damned piece of shit cock sucker motherfucker. I’ve had FFX-2 sitting on a shelf for five years and I couldn’t play it past the first hour due to the feelings of disgust and betrayal. I was hoping that I could just pretend it didn’t exist for the rest of my life, but now I have to play it so your reviews of it won’t spoil the experience for me, as bad as it is.
    Fuck you for making me play that game, fuck you.

    • Anonymous

      no, FUCK TORIYAMA FOR CREATING THAT GAME!!!!

      • http://twitter.com/TheMMOFifty TheMMOFifty

        ok guys, 1. you don’t need to play the game if you don’t want to, nobody’s holding a gun to your head

        2. you don’t need to watch spoonys reviews either, cut and paste

        3. if you put yourself through ball busting pain on your own free will, you have no one to blame but yourself, so calm down, go to the gym, get out that aggression, and quit venting your rage on spoony, he’s talking about the game to relate his experience and to show others why the game is bad as a public service. plus, spoony does these videos for OUR benefit, to entertain his fans, not to hurt people, its not like he went to your house, shot your family, cut out your intestines and painted the walls with them. 

        just breath deep, cool down, and just let it go. anger is understandable, but there are proper ways to vent that anger while still keeping harm to yourself and others to a bare minimum

    • Anonymous

      no, FUCK TORIYAMA FOR CREATING THAT GAME!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/Professoriii Iherdu LiekMudkipz

    You god damned piece of shit cock sucker motherfucker. I’ve had FFX-2 sitting on a shelf for five years and I couldn’t play it past the first hour due to the feelings of disgust and betrayal. I was hoping that I could just pretend it didn’t exist for the rest of my life, but now I have to play it so your reviews of it won’t spoil the experience for me, as bad as it is.
    Fuck you for making me play that game, fuck you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Rees/100000239794052 Luke Rees

    X-2 is one of the few FF games I’ve played. I borrowed it from a friend for like a year and did basically fuck-all. I can’t remember where I got to but I know the endless sidequests just got to me man. I missed the additional stuff at the end of the vid the first time I watched it, but I let the credits roll fully this time so I’ve seen it now. Cool beans.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Rees/100000239794052 Luke Rees

    X-2 is one of the few FF games I’ve played. I borrowed it from a friend for like a year and did basically fuck-all. I can’t remember where I got to but I know the endless sidequests just got to me man. I missed the additional stuff at the end of the vid the first time I watched it, but I let the credits roll fully this time so I’ve seen it now. Cool beans.

  • http://www.trueachievements.com/albajos.htm albajos

    Well, japanese game developers are pervs. Here they make a game simply because the want to see women cosplay their skimpy outfits.
     
    Cosplayers should have protested by only doing the mascot outfits :P

  • tim cook

    Try reviewing the rest of the nes or snes final fantasy i bet you could bash up these.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Drain-Blut/100001687703474 Drain Blut

    Hey, thank the fans that loved FF10. Square gave fans exactly what they wanted with this product. Don’t hate the company for feeding its retarded fans what they wanted. If your customers are moronic teens that want a retarded piece of shit(Which is what FF fans are now), then that’s exactly what you produce to sell the game, and that’s exactly what they did here.

  • Anonymous

    and to be honest I wouldn’t really want to play through this game a second time either.

  • http://twitter.com/SwedishBallsack Jonathan Andersson

    I always thought that chick singing at the start was Rinoa from FF8 for some reason.

  • Anonymous

    Spoony is back! Doing what he does best, giving the beat down on Final Fantasy. From what I just watched there really is something wrong in the world when a game is well received but has a really stupid plot. Never was a Final Fantasy fan and never will be!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/EskimoBob-Jones/12456587 EskimoBob Jones

    Spoony you are just all wrong about why this game is the way it is.  SquareSoft/SquareEnix has always made games for the Japanese and if the Americans liked it too then all the better.  You act like these games were made for Americans and their tastes but they’re not.  The reason the heros and villians are whiney, metro, emo, douchebags is because thats what Japanese teenage girls like, don’t ask me why.  In Japan the girls buy up games just as much as
    the boys.  FFX-2 was all about making a game for Japanese girls. Seriously its Final Fantasy meets Charlies Angels.  That was the first thing I thought when I tried to played through it.  Everytime they struck a pose all I could hear was the Angel’s theme that they played before they went to commercial.  It even tries to use Angel’s formula but I’m not sure who the smart one is supposed to be.  If you re-reviewed the game as a FF meets CA theme I think the game will make more sense though it won’t be any less painful.

    • Anonymous

      Being “Japanese” isn’t an excuse for ignoring, retconning, or outright making up plot points and characterizations from the previous game. Considering this was the first direct sequel in the Final Fantasy series, it’s… not very sequelly. The whole search for Tidus is pretty much pure background junk, barely a framing device for the game’s main plot. It simply doesn’t feel like a sequel to FFX. It feels like a side story, or a remake of FFX, using the same world and aesthetics but ignoring any of the emotionally resonant or plot significant parts.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/George-Rosenbaum/100001387887487 George Rosenbaum

        There was an emotionally resonant point in FFX’s plot?

        • Renaissance_nerd

          Actually there was, if you get down to it Yuna being a sheltered girl that has this tremendous fate thrust upon her. She literally was the Christ figure of their religion, having to die for everyons sins.

          if done right it  was  very dramatic and impactful narrative that most of the populace (being christian or at least know of the christian story of Jesus) can understand. Sadly it wasn’t done very well and most of that got buried under Tidus’s whining.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ICDHG7TLTN6JVK6JMK3TKQFXKQ Mike Wallace

            The emotional impact is kind of lost when you realize Yuna is just the latest in a very long line of summoners sent to die pointlessly. She’s not so much the Christ of their religion as the virgin sacrifice for the superstitious villager’s King Kong. The fact that the religion is complete bull only emphasizes this.

          • Renaissance_nerd

            thats basically what i was trying to say, the core of it was very interesting and impactful, but it wasn’t done very well.

    • Mike Terrance

      I know you’re probably just trolling here, but spoony knows these games are japanese dude. I’m pretty sure my dog knows that.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/EskimoBob-Jones/12456587 EskimoBob Jones

        I’m sure Spoony knew SquareSoft/Enix is a Japanese company.  FFX-2 is an aweful game no matter how you slice it.  Spoony was just wrong on how it got to be this steaming pile of crap.

    • doresh

      You do realize that Square-Enix tried to make it’s games more “western” ever since FF XII (or at the very least FF XIII)? Just look at “Front Mission (D)Evolved”, which is the result of Square-Enix allowing an American developer known for shitty movie-licensed games to make a shitty, dumbed-down Front Mission game for Western audiences.
      Seriously, they try so hard to be Western that they forget they owe their international success to an emo bishounen with spiky hair and a ridiculously huge sword.

    • Anonymous

      See, I just subscribe to the theory that Square-Enix isn’t a very good game company.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Borean/100000041163314 Michael Borean

      The smart on is actually Rikku. She was able to figure out key and mon made monkey before the other two idiots. God help us all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/George-Rosenbaum/100001387887487 George Rosenbaum

    Wait… if Payne is a female Squall, then is Rikku a female Zell? They’re both equally vapid and hyperactive.

    • Anonymous

      I think she’s supposed to be Yuffie 2.0.

  • Andres Fuentes Martinez

    Ohh… laughed so hard man, thanks!
    Pretty good review!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_V3K7WV3HFEU34TVYZ5D2A3HOK4 charles

    Believe it or not this was the first square rpg I skipped the U.S. release of. I didn’t understand the premise of the game and I couldn’t imagine the story would be much better than X.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matt-Danza/615842885 Matt Danza

    Don’t forget to make fun of Brother who likes Yuna a lot, however Brother are Rikku are brother and sister. Yuna and Rikku are cousins making Brother and Yuna cousins as well and Brother just loves to watch his sister and cousin dress in the most revealing clothing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Teh-Davez/100000583056311 Teh Davez

    It’s kinda funny that you complain about the previous protagonists being whiny, brooding assholes like Squall and such, and yet refuse to look at FFIX due to its artwork, despite the fact that its protagonist, Zidane, is an upbeat, courageous guy who actually values his teammates, and is a total grabass (literally. He grabs his main love interest’s ass and comments ‘Ooh, soft’ on it like a perverted bastard) who has already tapped one of the female party members prior to the game’s starting in a one-night-stand whilst  currently tryin’ to get the pants off the story’s love interest chick. It’s funny, really, ’cause we didn’t need an X-2 for ‘more energy and liveliness’ in the series, when we already had plenty of it in IX.

  • http://www.facebook.com/NewDefect Dru Pearce

    What the fuck Spoony? I thought you weren’t going to make suicide jokes?

    • http://twitter.com/FinnishPhenom Mikko Laurinen

      It’s Waka. That doesn’t count as the loss of a life. :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/NewDefect Dru Pearce

    I’m glad someone else noticed that.

  • http://twitter.com/Yadokingu Moritz

    Really this game sounds actually fun.
    I love me some sidequests. That’s one reason why Majora’s Mask is my favourite Zelda.

    However I just can not stand the fight system in this game. Forced ATB? What the hell? I thought this was a Final Fantasy game. I want my turn based fight system.
    ATB is a hybrid between real time and turn based which takes the worst aspects of both, combines them and thus is the most horrible thing ever created! Fuck that!
    And how can you fuck the fight system so much in a direct sequel? That’s one thing that should stay the same!
    Thus I quit this game during the first fight with Fan-lady and never came back.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brittany-Albrizio/787920313 Brittany Albrizio

    You know it might be crazy to say but I feel like this game would have been epic had it been extremely campy about it.
    Anyways! Great review Spoony <3 Super funny!

    • Renaissance_nerd

      I agree, almost if they were going for a parody of RPGs. They knew they had these silly parts and instead of trying to pass it off as serious just go with it and make the game silly and more of a joke on itself.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alchron Douglas Higgins

    I’ll at least give this game a little credit, the fighting system is interesting and a bit more stream-lined.  However, that is a drop of water in the ocean of suck this game is.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000520943957 Noah Goodman

    MY GOD!!! this is so… AWESOME!!!
    oh yeah, and that guy at the end reminds me of myself (a long haired mo-fo sitting around watching spoony… although I’m not planning to kill him).
    oh yeah, HOW THE FUCK DO YOU NOT GET ‘KEY’ AND ‘MON’, I MEAN IT’S THE EASIEST PUZZLE IN A GAME I’VE SEEN. PUTTING A SERPENT STONE IN A HOLE IN ULTIMA 7 PT2 WAS HARDER THAN THAT!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Julian-Clarenbach/100002165391427 Julian Clarenbach

    nice job man. hilarious as always. can’t wait for part 2.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jon-Burnett/100001614646759 Jon Burnett

    What really gets me about this game is the pointlessness of it, it wasn’t necessary or wanted. If you stick around after the credits of 10 you see Tidus has survived. And it takes the whole of the shitty sequel just to get back to the same point. 

    10 had some serious character and story flaws.. But at least it was still a decent Final Fantasy. 

    This is just a pink turd :/

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F7PXEQDZQPCXBZ7SWEHHQLA6D4 Gabriel

    I agree that FFX was awesome, and it’s the one that got me into the FF series, but when I boguht this, I honestly didn’t know what I was expecting. Especially after looking at the box. And he’s right about that opening song. I thought to myself, “What the fuck is this? I don’t even.”

    I’m not saying I hate this game. I found it entertaining for a while. It’s not bad, but it’s not “OMFG Best gaem I evur played.” It’s just… above average. I agree it’s different than what I’m used to from… video games in general.

    Tidus doesn’t even make much of an appearance. Yuna just sort of monologues to him every once in a while. 90% of the time, you forget he even exists.

    Note about his Garment Grid rant: Rikku turns into Zero Suit Samus riding a giant robot.

    Also about Shinra (WARNING: SPOILERS) There’s a scene towards the end of the game where what he’s implying is what ends up happening in FF VII.

    The music on the airship actually sounds like something you’d play in the Egg Carrier from Sonic Adventure after it crashed.

    Also, that sphere you get in the cave on Besaid actually points out green colored spheres containing numbers  you use to open the wall near where you see Wakka.

    Just hold on Spoony. You’ll get through it soon enough.

    • Renaissance_nerd

      I think where FFX really fell flat was they tried to give us a hero that knew nothing about the world so we could relate to him as we went on the journey because we know nothing about the world as well. Only this backfired and made Tidus dumber then a box of hair and gave us long drawn out monologues that were boring as hell.

      The world of Spira was interesting, the concept of Yuna being sacrificed to absolve the planets sins was interesting. the trouble came when Square had to explain all of it in great detail.

      X-2 on the other hand had almost no redeeming qualities. They took an interesting world and it seems like totally forgot it’s history. It’s only been 2 years since Syn was defeated and everyone just seems to have forgotten that has ever taken place. Like Spoony said Wakka should be in some deep depression because he believed in Yevon very much even going so far as to attempt to forsake his duty as a guardian because the gang wanted to use machina.

    • doresh

      And you wanna know what the weird part is? This game predates Metroid: Zero Mission, the remake that retconned the Zero Suit into the Metroid continuity, by around one year…Oo

      And why does she ride the magitek armor from FF6’s artwork (or Chocobot, as I like to call it)? You felt the need to hint at continuity with FF7, and know you’re trying to suck FF6 into this black hole of fail? NO WAY!

    • doresh

      And you wanna know what the weird part is? This game predates Metroid: Zero Mission, the remake that retconned the Zero Suit into the Metroid continuity, by around one year…Oo

      And why does she ride the magitek armor from FF6’s artwork (or Chocobot, as I like to call it)? You felt the need to hint at continuity with FF7, and know you’re trying to suck FF6 into this black hole of fail? NO WAY!

  • Eduardo Boavida

    THANK YOU! Spoony you’re awesome, in every video, but the ones I laugh at the most are ones like these. Not necessarily final fantasy ones, but when you’re just brilliant at showing how stupid something is, you had me crying with laughter. I know you really don’t like FF, but I love your reviews on it, so please don’t stop :). Keep up the awesome work

  • Anonymous

    This was a hilarious video, Spoony. Top form. 

    FFX-2 was the point where I stopped caring about Final Fantasy. Honestly, I played FFX and loved it (though the flaws are gaping in retrospect), but I played FFX-2 and just could not get into the damn thing. And I tried. Oh, I tried. I completed tons of sidequests, mastered a bunch of dresspheres and garment grids, and even played through the story all the way to where you fight Bahamut underneath Bevelle…and I just couldn’t care. And Square has done nothing to make me want to go back to the series. I’m hopeful for FF Versus XIII, but I’m not gonna buy first day. Those days are over. Square broke my heart, and I don’t know if I’ll ever love again. *sniff*

    Oh, BTW, I’m sure somebody already pointed this out, Spoony, but the first FF characters to use guns were Vincent and Barrett in FFVII. Like you care. Anyway, hilarious video. I can’t wait for the next installment.

    • doresh

      He didn’t mean the FIRST character, but the last one to be introduced, which is Laguna – if there’s not a gun-wielding FFIX-character, that is…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Emerson/100000365089604 Michael Emerson

    “DEEP WAAANG!”
    Priceless.
    For those of you who dont know what that is, consider yourselves lucky, but if you must know, the watch transformers 3.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/George-Rosenbaum/100001387887487 George Rosenbaum

      DEEEEEP WANGING! DEEEEEEEP WANGING!

      -Dr. Forester

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Emerson/100000365089604 Michael Emerson

    “DEEP WAAANG!”
    Priceless.
    For those of you who dont know what that is, consider yourselves lucky, but if you must know, the watch transformers 3.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jovan-Stipic/1520802005 Jovan Stipic

    HELL YES SO WORTH THE WAIT :D
    i dont need food and watter this is the thing that can keep you alive

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lauren-Scappatura/100000295933758 Lauren Scappatura

    o_O…OH FUCK IT’S SEPHIROTH!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KQZM4I3JX6F27LT4EM2Y27IFMU Corey

    I have to admit when I was younger I liked the intro song I still kinda like it and find it entertaining but I didnt like the game as much as I thought I would when I first got it, but what can beat yunas line “I don’t like that plan it sucks”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charlie-Angisson/100002430721959 Charlie Angisson

    Wow, praise, holy crap…

    but, SPOONY RAGE IS THE BEST RAGE!

    • Anonymous

      true, but it gets a bit OTT at times though, especially in the FFX “review”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000312873482 Amanda Belaire

    I am very glad you haven’t given up on subplots in your reviews, Spoony. I know a lot of people were bitching about them, but I really, really enjoy them! I was worried you’d had given up on them and, in a way, it would’ve meant sacrificing your own creativity. Once that is gone, the desire to keep going fades and you run the risk of getting bored with what you once loved to do.

    We want to see you stick around, Spoony One. Keep doing what you do and we’ll keep watching! I’m already hooked on this one!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=508203087 Yannick Caron

    O.k, I have to say this, the ending… AWESOME. Seriously, at least you refer the last good Final Fantasy game when talking about a… whatever the hell this thing is. The Banzai joke never gets old to me. I almost pissed my pants when I saw that. Seriously, it was hilarious. I have to admit, I find it reassuring that I am not the only one to hate Titus and X but I don’t think it is for entirely the same reasons. Spoony, you are awesome. Never let anyone tell you otherwise. Your rage is better than most people attempt at comedy.

  • Anonymous

    ooohh..nice teaser at the end..the mystery..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_C2JNGRGJTEDOSSZSIW3HH4S3BY Rayvn

    this sort of thing is a big part of why I avoid jRPGs. Great video as always!

    • Anonymous

      I’ve got 2p that says you’ve played and enjoyed a JRPG without even knowing it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sal-Anzalone/1343734426 Sal Anzalone

    is it just me or when spoony rants t times he sounds like Jerry Seinfeild

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sal-Anzalone/1343734426 Sal Anzalone

    is it just me or when spoony rants t times he sounds like Jerry Seinfeild

  • http://twitter.com/carahillstock Cara Hillstock

    I just want to say, I LOL’d SO HARD when you did the monkey thing. SO FREAKING HARD. I had the same reaction to Rikku’s face. Perfect.

  • Anonymous

    Brooding, whiny characters aren’t necessarily a bad thing in these games.  They had those sort of characters in the pre-7 games too.  Take Cecil from 4, for example.  He was brooding and self doubting but we understood why.  His entire world was turned upside down and he was forced to completely rethink his values and allegiances.  He overcame his doubt and became the Penultimate Badass of Justice in the process.  We saw his internal conflict and wanted to help him overcome it, and when he did, it was very rewarding.

    Other characters like Terra and to a lesser extent (for me anyway) Cloud had similar story arcs that made them compelling.  They were compelling in spite of their negative attitudes because the writers gave us reasons why they were so surly that not only made them interesting from the beginning of the game, but also made us want to help them overcome their limitations. 

    The newer games in the series, however, never give us a real reason for their brooding (at least not early in the game).  So instead we (or at least I) can never get attached to them and their constant bitching annoys me to the point of not giving a rat’s ass about anything else in the game.

    It’s like they suffer from a clinical personality disorder.  I’m dead serious, look at the diagnostic criteria for schizoid personality disorder ( http://www.behavenet.com/capsules/disorders/schizoidpd.htm ) and tell me that Squall doesn’t have it!

    • http://twitter.com/FinnishPhenom Mikko Laurinen

      I think you hit the nail on the head. The ‘bad’ brooding characters are that way BEFORE they get a reason or at least before we’re introduced to any, so they just come across as being such for no reason other than writers wanting a ‘cool and broody’ character in there.

  • http://electricsistahood.com KL

    The tendency of shows like this is to pick apart things which seem ridiculous, and/or require explanation, but I’d just like to point out Spoony’s small problem with Shinra. My rebuttal is : “Cid” Thank you.

    I don’t remember, welll, a lot of things about X-2, but I think I can explain away Shinra being the “creator” of the Dressspheres. I’ll probably be proven totally wrong, but I think he create the newer ones, and the technology itself is ancient. Something like that, I think.

    Also, I bet Spoony finished this (compared to X, he LOVES this game!), and even though I liked it more at the time, I didn’t finish it, so I don’t know if I am as big a protector of this game as I would claim.

    • Anonymous

      I have to disagree with you on the ‘Cid’ point.  The name Cid has been a long standing tradition in the series since the NES days.  Each ‘Cid’ while having certain common elements like airships, is clearly a different character unique to his own game’s universe. It’s a bit like ‘I have a bad feeling about this’ in the Star Wars franchise.

      Shinra on the other hand comes completely out the blue and seems to imply a connection between the worlds of different roman numeral games, something they hadn’t done yet.  Furthermore, 7 and 10 are probably the STUPIDEST choice of games they could have connected.  I haven’t played 10 or 10-2 yet so I’m not an expert, but I’d like to point out that those two games and the worlds within them are completely different in terms of tone and thematic elements.  It would be like connecting the worlds of Bladerunner and The Fifth Element, the two don’t mix well and you couldn’t make the connection work without some major ass pulling or the connection being so tenuous that it may as well not even be there.

      That’s just my opinion though, I’m not an expert on the topic.

    • Renaissance_nerd

      Cid was a tradition

      When we saw Shinra we just got confused. Like XIII’s Palompolum, a reference to the kids in FFIV. Seems Square needs to remind us of it’s good games by naming things after characters.

      • http://electricsistahood.com KL

        Yes, Cid is a tradition, but does that mean other names cannot become a tradition? Also, why can’t other FF games just repurpose names from other games simply as fan service?

        • Anonymous

          I like this guy, he knows what Fan Service SHOULD mean.

        • Anonymous

          I like this guy, he knows what Fan Service SHOULD mean.

  • Marisa Mockery

    Looked up some of the endings….rather curious how you’re going to review all of them :D I think the normal ending is the worst. The ‘good’ ending’s okay, and the ‘bad’ ending I actually like ’cause it just seems like Yuna’s starting to move on in her grieving process (yeahyeahshutup), but the ‘perfect’ one was just odd and normal made me think that the Beatles had invaded or something o.o I had no idea why three dudes were taking up almost the entire scene of the ending.

    Buuuut anyway. Cool review XD

  • http://twitter.com/nnecron Necro

    This is off topic, but I wonder what Spoony thinks about Chrono Trigger.  I’m curious about it because most of the fans of the game says it is better than Final Fantasy series.  The words don’t have to come from him, but I want an opinion from a person who’ve played both JRPGs and western RPGs.  I feel like I missed an experience of a lifetime.

    • Anonymous

      Why does it matter if they’ve played both JRPGs and WRPGs?

      anyway, yes, Chrono Trigger is awesome, been awhile since I’ve played it and I’ve only played it the once, so don’t remember much. As for better than FF? well that really is a matter of opinion I enjoyed it no more and no less than when I play FF.

      • http://twitter.com/nnecron Necro

        Playing both genre means he has wide range of knowledge and experience enough to criticize and applaud without being biased or blinded by nostalgia.  Most reviewers on websites like amazon and gamespot are fans of either western RPGs or JRPGs.

    • Anonymous

      Chrono Trigger seems to be one of those games that inspires nostalgia like no other. I remember talking to a friend online who replayed it recently after playing it in the 90’s and he said he didn’t think it held up well. I know a few others who have downloaded it on the Virtual Console and having played it don’t see what all the fuss is about. For a long time the game was my favourite JRPG, but when I played it again this year I have to admit that the story and characters weren’t really as amazing as I once considered them to be…I hate saying that lol. I’m not Spoony of course, but I have played W-RPGs and JRPGs for much of my time as a gamer. It’s still worth playing IMO, the art style and music are really good and it was weirdly ahead of it’s time so visually it’s still quite appealing. Just don’t get sucked into the hype.

      • http://twitter.com/Yadokingu Moritz

        I played chrono trigger the first time when it came out for the DS. While I would not say that it is the best RPG ever made, I still think it is great.
        A classic RPG, with a good, sometimes pretty creative story and a solid fight system, that has loads of variety due to the diverse characters you get to play. What do yu want more?

    • Anonymous

      I recently played Chrono Trigger myself for the first time and it, in my opinion, was awesome!  I haven’t personally played any of it’s FF contemporaries so I can’t really compare them, but based on it’s own merits it’s a classic in my mind.  The characters are memorable, the music is perhaps the best Square ever did, and the story is an interesting take on time travel that is surprisingly easy to follow.

      If you are going to play it I’d recommend the DS remake if at all possible.  It has a re-done translation that’s miles ahead of the original and has the awesome anime FMVs they made for the PS1 re-release.

      • http://twitter.com/nnecron Necro

        What ever game website I go, I see every people giving high scores to it like no other games.  They are treating the game like the best thing ever happened in gaming industry.  I highly doubt it since there are other games like Planescape Torment, which has been rated as high as Chrono Trigger, and it wasn’t as good as people are saying.  That doesn’t mean I didn’t like it, far from it.  I think Planescape Torment is a great game with great role-playing elements.  But I am still skeptical about it.  People tend to over rate stuffs because it has nostalgic value to them. 

        • Anonymous

          I apologize if I came across as a fanboy.  I know what you mean about the ‘Disney’ feel a lot of JRPGs have.  It bugs me too sometimes, the immature characters were one of the things that made me quit FF8.   If you’re not into that sort of thing, Chrono Trigger is probably not the best game for you.  Of course this is all a matter of personal taste, the game worked for me but it defiantly won’t work for everyone.

      • http://twitter.com/nnecron Necro

        I used to love JRPG plots, but they no longer appeal to me as much as they used to be.  I know there are a lot of varieties to the genre I’m sure there are exceptions, but in general they are too childish to me.  For instance, I don’t like some of the Tales series because their protagonist is a kid who doesn’t know a thing about the world.  And I know Chrono Trigger has kids as the main characters.  I know the appeal of this kind of settings though.  Its appealing to JRPG fans because it shows how they mature as story progresses, but to me the setting feels like I’m watching a Disney cartoon.

    • Anonymous

      I recently played Chrono Trigger myself for the first time and it, in my opinion, was awesome!  I haven’t personally played any of it’s FF contemporaries so I can’t really compare them, but based on it’s own merits it’s a classic in my mind.  The characters are memorable, the music is perhaps the best Square ever did, and the story is an interesting take on time travel that is surprisingly easy to follow.

      If you are going to play it I’d recommend the DS remake if at all possible.  It has a re-done translation that’s miles ahead of the original and has the awesome anime FMVs they made for the PS1 re-release.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-Maxwell/576597222 Scott Maxwell

    Surprised he didn’t pick on the factthat LeBlanc looks like like Kim Catrall

    Less/more slutty is subjective

  • ina pereira

    in japanese, instead KEY and MON, probably he said RU and SA , thats why they didn’t know that was SA-RU (monkey) quickly. in english it becomes easier to find out, i guess.

    • http://twitter.com/nnecron Necro

      No not really.  Its still easy to figure out since they are both just splitting a word in half.  

  • ina pereira

    in japanese, instead KEY and MON, probably he said RU and SA , thats why they didn’t know that was SA-RU (monkey) quickly. in english it becomes easier to find out, i guess.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeffery-Adam-Phillips/842790540 Jeffery Adam Phillips

    OMG, they ARE like Team Rocket! How the fuck did I never notice that?! ROFLMAO

    If it soothes your sanity at all, Spoony, I actually like this game for the same reasons you admire it. And even though I can look back on it and laugh…I have to guiltily admit that I do enjoy the game.

    • Anonymous

      Why do you feel guilty about liking something? you either like something or you don’t there is no logical reason to feel guilty about it.

      • http://twitter.com/Tony7wsfk Tony

        dotdotdot

      • http://twitter.com/nnecron Necro

        Isn’t it because he knows its a bad game but he still enjoys it.  As much as he likes it, he wouldn’t recommend someone to buy the game.

        • Anonymous

          but why should he feel guilty? so the internet accepts him? when you like something you like it in-spite of it’s flaws right? it’s like if I said RE is my guilty pleasure because of bad voice acting, I don’t feel guilty about like it why should I?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mitchell-Bandes/100001750373297 Mitchell Bandes

    Oh, Spoony. Spoony, Spoony, Spoony.

    It’s nice to see you acknowledging that this game does have the redeeming quality of being more light-hearted than every title from VIII onward… except that if you would just fucking play IX, you would know that that game deserves that compliment far more than this turd.

    • Anonymous

      ah, yes IX, the only game I know of where you can set battle speed to Max and still have time to make brew. FFX-2 is still more light-hearted, though I’m not even sure where you get IX being light-hearted from.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mitchell-Bandes/100001750373297 Mitchell Bandes

        Mostly from the fact that the protagonist isn’t constantly brooding, complaining and/or whining. Yes, shit goes down, entire kingdoms get destroyed, races get genocided, and the protagonist finds out he’s destined for a dark purpose, but it’s all offset by the quirky character design, the light-hearted (but not inappropriately-timed) humor, and the generally optimistic atmosphere that ensures us that everyone that survives will pick themselves up from the pits of despair and build towards a brighter future.

        Also it has talking moogles. Kupo.

        • Anonymous

          3 aspects does not a light-hearted game make, like you said, Shit hits the Fans(which is what sticks out the most to me), humour is a coping mechanism.

          • Anonymous

            For real. Between the bombing of a major city and the bombshell about the black mages, Conde Petie is the only thing keeping you playing the game and not preparing the noose.

            In fact, I’m going to outright say that if it didn’t have such cute character design, this would be known as “the really depressing FF.”

    • Anonymous

      i dont blame him for not playing IX that shit still gives me fucking nightmares

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=730338924 Rebecca Erdmann

    I bought this game years and years ago. It sat on my shelf for ages until I sold it for two dollars a few days ago. After seeing this, I am SO GLAD I did. I couldn’t even finish FFX, and I think attempting to play this may have ended me. Kudos to you, Spoony, for enduring this shitpile. Great review, I had lots of lulz.

    • Anonymous

      “It sat on my shelf for ages, Kudos to you, Spoony, for enduring this shitpile.”

      You know, normal people at least attempt to play games before passing judgement, as you probably already know Spoony over exaggerates every little flaw(and for reasons unknown goes major OTT when it comes to the FFs and it’s fans, why can’t he just be spoony and not spoonyx15?), so take what he says and dial it back about 199.99%.

  • Anonymous

    spoony  why couldent have u reviewed this when it came out i sat through this game……. ffX was better cuz i was a little brat when that came out but this still gives me nightmares AND THERE NO AURON TO MAKE IT ALL BETTER (cries)

  • Anonymous

    This entire series is garbage. Horrible story. Completely retarded character design. I don’t get why anyone likes this crap.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mitchell-Bandes/100001750373297 Mitchell Bandes

    Oh right, I forgot. Spoony, based on the choices you make in this game, you can help Yevon rebuild, make the Ronsos and Guado go to war, and in general run Spira into the ground. Do try and go for that, won’t you?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=515476575 Glen Graves

    This is the one I’ve been waiting for. As a young fan of Final Fantasy games I was willing to forgive 10, but after this came out I knew it was over for one of my favorite game series of all time. You most likely will point it out in the 2nd part because you pointed it out in the 10 review but the ONE thing I do like about 10-2 was the fighting engine they used it flowed quite well in battle. Can’t wait to see more from you on this game that has haunted me for so long.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=515476575 Glen Graves

    This is the one I’ve been waiting for. As a young fan of Final Fantasy games I was willing to forgive 10, but after this came out I knew it was over for one of my favorite game series of all time. You most likely will point it out in the 2nd part because you pointed it out in the 10 review but the ONE thing I do like about 10-2 was the fighting engine they used it flowed quite well in battle. Can’t wait to see more from you on this game that has haunted me for so long.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IJ25L4XND73TM6WNWXMWYU3AVE Nic Payne

    funniest review ever. xD spoony is the funniest man alive!

  • Anonymous

    You know what this game reminds me of? Sailor moon. No, seriously. Outfits change your power due to mystic technologies that are never fully explained. Team of girls fighting “evil” where all your level-ups consist of gaining new clothes and new powers. What? I’m not the only girl who grew up in the 90s who read that manga! … I feel growing shame…

    Anyway, I haven’t played X-2 but at least this game didn’t focus on fucking Tidus, even if it was… absurd in more ways than one, to say the least. It’s light-heartedness and innovation goes in its favour, but the effort just didn’t carry across to what they were trying to do. If this had just been a spin-off of X it would have probably been received much more kindly than it was, but it was marketed as a sequel, and it just doesn’t fit the criteria for an FF game. Describing it as “Charlie’s Angels”-esque was very appropriate. The only thing I can see so far that is actually an improvement upon X (apart from the lack of Tidus and Waka, both of who annoyed the shit out of me) is the wide variety of side-quests and the multiple options you have with how to go about the game. That kind of diversion from the boring linear story telling of X is really interesting and gives the game more substance and bulk in actual role-playing than its predecessor (where it was mostly just “follow a set path to a specific end”). However, like I said, I haven’t played the game, so I don’t know exactly how well they fleshed this aspect out. If they did it poorly, then I’m probably going to have a low an opinion of this game as I did of X. 

    What kind of annoys me is that this game is obviously more girly and oriented towards girls – what with the whole changing clothes theme – and yet all the fanservice is for guys! Where’s the fanservice for the straight girls out there! There is absolutely nothing in this game that you could even remotely call an attractive male character. And no, bloody Waka does not count! Ever!

    In any case this was another very very funny review. It contained some very smart analysis of exactly why this game failed as badly as it did, exposed its flaws on premise and setting, and it was continuously highly entertaining. Now I feel compelled to go back and watch the entire series of FFX reviews all over again, damnit!

    Hilarious review, looking forward to the next instalment! 

    • Anonymous

      It’s Charlies Angels but with sphere’s and more short shorts.

  • http://www.facebook.com/NieroShai Erich Williams

    Black-haired Sephiroth cosplayer???
    Also, the completion chance is based on around 130 points, with 100 possible in a single playthrough IF you are a gaming GOD at the side quests and have an online FAQ.

    • Anonymous

      unless you give the Sphere to New Yevon

    • Anonymous

      unless you give the Sphere to New Yevon

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nathan-Ellis/100002419726549 Nathan Ellis

    i loved ff9. everybody i know gives it’s non-anime art style shit. but it was really good, vivi is like the coolest wizard next to gandalf. i would have to say i did enjoy playing X. tidus was awful, but i always used auron instead, he needs his own game. that didn’t work out too good for vincent valentine though. VII will always be the best though, and if i remember right spoony admittedly loves the first half of the ff franchise until 8. that’s when the weird incoherent story started.

    anyway, i loved this review. i don’t even know why the square-heads watch these, it’s like they watch until they can pick on something small spoony says, like the “i kind of admire X-2″ thing. watch the rest you moogles!

  • Anonymous

    Final Fantasy 10 was the first game in the series that I actually finished. I never finished 10-2 because I got tired of all the minigames in it. I’ve probably said this before in the comments, but it bears repeating. It’s a damn shame, because I like the combat system and despite the glitzy dressup trappings, I like the job system, too. But the game doesn’t show off those assets nearly enough.

    Once again I bring up The Rise and Fall of Final Fantasy, a collection of essays found on socksmakepeoplesexy.net. This is one of the few games the author covers that the author is almost entirely negative towards. He’s actually more negative about it than Spoony, which astounds me because he found things to like about 8 and 10, discussing those games in a more neutral tone. He didn’t even praise the game for its willingness to take things in a new direction like Spoony did, because he saw that new direction as shameless fanservice and J-pop pandering in order to secure a ton of money that Square desperately needed after The Spirits Within bombed and nearly drove them out of business. Then again, he starts that particular essay painting direct sequels in general with a broad brush, which isn’t an attitude I entirely agree with.

    I do know at least one person who’s willing to defend 10-2: my friend Aaron, whose taste in entertainment I’m kind of starting to question now. He’s a gay nursing student who has an unnatural tolerance for camp, and he considers this a fine entry in the series, maybe even one of its high points. Weirdly enough, I’ve heard him echo Spoony’s points (sort of) about how people judge the game unfairly because of the opening sequence and how the change in Yuna’s character was a welcome and sensible one from her previous incarnation. I know Spoony wasn’t approaching those points from the same perspective at all, but it’s interesting to see him overlap with a guy who considers him an ignorant blowhard not worthy of his time or attention.

  • http://twitter.com/NatACat Natalie Aument

    Haha! Does the scene when they’re looking at the footage on the sphere remind anyone of the books on Myst?

  • Vlad Hogas

    Ok … wow … allways thought that Yunna pop concert stuff in Spoony’s opening was a fan created thing … Excuse me I need a moment …

    What the hell? OK first I’ll make one thing perfectly clear: some fan service here adn there isn’t all bad, and adult orientation can make a game 10 times more enjoyable (see Witcher and Witcher 2). But this is just sick. Square actualy made this crap? Granted there is a new tone and feel … but God is atrocious. I never liked FF games because they are so long and tedious and boring, the story grinds to a halt every time and you have to do griding plus it’s so full of stuff distracting you from the story and the fights are so repetitive … plus the obsesion to have a giant thing no amount of buster swords would even scratch in real life as boss. But at least those games had some form of dignity and respect. They at least tried to be somewhat serious. They had a tangible purpose. This atrocity is … it’s plain and simple not FF. It’s not a shity FF game it’s worse.

    At least I know why the game was made: Square wanted to cash in and also for some bizzare reason thought there are hoards of fan girls who want to see Titus back (in my oppinion those girls need to be sterilized to prevent that level of stupidity from passing on). Also not to mention hoards of creepy pervs who want to watch cleavege and ass shots … By god this is really close to being a porn game, they might as well have made a hentai porn game. At least that way there would have been no ambiguity as to why this game exists and fine that would have been acceptable.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if spoonyone is reading this comment section right now?
    hope he read my previous comment about Toriyama Motomu.

  • Anonymous

     
     Do we ever find out why LeBlanc disguised herself as Yuna and did a musical performance at the begining of the game?

    Seriously, why did she do that? she had no reason to do that….other than make people think Yuna can sing….If she wanted attention THAT badly, why didn’t she just sing as herself….although her madame outfit makes her look more at home in a brothel.

    • Anonymous

      The implication I got was the fact that at that time in Spira Yuna is an important political figure/symbol(this comes into play later in the game) as the person who brought forth the eternal calm and finally killed SIN for good, it wouldn’t surprise me that people would like to use her to further there own agenda and having a device that creates a perfect copy of a persons physical appearance(granted clothes and voice) that can fool people well think of the potential there.

    • http://twitter.com/Jegsimmons James Simmons

      how did LeBlanc even get in this game after lost in space and Joey?

  • Anonymous

    Expect part 2 in 2012!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lenne-Shuyin/100002432893015 Lenne Shuyin

      oh now, spoony will come through, give him a chance now, love ya spoons

      • Renaissance_nerd

        i love the Spoonster too but… not as forthcoming with reviews as he used to be, still waiting on Captain Power.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vaughan-MacDonald/100000473507885 Vaughan MacDonald

          Yeah I think he’s been working on these reviews since BEFORE I started watching his vids….. Like a year and a half ago

  • http://twitter.com/nnecron Necro

    I once owned this game and I encountered to this bug that rendered the game into an unplayable mess.  The bug increases the encounter rate significantly and I couldn’t even move forward because of it. 
    One step forward, encounter, jumping off a ledge, encounter.  I even had an encounter while I was in midair. I don’t think I am the only one I had this bug, but I am not sure about it.   

    • http://twitter.com/Tomborf Tom ten Hoeve

      That happened to me too, but that was because, for some reason, I had an item equipped that would significantly increase the encounter rate. I didn’t remember equipping it, because as far as I know I didn’t, so it took me quite a while to realise that’s what made the encounter rate so high.

      Never finished the game even after unequipping that thing though. It was only slightly less annoying without it.

  • http://twitter.com/izixs Izixs O’Isto

    Wondering about Shinra showing up here? Easy! Final Fantasy 8 takes place before X/X-2 which takes place before 7. But why is the world completely different in each? Why are there just a few similarities references in the least? (ancient technological civilizations mentioned in X series, Shinra from X-2 to 7) And why am I throwing 8 in here?

    At some point between X-2 and 7 in chronology is the end of 8 (the distant future). The future sorceress with her plot for time compression takes over and does her screwing with the past. But that bit of future and its consequences to the time line hasn’t happened in meta-time. Because when time gets compressed the past is change a great deal to the point that massive events that totally remake the surface of the planet happen differently.

    So… a more boring version of 8 (8′ for short) happens and they don’t inspire time compression as that stable time loop hasn’t been formed properly yet. Some time passes and events happen that reshape the world and reboot civilization. X/X-2 happens. Then future 8′ happens where the sorceress who’s been hanging out (if she’s Riona and if not she just shows up) and decides to screw with time. She does this and the real version of 8 happens where she’s defeated and a stable time loop forms, which replaces far future 8′ with a parallel series of events where the future sorceress is defeated. If this doesn’t happen then the events of 7 don’t happen. But the past is changed enough to change the crisis in the past so to a high enough degree that 7 happens sometime after far future 8.

    This means that if 8 is true, then not X/X-2.

    Then what is the crisis that moves things from 8′ to X/X-2 and 8 to 7? Perhaps Jenova’s arrival. In which case Jenova should be hiding out in the world of X/X-2.

    Things get more complicated if this crazyness is expanded to try to fit in all final fantasy games. I’ll leave that to someone with less mental restraints then I.

    • Anonymous

      FF8 is not connected(unless you know something I don’t), the same way I-VI, IX, XII and XIII are not connected. Is 7 really connected or was the dev just fucking with the wishful thinking of others? if it was me I’d have been all “yeah sure why not, coughCidcough”

    • Anonymous

      FF8 is not connected(unless you know something I don’t), the same way I-VI, IX, XII and XIII are not connected. Is 7 really connected or was the dev just fucking with the wishful thinking of others? if it was me I’d have been all “yeah sure why not, coughCidcough”

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=515476575 Glen Graves

      it’s just the name of a character to give fanboys something to talk about, calm down, none of the FF’s are connected other than X-2, Dirge of Cerberus and Crisis Core. Ever notice the Maps are of different worlds ? ?  And I suppose you could say Dissidia connects them all but I don’t consider that game cannon it’s like Ehrgiez and Kingdom Hearts in their own world.

    • Renaissance_nerd

      Wow you’re just about as asad as those nimrods that offer up the defense that Squall is dead and the rest of the game is just memories as an excuse for VIII’s plot making no damn sense.

      http://squallsdead.com/

      seriously you people need to put those brain cells into something that matters. Like making rocket powered monkeys.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OU7Z4DKACDRDJNH4E42XNZUJYI Calbeck

        You think that’s bad?  Try this on for size: Picard goes into the Rift in “Generations”.  But the Rift is supposed to be impossible to escape on your own, and no reason’s ever given for how Picard gets OUT.

        The schtick? He never DID come out.  Everything he THINKS has happened since has been a dream-fantasy — which is what the Rift DOES to people stuck in it.

        So every Star Trek film since Generations that’s featured Picard is just his personal heroic-self-fantasizing.  All dramatic, pointless, action-flick material ginned up out of his own ego to provide a personal, eternal, inescapable holodeck experience.

        Good riddance.

        • Renaissance_nerd

          Wow didn’t hear that one. but the flaw in that is Guinen said you woulden’t WANT to escape the nexus, not that you cant.

          but yea that theory is equally sad.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lenne-Shuyin/100002432893015 Lenne Shuyin

          Oh you are good, love this comment, its so true

        • http://twitter.com/Jegsimmons James Simmons

          luckily non of that happened since the new film. :D

      • Anonymous

        I read that site before, but I gave it another read-through, and I forgot a few things (or they updated it since I last read it).

        The distorted and blurry images of RInoa during the final part of the game creeped me out, and then…

        OH GOD JESUS FUCK I’M NEVER GOING TO SLEEP AGAIN HOLY FUCK AUGH!!!!

        Faceless black hole Squall will fucking haunt my nightmares, and you can burn in hell for that.

    • Anonymous

      “If 8 is true, then not X/X-2.”

      And suddenly a thousand Logic 101 professors swore dark and bloody vengeance upon Square-Enix. Unfortunately, the vengeance was ill-defined, and they dismissed it as a tautology.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/George-Rosenbaum/100001387887487 George Rosenbaum

    “OH HAI, Yuna!”

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ICDHG7TLTN6JVK6JMK3TKQFXKQ Mike Wallace

      Anyway, how’s your sex life hah?

      • http://twitter.com/Jegsimmons James Simmons

        YOR TERRING ME APAHT LULU!!!!

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vaughan-MacDonald/100000473507885 Vaughan MacDonald

          BOOM! Like happy festival fireworks, ya?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OU7Z4DKACDRDJNH4E42XNZUJYI Calbeck

    Very nice ending sequence.  But I loved the video too; Spoony’s always at his best when riding the fine edge of completely losing his shit.

  • Anonymous

    These games are just embarrassing haha and I thought my life was a waste a times. At least I didn’t spend any time playing FFX and FFX-2. 

  • Anonymous

    Oh god this game. I liked FFX, but this game was an unholy abomination. I never finished it either, as soon as I got to the “kindergaurdian” bit, I was wondering whether or not this game was worth finishing. As soon as I got to the desert, I stopped playing.

    Trust me people who have yet to play it , even if you are a fan of FFX, this game is NOT worth your time. Don’t play it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716862241 Steven Knelsen Millett

    Yes! I’ve been waiting for this for months!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716862241 Steven Knelsen Millett

    Yes! I’ve been waiting for this for months!

  • Renaissance_nerd

    Whenever i want to learn some new adjectives i just watch Spoony’s latest video.

    • http://twitter.com/Jegsimmons James Simmons

      i learn great phrases like “search my shit for corn”

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000065433429 Sam Pagano

        thats a verb you improper language usin motherfucker

  • Anonymous

    Not sure if you’re listening here, Spoony, and completely unrelated to this video, but I just wanted to say that the  president of 2K games said that they changed Xcom because no one likes strategy games any more.  So….it’s a ploy to get more money out of the CoD and Halo crowd.  Let that sink in and then rage as necessary.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Natalie-Jones/100001438912549 Natalie Jones

    Filling a  game with fan service and cheese doth not a good game make!

    • Anonymous

      But we’re not talking about Dead or Alive…

  • Anonymous

    Oh God the blitz ball. How the hell did they make that game even more annoying. You can’t even advance the story UNLESS YOU BEAT THE FIRST FUCKING MATCH YOU’RE EVER GIVEN! So you can’t even do your best, fail, then move on. No, you have to beat it to move on. I gave up. Every so often I’ll start from scratch and then I’ll hit that same fucking wall.

  • Anonymous

    When I saw this on my google reader, I actually let out a shriek of excitement. (:

  • http://twitter.com/Jegsimmons James Simmons

    i have a question for all jrpgs….what is the appeal of turn based combat?
    how about get a bbig ass sword press a button a few times and ruin his shit! that and they gave yuna GUNS!!! guns and turn based combat doesnt work! thats why in duel both fire at the same time not
     “My turn” *bang* “ok your turn…..dude?”

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000065433429 Sam Pagano

      As a fan of Turn Based Strategy I actually do kind of agree with JRPG fans when done right it allows for more strategic gameplay and planning of your turns

    • Anonymous

      oh you, it’s not turn based, unlike FFI-III and FFX, if you go for a piss leaving it un-paused you’ll come back to a Game Over screen. In fact off the top of my head I can’t think of an RPG that lets you attack like your playing DMC.

    • Renaissance_nerd

      imagine that turn based is a game of chess. each player takes their turn, its is the epitome of deep strategy.

      Real time strategy is more like an action game, you have very little time to think and plan, its more off the cuff and spontaneous.

      both have advantages and disadvantages.

      and since FFVI (at least in the US) square uses their ATB or active time battle, meaning the monsters will still attack regardless if its their turn or not. They fight dirty and dont wait for you.

      • Vlad Hogas

        I’m sory but calling RTS an action game is just to much. I agree TBS can have more challenging and difficult scenarios taken by themselves, but those are posible simple cause you have a coffe brake between deciding your actions. This would be imposible in real life. RTS is not action is strategy, fast thinking and ability to adapt to any situation as it occurs. It takes far more tallent and strategic thinking to excel at something like SC of SupCom than mastering a TBS combat system because you not only have to be able to deal with dificult tactical scenarios, you have to do this on the fly and solve every problem as fast and as eficient as posible. I don’t say people that play TBS games are dumb, I’m saying they are slow and would only make good planners, not field strategists.

        As for the ATB … sorry it’s still turn bassed not RT. Why? Cause you have that stupid bar you need to wait to fill up and usualy if you press the buttons fast the fight goes like this:
        Rikku hits -> Pain hits -> monster 1 hits -> Yunna hits -> monster 2 hits -> Rikku changes jobs -> Pain hits -> monster 1 hits -> Yunna casts a spell -> monster 2 hits -> Rikku hits and kills monster 2 -> Pain hits -> monster 1 hits -> Yunna hits and kills monster 1 … How is this different from a turn bassed game? It’s not. ATB is the illusion of real time when it’s actualy a TBS and not acting when the bar fills up is like skipping a turn. Simple as that. Not to mention they advertised it as sort of RT action filled system … really? I hit a monster then wait 8 seconds to rest my arm and then  a hit again … NO! I wail on the bitch and don’t give it a chance to retaliate. I use surprise and speed to force my oponent to defend and don’t stop mid-sprint in swinging and do nothing for 8 seconds while he claws at me once and then sits there another 8 seconds. This is why the combat system in FF will allways suck. No matter what they do unless they make it RT.

        • Renaissance_nerd

          I never said RTS was an action game i said RTS is MORE LIKE an action game meaning it has a few similarities. Reading comprehension FTW. So pull your huggies out of your nether region and chill.

          • Vlad Hogas

            I never said I dislike TBS games and that they suck. I said they are slow and a TBS system doesn’t fit an RPG. And I said the COMBAT SYSTEM in FF will allways suck unless they make it RT. FF is just ruined today by a TB system because of how cool and fast all the moves are, but you just have to crawl your way through the combat in an unrealistic fashion.

            And I like TB games. I’m a big fan of UFO, Massive Asault (try it just for how unforgiving the AI is), Commandos and the recent Frozen Synapse. But those are TBS games not RPGs brought down by a TB combat system. And I know I said I like Fallout but compare that masterpiece’s story and world to the crap of FF ever since 7.

            FF Tactics is a TBS game more than it is an RPG. And it doesn’t suck. I played that game and really enjoyed the spin on the series and how fun it was.

          • Renaissance_nerd

            Turn based doesn’t belong in an RPG? oh really?

            I got a few million D&D players here that disagree with you.

            the fact is turn based systems in video games developed becasue of games like D&D. it may be semantics but i take issue with your wording. A game doesn’t suck just becasue YOU don’t like it.

            tactics had a very expansive leveling and job system, its an RPG, sorry to break your heart like that.

          • http://electricsistahood.com KL

            I would have thought Turn based games would have turned me off by now, because FF XII was fine without it, but I’ll play a Persona game, no sweat. Developers just have to make it feel fast paced or exciting, so you’re not focusing on the fact that you’re waiting to attack.

    • Vlad Hogas

      Fallout had  TB combat system and it was good. But you have a point. The ATB is just an excuse to make TB more entertaining and give the illusion of strategy. Personaly I found the newer entries in the Fallout franchise as well as other great RPGs like Gothic, Risen and so forth to be really fun and entartaining while still requiring thought before charging into the fray. So really TB is there cause all the flashy cinematic style graphics would have lagged the game to much if it was RT and attacks were chained one after the other …. oh wait … yeah I just remembered DMC (4 still looks better than any FF) … aparently they can render those graphics and real time fast paced fights … ok new theory Square is lazy.

    • crille_rpg

      Yeah i agree, i mean why play chess, when you can play rockem sockem robots

    • crille_rpg

      Yeah i agree, i mean why play chess, when you can play rockem sockem robots

  • Anonymous

    Ugghh… the game that truly turned me sour on the series…. barring Final Fantasy XI (which I loved), this game was the first in a long line of FF titles I had high hopes for, that were shattered, fed to sharks with glass teeth, and acid in their stomach, and fire, and now I’m rambling.  A truly horrible game.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dan-Duncan/1395490109 Dan Duncan

      Oh man…  Final Fantasy XI.  That game sucked away a good six years of my life.  Never did I feel I was wasting my life away more than when I was camping Fafnir/Nidhogg.  

      Yeah, I gotta say that opening J-Pop sequence nearly made me switch off my console.  It was almost too much for me to stomach, but I wanted to give the game a chance.  However, it was just way too fluffly and girly for my tastes.  The constant lolita fanservice made me feel like a dirty old man for having to sit through and watch it.  It’s not good when a game makes you feel ashamed to be playing it.  I remember one of the worst things about the game was that you had to watch those damn job-changing scenes EVERY time.  I don’t remember there being a way to skip over it.

      I still believe that Final Fantasy VII was the pinnacle of the series and from there it steadily went downhill.  Final Fantasy Tactics was really good too, though I haven’t played the remake.  I kept hoping they would release an FFT 2.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vaughan-MacDonald/100000473507885 Vaughan MacDonald

        You actually played FF XI? Yeah, I don’t think you deserve those six years back any time soon.

      • Anonymous

        you can set Dressphere change to short like you could do with summons on X (though from what I hear the first ever time you change into a new dressphere you have to watch(personally I like them so I keep it on default anyway))

  • Anonymous

    This game was a travisty. what more can I say. the only thing I really liked about it was the classic character classes to add combat varitey. Every thing else was stupid. Thank god I finished this as for my first RPG game when I was on a RPG binge and had XENO SAGA EPISODE 1 be my last and best out of the three RPGs I finished.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ULUK3HNFCHM6ZAJOVACZ3YQDZA Hathor Liderc

    Funniest shit I’ve ever seen!

    • Anonymous

      I’ve seen funnier, and it didn’t require manipulative editing, just so he could ask “was there a black mage in that sphere?”, but I digress.

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/114319313498601954245?hl=fi&tab=wh Kaltzor

    FFX-2 Drinking game, every time the game tries to kill your soul or mind, take a drink

    • http://twitter.com/TheMMOFifty TheMMOFifty

      um, if that happens as many times as I think it does, we’d all be dead in 15 seconds

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000065433429 Sam Pagano

        Not really the song would just be one drink directly after the song we all die.

    • Anonymous

      Why waist the drinks? We might as well kill ourselves in fire, it would be less painful than that game…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Simo-Vainionpää/742118738 Simo Vainionpää

    Spoony, you are my Beatles! How ever sad or fucked I am, you cheer me up every time! Will you marry me?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Calvin-Jarchow/1131125364 Calvin Jarchow

      Spoony always seems to post awesome new videos when I need them the most. You’re a great writer and a fine actor Spoony One

  • Anonymous

    LOL I think I found Spoony’s clone.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qg-bbeVt7-Q&feature=feedbul

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Simo-Vainionpää/742118738 Simo Vainionpää

      He totally does look like him! and it would be cool if that really was spoony because that guy had a freaking awesome voice.

    • Anonymous

      If Spoony and Huge Grant had a child….

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ava-Luman/669422633 Ava Luman

    I know this is going to bring the pain down on my head, but I really like this game. The dressshpere/job class combat was very well done resulting in different variations for specific enemies. The side quests kept me entertained and I actually cared about a few of them. (The Beast hunter stuff was enjoyable.) And I think the biggest reason I like this game, I’m a girl. This came out when I was in high school so I was at just the right age I guess, but it was nice to come home after classes and indulge in a little magical girl fantasy. I’m also a costume designer now so I return to this game frequently just to watch the transformation scenes. Man i love me some magical girl!

    • Anonymous

      “i love me some magical girl”

      CLASSY!

  • http://twitter.com/TommyWishow Adolf Hitler

    I really like the ending song of this review. The part about having secret fuck fantasies about Squall through Paine was hilarious. It was probably the same line of thought the creators went through.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mitchell-Bandes/100001750373297 Mitchell Bandes

      You really should just get a new account, dude.

  • Jordyn Cheslock

    I will admit that I liked this game back in the day. Mostly because the main characters were girls. In RPG’s (especially Japanese RPG’s) it’s very uncommon for girls to be the main character of the story. Most of the time, RPG’s go into a particular cliche of making the main character a guy (most of the time, a not very intelligent guy) that wields a sword, if not, two. And if there were RPG’s that had a woman as a main character, they weren’t advertised of talked about. It was nice that a girl was the main character, but even back then, I would say “Fuck Shitstain (I refuse to call him Tidus)! I don’t want him! Viva woman independence!” yelling a Yuna through the TV to forget Shitstain and move on with her life. Final Fantasy X-2 is a stupid game for sure.

    Anway, nice review Spoony. I knew you were going to go for this one.

    • Anonymous

      “yelling a Yuna through the TV to forget Shitstain and move on with her life.”

      there’s an ending for that

      • Jordyn Cheslock

        I know. I like that ending better than Shitstain coming back. I bet you can agree with me lol.

        • Anonymous

          Just imagine Tight-ass’s reaction when Yuna, after dedicating two years of frantic searching and thinking she heard his whistle in the farplane, decides at the very last second “fuck it! I’d rather go out with Nooj or Gippal” and leave him trapped in the farplane….the Fayth’s decide that crybaby isn’t worth existing and let him fade away.

          I’d rather request that he is turned into some ugly demonic fiend and locked away in that Omega dungeon for the rest of the life of Spira….and destroy the teleporter so nobody can enter that dungeon….not that anyone would want to…seeing as there is now no summoners to ‘send’ the dead, meaning EVERYONE will become a fiend when they die and overrun the planet, since killing a fiend will only make it come back again and again, getting stronger every time.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Leuchtmann/580156441 Mike Leuchtmann

            Thus, Tidus fades to nothingness, screaming “BUT THIS IS MY STORY!!!  MY STOOOoooo…..”

  • Jordyn Cheslock

    I will admit that I liked this game back in the day. Mostly because the main characters were girls. In RPG’s (especially Japanese RPG’s) it’s very uncommon for girls to be the main character of the story. Most of the time, RPG’s go into a particular cliche of making the main character a guy (most of the time, a not very intelligent guy) that wields a sword, if not, two. And if there were RPG’s that had a woman as a main character, they weren’t advertised of talked about. It was nice that a girl was the main character, but even back then, I would say “Fuck Shitstain (I refuse to call him Tidus)! I don’t want him! Viva woman independence!” yelling a Yuna through the TV to forget Shitstain and move on with her life. Final Fantasy X-2 is a stupid game for sure.

    Anway, nice review Spoony. I knew you were going to go for this one.

  • Jordyn Cheslock

    I will admit that I liked this game back in the day. Mostly because the main characters were girls. In RPG’s (especially Japanese RPG’s) it’s very uncommon for girls to be the main character of the story. Most of the time, RPG’s go into a particular cliche of making the main character a guy (most of the time, a not very intelligent guy) that wields a sword, if not, two. And if there were RPG’s that had a woman as a main character, they weren’t advertised of talked about. It was nice that a girl was the main character, but even back then, I would say “Fuck Shitstain (I refuse to call him Tidus)! I don’t want him! Viva woman independence!” yelling a Yuna through the TV to forget Shitstain and move on with her life. Final Fantasy X-2 is a stupid game for sure.

    Anway, nice review Spoony. I knew you were going to go for this one.

  • Anonymous

    Good review.

    But er…

    Since when was Final Fantasy EVER predictable? It pretty much reinvents itself with every game.

    Cloud was a badass douchebag. Zidane from Final Fantasy 9 was ANYTHING but brooding, he was a loveable pervert. Tidus was also an annoying stoner. The only ‘brooding’ emo character was Squall from Final Fantasy 8, and he just sucks.

    The fact that you love some games and hate others because of how different they are should tell you that. Personally I wish the series wasn’t SO focused on innovation (or change at least), they should go back to the Materia system which was frankly the best skill system they ever had going.

    Final Fantasy 13 is so hated because it throws away so much, it doesn’t even have towns or any other expected staples.

    I don’t even think X-2 has any fans at all…

    And I’m guessing the Shinra reference is nothing more than a reference, to a BETTER game. The worlds are not connected, don’t even JOKE about that.

    • http://spoonyexperiment.com The Spoony One

      I actually agree with you.  In hindsight, “predictable” wasn’t the word I should have chosen in describing the series– although the spinoff games outside of the main series definitely were predictable.

      If I could go back I’d probably revise that speech to explain myself a bit better.

      • Anonymous

        Holy crap, reply from the Spoony himself :P . You have made by day sir.

        It seems like it was just a slip of the tongue, but yeah that is very much the wrong word for Final Fantasy whose universe has been adapted to pretty much everything at this point.

        Now I definitely agree with the idea that they’ve lost it, personally I think that Final Fantasy 7 may have been an epic fluke, and Square Enix have long since lost the people, focus and structure it once had to make games that amazing and cohesive.

        Final Fantasy 13’s opening basically ripped off all of the elements of Final Fantasy 7’s opening (Cloud-like super soldier character, beautifully over the top African American character, overdeveloped city, train motif, resistance organisation, robot scorpion boss, paramilitary organisation of faceless grunts) and still managed to make it worse.

        That is EXACTLY why they must NEVER, EVER remake Final Fantasy 7. Advent Children was a kick in the balls and ruined everything narrative-wise (and Cloud was VERY emo in that one…). PLEASE review it, you could ask for no better material :) .

      • Anonymous

        The irony here is that now, over there (comments to the retraction), some people go like “spoony has caved in to fan bash!”. Huh. Never crossed my mind.

        I like to believe that you take a certain pride in what you do, and that is why I have the impression you like to give credit where credit is due. I salute you for that. “Funny, furious, but also fair” is a very good way to fly in my book.

        (Praise the spoonyone. He does not only share my irritation over FF8 and 10, now he can hate FFX-II in my stead, since I never touched that one, AND even be fair while doing so. It’s like taking a bullet for me, and then dying gracefully. Bless ye.)

    • Anonymous

      If you get to the last level of the game Shinra makes some interesting comments which could lead to what the Spoony one implied

    • Anonymous

      If you get to the last level of the game Shinra makes some interesting comments which could lead to what the Spoony one implied

    • Anonymous

      Disgaea 012 says otherwise -_- thanks Nomura!! ya fucking twat of a game developer… yes, he seriously connected ALL the Final Fantasies together and it says it’s canon.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lenne-Shuyin/100002432893015 Lenne Shuyin

    spoons, where is Part two,Im getting to the point of needing more laughs

  • http://electricsistahood.com KL

    Just to add length to a massive comment thread (about a game people hated??) I just read a new top list about the top 10 FF games. I forget the name of the site (Game something.com) but SPOILERS, guess what’s on the list.

    The writer IMMEDIATELY addresses the negatives of it. MORE SPOILERS. X-2 was not on the list.

    TRIPLE SPOILERS! XIII isn’t on the list, either. Not a spoiler, just something to be expected, I guess.

  • http://idigcomics.tumblr.com/ Matt

    Haven’t read many of the comments yet, but something tells me there’s at least 20 pages worth of pocky-chomping neckbeards with a Sailor Moon fetish sperging out about how FFX-2 was some “underrated gem”.

  • http://idigcomics.tumblr.com/ Matt

    Haven’t read many of the comments yet, but something tells me there’s at least 20 pages worth of pocky-chomping neckbeards with a Sailor Moon fetish sperging out about how FFX-2 was some “underrated gem”.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000065433429 Sam Pagano

      I have read through the comments there really isnt like spoony said even Final Fantasy fans dont like it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000065433429 Sam Pagano

      I have read through the comments there really isnt like spoony said even Final Fantasy fans dont like it.

    • http://twitter.com/nymphonomicon Doctor Madness

      What’s with the hate there, twinkie? I don’t know what anime fan gave you the bad touch to inspire such a stereotype rant, but you might want to chill out. Fanservice is fanservice, you can’t really defend it- that’s roughly the same thing as trying to get your buddies to stop ragging on you for dating a pornstar.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matt-Loudon/100000983582044 Matt Loudon

    22:51 What’s wrong with you’re Face!

  • Anonymous

    Everyone, I have to ask you a question…

    Did any of you feel embaressed when playing this game? For example, did you look around nervously during the overly girly or childish cut-scenes incase anyone would think you’re playing this game?

    I sure did….even though I play alone, I still blush with humiliation and feel that I’m some child just looking at the utter kiddy’ness of the games characters behaviours.

    And leblanc…she looks so much more like a madame of a brothel than some ‘sphere hunter’

    • Anonymous

      Brother, I am a tabletop gamer. I have no shame.

      …and yet playing this thing made me want to wear a paper bag on my head to protect my identity.

    • Vlad Hogas

      Embaresment … yes I lock the door, close the shutters and make sure no one is home or coming while I play. But there is one thing I enjoyed about the game: the graphics and visual style both in game and cinematics. But that doesn’t excuse this undignified piece of shit from existing.

      And yes present tense: I really thought up to this day this thing was a joke, a fan made weird thing not an official FF game. And much like Spoony I’m doomed to play all FF games that apear because I liked IV through VII and now must see how low they can go with this franchise. I know I’m masochistic that way … but hey it’s not the only franchise gone to shit I’m doomed to follow (looking at you JoWooD and those cretins at Spellbound)

    • Anonymous

      I felt no embarrassment, even when my dad walked in while I was giving Leblanc a Massage, but then I’m not a 12 year old.

    • Anonymous

      Not really no. Because the gameplay was fun as fuck. I groaned a lot at basically every scene or when someone opened their mouth because… oh my god… the stupid shit just kept going and going and going.

    • http://twitter.com/ScarekrowAu Corey Rae

      I have a horrible string of luck with the Final Fantasy series. Every
      time I played it my family would walk in on the most embarrassing parts,
      the date sequence from 7, Eyes On Me from 8, HAHAHA from X and the
      opening sequence to X-2 (though to be fair EVERY part of X-2 was
      embarrassing to be seen playing). The only thing I liked from this game
      was the reintroduction of the job system and honestly I didnt mind the
      more upbeat happy protagonists over the silent, brooding or ‘try to be
      cool’ characters that we keep being force fed with the series.

  • Anonymous

    Everyone, I have to ask you a question…

    Did any of you feel embaressed when playing this game? For example, did you look around nervously during the overly girly or childish cut-scenes incase anyone would think you’re playing this game?

    I sure did….even though I play alone, I still blush with humiliation and feel that I’m some child just looking at the utter kiddy’ness of the games characters behaviours.

    And leblanc…she looks so much more like a madame of a brothel than some ‘sphere hunter’

  • jayyenn

    Love your reviews Spoony. It’s the only thing getting me through my last year of highschool :(

    • Anonymous

      Stay strong, champ. A few more months and then you can go to college and tear shit up. So keep your chin up.

  • Anonymous

    Regarding the monkey scene, my theory is that Rikku is possessed by the ghost of Britney from Daria.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_V3K7WV3HFEU34TVYZ5D2A3HOK4 charles

    I agree that you made a poor word choice. But I completely understood your meaning anyway. I’ve played every FF game made since 7 and most earlier iterations as well. The quality of story telling just keeps getting increasingly worse with time.

  • Renaissance_nerd

    No worries Spoon i knew what you were trying to say when you said “predictable”

    • Anonymous

      I think I recognize you, nerd.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Theodor-Didrich-Løvdal-Nygård/1234305246 Theodor Didrich Løvdal Nygård

    My mouth twisted itself into a weird open-smile grin-like thing when I saw this had been uploaded. Love this!

  • Anonymous

    I chuckle at Sephiroth watching all the TV screens like Shredder from the first Ninja Turtles movie.
    “”Find him… Silence him.””

    I wonder why what he’s pissed about. Oh wait… mama’s boy.
    Sephiroth = the Norman Baits of the Final Fantasy games.

    • http://electricsistahood.com KL

      Norman Baits? Sounds like a fishing show spin-off.

      • Anonymous

         “…and today we’re going to learn how to fish for Big Mouth Bass and how to gut it properly for mother. We have to do it just right, or mother will be very angry, and we can’t have that…”

    • Anonymous

      How do you know it’s Sephiroth? lol

      • Anonymous

        To be honest, I don’t know. I didn’t even think it was him until I saw another comment guessing it was him.  The katana and the silver bracelet over black gloves are definitely Seph’s M.O.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Hrozjak/603825369 Jason Hrozjak

    I can sense Deep Wang becoming sinonimos for “incredibly stupid and annoyinh”

    • Anonymous

      I’m already sick of it

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XEL3VRF2JJMYCRQ4ZJYG3E5H2I Katarina Plata

    I’m probably gonna get flamed for saying this…BUT…I actually kinda liked 10-2. I was honestly really confused during that opening cutscene where “Yuna” was giving a concert and Rikku and Pain attacked her. I had to pause the game and go “WTF happened during those 2 years between 10 and 10-2!?” Maybe it’s because I’m a girl that I like this? (And to all the femminists who are gonna have a bitch fit about that: SUCK MY NON-EXISTENT D**K) I dunno. I just do. Now I also like 10, but Spoony points out some (okay ALOT) of things that are bad about it that, while I still like the game, am inclined to agree with (like Tidus >.<). And just wtf IS wrong with Rikku's face at 22:51? I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought THAT was disturbing. O_o

    • Sammy Fischbeck

      Actually, I’m a guy, and I kinda liked the game. Granted, there were parts of the game where I had to check to see if I had any shred of dignity left, but I honestly liked it better than Halo. At least this game had a fucking plot!

      • Anonymous

        yeah, being sexually secure rules.

    • Sammy Fischbeck

      Actually, I’m a guy, and I kinda liked the game. Granted, there were parts of the game where I had to check to see if I had any shred of dignity left, but I honestly liked it better than Halo. At least this game had a fucking plot!

    • Anonymous

      I’m a guy and I liked the gameplay of X-2, that was it…

      The core story was kinda ok, but even then had pretty crap development. The characters were a butchering of their FFX counterparts and annoying. The side quests were mostly lame :

      Still, I think X-2 is better than 8 because at least X-2 had good gameplay.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XEL3VRF2JJMYCRQ4ZJYG3E5H2I Katarina Plata

    I’m probably gonna get flamed for saying this…BUT…I actually kinda liked 10-2. I was honestly really confused during that opening cutscene where “Yuna” was giving a concert and Rikku and Pain attacked her. I had to pause the game and go “WTF happened during those 2 years between 10 and 10-2!?” Maybe it’s because I’m a girl that I like this? (And to all the femminists who are gonna have a bitch fit about that: SUCK MY NON-EXISTENT D**K) I dunno. I just do. Now I also like 10, but Spoony points out some (okay ALOT) of things that are bad about it that, while I still like the game, am inclined to agree with (like Tidus >.<). And just wtf IS wrong with Rikku's face at 22:51? I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought THAT was disturbing. O_o

  • alessio.sora

    Hate to wait for new parts of your reviews D: Can’t wait to see what he has to say abou the fucking thousand years old ghost which looks exactly like tidus, and has the same moves…

  • alessio.sora

    Hate to wait for new parts of your reviews D: Can’t wait to see what he has to say abou the fucking thousand years old ghost which looks exactly like tidus, and has the same moves…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cole-Kersting/100002371606534 Cole Kersting

    is it sad that with the pokemon joke i didnt realise he edited it?

    • Anonymous

      yes

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cole-Kersting/100002371606534 Cole Kersting

    is it sad that with the pokemon joke i didnt realise he edited it?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mitchell-Bandes/100001750373297 Mitchell Bandes

    Quick show of hands (or thumbs as the case may be): Is there anyone else besides me who actually liked listening to Maechen’s 5 minute ramble?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XEL3VRF2JJMYCRQ4ZJYG3E5H2I Katarina Plata

      I did lol just because I’m a history nut. XD Even if said history is from a video game. I still found it interesting and I don’t have the heart to tell him no.

    • Sammy Fischbeck

      Yes!

    • Anonymous

      I do

  • Sammy Fischbeck

    You know, there’s a reason Yuna runs like a girl… She IS a girl, dumbass.

    • narutoshonnenjump

      A 19 years old woman doesn’t run like that you know

  • Sammy Fischbeck

    By the way, Spoony, the game DOES explain a lot of your questions, you just have to look at the game manual and talk to the characters.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IJ25L4XND73TM6WNWXMWYU3AVE Nic Payne

      you do realize he doesn’t give a fuck, right? more people have agreed that this game is a hunk of shit. you’re not going to change their minds.

      • Anonymous

        who said anything about changing minds? you can still call something shit without having to ignore stuff or make shit up.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IJ25L4XND73TM6WNWXMWYU3AVE Nic Payne

          Who cares??? it doesn’t change the fact that this game has an unbearable amount of flaws. this sam fischbeck kid does not know what the fuck he is talking about.

          • Anonymous

            who cares? obviously not you since you’re so hard headed even you’re making stuff up, “doesn’t know what the fuck he is talking about” so you’ve played a version of the game that didn’t explain a lot of spoonys questions? or are you just upset that spoony is getting called out on made up bullshit just for a cheap laugh?

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IJ25L4XND73TM6WNWXMWYU3AVE Nic Payne

            making stuff up? no this game has flaws. pretty sure a lot of flaws too. it doesn’t explain how people can transform clothing with spheres. not only that but the al bhed learning is a waste. rikku is fluent and should be able to teach yuna. the also the spheres somehow carry class changing abilities? i thought they just carried attributes like in ffx. that’s only a few of many flaws that extract from this rubble. your an ignorant bastard and you’re getting on my nerves. stop replying. you lost. get over it. this game is shit. if you want to defend this game so bad, GTFO the spoony experiment!! go back to youtube where the fanboys gather. cause no one wants you here.

          • Anonymous

            have you ever played video games? the “flaws” you mention are just Video Game logic.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IJ25L4XND73TM6WNWXMWYU3AVE Nic Payne

            so logic then in your feeble mind is three pornstars that have a living pillaging dungeons for spheres that show videos? i have clearly made my point. because that is the gist of the story! stop replying, you lost. no one cares about you being butt-hurt. get off the internet.

          • Anonymous

            I’m the one who’s butt-hurt? I’m not the one telling the other guy to get off the internet because their opinion is different to mine, not to mention twisting words to look cool, we were talking about Spheres letting you change clothes and not knowing Al Bhed even though the party consists of 2 members that speak it, you know GAME MECHANICS. Your “pornstars that have a living pillaging dungeons” would fall under STORY.

          • Anonymous

            I’m the one who’s butt-hurt? I’m not the one telling the other guy to get off the internet because their opinion is different to mine, not to mention twisting words to look cool, we were talking about Spheres letting you change clothes and not knowing Al Bhed even though the party consists of 2 members that speak it, you know GAME MECHANICS. Your “pornstars that have a living pillaging dungeons” would fall under STORY.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/George-Rosenbaum/100001387887487 George Rosenbaum

      Okay, please tell me what the manual says that answers any of the questions in the game.

      Particularly whether the Shinra kid invented Garment Waves. How is that possible if you can find sphere waves in treasure chests far away from where he could put them?

    • http://electricsistahood.com KL

      Unless an RPG is wildly different from any other play systems you’ve experienced, AND there are no hints or tips in the game, why read the manual? I haven’t read a manual in probably a decade.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AL6ADN5J3UXVHHOSRGNDM7XBCI realslimshadowen

    This.

    Is.

    Awesome.

    I was loling within the first minute. You truly have a way with words.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AL6ADN5J3UXVHHOSRGNDM7XBCI realslimshadowen

    This.

    Is.

    Awesome.

    I was loling within the first minute. You truly have a way with words.

  • Anonymous

    FFXII was a piece of fucking garbage. The story was shit, the characters were mostly pointless, and the gameplay was boring as fuck. It was far worse than FFX and easily the worst the series has ever gone with trying to make a serious game (spin offs were never serious, but even they at least have more enjoyable gameplay).

    FFXII’s story the ONLY character that mattered the entire game was Ashe and she really didn’t get the focus she deserved nor the development. Belthier was a likable character, but mostly useless other than for a ride around the area and basically tying him with Cid at the end. Basch was pointless after the first half of the game. Everyone else was useless. FFXII was blatantly more Star Wars than any other FF before it at that and, some how, it was a worse Star Wars (and Star Wars is an overrated piece of “meh”).The gameplay? Omfg… it’s a god damn single player MMO that’s grindy and boring as fuck. There’s no action in the RPG, it’s just turn based where mobs can enter the battle and even then it’s far too boring compared to other FFs. There was no real need for much strategy or anything, it was basically tank and spank just like the FFXI bosses ended up for the most part (and even then FFXI had more variety like having to kite some monsters).FFXII is horrible and only morons think it was a good game. FFX and FFX-2 might have had pretty annoying characters as well and flaws in the story, but at least their gameplay was fun. That’s pretty damn important in a GAME. The stories in X-2 were meh as was FFXII. X was just nothing special, but nothing really bad either. Some minor issues, but for the most part it was fine.

    In summary: you’re an idiot :)

    • http://electricsistahood.com KL

      Who was the guy, me? I liked FFXII quite a bit. My save game clocked in at hundreds of hours, mostly because of stupid ultimate weapons and optional bosses.

      • Anonymous

        Pretty sure it wasn’t you lol.

    • Anonymous

      Not an advocate of subjectivity, I can tell.

      I’m not gonna make any comparisons here, but I love FFXII. The fights are extremely fun in my opinion. It all feels very tactical. Sure, most of the tactical elements lie not in the battles themselves but in the preparation, but that can be fun too. I thought so. I could really feel how much easier certain fights were with a different set of Gambits.

      I thought the story was quite good, albeit not very personal. As for characters, that above all is subjective, bro.

      Regardless, XII is definitely less exaggerated fantasy than FFX, which pretty much does whatever the hell imagination allows. There seem to be no limit in how weird shit can get, which I think makes for an extremely cheap fictional universe. There’s no actual structure. I think XII felt a lot more like earlier FF titles, in terms of the setting. Far better in my opinion.

      It’s so damn pointless to be arguing about this, though. But there’s my thoughts.

  • Anonymous

    LOL!!! FFX and even X-2 were FAR better than FFXII because, hey, at least they had a fucking gameplay worth playing.

    FFXII was basically a bad MMO but offline and so it was grindy and boring as fuck.
    And the story of FFXII? Please, it was fucking Star Wars more than FF ever was star wars before and it was a crappy version at that. The only character that mattered the entire game was Ashe and she wasn’t even the main character nor was she even well developed through-out the story, nor did she get the focus she should have at least gotten. Belthier was a likable character, but pointless to the majority of the story other than acting as the one you use to get around the world. The one part Belthier mattered was tying him into the story through the Empire’s Cid and that was still unimportant in the grand scheme of the story. Basch was the only other person who played anything important to the story and he didn’t matter after the first half. Vaan was more annoying than Tidus, Panelo was pointless and bland, and Fran was just blatant boring fan service.FFX might have had nothing truly special about the story (though the world was a cool concept over all), but it at least was more coherent when you go through than FFXII and it was a little more interesting. And, as I said, it at least has a fun gameplay aspect to tide you through the game. And FFX also at least had better music.FFX-2’s one saving grace was its gameplay. The rest of it was “meh.” But the gameplay being so good was enough to make FFX-2 more fun to play than FFXII and thus a better game. The core story (ignoring side quests) of FFX-2 had some interesting moments, but was mostly “meh.”

    So ya, you’re an idiot if you’re going to praise FFXII which is complete garbage and then harp on anyone who found any enjoyment from FFX or FFX-2. At least those two games the characters mattered more and got more development, the gameplay was far far far far far FAR better and the story was less of a blatant rip off to a mediocre overhyped movie.

  • Anonymous

    For some fucking reason this won’t post my reply. Basically, you’re and idiot to like that piece of garbage FFXII yet harp on anyone who might find some enjoyment from FFX or FFX-2 which at the very least had better gameplay than that piece of shit game FFXII. Their worst game to date in the main number line of the final fantasy series. FFX had its problems, but nowhere near as many as that piece of shit FFXII.

  • Anonymous

    spoony please keep this hairdo!

    it prevents you from looking like a bum who hasn’t showered in ages! :P

  • Anonymous

    Oh Lord. Dick-whipped in the eye?

  • Anonymous

    Oh Lord. Dick-whipped in the eye?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Runo-Lohi/100000568491105 Runo Lohi

    “Oh God… Yevon lied to me, ya? I believed in yaaaaa!” just made my day xD

  • Anonymous

    Fantastic video as always Spoony, loved the series. Anyhoo, watching this has sparked my interest to play this again. I don’t quite know why I like X and X-2 (because X was the reason why I even got X-2). But it could do with the fact that FFX was my first real FF game. I had played 7 but I had only been about 7/8 years old at the time and I was not very good at it, I only made it to the desert place after Golden Saucer, and could not defeat the boss Dyne! 

    So basically FFX series for me always will have a special part in my gaming heart as that was the very game that got me into RPG’s as a whole.

    Keep up the great work, I find these hilarious even tho I like the games a lot! =D

  • Anonymous

    Well….at least it wasn’t a total bag of dicks this time; just more like shooting yourself in the foot with a .22 instead of blowing it off with 2/3rds of a stick of dynamite.

    Maybe they went really femmy at the beginning to bring in the Japanese schoolgirl crowd, then serioused-up to bring in the boyfriends?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/George-Rosenbaum/100001387887487 George Rosenbaum

      Good theory, but that doesn’t explain how much fan service this game has for it’s male players. I don’t think that a straight, female audience wants to see Rikku’s ass in a tiny yellow skirt.

      This would make more sense if the early sections of the game contained fan service for WOMEN. But the game begins with Yuna singing and dancing around in little pants, not Titus. I hate to say it, but FFX-2 would have been more tonally consistent if it made Titus the main character. The game would also have been a million times more irritating, but maybe FFX and FFX-2 would have been better if they swapped main characters.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/George-Rosenbaum/100001387887487 George Rosenbaum

    The later FF plots are predictable, in the sense that they are predictably absurd, idiotic, and lazily written.

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/114319313498601954245?hl=fi&tab=wh Kaltzor

    I decided to give the game a try, and like 10 and beyond since it’s nothing like the numbered ff games before it, I didn’t even think of it as an FF game, it was ok to a certain extent, it just throws a lot of stuff at you and you’re just supposed to accept it… As “Random JRPG #5723857″ it’s ok, but as an FF game it should burn, multiple times… like ff7.

  • Anonymous

    I absolutely LOVED this review.  This is how I felt the entire time playing.  And I actually did 100% in one game (like a fucking shmuck!).  I have regrets. 

    If I won a ton of money, I would pay you to tell me which games to play because you have standards and a sharp sense of logic.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=617960304 Andrew Yau

    god damn it…..I have that damn opening song stuck in my head!  

  • http://twitter.com/RoppongiCoffee Gabriel

    Hilarious! Did not laugh that hard for a while! I started to play X-2, never had the motivation to finish it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Runo-Lohi/100000568491105 Runo Lohi

    WHERE’S PART 2 CAN’T WAIT

  • http://www.facebook.com/zelzein Ziad El-Zein

    “While the developers originally considered having Final Fantasy X-2
    follow the story of Auron and Jecht’s generation, they eventually let
    this idea pass due to the concept making the game “too traditional”,
    deciding instead to go with the trio of Yuna, Rikku, and Paine.”O_O

    • Anonymous

      Are you serious? They almost made FFX-2 game about Auron and Jecht’s journey? Damn. But I can understand why they didn’t go with it, I mean for starters it would probably have kicked ass and ruined Final Fantasy’s descent into complete and utter shit. Nah, better not to elaborate on the most interesting part of FFX, featuring the best character, and the best character development in the game. Nope. Better to remove Yuna’s brain cells and clothes, make a completely irrelevant fanservice slut a main character, add in some really original goth chick and make a plot about Yuna trying to find a guy who never existed while simultaneously being Hannah Montana and having lots of wardrobe changes. >_>

      • http://electricsistahood.com KL

        They should make an X-3 with Jecht and Auron. That X3 would be better than Brett Ratner’s X3. It would be so good Spoony wouldn’t even do a review on it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1217767934 Elizabeth HororPulp

    AHAHAHA XDD what a great vid! The part where you shoot yourself i have watched over and over because its soooo funny! X’DDD  brilliant. I was never a Final Fantasy fan, I had a friend who was CRAZY about it…that alone probably turned me off from it O_o

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KQZM4I3JX6F27LT4EM2Y27IFMU Corey

     my crazy experience was when I was playing ffx2 in my room once while my brother was asleep I was doing the whole infiltrate lablancs mansion mission and doing the massage mini game when the cutscene of her doing that moaning played my brother woke up and had that what the fuck look face on him before laughing, but yeah this “entire game is a big what the fuck” though paine seems to be the only saving grace to it as her smart ass comments can really get a chuckle out of me especially the “kick his ass” password retort is one of my favorite quotes.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KQZM4I3JX6F27LT4EM2Y27IFMU Corey

     my crazy experience was when I was playing ffx2 in my room once while my brother was asleep I was doing the whole infiltrate lablancs mansion mission and doing the massage mini game when the cutscene of her doing that moaning played my brother woke up and had that what the fuck look face on him before laughing, but yeah this “entire game is a big what the fuck” though paine seems to be the only saving grace to it as her smart ass comments can really get a chuckle out of me especially the “kick his ass” password retort is one of my favorite quotes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ian-Haas/100000971156636 Ian Haas

    I find the Spoony introduction explaining how FFX has received numerous awards and is hailed as one of the greatest RPGs of all time funny, because as soon as he’s done he says more or less ‘THEY’RE ALL WRONG IT SUCKS’. I think Spoony is a hilarious dude but his taste in games swing from incredible to incredibly shitty all the time. Plus if I remember correctly in one of the FFX reviews he says anybody who liked the game should be killed or something along of the lines of “they live among us” in a unbelievable way. Kind of extreme… over a video game… not much humor there..

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Runo-Lohi/100000568491105 Runo Lohi

      Well he’s from the generation who played the SNES FF-games, which were if not superior, just TOTALLY different in the art of story, characters and just plain design. And after all, all reviews are just opinions, so like me (who played FFX like ten years ago when my english was quite bad and didn’t understand half of the game), who liked this game when I played it, can still enjoy when this crazy guy bashes it all around :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ian-Haas/100000971156636 Ian Haas

    I find the Spoony introduction explaining how FFX has received numerous awards and is hailed as one of the greatest RPGs of all time funny, because as soon as he’s done he says more or less ‘THEY’RE ALL WRONG IT SUCKS’. I think Spoony is a hilarious dude but his taste in games swing from incredible to incredibly shitty all the time. Plus if I remember correctly in one of the FFX reviews he says anybody who liked the game should be killed or something along of the lines of “they live among us” in a unbelievable way. Kind of extreme… over a video game… not much humor there..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Martin/100002130590578 Chris Martin

    I think the Sphere Wave system works like sonar. The ship sends out waves, which echo when they hit a sphere.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Martin/100002130590578 Chris Martin

    I think the Sphere Wave system works like sonar. The ship sends out waves, which echo when they hit a sphere.

  • http://electricsistahood.com KL

    You know what i’d love? I’d love for people like Spoony– some of which say pre 3d Final Fantasy is the best– to tear apart those games like they do to the new ones, because I bet there’s goofy stuff in those games as well.

  • Anonymous

    Nice use of Quint to describe Riku

  • http://fghj.myopenid.com/ fghj

    Nice ripoff of Plinkett in 13th minute. I was waiting for “pizza rolls”.

  • Patrick Smith

    Nice review! This is the first time I’ve looked at Spoony — you were insightful, brought to my attention things I didn’t know that I already knew, and were entertaining. All with an amazing display of profanity.Win!

    The idea of story, plot, whatever you want to call it … there’s a lot of properties that kind of miss that one. It’s often treated as a justification for killing monsters (or playing dress up).

    Well done, and I’ll be checking out more.

  • Patrick Smith

    Nice review! This is the first time I’ve looked at Spoony — you were insightful, brought to my attention things I didn’t know that I already knew, and were entertaining. All with an amazing display of profanity.Win!

    The idea of story, plot, whatever you want to call it … there’s a lot of properties that kind of miss that one. It’s often treated as a justification for killing monsters (or playing dress up).

    Well done, and I’ll be checking out more.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jade.melhuish Jade Sophia Melhuish

    I’m really pleased you say you get and in a way admire this game. Because I thought I was weird for enjoying it.

    I started player FF with FFX-2 and yeah although I look back now and see how cringey and horrible a game it is I still really really like it and find it a lot of fun. If I had started with FFX on the other hand I don’t think I would have wasted my money ever again and then I would have missed out of FFXII which is now my favourite game ever!

    So yeah, I don’t care what peeps say I think FFX-2 is a hilarious guilty pleasure.

  • Anonymous

    I liked one thing about Final Fantasy X, the battle system. Hell, it was so good, that Lord of the Rings: The Third Age used it. As for the series, I have stuck with it for one reason… I keep hoping they will get better. They haven’t.

  • Anonymous

    I liked one thing about Final Fantasy X, the battle system. Hell, it was so good, that Lord of the Rings: The Third Age used it. As for the series, I have stuck with it for one reason… I keep hoping they will get better. They haven’t.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Fernan-Deluna/100002659491887 Fernan Deluna

    Fan of your Final Fantasy reviews Spoony. Gotta admit. You hurt me sometimes cause Final Fantasy X is my favorite game of all time D: Still love your reviews. You should really review Final Fantasy 9 if you can! Your review of Final Fantasy 8 was such a hit why not do one of another PSX Final Fantasy? 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DRGJMWVMIVDN7TV6P2QAQVYD5U Awesome

      Because FFIX is actually a good game. Granted there a few flaws, but I don’t there is enough for a whole series unless Spoony wants to go on about how much he hates the character design.

  • http://twitter.com/StellaStunGun Sam Sharp

     Spoony, you’ve done it again, you crazy awesome fella!  This review was side-splitting.  I’m glad I’m not the only one out there who hated FFX and its sequel. :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matt-Marotti/750374423 Matt Marotti

    I believe that if these newer titles werent associated with the final fantasy franchise, they might not have done so well. i think the emotional connection from earlier ff games have carried the less inspiring storylines of newer ff games. but its just hypothetical.

  • http://twitter.com/LikChan Lik Chan

    ROFL, wonderful.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dan-Treacy/209803403 Dan Treacy

    From what I can remember I actually really enjoyed playing The Bouncer, although that was 10 years ago and I was only 12 at the time. I’m sure I would probably find a lot wrong with it if I went back now and played it.

  • Anonymous

    Hey Spoony, do think you could review “Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter” sometime in the future? I personally love the game, but a lot of fans from the four games that came before it hated it. It’s got a similar situation to this game as it was a large deviation from the games that came before it, just not to this extent. If you haven’t played the first four games, they were pretty much standard, turn-based RPGs with the main character being able to turn into a dragon, with a winged princess as the main supporting character. The fifth one followed that pattern, but changed just about everything about it to the point that it’s in a whole different universe canonically speaking than the other games. I’d love to hear your take on this game. Be careful though, it can be hard if you don’t know what you’re doing.

  • Anonymous

    Hey Spoony, do think you could review “Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter” sometime in the future? I personally love the game, but a lot of fans from the four games that came before it hated it. It’s got a similar situation to this game as it was a large deviation from the games that came before it, just not to this extent. If you haven’t played the first four games, they were pretty much standard, turn-based RPGs with the main character being able to turn into a dragon, with a winged princess as the main supporting character. The fifth one followed that pattern, but changed just about everything about it to the point that it’s in a whole different universe canonically speaking than the other games. I’d love to hear your take on this game. Be careful though, it can be hard if you don’t know what you’re doing.

  • Anonymous

    Hey Spoony, do think you could review “Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter” sometime in the future? I personally love the game, but a lot of fans from the four games that came before it hated it. It’s got a similar situation to this game as it was a large deviation from the games that came before it, just not to this extent. If you haven’t played the first four games, they were pretty much standard, turn-based RPGs with the main character being able to turn into a dragon, with a winged princess as the main supporting character. The fifth one followed that pattern, but changed just about everything about it to the point that it’s in a whole different universe canonically speaking than the other games. I’d love to hear your take on this game. Be careful though, it can be hard if you don’t know what you’re doing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Syrax81 Fredrik Jensen

    I was half expecting Churl to appear in the Sphere cut scenes. :D

  • Anonymous

    You know, it’s odd how your bashing of these FF games make me want to play them. And what’s odder, I actually seem to like what I see in the games (Not just this one).

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001759742791 Tom Neill

    last starfighter poster FTW!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001759742791 Tom Neill

    last starfighter poster FTW!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    … Know what the worst part about the al-Bhed primers is? Payne is -also- fluent in al-Bhed. No idea why (I have this knowledge secondhand), but there you have it.
    Also, about the garment grid… Shinra only invented the Grid itself. Spheres have been around since X, and people can make them whenever they like – remember Jyscal’s sphere that revealed Seymour’s treachery? Or the one that Auron got you to fight that stupid amorph to recover?
    The special thing about the Grid is that it lets you to tap into the imprint on the sphere of the person recording it. The emotions and abilities of the creator are imprinted on the sphere, so you can tap into those powers; the more you use a given sphere, the more of the “imprint” you gain access to.
    … not saying that a lot of the plot points in the game aren’t rock-stupid, but the Garment Grid -is- explained, and personally I think it’s kind of a neat system.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Martin-Matthews/787214739 Martin Matthews

    Nail on the head.

  • kiriakaras007

    The hardcore fans you are talking about arent hardcore at all.. 
    If u are one of them you just love ff the way it is you with or without flaws, i just love every ff game there is from I to XIII.
    And FFX had made such an impact to me that just being able to traverse the world of Spira once again from another prespective in FFX-2, just won me over.
    Also throughout the whole video i saw you whining over non-sense for example , “nooo tidus is back noo i hate him ahhh”
    Ok thats your fucking opinion mines and almost everyone’s else is different , so just shut up an start pointing out the real flaws of the game, if there are any.
    I didn’t had the patience to watch throught the whole video cause you pissed me off, but anyways try reviewing more objectively from now on.

    • Jonathan Piltz

      I think you completely missed the point. OF course he’s not going to be objective, Spoony’s videos are always based off his honest opinion on stuff. I can see that there’s stuff to like about the game, but you can’t honestly say that the story was perfectly crafted. Just accept the fact that some can’t stand the game, and stick to lovin’ the game, warts and all.

      • http://twitter.com/kirzanSix Michael Coulombe

        Spoony never does a ranting review objectively. Unless Spoony is a total idiot and doesn’t see the clear, blatant reason for most of the things that make him mad. He’s being an entertainer. A character if you will. Just like the AVGN or anyone who rant on games. They are being ignorant, on purpose, to dramatize the point they are trying to make. I’m sure Noah isn’t as stupid as Review Spoony. He also usually compares a fantasy game’s world with our world which we know, makes no sense.

        You just got to take the rants with a grain of salt on don’t believe he’s actually THAT stupid.

        • http://electricsistahood.com KL

          It’s goo that he never does a ranting review objectively, because reviews are SUBJECTIVE an rants tend to be subjective as well.

        • Anonymous

          So Spoony’s stupid for pointing out all the things about these games that are stupid, yet he must be only acting stupid for the sake of entertainment and doesn’t think these things are actually stupid in real life. I must say your argument is quite…stupid.  It’s not like he’s making these things up or pulling them out of his ass.  They’re actually in the game, and it would be stupid to give this game a free pass on the many things that insult the player’s intelligence. 

    • Kurt Kucera

      well any rpg gamer can tell you whats wrong with the game. its 95% sidequest, the story is shit, i honestly feel that the story of this game is you do some random shit and end up saving the world. its too easy (catnip breaks the fucking game) the battle system is the same thing weve seen in ff5 but with way less job classes. why? why do you like this game?

      • http://electricsistahood.com KL

        I liked this game too. Why? There is rational analysis and then there’s emotional impact.Emotions clashing with rational criticism is the basis of internet flame wars.

        I liked Final Fantasy X-2 (and most of the other FF gmes) mostly because I was having fun. It might have had much to do with my age at the time, but I don’t use that as an excuse. I stick by this game, even if I did pick it up again to see the horrors of zero logic and bad storytelling.

        Sometimes a guy wants to put on a dresssphere and go fight monsters! What’s the problem here??

        BTW, I didn’t play pre-3d  Final Fantasy (only a bit of 1, so you can talk about old FF, but to peope who haven’t played them, they don’t know what they’ve missed.

        • Anonymous

          Wait wait wait, the main draw of RPGs is the story, and if that’s bad then how can the game be at all successful or enjoyable to play in the least?
          I mean what the hell could you possibly find “fun” about this game at all?
          And I think it’s a little sad that these horrible games didn’t cause the series to go under. But, that’s because people will buy anything with Square-Enix slammed on the cover. Regardless, Final Fantasy died in the intro to this game. Now we just have to wait for the body to decompose.

          • http://electricsistahood.com KL

            This is going to SHOCK you but it is possible that a game’s story can be weak, and yet the gameplay can still be good, or even great. The people writing the story and the people writing the gaming aspects aren’t always at the same level.

            I don’t think that Final Fantasy died with this. I think their failure climax has come with the 1-2 punch of Final fantasy 13 and 14. It feels like they have overexerted themselves and FF 13 tried to be too different. I STILL have not played Final Fantasy 13, and the only other time I have skipped an FF is because XI was online, and PS2’s solution to play XI was not great at that time.

            When you’ve hooked someone into your series and he wont even buy your game at a reduced price, to collect dust on his shelf, then you’ve failed.

    • Kurt Kucera

      PS almost the entire internet hates tidus for being a whiny bitch. i mean, in my opinion he just gives realistic reactions to situations, but you cant say almost everyone elses opinion is different. more than half of the fanbase hate this game.

      • http://electricsistahood.com KL

        I find it funny that you counter totally unscientific statistics with your own highly unscientific statistics.What we know for sure is that millions of people bought FF X and then came back forX-2, AND to this day the FF series still exists, so not enough people were disgusted by these games for the series to go under.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002063750624 Gable Chase

    Who’s that guy at the end? Is that the head of Square Enix?

    • Craig Pierrot

      Going by the Black, The gloves, the quotes pulled from ALL spoony’s final fantasy reviews, and that oddly “Mesamune” (sp) looking sword…I’m gonna go with guessing that’s Sephiroth. But seeing as I’ve never played X-2, IDK if it’s villian looks anything like that or not. And that’s cool that we’re getting another villian! I was kinda starting to miss black lantern spoony! lol

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RIGEAIV2YKJ5HM5WEMA57YUMVE conisha

    hell at least your  game didnt freeze after  the song

  • nick.munzs

    Shinra sounds like Bobby from King of the Hill

    • Anonymous

      He does…

      • Joe Schmoe

        Dang it Bobby, you’re not using propane and propane accessories, mwuhhahhah.

  • Anonymous

    Naw, I know what you mean by predictable.  The tone.  Their is no magic to series because of this.  You know where it’s all gonig.  Betrayal or someshit like it.  12 had flat out new and different elements to it that it suptracted from that.  Wait, isn’t that what people first point out of 7’s cut scenes and 10’s?  You know…back in the day…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cody-Meyer/100000062682757 Cody Meyer

    I think it’d be worth hearing you out on the Bouncer, if only to continue to diminish SquareEnix’s name further. I’d love to see you tear that one apart, considering how it was supposed to be one of the grand opener’s for the PS2 at it’s prime.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2BOP4Z5KE5N7T5MUGIV6TEFMT4 Thomas

      Honestly, I think The Bouncer is one of Square’s best games on the PS2. For what it was, it was actually pretty damned good — and had a story that actually held together nicely, along with a pretty cool cast of characters and a setting that was well-suited to Nomura’s art style. I never understood why the game got so much hate, as it’s really a very competent beat-em-up overall.

      • http://electricsistahood.com KL

        If it was one of the the best games on the PS2, you wouldn’t have to say “for what it was” You would just praise it straight out. I never played it, but I could hear the tumbleweeds blow in for years before I heard praise for that game.

  • 1337 mastah

    lol ahahahahaha at beginning

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JEPZW7E65QQJA6ADUUN46CSEGQ Marco

    There were many different Cids in each Final Fantasy game; look it up in the “Final Fantasy Wikia”

  • http://twitter.com/Samven20 Sam Rowett

    As bad as this game is, I personally think it’s a superior game to the original because, 1) There’s no Sphere Grid, and 2) You can kill off Tidus. FOREVER. 

    Although I also start wretching every time that stupid Yuna pop song comes on and every time Brother does… anything. So it’s not by much. 

    • jake

      Simply having number 2 as an option puts it in God tier.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZTAYBPNEL5FDUBXABB4YUTTVIY Jd

    I’m sure you played this game everyday

  • Anonymous

    I love how you keep on saying the FF series is on a downward spiral despite the fact that you haven’t even fucking played 9

    • Jayden Reynolds

      He’s played some of 9, but he says he can’t really get past the art style. He even says this is a stupid reason not to play it, but he always gets about 2 hours in and quits.

      • http://electricsistahood.com KL

        If someone always “gets about to hours in” a game and quits, I can’t make you like the art style, but I suggest USING A MEMORY CARD AND CONTINUING FROM THE 2 HOUR PLAY MARK!

        Thank you. ;)

        • Jayden Reynolds

          I think there’s a misunderstanding here. I’m pretty sure he knows how to save games and doesn’t just leave his console on when he’s done playing to keep his progress. What I meant by “gets about 2 hours in and quits” is he gets about 2 hours into the game, gets bored or irritated, then stops playing, puts it back in the case, and puts that back away in the game cabinet to be tried again in another few years.

      • Anonymous

        so what? he still hasn’t played past the first 5% of the game for a completely stupid reason, yet he says it sucks. that’s bullshit

        • Jayden Reynolds

          He didn’t say FFIX sucked, ever. He said that the FF series as a whole has been on a downward spiral since VII, and only said he never really got into FFIX because of the aforementioned stupid reason. There’s a difference between being unable to get into a game and finish it and disliking it or the game sucking.

          For me? I generally don’t like JRPGs at all. I readily admit I’m more of a western RPG guy. Sue me.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alethia-Cyrus/100002243728003 Alethia Cyrus

          People are allowed to dislike a game over art style alone.  I respect Spoony for admitting that and moving on to things that interest him more (whether good or bad).  Critics who can’t say “This just isn’t for me” don’t give objective reviews.

          • http://electricsistahood.com KL

             For the millionth time: REVIEWS ARE NOT OBJECTIVE! IT DOES NOT HAPPEN. REVIEWS ARE OPINION-BASED. SUBJECTIVE.

            Saying something is not for you is alright for a review.

  • Jeremy “MEGADEATH” Lee

    *what can i do for you?* how about kissing my ass for starters!! (yeah thats less insane than the idea i had)

  • Anonymous

    my biggest problem with ffx-2 was that it was too much minigames not enough main story.. they didnt balance well enough.. The story wasn’t really that good either.. Still like the game as i do every ff but it is one of my least favorite ffs..

  • Anonymous

    Was that…Sephiroth?  (Well, I guess that makes sense because there aren’t any characters in this game Spoony could dress up as for the finale.  I don’t think anyone would want to see him wearing boy shorts and fake boobs.  At least I hope so…)

    • Arsenal Of Megadeath

      would it helped if nostalgia chick dressed up like tifa?

  • http://twitter.com/nnecron Necro

    Which is he referring to when he mentioned about modesty?  Did he meant by Yuna’s default costume or songstress cloth?

  • http://twitter.com/kirana44 C. L. Johnson

    Here’s one thing that’s always weirded me out about X-2 – in all the promotional material and cut-scenes, what is with Rikku’s TEETH?! Her smile looks so awkward and toothy, it makes her face look really bizarre!

  • Anonymous

    The gameplay seems interesting, but I prefer having an interesting story, but the plot does not even make any sense at all. Granted, the Garment Spheres seems to be an interesting concept, but it actually would if it made sense. Nothing seems to be consistent at any ways… And who the hell thought about making mascots costumes in spheres, anyway?

    There is something that annoyed me sometimes that I have noticed in this game and other games, like Kingdom Hearts. In cut-scenes were it’s in-game, it often cycles between hi-res models and low-res ones (sometimes in the very same cut-scene), which the latter is used in gameplay parts (or whatever that is). I get the point it helps in optimizing the performance and resources, but since it’s cut-scenes, especially on the closeups, I prefer to see the high-res version as much a possible. Ok, it may have a performance it, but you don’t even play in the cut-scenes anyway. The low-res versions models of these games almost always had the lips flapping and that looked retarded as it gives you the impression its was more like a very bad dubbing or something like that.

    Anyway, it was fun to watch. Can’t wait to see the next part of your review. :)

  • Anonymous

    this is one of my least favorite final fantasies.. I thought the story was terrible and they focused to much on their side content and not enough on their main story..

  • Anonymous

    I take issue with this! I don’t have a working gag reflex and I want to stab Tidus repeatedly whenever I see the stupid whining little bastard.

  • Anonymous

    Who was that dude at the end with the katana? Also, what does Evanescence have to do with being emo or goth?

    • Arsenal Of Megadeath

      Spoony wasnt serious. He was just ripping. but i would assume it was just a reference to the album cover.

    • Arsenal Of Megadeath

      Spoony wasnt serious. He was just ripping. but i would assume it was just a reference to the album cover.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Rawrhan Rohan Sebastian Podge-Lamarion

    I do love how, in the description, you recognise that IX was perhaps the last, true, Final Fantasy. 

  • http://www.youtube.com/kidmagnum Andy Torres

    FF7 was an overrated piece of shit with a horrendously bad and hokey story about being good to the environment and life finds a way and all that tripe.  The game itself was revolutionary because their was nothing like it at the time…the series has gone downhill since FF6 and FF7 was the beginning of these “Spiritual” crap stories that made me feel like I was watching some nursery rhyme on god damn PBS.  At least FF8 had fun with it and was actually enjoyable to play.  So were 9 and 10, 7 just rubs me the wrong way with its story, it’s unlikable shameful ass of a main character.

    • http://electricsistahood.com KL

      So…tell us how you REALLY feel.

      • http://www.youtube.com/kidmagnum Andy Torres

        lol. Sorry, his little comment struck a nerve with me…seriously, FF7 was BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLS and yeah, as a kid, I was into it like everyone else (Even through Aeris dying was so to be expected and lulzworthy over dramatic) but…damn, when you grow up, it suuuuuucks.

        • http://electricsistahood.com KL

          There are times where I wish I could just go through all the FF games in the snap of a finger, because I would like to be able to make a comparison of all the games after playing them straight through. There’s a jumping off point for each generation of gamer, but FF 7 was the first time I actually played an RPG. I knew nothing before that point. It’s the first point where I actually, properly recognized Japanese games as something different.

          So I have as much loyalty and pride about FF7 as other have for stuff previous to that point.

    • http://twitter.com/TarielCorbeau Tariel Corbeau

      So your kind of character is a ellipses spouting asshole that basically NEVER can admit what he feels because he is a “MAN!” and Men do not spout of their feelings.
      Or because he is afraid of being hurt, when he already just lets the big bad basically try to fuck his romantic interest so that she can destroy all of life.

      At least with Seven you get a someone that is basically confused because he has memories that are not his own, but still shape him. And also his love interest DIES because of the big bad.

      But yes you HAVE to be good to the environment because if you fuck the world up it is not just YOU that pays for it, it is your CHILDREN. It is your grandchildren. If you want just banal JRPG plots about killing the big bad pick up any of the knock off games that spun off from final fantasy. Or hell play a fighting game.

      I like to have at least a bearing on who to fight and why. FF7: You are fighting Sephiroth because he becomes corrupted with power and because of his mother, he wants to wreck the world so that a vast portal to true Eden is opened and he can go there. FF8: Can’t remember the plot never played it that long because my favorite character gets turned into stone. FF9: Kill the big bad, get it on with Rinoa. FF10: Kill the big bad, ff10x2: Bring back tidus.

      Yes I can see whose plot lines are so utterly lacking that I just want to mash the x button to try to skip the god damned storyline because it is boring as hell.
      At least in seven you can skip your summoning montage. In eight you cannot making some timing parts of the game frustrating as hell to go through unless you are an expert at mashing the x button at precise points for like two seconds. And yes I am replaying ff8 at the moment and finding the boring ass plot just as it is described by anyone with a brain.

      Am I supposed to like ff8 because I am female? Hell no, even I have standards. Tedious screwing around doing nothing but talking for several minutes is just so utterly boring, particularly with the no-sense plot twist that happens in disk two. Oh wow, the woman that I am supposed to kill raised me, do you think that Irvine should have said something about shooting the woman that raised him in the face? I know he is a seeD or something, but seriously shouldn’t he have mentioned that he can’t hurt someone that he loved once? Wouldn’t having him say that at least make for a better you know say… FORESHADOWING then just TELLING you that this is how it is? I mean it is not like TELLING a person about vital plot points is BETTER right?

      In what I remember of FF7 you know Sepiroth is off his rocker, he is babbling incoherent almost, but I think through flashbacks you see that he was once a great guy meaning he was somehow corrupted or lead astray. Things MANY heroes go through, like with Spiderman and the black costume. Cloud maybe wants to bring him back the way he was and redeem him but vows vengeance when he kills your friend/lover. Making him in Cloud’s eyes irredeemable because he killed someone unarmed and weaker than him.

      In FF8 all you do is just kill the big bad because she is just evil. I can imagine why someone that doesn’t give two shits about story would like the rat feces that is ff8. FF7 had mother issues it had environmental issues, it had issues about how science in the wrong hands is evil. And how even the greatest ‘SOLIDER’ can be corrupted and turned evil. The issues with the environment clang still today with the oil crisis, on how ripping apart the earth in a search for a fuel that no matter what is NOT renewable is bad, which is pretty much exactly what Shinra is doing. The mother issues are ‘who is my mom, and I want to know her.’ The whole plot about who Sepiroth is and who Vincent is as well, not only that but what happened to Cloud and Zack.

      Again what is the plot of ff8? Defeat the big bad because she is evil. Sepiroth can be said that his mind was slowly corrupted by his mother and when she died that corruption remained behind.

      • http://www.youtube.com/kidmagnum Andy Torres

        TL;DR.

  • Anonymous

    Out of all the shitty plot devices in this game, one bothers me more than any other.  Considering that you get Tidus back if you achieve 100% completion, I just was wondering if they even bother to explain how the hell that’s possible.  I thought at the end of FFX Tidus is revealed to be a dream of the Fayth, that he’s not a real person but a hallucination produced by the dreaming Fayth and that once they wake up he disappears.  (It’s a semi-comforting thought, that even in Spira it’s not possible for someone that fucking annoying and stupid to actually exist—the whole game is just a bad dream, and maybe if I click my heels together three times I’ll wake up to find that I didn’t waste 40 hours of my life playing FFX.) So I ask you, how can he come back if he’s not even real?  Do the Fayth go back to sleep just so Yuna can see him again?  How is that possible when the Fayth went to the Farplane to finally rest once they stopped dreaming?  Will I have to actually play this game for myself to find out what explanation they pulled out of their asses to cover this gaping plot hole?  My God, the horror!

    • ashewed

      Okay, I watched part 3 and here’s the flimsy explanation they offer: The Fayth “gathered up [his] thoughts and put ‘em together” to bring Tidus back.  Wow, that’s just fucking brilliant.   I wonder how long it took them to come up with that.  Or maybe he’s still a dream—a dream once again made manifest as a physical body that just appears out of thin air, and can even reflect on its own existence and produce theories about why it suddenly materialized again.  Is there really any need for me to explain how idiotic all of this is? 

      • Tyghost

        Considering how much brainpower Tidus has, “gathering up” his thoughts probably didn’t strain their powers too much.

    • ujo1934

       And what about Dissidia, he’s in that too 0.0

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.o.berno Robert Otto Lawrence Berno

    I’m one of those few people who liked this game…I admit the story is goddamn horrible, but I find the gameplay to be very, very solid. It’s fast-paced, fun, and relatively creative, eve if the Dressphere system is pretty much the Job/Class system form FFV.

  • Colleen A. Houtz

    Oh, my God. The whole “Monkey” tangent cracks me up EVERY time!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jan-Hammar/1047114078 Jan Hammar

    gotta admit…i did not realize how bad FFX was when i first played it,i sorta kinda enjoyed it back then.i’m so glad i managed to somehow to avoid this piece of sequel.almost painful to watch spoony go throught it.smack it down with a shovel and keel it with fire!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nathan-Hill/100002036048516 Nathan Hill

    I have to admit that FF 10, 10-2 and 12 are guilty pleasures of mine. My favorite FF is 6, not a fan of 7, I think 7 was the degeneration of the series only to be briefly revitalized with 9. my guilty pleasures are more based on the gameplay elements then the actual stories. 10 for it’s strategically sound system that made combat interesting. 10-2 for it’s ideas with the dress-sphere system and light hearted mood, and 12 for mixing up the formula, It is a final fantasy disguised as a cRPG. As a fan of baldurs gate and neverwinter nights that system struck a chord with me.

    • http://electricsistahood.com KL

      If you like FF games more for gameplay than story, then what is wrong with 7?

      • ujo1934

         Even though the Materia system takes forever to understand wth your doing -.-

  • http://twitter.com/Chase357_gamer Chase357

    Okay, I get people being into gritty war, sleazy urban streets, space epics, medieval quests and post-apocalyptic journeys. However, I just can’t get on board with the Final Fantasy games because of their story, mythos and setting/atmosphere… and I seriously thought I was the only one who felt this way. I felt stupid, because I felt like I wasn’t getting it what with all the awards, fan base and game magazine praise these games get. Glad to know Spoony feels the way he does because I felt alone.

    Seriously, I’m 23 and have been gaming since 3, avidly gaming a year later at the age of 4 up to now. Of all the classics I’ve played and consoles I’ve touched, imports I’ve acquired and peripherals I’ve used, I felt deeply ashamed that with all that experience and respect for classics I some had brain damage for not liking these games because of their legendary status. I did like the Super Nintendo Final Fantasy games, but only for the very thing I can’t criticize the older Final Fantasy games for: the gameplay. I liked FFVII and the NES titles were okay, but a bit too harsh with all the grinding/constant enemy encounters. I never liked their stories and after FFVII, when gameplay went out the window and the stories got EVEN WORSE, the series completely lost me and just went batshit insane trying to alienate every human on the planet in a display of absurdity for the sole purpose of upping the ante in trying to be as crazy-strange as possible. Evidence of the insanity can be seen in any Final Fantasy video Spoony has done.

    Glad (and sad) to know the fan base for the FF games (FFVIII and beyond) are just nuts or desperately clinging to once again see dignity in a franchise they love. And for that I cannot fault them. I know what it’s like to love a franchise that has either fallen from grace (and thankfully picked itself up off its feet like Mortal Kombat), fell into self-parody (Duke Nukem, I love you, but WTF?) or just seem to be ignored and forgotten despite being innovative and badass (Double Dragon, I will always salute you). I guess Final Fantasy fans are just hoping to see something good again when they buy these new terrible FF games like how we all see the latest video game adaptation by Hollywood hoping this time will be different… even though it almost always turns out be another shit-tastic Resident Evil sequel or god forbid an Uwe Boll re-imagining.

    For those that genuinely love FFVIII and beyond… I don’t get you. I could never articulate into words how insanely stupid the games were or how uncool and weird the characters were until I saw Spoony’s videos for the FFVIII, FFX and FFX-2. Ditto to everything he’s said. I get playing games because you wish you were a scruffy badass that could punch his way through the grimy streets of some gang-infested urban decay. I get wanting to be a cyberpunk revolutionary, taking down an oppressing, fascist mega-corporation with their own high-tech hardware they use to keep their thumb on the rebels. I relate to those wanting to just be the glorious icon of purity as they trek miles of valleys, caves, mountains and castle fortresses to plunge their sword through a sorcerer to return things to the way they are rightfully supposed to be. I just can’t for the life of me understand why anyone would want to look like a tween pop-star or boy-band member, joining forces with giant fluffy happy creatures that look like they belong in a Care Bears movie, along with slutty girls, jailbait girls, and jock-douchebag types who all whine and endanger everyone for their own selfish agendas. WHAT IS THE APPEAL?! Mario has charm because it’s so upbeat, happy and colorful. It can get away with its weirdness because of how cartoony it is. When Final Fantasy goes for realistic graphics AND weirdness it just comes off as too bizarre. Let me put it this way. I understand why gamers would want a Sub-Zero figure on their shelf, but why would you ever want any Final Fantasy character’s figure on your shelf? Of all the game characters to cosplay as I would feel not to embarrassed to be any hero in gaming. Chris Redfield,  Luigi, Ryu, Mega Man… but Squall or Tidus? Forget it!

    I never go on tirades on the internet because I don’t like starting arguments and don’t approve of flame-baiting, but I had to write all this to ask: Is this really a thing? I mean I get people who like medieval adventures. I understand how someone could be fans of space marines, action hero tough guys, cops, vampire slayers, super heroes, demons, and even kid-friendly animal mascots. The fan bases make sense. People like being heroes, cute things or being balls-out evil for once in their life since evil actions in video games don’t have real-world consequences. Sometimes it’s liberating to go on bloody rampages. So, is there a fan base or sub-culture I’m not aware of that includes dressing like models or boy-band members with crazy-ass hairstyles, being fascinated in Pokemonesque creatures, and worlds that are old, but somehow super-advanced? That mix ancient magic and futuristic technology? I think I just answered my question. STAR WARS. o.0 *head explodes*

    • http://electricsistahood.com KL

      Are you really just 23? A man much older than this, I would expect. Why would I want a final fantasy figure for myself? You don’t like the games anyhow, so how could you understand? Auron, for instance, looks badass. Holding a big sword one-handed is just great. Then you have Squall with the gun sword and the jacket,
      Rinoa, Selphie. You have Zell, who had the face tatoo before crazy Mike Tyson had his! I think 8 is up there for me in designs. When the first trailer game out for that game, I was so hyped!

      As for gameplay, I don’t get what’s the hate? Why, because there isn’t a job system? Use magic, attack, keep your party alive, upgrade yourself. I didn’t find anything bad with the 3D FFs as far as play is concerned.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Wendey-Stohler/582250832 Wendey Stohler

        When it comes to Final Fantasy’s gameplay, I can’t speak as a fan of the franchise since I haven’t played any of the games outside a bit of X and X-2 (and Mystic Quest when I was pretty little).  However, the primary issues that have always been very grating for me are the turn-based system, the random encounters, and the tedium of having to fight these encounters ad nauseum if you want to be strong enough to take down the bosses and advance the story.  To be honest, though, if the turn-based system were to be abolished, the last two wouldn’t be a problem. 

        I want to maneuver, I want to personally be involved in the fight.  This delegating style just doesn’t do it for me.  I’ve never liked a system that says, “I don’t care how fast you are, how strong you are, how good with long-range weaponry you are; you WILL wait your turn.  The enemy WILL get to swat at you.”  Furthermore, if you haven’t spent the last few hours in the dungeon, grinding your way to a high enough level where you can withstand punishment from the boss long enough to do something, the story is officially highjacked until you do so.

        I’ll admit that my frustration most likely comes from a lack of patience in this regard.  I’m not willing to spend so much time using a play style in which I feel so uninvolved just to see what happens next, and I’m sure that’s just my loss in the end.

        This is where I understand a lot of  gamers are split, though.  This is clearly a preference for some, as is evidenced by the fan-base of Final Fantasy and other RPGs like it.  It’s simply something that couldn’t get into.  

        • http://electricsistahood.com KL

           Then you should play XII or even XiV. XII was basically an MMORPG without the O.

        • http://twitter.com/Chase357_gamer Chase357

          The turn-based system, while archaic and no longer necessary now that we have the technology rendering it useless, is cool in my book. For instance I love Earthbound, Pokemon Red/Yellow/Blue and Breath of Death VII: The Beginning (it’s an Xbox Live Indie Game). Though MMORPGs aren’t my thing, I can also get onboard with that type of gameplay as well. I did remember enjoying Phantasy Star Online when I played it over that 56K modem on the Sega Dreamcast. I just can’t understand the ridiculous characters, weird setting and the plot/legacy that makes ZERO FUCKING SENSE.

          Let me put it this way: You know how average and generic Halo’s storyline is? Well, at least it makes sense enough, so that it could be turned into a feature film and people would understand it… unlike Final Fantasy. Remember how stock Master Chief looks in that basic green armor? At least his look is tangible. What the hell is wrong with all the Final Fantasy characters?

      • ujo1934

         Did you not see Spoony’s FF8 review? He explained in detail how the gameplay of 8 sucked balls, mainly in the card game and, dare I say it, the Draw system. The gunblade is the worst weapon ever made and the design sucked. At least with the actual gunblade, yes there was a real gunblade, it can fire the gun part and use the sword.

        But the weapon was SOO bad, that people went back to the normal gun/bayonet combo. Auron is awesome, but what’s weird is that his left arm looks like it’s broken, but he can move it just fine so wth is up with that.

        FFVII didn’t have a job system but everyone likes the gameplay so the whole “As for gameplay, I don’t get what’s the hate? Why, because there isn’t a job system?” argument is invalid.

        Also, “Are you really just 23? A man much older than this, I would expect. Why
        would I want a final fantasy figure for myself? You don’t like the games
        anyhow, so how could you understand?” makes no sense. Just because someone doesn’t like the game, doesn’t mean that they don’t understand, it just means that they hate the game, but they buy the figures if they like them. It’s kinda like me, I despise Gundam SEED Destiny, but I do like some of the models.

        • http://electricsistahood.com KL

          Yeah, it makes total sense! You don’t support something you hate or make fun of!

          I saw the FF8 review. Doesn’t mean I totally agree with it. I don’t remember the whole drawing magic aspect of the game. Either I really do that, or I’ve overlooked it with time.

          The gun blade as a weapon wouldn’t work, but if you want to argue about the ridiculousness of weapons in RPGs, you might be left with maybe 1 game that doesn’t have stupid weapons. 

    • ashewed

      I think a lot of it depends on age and which Final Fantasy was your first.  Those of us in our twenties who were around when the older Final Fantasies came out know how good the franchise used to be.  I was 3 too when I first played the original.  My brother was a good deal older than me and loved the game, and since I was a tomboy who wanted to be just like him I played it too.  It wasn’t until I played FFIV (FF2 on the SNES) and FFVI (FFIII for SNES) that I really fell in love with the series, probably because I was just a little bit older and understood more of what I was playing.  And when FFVII came out, it completely blew my mind.  It was the best game I had ever played. 
       
      I remember back in 1999 being really hyped up for FFVIII after having played so many good Final Fantasy games.  Although I did find the FMVs impressive at the time, I mostly just remember the massive disappointment I felt after playing the game for only two hours.  While I thought Squall was pretty cool at first (and I’ll admit I even had a bit of a crush on him initially), after a while his personality became really irritating and I grew to hate playing him.  I thought Selphie and Zell were a joke, Irvine was creepy, and Rinoa was an idiot.  Even Quistis got on my nerves at times.  And the gameplay wasn’t very fun either.  It was the first Final Fantasy game that I didn’t play to the end, and to this day I don’t regret never having beaten that game.  I’ve already posted elsewhere how bad of an experience IX was for me, and X left such a bad taste in my mouth that I didn’t touch another Square game until FFXII came out in 2006.  
       
      I think that for most of the fanboys and people who really like VIII, X, X-2, and XIII, one of those four games was the first one they ever played.  It’s not the same experience for them when they go back and play the FF games for the SNES.  And you’re right, you can’t really fault them for not being there when the franchise was good.  It’s just that people like you, me, and Spoony are from a completely different generation of gamers.  The graphics weren’t good back then, so they couldn’t rely on that to cover up bad story-telling and terrible characters—they had to make those elements good in order to get people to buy the game.      
       
      I really don’t get cosplay, though.  Although I do remember dressing up in a cape and using a large stick as a sword and a trash can lid as a shield while pretending I was Celes when I was six, toward the end of elementary school I grew out of it.  I’ll admit it was a lot of fun, but that was back when I was a kid and had a much greater imagination capable of generating imaginary monsters to swing my “sword” at.  I can’t imagine dressing up as those characters now, or at any age since elementary school.

      • http://electricsistahood.com KL

         I’m 30 and I didn’t play an FF until 7. Also, I don’t think you were doing much “playing” of Final Fantasy at age 3.

        You know what I’ve been noticing? Not many people have said anything about games past X-2! What’s the consensus on 12? I think I enjoyed playing it a lot, but I didn’t end up caring about the characters so much.

        • ashewed

          You’re absolutely right, I was basically pushing the buttons the way my brother told me to (that is, whenever he felt generous enough to hand me the controller) and watching the low res sprites hit the fuzzy monsters with swords.  Like I said, I didn’t really get into it or begin to understand it until I was five and started playing FFII.  Final Fantasy VII was an amazing game, but in my opinion (and the opinion of a lot of people who come to this site) it was the last great Final Fantasy in the series.  (A lot of people here also like FFIX, and while I had a bad experience with it I’ll concede it’s not a bad game.)  I guess what I’m saying is that if your first Final Fantasy was one that came out for the Playstation or beyond, you’re much more likely to be a fan of games like VIII and X. 
           
          I actually thought XII was a pretty good game.  I found it a lot more fun and enjoyable than FFX.  The biggest problem for me was having a Tidus clone as the game’s main character.  A lot of people also had a problem with the battle system, although I liked it because it reminded me of Chrono Trigger.  But overall, it’s not a bad game.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Joker.MadCartoonist Jittinan Weerachunharak

    I can’t unsee that dance ._____.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Twitchy2006 Derek Twitchy Moore

       me either…that was disturbing.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5EPFWZTJAMPCTXBEEDBEWMBIRY Joshua

    Honestly, X-2 I consider a guilty pleasure.

    • nrrork

       Yeah, me too. When I play, every neuron in my brain is telling me to hate it, but I can’t help but just roll with it.

  • http://twitter.com/jesternario jesternario

    When I played this game, I expected cheesy fanservice, and that’s EXACTLY what I got. So I was quite satisfied with it. (Oh, and I always had Rikku use the white mage outfit because she was so animated while using it).

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Ward/818289565 Steven Ward

    OMG…i totally got the giant enemy crab reference…go kitsune^2

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alethia-Cyrus/100002243728003 Alethia Cyrus

    If I had a cell phone and were given to putting weird ringtones on it, your reaction to Benzaie’s cameo dance would be on it right now.

    Am I even hearing this right?  “No!  Why do I ask these questions?!  Why, French Conan?  Keep your thong on!  MY EYES!”  I can’t stop watching this clip XD

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=557397857 Dawntana Katchan

    Yeah, I will admit I did kind of enjoy playing the game. There were WAY too many minigames and it felt like a kids show in terms of dialogue and content, but at the same time, sometimes it’s exactly what you need as an escape when things feel too serious in real life. I did REALLY enjoy how they did the job system though. Being able to switch jobs mid-battle gave the player a bit more involvement in terms of strategy and actually having to pay attention. I wish more FF games had that specific system. Yes, I know 13 has kind of the same mid-battle job changing system, but strangely enough I liked the costume changes as well. Maybe not as girly or fanservice giving, but I liked seeing the old school white mage robes again lol.

    All in all, I definitely think X-2 was a guilty pleasure for anyone who’s ever given it a shot

  • castchaos

    FFX-2 is what the series needed. A great patch to FFX that was the worst.
    I love such curious things like Shinra inventing garment grids yet they are found at ancient places, too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Konstantin-Akhmetov/100000303416185 Konstantin Akhmetov

    The Mass Effect fans can take comfort that, at least, the ending is better than THIS ONE.

  • http://twitter.com/kiji_kun kijikun

    No! No! Go back to the hot guy taking off his kilt!

  • Chloe Winsdale

    You know what?

    I love this game, and it’s my favorite Final Fantasy.

    Yeah, I said it. What people fail to grasp is this narrative is a mirror of reality. People have lived in this war-torn land, people dying constantly due to attacks by Sin and other internal strife. Now, Sin is gone. Two years have passed. People are learning how to live again. And it’s refreshing to see after the gut-wrenching downer that was FFX’s ending.

    The battle system? I LOVE IT. The sphere grid and dress changes? LOVE THEM. I will defend this game till the end of time.

    • http://electricsistahood.com KL

       I don’t think people have failed to realize what the plot parallels in real society. Just because you make those connections doesn’t make the game any better. Tons of  games have themes that are relevant to our society. I like FF X-2 as well. It’s silly and fun to play.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000511270547 Nic Payne

      Stop. This game is really bad…and just because the battle system is semi good doesn’t mean the game is good.

  • Segatron

    Wait…  I get it now…  and it’s horrible.

    Costumes, Children, Hyperkinetic teenagers, Traveling Everywhere to get random objects of value, and with the Al Bhed Language making people do exactly what they’ve done before, but slightly Differently.

    Ladies and Gentlemen, Square just has so much money, they can outright mock their own fans, and for a fee, no less!

    Man! They weren’t partnered with EA very long, but they sure learned all they had available to teach, and fast!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Flipsta-Flippy/1115055123 Flipsta Flippy

    ….. MONKEY!

  • Chris Doulis

    The lip syncing of Square Enix always sucks outside of normal or major cut-scenes, just look at the Kingdom Hearts series

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1513753853 Brandon K. Bain

    The rants of a usual VII fanboy, at least he gave it some credit. Yay X-2!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1513753853 Brandon K. Bain

    Actually I take back the rants, this stuff is true and funny, but I still loved X-2!

  • http://www.facebook.com/vincent.marchitelljr.1 Vinnie Marchitell Jr.

    The poster on your back wall… The Last Starfighter? I think I read a book with the same title and cover art in the fifth grade. But I haven’t been able to find anything on it since then. In fact I went back to my elementary school’s library and couldn’t even find the book.

  • http://twitter.com/JeremyOrick Jeremy Orick

    @facebook-100001370824036:disqus , it’s the novelization of the 1984 sci-fi movie, also, google always helps

  • http://www.facebook.com/Twitchy2006 Derek Twitchy Moore

    Oh God! YEVON LIED TO ME EH? I BELIEVED IN YOU!!!! *gunshot* F’in hilarious!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kostantine-Paradias/601861994 Kostantine Paradias

    Hahaha! Thank you dude! I KNEW this game was shit the minute I saw the title.

  • Christopher Young

    Actually the garment grid was invented by Shinra. They just repurposed useless spheres.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3VVWEGEJGQGYDW7OFE4BZBCE24 Brandon Thomas

    What video was the “betrayal” clip from?

    • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.bascombe Daniel Bascombe

       it’s from when he found out about the X-COM remake by 2K Marin from the E3 2010 video 

  • http://www.facebook.com/awelcruiz Adam Welsh

    I’ve always defended Final Fantasy X-2. It’s a guilty pleasure, nothing more.

    And it’s pronounced “tee-dus”, not “ty-tus”.

  • Jegsimmons

    megadeth from the last game should have been the protagonist.

    yeeeeaaahhh, a game where dave mustaine goes around kick ass…..more than he does now.

  • http://twitter.com/ArtistaAF alvaro oyarte

    “Brother:’Dissasterific’ is not a word!” random named guy Do not discuss with Rikku about making up words! she is voiced by Tara Strong the person who can’t stop making words with freaking “licious”! trust me you won’t gain everything trying to fight her Taraspeak ,just nod like everyone else does XD

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ares-Lancaster/1290777953 Ares Lancaster

    ASK HIM HIS FUCKING NAME!!

    That is a solution. But there is a problem with that: in the story HE DOESN’T KNOW!

  • http://www.facebook.com/joel.snelling Joel Laurie Snelling

    When he does FF13- oh god he’s dress as Lightning isn’t he… my eyes…it’s eating out the back of my eyes! :) Honestly though I can’t wait for the review of that game as it sucks really bad just like 8,10, 10.2. I never thought you could make a FF worse than 8.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kairimun1988 Tasha Gardner

    I’m sorry, Spoony… I… I liked all the FF games you insult, but I love the way you pick on them, too. xD
    “If you really love something you can laugh at jokes about it.”
    Oh… I HATE Triple Triad, don’t worry. .___. And I’m really enjoying 13… if BARTHANDULUS WOULD STOP BEING A JERK AND CASTING DOOM ON ME!!! Dx I already have 13-2 ready, and I can’t even play it! X___X

    Anyway… you’re epic, Spoony, can’t wait for the next ones! x3

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.henshaw.547 David Henshaw

    You want linear play final fantasy 13, Are you planning to review that in the same way as the other final fantasys spoony ?

  • Stephen Ellis

    Spoony, I’ll admit that I’m a huge fan of FFX (mostly because I just love the combat system), but even I hated X-2 (and not just because they changed the combat system)

  • http://www.facebook.com/joel.snelling Joel Laurie Snelling

    I’m surprised you aren’t doing Final Fantasy 12- awful awful game. Still can’t wait for your Final Fantasy 13 review, god I hate that game.

    • http://electricsistahood.com KL

      I think it’s a very good game, and as far as others have mentioned, Spoony doesn’t hate it, either. He might have objections to it, but I haven’t even heard him mention XII.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Farshnuke Gordon Jones

    Dude you are so funny

  • http://www.facebook.com/jason.ladouceur.77 Jason Ladouceur

    I will be completely honest, I actually preferred X-2 to X. Yes its nothing but blatent fan service but the fight system always felt fast paced and challenging.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cameron-Mackert/1098403283 Cameron Mackert

    “…not even GWAR goes as far as outright murder! …usually” XD

  • Zipper Dragon

    I liked the opening song. The lyrics make no sence, but I’d be lying if I said it wasnt catchy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/KakariDD Candy Schuh

    Loved this game, mostly because its the first girl rpg, That wasn’t a fricking Barbie game.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nagneto-Lives/100002330956610 Nagneto Lives

    We never did find out what Sephiroth is planning.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.oneal.148 Joe Oneal

    Spoony, this is a masterpiece. I’m sure i’m a little late, being as its 2 years since you posted this vid, but my god, you speak the truth. I used to like FF, and I remember buying this garbage at Best Buy when I was a kid, thinking, well It says Final Fantasy on the title, but it looks like a stupid dance game. I gave it a shot and I HATED it.. HATED IT worse than X. However, I felt the need, neigh I was compelled by the power of Christ to finish this bag of dicks of a game, even the completionist inside me was pissed off…..Keep up the good work man.

    • http://twitter.com/RebornAleph Vincent Brooks

      The word you’re looking for is ‘nay’.

      The word ‘neigh’ is an onomatopoeia for the sound that horses make.

      Be that as it may, yes. The game’s storyline and characters were attrocious, even if the combat system was a marked step up from the series’ staples.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mpawlakzyrardow Michał Pawlak

    This was the first game I bought for my PS2 and to this day I don’t know why I did it – probably had something to do with the deceptive title “Final Fantasy” on the box, which was for me at the time synonymous with hundreds of hours of gameplay, an involving storyline and an intriguing and beautifull world to explore … It turned out that the intro itself made me ashamed in front of my parents, who were curious what did I spend my birthday money on … I’ll never forget my mom saying “I think this is a game for girls, are you sure that you bough the right one ?”.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mpawlakzyrardow Michał Pawlak

      Oh, and those fucking dress-sphere animations didn’t help either.

  • sakusakusakura_nyo

    I bought this game with the strategy guide when it came out but I gave up near the end. I had to bail on it. I beat almost every other game I’ve ever bought but Final Fantasy X-2 was torture. Not even because it was hard or anything, I just couldn’t bring myself to keep playing it. At least Paine was super hot though, she’s really the only thing I liked about this bad game

    I really expected FF X-2 to be right up my alley too. I prefer to only use the female characters in any rpg I play and I’m a die hard Final Fantasy fan. It sounded like it was going to be so cool and it got all this hype before getting released, but then everything from the story to the battle system was just all wrong. You pick where to go on the world map from a list instead of really exploring and then all the monsters are recycled, that’s so weak! I watched the 100% ending on youtube after I couldn’t take anymore, and that wasn’t even any good either.

  • The_Hyphenator

    I can’t believe I just noticed this after so many years, but what the hell is up with Yuna’s hair in this game? That long-ass braid all the way down to her ankles? It’s only been a few years since the events of X, and her hair was bobbed near her chin in that game. What woman can grow her hair out that quickly, without it becoming a rat-infested mane of snarls and tangles?

    Anyway, great video, Spoony. I have to say, I admire your decision to offer anything in the way of defense for X-2, and you make some very good points while doing it. It’s analysis like this, as well as your trademark humor, that keeps me coming back to this site.

  • Marbles

    You actually got it on the nose.

    According to the Japanese “Final Fantasy X & X-2 Ultimate Guide” X & X-2 are the prequels to 7 which happens hundreds of years after X-2. Shinra’s descendents will found the Shinra company which will then threaten the world in FF7 they are just many centuries apart.
    (Source http://youtu.be/e4Cy8b0cXbM?t=1m33s )

    X-2 was actually my favorite Final Fantasy on the PS2. For some reason, the energy and speed of the game just made it endearing to me, unlike the slow, uneven mes of X and XII. The combat, save for the dress spheres felt more like a Final Fantasy game of the 16 bit era with fast attacks, quick animations and great gameplay. The music direction while at times bad was unique to the series, though I would love to see how they handled the classic tunes such as the Fan Fare music.

  • RobinAdams78

    “It doesn’t get more linear than Final Fantasy X.” Oh, how little we knew then…

    • Carteeg_Struve

      If things get any more linear than Final Fantasy XIII, the game will be just a single point.

      • Felipe Sarabia

        If it gets any more linear it’ll become a WAY too long movie

        • ftidus12

          Look at the bright side: if it becomes a way too long movie (..again), we already have riffers in place, this time.

    • Sir Christopher McFarlane

      Final Fantasy is trying to reach singularity so it expands into its own verse.

  • Stuart Wolfe

    Thank you for mentioning how easy it is to miss 100% on this game. 14 year old me wanted 100% bad enough to play the game through with a fucking guide on my lap and I still somehow managed to only get 98 or 99 percent. There were also events that once you progressed to a certain point in the story that became undoable and hence locked you out of 100 percent, I hate that shit.

    • Dragon Nexus

      Seemed to be what FFX, X-2, XII and XIII were abut. Selling strategy guides.
      I’m not against side quests being tricky to complete, but it has to be possible to complete it by yourself with a little time and effort.

      Anyone want to try and figure out how to unlock the full power of the ultimate weapons in FFX without a guide or the internet? What about 100% in FFX-2? Or how about that spear in FFXII that disappears for some ungodly reason if you open one of three chests during the game that are unmarked and unremarkable? And the weapon crafting system to FFXIII is utterly insane and I don’t know why anyone would willingly invest time and effort into working out how to use it without a guide or the internet.

      • Stuart Wolfe

        I really wouldn’t put FF13 into the same category as the other ones, but other than that I agree with all your points.

  • Braigwen

    Wait… when they got to Mount Gagazet it kind of looks like Cocoon in FF13. Is FF10-2 a sequel to FF13? So that would make FF13 a prequel to FF10 and FF7?

  • Robert Tanner

    Maybe monsters like spheres because they’re great human-bait

    • Kemix

      Because humans are tasty.

  • John Shepard

    ok after having played through this again in the hd collection i can see why it sucked so much.I liked it back then because i was a horny teenager but now i see it for what it really is.It the worst ff game after LRFF13.

    • Austin McDowell

      And desperately using fanservice as an attempt to hold our interest as much as Lightning Returns just reeks of desperation, especially nowadays.

  • LizardKing

    When this came out I, out of morbid curiosity, asked a co-worker what it was like. He said that he and his boyfriend liked playing games together but they found that this game was “too gay for them” i never even considered playing it after he said that.

  • LizardKing

    When this first came out I asked a co-worker what he thought of this game. He said he started playing it with his boyfriend and stopped after a few hours because “it was too gay for us.” after hearing that I never touched or thought about it until I found Spoony. And after seeing this I am glad I never spent my money on this game. Thanks for jumping on this grenade for us Spoony.

  • Gussie Jives

    Ugh, the fanservice… there’s giving a wink to the nod to the audience, then there’s thinking your audience is nothing but stupid, horny 12-year-old weeaboos.

    Maybe the game got it right.

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