Final Fantasy X was the franchise's first foray on the PlayStation 2, with suitably eye-popping graphics and a story which holds its own in a game franchise loaded with great stories. Most notable for being the first fully-voiced Final Fantasy entry and for garnering then-obscure VA James Arnold Taylor some attention.
The plot opens in the futuristic city of Zanarkand, where a cheerful sports star named Tidus is preparing for a game of blitzball, a bombastic combination of rugby and water polo. No sooner has the game begun than a mysterious Ronin appears, and along with him, a giant sphere of watery doom that engulfs the city and reduces it to neon kindling.
In the ensuing chaos, Tidus is sucked into a portal with the aid of the swordsman and reawakens in the pre-industrial world of Spira. According to the locals, his home city of Zanarkand does exist in Spira, but as ruins: it was destroyed one thousand years previously.
Tidus soon learns of an invincible aquatic Goliath called Sin which terrorizes Spira, bringing destruction without reason and keeping the world locked in the dark ages. Only one method exists to defend against this monstrosity: a ritual that allows a "summoner" to temporarily destroy Sin and grant the world a short period of respite from its wrath (a Calm) before its inevitable return. Finding himself smitten by a young summoner named Yuna (and hoping to find a way back home), Tidus agrees to become one of her bodyguards and accompany her on her pilgrimage across Spira, a journey that ends in the holy ruins of Zanarkand.
Along with Final Fantasies VI, VII, and IX, it's thought to have one of the better plots in the series, although the gameplay is much more linear than its predecessors and some of the voice acting is questionable (it was the early days for such things). It also departs from the ATB battle systems for a non-real-time Combatant Cooldown System that shows the queue of upcoming character and enemy turns, giving players as much time as they want to ponder their next action mid-battle. It was successful enough to go against form and inspire a true sequel, Final Fantasy X-2, which takes place two years after FFX and stars two of the three main female characters from that game.
Notable for having a similar plot to that of an earlier Squaresoft title, Bahamut Lagoon, which is lampshaded with FFX-2's airship, named Celsius; the airship in Bahamut Lagoon is called Fahrenheit.note
An HD port of the game and its sequel was released for the PlayStation 3 and Vita in 2014 using character models made from scratch instead of simply upscaling the old ones. A PlayStation 4 version was released on May 12, 2015; this release gives players the choice to change between the newly remastered soundtrack and the original soundtrack from the menu. The compilation was then brought to Steam in May 2016. Finally, ports to the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One were released on April 11, 2019 in Japan and Asia and April 16, 2019 elsewhere.
This game contains examples of:
- "...And that, as they say, is that."