NON-TAGGED FFX SPOILERS
I understand that Final Fantasy games are not famous for having greatest variety of storylines ever. While the settings change, the general idea of the struggle remains more or less in the same wavelength of “Stopping the bad dude” and “Save the planet” besides for each one having their respective theme, to put it in an overly simplified manner. So I was not expecting anything too radical when I picked FFX, because it’s those changes inflicted upon each game that can manage to squeeze so great a number of possibilities and different results from these seemingly unchanged bases.
That is of course, as long as those changes EXIST.
So I find myself immersed in the endangered world of Spira threatened by the mysterious beast Sin. I am that young goofy and cheerful blond kid and my mission is to protect the beautiful summoner from danger, primarily coming from the effeminate villain who desires to bring death to all.
And that’s when it clicks in: That last phrase in italics is directly interchangeable with FFIX.
Goofy cheerful blonde protagonist? Hey, Zidane!
Beautiful high-class and respected summoner? Well, Dagger, how are you?
Effeminate evil dude with a tendency to give out theatrical speeches? Kuja, how have you been?
Bring Death to Bring Peace? Why, Necron, you look great!
The course of events in the love story section of the plot are even equal to those of IX. Yuna hasn’t gone mute yet but I already saw the “Oh well, I will never be together with her might as well resign myse-WHAT THE HECK AM I SAYING? THAT’S MY GIRL!” part and how Yuna was pretty close to leaving the rulership of Alexandria-I mean, the Pilgrimage on hold. The second time you fight Seymour, In Bevelle, he even looks like Necron.
At this point I’m a little angry that the developers decided to copy-paste their scripts in such an obvious manner, but even more so about the fact that the copies are of lower quality than the originals:
I don’t hate Tidus, he’s a pretty realistic character and all but he can’t hold a candle to Zidane of the charisma subject. Is saw the “Making out in the lake” scene and his attempt to cheer Yuna was good, but when Zidane tried to cheer people up or explain their behaviors, his dialogues where beautiful and he also knew when to keep his mouth shut. Tidus would be fine by himself if it weren’t for the fact that he’s playing the same role as the monkey boy, with a distinctively lower ability.
Yuna doesn’t click. I don’t know what it is but I can’t bring myself to give a hoot about her. I know I should but her whole character is… meh. This doesn’t make sense because she’s playing the same exact same role Garnet was, who by the way is my favorite FF female, but it just doesn’t work. I also can’t understand how a game that has such a perfectly in-character voice like Wakka can also have another one so forced and perpetually stuck in the melancholic mood even when she’s laughing.
Seymour would be a passable Kuja. I’d just like to point out that while both of them did tiresome ramblings, Kuja’s were a bit more… what’s the word? Dramatic? Meaningful? Well written? The difference is minimum, but it’s there.
Death is the true peace: This just pissed me off. It’s the EXACT SAME CONCEPT.
I’ll give the game some more time, It has a great gameplay and everything else is looking pretty good, but I just wanted to point this out. Even though it has probably been talked about before, given the game’s age. I’m just past the Calm Plains now, so please mind the spoilers.