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Final Fantasy X/X-2: Game review

The first Final Fantasy I have ever played is Final Fantasy X-2. Yup, you read it right. X-2. I bought it when I was a child because I thought that it was Final Fantasy 12 (yup, childhood mistake) and I believed it to be true until I guess halfway through the game. There was no internet back then so I was kind of confused story-wise but it was still cool for me considering it was my introduction to the game franchise and admit it, the dressphere is cool. I was puzzled as to who in the world is this Tidus guy that keeps coming out of the conversation and I guess somewhere along the way, it clicked. It is not XII, it is X-2. A sequel. For a moment there, I felt stupid. But from that moment, I knew I had to get the first game. 

And that didnt happen until now. 

The moment I got the ps4, I knew I had to get the game and learn the story of Tidus. He was this mysterious character for me that was only told in stories and legends, like a mythical creature I was excited to discover. It was the perfect time to play the game because I have alot of Final Fantasy experience (1,2,6,9) and I know how the game works.

When “To Zanarkand” theme started to play and Final Fantasy 10 title appeared onscreen, I knew it was gonna be epic. Considering that Yuna was the only character I know from the group sitting around the fire (I only knew Tidus’ name at the time), I was hyped to know these characters.

So did I enjoy the game? Yes, I loved it. During the first few hours of gameplay, the fighting mechanics were explained. The character swap was a refreshing thing to me and I kinda liked it. It is easier to organize your party and it adds an element of strategy to the game. The sphere grid is also a new thing to me because I was so used at leveling up the normal way that it was something that requires getting used to but once you grasp the concept, it is very fun to customize based on your liking.

Graphics is nothing spectacular. In ps2 standard, I think its excellent but knowing that this is supposed to be a remastered version, I think it could do better. im not saying the graphics are bad, it just felt lacking. The voice acting is good but in some parts, I felt that the dialogue are rushed just to fit the dubbing of the Japanese version which filtered the emotions a bit. 

Last but not the least, the story and the characters. The plot of this game is one word: thought-provoking. It is intriguing, mysterious, and it needs the full attention of the player to be properly realized. You dont even know what is actually happening until halfway the game but the bigger picture is shown near the end. The folklore and the culture of Spira is well realized and I give credit to the creative team for that. For me, the biggest achievement of this game is its story and its the thing that I enjoyed the most.

As for the legendary Tidus? I thought he was going to be my favorite character but as it turns out, Auron stands out for me the most. Well-written, well-designed and he is the most interesting among the group, Auron has the best characterization in the game.

After I finished the game, i tried playing ffx-2 again but after a few days of playing I stopped. It isnt as interesting to me now as it was in my childhood and the gameplay change fails in comparison to the first (the dressphere is still cool though). The story is dull and you dont really feel the adventure vibe you had on the first. But I kinda owe it to ffx-2 for introducing me to the jrpg genre so maybe some other day, I might think about finishing the game.

So in a way, my dream came true. i finally played the game even if I had to wait 10 years. I feel nostalgic now. *cries

Score: 8/10

Bloodborne: Game review

I went and played Bloodborne not expecting anything. I knew it was hard but I tried to learn as little as possible about the game because why not? I mean for a game that got a lot of awards and recognition, I want to be surprised why. For starters, I am not really a big fan of the gloomy, dark, horror style of games because I’m easily terrified of the dark (embarassing, I know) and I am literally a newb when it comes to these kind of games. But what the hell, I bought it, might as well play it.

And I was right. Atleast for the first few hours of playing.I had absolutely no idea what Im doing and why Im doing it or where I should go. I was stucked at Central Yharnham and I was absolutely slaughtered by the residents there. I was killed every 5 minutes (which made me stare at the Bloodborne screen awkwardly) which made me want to throw my controller at the screen and destroy my ps4. The situation made no sense or whatsoever which added to my frustration. I was so tempted to look at a walkthrough on the internet but I restrained myself. I must figure this game by myself or I will lose my self-respect. I was determined to conquer the game and get better. 

So after I opened a few shortcuts, leveled up a bit, fortified my weapon and defeated my first boss (Cleric Beast), I was surprised that I was actually enjoying the game. The game is repetitive (enemies respawning and your character returning to the same lamp everytime you die) but you dont feel it. You wanted to learn and strategize how to defeat the variety of enemies along the way (the gunman is the most annoying by the way) which is the point of the game. Dont get me wrong, I still die alot. The difference was I know what Im doing now and how I should do it. There was this drive to finish the game because of the fulfillment you feel beating every boss (and frustration when you die).

Story-wise, I didnt understand much. It is either very subtle or Im just very stupid (I hope not) but it didnt matter. I think that understanding the story is just a bonus. The real trophy is your dedication paying off and beating the game is the best damn feeling I had for a long time. No kidding, I literally jumped after beating the last boss. 

Overall, Bloodborne is an amazing game. Best game I played this year and that is coming from someone who was a virgin in DS before playing this game. Graphics was tantalizing with a very imaginative and thought-provoking design of different areas. Gameplay was smooth and very easy controls, which ultimately depends on the weapon of your liking and the atmosphere is very gloomy and unsettling which surprised me because I didnt feel scared at all. 

To the newbs out there who wants to play Bloodborne, I have a tip for you. Bare with the game for a few hours. It is basically the decisive part where you either hate it or love it. But I assure you, it is most certainly the latter.

Score: 10/10