Fireside Games Countdown #4 – Final Fantasy X

ffxboxartEthos’ Fireside Games are games that he can pull out at any moment and it will soothe his fruity soul in one way or another. It is the perfect mix of nostalgia and comfort. It is a game that gives the same feeling it did the first time he played it. It’s the sort of game that can create the most unique distinct cravings that only the game itself can satisfy. Ethos is counting down his top #5 all week.

#4 Fireside Game – Final Fantasy X
Bloo-ya! Bet you didn’t see that coming! Yup, although Final Fantasy X comes after IX and XII and VII and maybe V on my list of overall favourites, it’s actually the Final Fantasy I get the most distinct cravings for. The unique world, quick battle system, and addicting sphere grid hit the spot for me if I just need to play an RPG that’s familiar and fun without feeling the need to play the entire game. It also took me a while to get a PS2, so finally being able to play a new Final Fantasy on my own system was a big joy. Like any good comfort game, Final Fantasy X represents that blend of nostalgia and hitting the exact spot of a good game craving. It probably also helps that it takes quicker to go up a Sphere Level than it would a traditional level for that feeling for quick satisfaction.

So why choose X over IX? Sure, IX is a comfort for me too, and of course it has oodles of nostalgia as well, but if I’m going to play IX, I want to start from the beginning and I want to do everything. I want to collect every item and learn every ability. In X, I don’t care where I start. I’ll enjoy the locales, the music, and the battle system without feeling the need to do more or less than I want to. Maybe I’ll play for 5 minutes, or maybe I’ll play for 4 hours. Either way, Final Fantasy X is a comfort, my go-to fix for a lazy day made for playing (semi) modern RPGs, and well deserving of the #4 spot.

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7 Responses to “Fireside Games Countdown #4 – Final Fantasy X”

  1. SiliconNooB says:

    HAHA this game is the monkey on my back AND the devil on my shoulder. I absolutely agree about the addictiveness of the sphere grid, and I infact have a save game from virtually every juncture of the game so that I can jump in to fight a few battles and see a cutscene or whatever … yeah kind of obsessive, I know, but with FFXIII on the immediate horizon my pangs for FFX are becoming worse than ever!

  2. abe80 says:

    fruity soul is right

  3. kenjujuu says:

    I agree completely, although FFX was the first FF I ever played, so probably has even more of a nostalgic feel for me. It’s so much easier to enjoy all the different places and battles, especially with the removal of the world map. I do have to say though that the music in the airship gets increasingly annoying, especially if you pick up the game and want to just flit aimlessly from place to place.

  4. SiliconNooB says:

    I love the airship music >:(

  5. kenjujuu says:

    Really? Because if you’re like me and keep on landing places then wanting to go somewhere else, those back beats can get seriously irritating. I prefer the Blitzball Menu BGM.

  6. SiliconNooB says:

    I love both tracks.

  7. kenjujuu says:

    Suit yourself :P

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