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Final Fantasy X



A beautiful, engrossing action game.
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Positive messages
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Standard to mild fare for role-playing games--punching, kicking, etc. The surprise plot transformations can be somewhat wrenching.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game is heavily story and character-based, which can build more emotional attachment to the characters. While the action and violence in this game are standard to mild fare for role-playing games, the surprise plot transformations can be somewhat wrenching (by the end, characters are not as they seem: Main characters vanish; bad characters turn out to be good and vice-versa). This game unfolds like a more meaningful fantasy novel or a profound movie. Children younger than 13 might find the game confusing or stressful.

What's it about?

FINAL FANTASY X (FFX) mainly takes place in the land of Spira, where a force or monster called Sin threatens the world and everyone in it. Players follow the adventures of a young man named Tidus, a Blitzball player (think space-age soccer/handball/hacky sack, all underwater) who joins with other characters to defeat Sin.

For the battle action, FFX offers something called a \"sphere grid,\" allowing players to choose more complex approaches to skill-building than in other role-playing games in order to strengthen characters for ensuing battles.

Is it any good?


The skills needed for this game have much more to do figuring out the complex plot than punching and kicking. While some players dislike the ratio of "movie" or viewing time to gameplay in the Final Fantasy series (these games can be up to 50 percent watching as opposed to actively playing), other players will like that the complex story requires some active thinking and imagination. It may take more than one play-through to figure out the exact nature of the plot twists and turns, even though the battles themselves are more easily won than in some other games. There is some very mild love interest along the way, based more on the romantic settings and sense of shared purpose than anything else.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about issues like loyalty to a higher purpose and the danger of assumptions. How did it feel to see a favorite "good" character morph into a darker character?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 2
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Square Enix
Release date:October 1, 2003
Genre:Role Playing
ESRB rating:T

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Kid, 11 years old December 11, 2010
it has a few dam-s
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 14 years old Written bywolves4love November 29, 2009


my favorite final fantasy. i think its worth playing. if you havent played final fantasy before, play this one. (my friends and i found out that whatever FF game you play first ends up your favorite most of the time) another good FF game if final fantasy VII
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great messages
Adult Written byForknose April 9, 2008

The Best RPG ever (tied with FF7 of course)

This game is great. The story is impeccable and you can play for hours. There is only one kissing scene that may be inappropriate for an 8 year old and there is average FF violence. The main character dad was called drunkard and that is the only drinking reference. There were only like 2 swears, but it's not very bad (they use "damnation" and "damn" only). I got very attached to the game but kids who don't like a good story wouldn't be interested.