Final Fantasy X

Game review by
Sarah Stockton, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
A beautiful, engrossing action game.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 28 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages
Violence

Standard to mild fare for role-playing games--punching, kicking, etc. The surprise plot transformations can be somewhat wrenching.

Sex
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bykyleReeselives May 3, 2019

A dang near perfect game

I LOVED this game, I still love it now. Every time I play this game, I just can't help but be immersed in the world, the characters, everything about it, a... Continue reading
Adult Written byBothnianReviews February 3, 2019

Once again i give 14 rating, comes with explanation.

Okay, this game could be played by someone as young as 11 years old - the violence is not gory at all, except maybe the appearance of aeon (sort of god that you... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byMASTERBLUEOOF456 March 21, 2020

Incredible

Children Ages 10 and up would like and understand this. There are some suggestive scenes in the game, but not that serious kind of stuff. I played this game at... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byIkusaTakuma July 11, 2016

My Review of Final Fantasy X

This is my review for Final Fantasy X, I have played this game from beginning-to-end. Oh, and if you don't like spoilers, don't read cause I got plent... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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
  • Price: $49.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Square Enix
  • Release date: October 1, 2003
  • Genre: Role-Playing
  • ESRB rating: T
  • Last updated: November 19, 2019

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