Final Fantasy X

Game review by
Sarah Stockton, Common Sense Media
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A beautiful, engrossing action game.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 30 reviews

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

Positive Messages

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

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byJosh V. February 16, 2021
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
Teen, 14 years old Written byGameing 46857 January 15, 2016

Good game

It's fun game if parents are concerned I played this when I was eight years old the only problem your going to have if then complaining about how difficult... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old October 20, 2020

The best RPG game on 2000's

Well.. I'd say that this game is child friendly(maybe because I'm a kid itself lol)

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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