Greetings gamers and welcome back. Last time we finished up Final Fantasy IX. There was sure a lot to do in that one, what with chocograph hunting, card games, treasure hunting, and grinding abilities for hours. The next game should be easier right, right? Oh my no. This installment will make me wish all I had to do was steal from 1000 different enemies by the time I’m done. Once again if you missed last week click here to read it. Without further ado I give you…
So I am playing the HD remake for the Vita, which has a few added things that the original US release of the game didn’t have. This is also a game that, while I have beaten it in the past, I never really completed it before. The story of Final Fantasy X follows Tidus, a young blitzball player, as he is taken from his home of Zanarkand and thrown into the world of Spira. Here he meets a young Summoner, named Yuna, who is on a pilgrimage to stop the giant monster Sin. He joins up in the hopes that he can learn what happened to him, and maybe make his way back home. Great story, and the characters are very memorable, from the strong silent Auron, to the exuberant Wakka. You get involved in the story from start to finish. But enough about that, let’s get into the heart of things. Let’s complete this game.
One major difference between this game and the others is the way you level up, in that you don’t. As you fight battles you earn sphere points that you can then use to move on the sphere grind. When you land on new spots you then use special spheres to get stats and abilities for your characters. Each person travels the same grid, but start at different points. This will take a long time to finish, you can play through the whole game and most of the side quests, and only be through half the grid. Luckily, using gear to boost SP and convert your limit gauge growth into SP, you can use a certain enemy, the Tonberry King, to boost your AP up in minutes. It will still take hours to fully clear everyone’s grid, but it is worth having all your characters max their stats, and learn every move.
We also will need to get everyone’s Celestial Weapons, which is not really too hard. The hard part is getting them all to their final form. To do this you need to collect a sigil and crest for each, and this usually means completing some very hard minigames. One, the crest, are just found in treasure chests as you journey. But the sigils, oh man you have no idea.
For Tidus you need to get a score of 0.0 seconds on the Chocobo race. As you run the race you can collect red balloons to reduce your time by 3 seconds. The only problem is you are racing someone else that is also collecting the balloons, and I swear she gets a head start on the race too, she always gets the first balloon before you even get a chance. Add that to the fact that you need to dodge birds that swoop down on you, and if they hit, you are stunned for a second and add 3 seconds to your time. Don’t count on learning the pattern either, because it is all random, the birds, the balloons, even the other racer. This one minigame took me about 2 to 3 hours to finish. It was fun to race Chocobo’s at first, but after about 5 minutes of RNG I was sick of it. But I did get the Sun Sigil in the end.
For Yuna we have to defeat the summoner Belgemine in the Remiem Temple. You will battle in a one on one Aeon fight. She has each Aeon in the game so once you beat the last one, she will give you the Moon Sigil, one of the easier ones to get. My advice is to abuse the Aeon’s Limit breaks, easy win. Keep in mind you need to have the Aeon first before she will use them.
Next, Wakka has the Sigil that takes the longest, however I may have enjoyed getting this one the most. The Jupiter Crest is a prize for the Blitzball tournament. However it will only become available as a prize after you have won all three of Wakka’s limit breaks from winning league games and tournaments. I most likely spent 10 to 20 hours just playing Blitzball, but the game is so fun I didn’t mind a second. So after around 40 to 50 games I scored the Jupiter Sigil.
Kimahri has an odd mini game to complete to earn his sigil. There are special rainbow butterflies that can be found in the Macalania Woods. When you find one you need to run into all the blue butterflies in the time limit and then open the chest that has the sigil in it. It’s an odd game but, I got this one done very fast, after about 15 minutes I had caught the Saturn Sigil. Also, I forgot to take a picture of this, oops.
Next we have Lulu, if it weren’t for the Chocobo race this would be the worst one, but it is pretty close. On the Thunder Plains you have a chance of being struck by lightning. However, if you push X just as the screen flashes white you can dodge the bolt. Got it? Good, now do it 200 times in a row! And if you mess up you need to start over from the beginning. The main annoyance with this is the bolts are random on when they will come, and there are about 8 to 15 seconds between bolts. If you do the math this means it takes about an hour to get in if you do it right. Luckily there is a way to cheat this, although I didn’t find this out till after about 4 hours of getting hit by lightning bolts, I got to 176 one time and was hit, not a good day. You can run between two points on the map and a bolt will always strike when you get to a certain spot. This makes it 100 times easier to get. So after losing a few eyebrows to lighting strike, we got the Venus Sigil.
Well that was hard, luckily for us the next one is easy to get, just time consuming. There is a monster arena in the game where you can, and by can I of course mean you, need to catch 10 of every monster in the game. This will take a lot of time since some enemies don’t appear very often, and you still need to find them at least 10 times. Luckily, to get Auron’s sigil we just need to catch 1 of each enemy in 10 areas, although we will still need to collect 10 of each in all areas at some point but more on that later. So once we do this the Mar’s Sigil is ours.
Like the last one, the next sigil isn’t so much hard to get, as it just takes some time to complete. In the Sanubia Desert there is a quest where we need to hunt down 10 Cactuar that are hidden across the world. After this you take their gate keys to calm a sandstorm that hides Rikku’s sigil. You are given a clue to find each of the Cactuar, you then need to sneak up on it to steal its key sphere. Once you collect all ten the sand storm subsides and the Mercury Sigil is there for the taking. Well that is it for the weapons. Just a few more things left to do.
First off we need to learn all the Blue Magic, yes it shows its little blue head once again. Kimahri learns these by using the ability Lancet to draw them from specific enemies. Not too hard to do, the only missable one is the Nova ability from Omega Weapon, get that and you are good.
We can also take this game as an opportunity to learn a new language. The Al Bhed have their own language that you can learn by finding 26 Al Bhed Primers across the world of Spira. Each one you find will link one letter to a different letter of the alphabet so by the time you are finished you will be fluent in Al Bhed, or at least can read the subtitles.
Next we have the Dark Aeons to deal with. This was not in the original US version of the game so it was all new to me. Be warned though, they are the strongest enemies in the game, and will test your skills. Or you can just be cheap like me and have Yojimbo Zanmato them to a one hit K.O. Since they as enemies are so cheaply strong don’t feel bad about being cheap back at them. If they didn’t want you to do that then they should not have made Zanmato so OP.
The last thing to do I already touched on earlier. We need to catch 10 of every enemy in the game, and then fight and defeat the Arena Masters original creations he makes from your catches. These are some of the hardest enemies in the game and will take you some time to defeat. You could be cheap and Zanmato them too, but I decided that for them I would do it the right way. Once you beat every enemy the Arena Master tells you he created his ultimate monster, Nemesis, and gives us a chance to beat it. This is a very hard fight but you get a great sense of accomplishment in beating it.
Well that about does it. Since this is on the Vita there are trophies to the game, but we got most of those from doing the above tasks so we just need to buy some stuff, watch a video or two, and we earning ourselves a Platinum Trophy.
I have to say I had a lot of fun replaying this game. Sure there were parts that frustrated me, stupid lighting and Chocobo, but for the most part it was a great experience. If you are thinking of trying this one out I suggest giving the Vita version a try, it’s a great game on the go.
If you got the Final Fantasy X bundle you will notice it comes with X-2. You know what that means, time for a makeover! This next one is a game for girls isn’t it? But until next time, later gamer.