Retro Ad Replay – Final Fantasy X 18th Anniversary

We’re due another Retro Ad Replay post! This is the series where we take a trip back in time to reminisce and celebrate the anniversary of the most significant moments in gaming. If you find yourself wanting more content like this, be sure to visit Mandatory.com.

In this December 17 edition of Retro Ad Replay, we’re looking back 18 years in time to when Final Fantasy X first became available to those in North America. December 17, 2001 was the day that US players put themselves in the shoes of Tidus, a Blitzball pro that would be transported 1,000 years into the future. There he would find a group of companions and set off on an epic adventure to rid the world of the giant monster Sin.

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Final Fantasy X was developed by Square (who later became Square Enix) and was initially exclusive to the PlayStation 2 console.

Take a look at the trailer for the Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster below. It offers a quick tease at the story, as well as snippets of gameplay:

In GameRevolution’s Final Fantasy X review published in 2001, our reviewer deemed it to be the “best RPG on the PS2.”

FFX stays true to the Final Fantasy formula, offering an excellent battle system and a level of visual artistry that sets a new mark for others to follow, and the long-awaited addition of voices adds a dramatic element that’s been missing forever.

The game earned itself an A- score (back when GR gave games grades!) and praised it for the “stunning graphics,” “solid story and consistent world,” “rich music,” “cool battle system,” and “above average voices.”

With Final Fantasy X having received the remaster treatment across a number of consoles, including the portable PS Vita and Nintendo Switch, it’s now easy to play this classic on a current-gen system. PS4, Xbox One, and PC all have the game available with Final Fantasy X-2 bundled alongside the original game.