I beat FFX2 a little while ago- here’s my comments (spoiler-free) that I posted in a forum a few minutes ago:
Anyway, I downloaded the good ending, so know what happens. It’s, well, good. :)
/me wants fanfiction now!
Anyway, on another note- did anyone else think that making the FFX series a prequel for FFVII was weird? (If you haven’t beaten it, that has nothing to do with the ending, on the contrary it deals with something Shinra says in Chapter 5) I mean, it’s cool- in a kind of sick and twisted way….. It’s like something you’d read in a fanfiction and write off as yet another attempt to connect every FF game ever. What’s scary is that now it’s canon, so it will onlly get worse…..
I’ve griped about the unintuitive extras/side quests in other final fantasy games before- like in FFIX and FFX where you basically need a strategy guide to even know that half of the side quests (important ones, even) exist. Older Final Fantasy games, like VI and VII, didn’t have that problem. Sure, you could get the guide, and it helped, but you could still figure out the majority of the game, and do all the important side quests, without it. Yeah, breeding chocobos was a pain, but it was a hell of a lot more intuitive than dodging 200 bolts of lightning in a row, or knowing you had to get a 0:00.00 time in a chocobo race to get your characters their ultimate weapons. Sure, it’s nice to have some ‘easter eggs’ in a game (like the extra summons, etc in FFIV), but IMHO those things should have little bearing on the story or outcome, and should only serve as a slight addition to the game as a whole. And there should definitely be hints somewhere in the actual game telling you they exist (e.g. talk to random NPC #568 7 times in a row, and he tells you to bugger off and check the cave behind the waterfall, where you find your utlimate weapon++ being guarded by a murder of Tonberries). If someone buys a game, they shouldn’t feel the need to have to buy the strategy guide because there is reallly no other way for them to find everything in the game. I’m just glad there’s still resources like GameFAQs available for just these situations, heh.
Just so you know what that rant was in direct refeence to (spoiler-free)- here’s some background of the situation in FFX-2. During a certain part of Chapter 3, Yuna wakes up lying on some flowers. She will say “I’m all alone….” which is your cue to start tapping the X button frantically. This causes something to happen. After you beat the end boss, you are once again walking through flowers. Again, you must tap the X button to trigger the good ending. There aren’t any hints anywhere that I could find to tell you to irrationally press buttons during cutscenes- but it is the only way to get the good ending. Bah, I guess I’ll do it during my New Gane+ playthrough (whenever that will be….)