I was recently asked a question, which is your favourite game of all-time, and why? Can you answer this as easily as me?
I’m sure you are well aware, that as a gamer, this is not an easy question to answer. There are plenty games, of old and new that are worthy of such a title. For any game to grace one’s personal constructs, it would need to connect with the individual on an emotional level, and be embedded into their memory till their light fades away. For me, one game stands at the pinnacle above them all. Final Fantasy X. I can answer this question without thought, because it is the game that turned my gaze towards gaming, and forced me upon it.
I have played many games prior to FFX, games like age of empires, and warcraft to name a few. However the hours spent on those games compared to FFX are minuscule. Playing games when I was young would make me happy, and I’d get a lot of enjoyment from it, but as most kids at that age, easily fascinated by anything that sparks their interest. I would play games, but not quite understand the depth within them. Then came Final Fantasy. It would enter my hands as if it were fate showing me the road ahead…
My uncle, on a trip to London, picked a few games at random and bought them for my cousins. A few months later, I would find myself in their living room, going through the stack of games in their collection. And there it was, the PAL version of FFX. Not much design on the cover, just a few catchy screenshots on the back, yet the simplicity of it cast its spell and dazzled me. I gave in to temptation as curiosity picked apart my brain. I inserted the game into the PS2 and watched the opening scene. I was instantly captivated by its stunning visuals and melancholic orchestra! Themed with a dusk lit sky, I was intrigued to find out more, and thus I knew there was a story to be told.
Hours of gameplay would soon follow, instead of studying for exams, I’d play this game when my parents were out at night. From the characters, to the landscape, and let’s not forget blitzball, I could not part from this game until I met its end. And on one rainy night, I achieved my dream, my Fantasy came to a close, and it was not a happily ever after ending, instead the dream faded away and I was stricken with sadness. It was unexpected, and that unique perception, is what made me truly understand the essence of gaming and what it can achieve. The reason I enjoyed this game, is because it showed me that things are not as they appear to be, if you have patience and a will, you can accomplish virtually anything. I also realized that when you stray from the expected, that feeling of being surprised is worth much more than what you would expect.
I cannot think of another game that can replicate that feeling I had while playing FFX. I have secondary favorites, and I am attached to them in similar ways, but my respect goes to squaresoft, for they made a truly remarkable game! FFX is my favorite because of how it has changed me. My cousins would refuse to play that game because they could not skip the opening cut scene; apparently you had to click 6 buttons at the same time instead of just pressing X. Another innovation that went beyond the borders of expectation, and it’s these little things that I admire. FFX was given a personality, it may not be the best game of its time, but individually it carved a mark upon the great games of this century.