I'm going to do a new editorial segment called Worst Games, which is me ranting about some of the worst games I've ever played. Each article will cover a game and tell why I hated it so much.
So when I decided that I wanted to do this Worst Games series of articles, I had to rummage through all the games I've played and decide which games I think were the absolute worst ones. Now, for the first segment, I thought I'd start with a game that I really have a hard time saying I can't stand, because it comes from one of my all-time favorite franchises.
I'm a Final Fantasy nerd; I own almost every Final Fantasy game made to date, and if there's a black sheep in the franchise, it's Final Fantasy X-2. The casual fans may not know what I'm talking about, but I think the more dedicated Final Fantasy fans already know why I hate this game so much.
It starts with Final Fantasy X. I enjoyed Final Fantasy X; it wasn't one of the best in the series, but it was a respectable title nonetheless. The story dragged on in places, but the overall experience wasn't bad at all. In other words, it didn't need a direct sequel. Square-Enix, however, decided that it did need a sequel, so we got Final Fantasy X-2. When you pop this game in the first time, you're greeted with what could perhaps be the most cheesy, most annoying opening sequence Square has ever delivered. Picture Yuna, Rikku, and a new girl named Payne as three wanna-be Britney Spears singers, and you've got the opening sequence. I'm not making that up; I really, really wish I was, though.
I've got to be honest; the concept alone made me not play too much of this game. Maybe the gameplay is great, but the concept is too damn stupid for me to feel compelled to play it. I do know the game is more open-ended and non-linear. What stupid designer thought Final Fantasy needed to be open-ended? C'mon...when I'm playing Final Fantasy, I want to be compelled by the story to the point that I don't mind it being linear. If the story is so terrible that they had to open up the gameplay to make it compelling...well, that says something bad about it.
Oh yeah...and did I mention that Yuna has guns now? How did it happen that the most powerful summoner in Final Fantasy X end up needed freaking guns in X-2? She's a summoner for pete's sake; she doesn't need guns!
Anyways, my animosity towards this game is starting to show, so I guess I'll wrap it up. The concept sucks, Square decided to jack the great Final Fantasy gameplay all around to make the game open ended, and...well...the game stars not one, not two, but three chicks. Not trying to be sexist, but there doesn't seem to be a decision in this game that was good.