17 – Final Fantasy X
Initial Release Date: December 17, 2001
Why it’s one of the best RPGs: Make fun of the laughing scene all you want, but there’s no denying the excellence of Final Fantasy X. It’s a tragic love story entangled in a quest to save the world hampered by plenty of moral and philosophical baggage to engage players in the implications of the quest. What is worth sacrificing to save the world? Should you risk everything to save everything, with the potential to make it worse? Who is responsible for the failures of the past? Tidus, Yuna, Rikku and the gang have plenty to say about all of that on their journey to Zanarkand, where they’ll try to destroy Sin once and for all.
Engaging puzzles, a unique leveling system different for each character that allowed customizable skill trees, beautiful environments, and cutscenes, and a fabulous score made Final Fantasy X a truly standout title. The recent remaster brought much of this beauty up to current-gen visual standards and was thoroughly deserved.
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