Final Fantasy X was released on July 19, 2001 in Japan for the PlayStation 2 and therefore turns 20 years old, although it did not arrive in Spain until almost a year later, on May 24, 2002. The title was a blockbuster of the time that took advantage of the generation jump to break with the style of its three predecessors in the first PlayStation, mainly the 3D graphics instead of pre-rendered backgrounds and characters with voices, which gave it a much more cinematic and spectacular look, both because of the real-time sequences and the high quality of its computer-generated videos.
This RPG also innov in their fighting system, which still featured random confrontations and turn-based battles, replacing the Active Time Battle (ATB) with the Conditional Turn-Based Battle (CTB) -additionally with the possibility of seeing the order of the turns of companions and enemies-. For the evolution of the protagonists, a board of spheres was developed that gave some freedom in the way of learning new skills.
Its history tells us about Spira, a world quite inspired by the culture of the South Pacific, Thailand and Japan. A group of adventurers escort Yuna, a powerful summoner who must defeat a monstrous creature. The protagonist is Tidus, a fictional sports athlete blitzball, who is transported to Spira when his city Zanarkand is destroyed by Sin. There he will meet other characters who will join a long journey with drama and romance.
A success that became a saga
Final Fantasy X sold more than 8 million copies on PS2 and is considered a classic praised by critics and fans, despite some controversial changes in its development such as an excessive linearity in the route; also this was the first Final Fantasy main where Nobuo Uematsu did not compose all of his music, although that does not prevent him from having a soundtrack on the same level as his predecessors.
The popularity served to break another tradition in Square Enix, and it was the first to receive a direct sequel, Final Fantasy X-2, which takes place years after the end of the first one, bringing new features to its combat system, to the main group -Rikku, Yuna and the new Paine- with a more cheerful tone and nods to popular culture, starting with J-pop. More recently it has been remastered on consoles and PC in a collection that includes both games, and precisely these days it has begun to speculate about the possibility of a third game that already has a first finished draft, although Square Enix does not consider it a priority.