Below is an email I just sent to a friend of mine who is also a single player RPG votary (if you're not one, please don't waste your time reading any further). I wonder if any of those who've expressed some interest in my other game reviews have some reaction to this. I'm feeling pretty underwhelmed. Spoiler warning, of course.
Just beat FFX. That final dungeon/boss/ending sequence was a MAJOR letdown. I'm really disappointed. For some reason, I spent 30 minutes running around grabbing all of these items as spears jutted up at me for absolutely no reason at all, since I was launched into the final battle of the game immediately afterwards (after I'd grabbed I think 9, it stopped me and took me to Jecht).
Then Jecht appears, I summon Bahamut immediately, and I kill him in a single hit. He comes back again as "Braska's final aeon" which is an easy fight that takes maybe 20 minutes, only because I'm being overly cautious (using haste, mighty guard, pulling my entire party in and out even though my A-team is Kimahri, Yuna, and Tidus, etc). Jecht's strongest attack does about 3,000 to each of my characters. Tidus and Kimahri have just under 9,999, and Yuna has about 4,500. And after he uses that attack, he doesn't do anything for like 10 character turns on my side. And that's really his only attack besides petrify. Surely that's not it, I think, no way that could be the final boss.
So it kicks me into a scene where I have to kill my own aeons. Talk about loyalty. Wow, one Holy per aeon and it's dead. Then I 'fight' Yu Yevon, which isn't even a fight, because he can't kill you and anyway all your characters have auto-life.
Tidus and Auron both die/sent/whatever, and I guess Spira lives happily ever after, or something.
Awful, just awful. Terrible wrap up that leaves lots of questions still hanging in the air, like, uh, what the hell 'Sin' was in the first place, and why Tidus has to be sent into a big ocean in the middle of nowhere since he never even died. Apparently Mika, who has been dead for years, gets to live on though. Uh huh. What becomes of the temples, the other summoners, those who were 'sent', the rest of your party that isn't sent? What becomes of the Al Bhed? Cid drives the airship in a big sequence to get you to Sin, and then the ending doesn't even make reference to/show him or any of the other Al Bhed!? At all? Are you kidding me?
I might be too disgusted to try the bonus stuff, but since the battle system is so good, I'll probably play through.
That story was HORRIBLE though. One of the worst of the FF series, in my opinion.