Final Fantasy X Eternal Calm

Final Fantasy X Eternal Calm is an intermediary between FFX and its direct sequel X-2, originally released with the so-called “International” edition of FFX (although American gamers would ultimately receive said version with the HD Remasters) and the North American version of Square-Enix’s Unlimited Saga.

Eternal Calm occurs two years after the events of Final Fantasy X, largely following Yuna, Wakka, and Rikku, with a mysterious recording providing a twist that plays into the direct sequel, the narrative being generally enjoyable and serious in contrast to the peppy X-2. The translation is polished, as well, although a certain character is still solely referred to just by pronouns.

The music and voicework are nice as well (though lip movement is still off), along with the visuals, although there are some things such as reference to Wakka’s weight gain, even though his character model looks exactly the same as it did in Final Fantasy X.

Overall, this fifteen-minute cinematic is a worthy experience definitely recommended to those who enjoyed FFX, although there are some issues, with the movie still somewhat clashing with the energetic milieu of Final Fantasy X-2.

The Good:
+Good follow-up to Final Fantasy X.
+Solid localization.
+Nice music and voicework.
+Polished graphics.

The Bad:
-Lip movement is still off.
-One particular character still only referenced by pronouns.
-No original music.
-Graphical choices don’t match dialogue.

The Bottom Line:
A good if brief intermediary cinema.

Score Breakdown:
Platform: PlayStation 4
Story: 9/10
Localization: 8/10
Music/Sound: 9/10
Graphics: 8/10
Runtime: 15 Minutes

Overall: 8.5/10

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