X doesn’t get enough credit.  Maybe it’s unreasonably cruel of us to ask that you look past Tidus’ layered haircut and that laughing scene. But if your black heart can forgive those malicious war crimes, then you can start to examine the pulse that makes this game so great: the story. 

Final Fantasy XIII’s narrative, for example, stands as the worst example of a FF storyline: it feels like a modern throw-away anime populated by stereotypes and failed characterization.

Final Fantasy X’s story, conversely, avoided all of those horrible “traditions,” opting instead for complex father issues, dubious religious values, and validated emotional payoff by the time the last “X” command had been pressed.  Even the most minor character in your party felt infinitely more fleshed-out than Lightning, Vanille, and Snow combined.