Why hello y’all. Now as a huge Final Fantasy fan (no surprise to regulars), there are a few things I wished I could have changed about the series. Apart from telling the guy “no” whom thought online MMO’s were a good idea, I have always been bothered by the ending of Final Fantasy X. See, Final Fantasy X was an awesome game, with a great story and solid characters. It goes full circle in the end and Tidus forgives his father and Seymour is banished to the Farplane. However there was something gravely wrong with this ending.
Before you jump on the “it was OK” bandwagon, I am not talking about the final movie ending. I’m backing down a little further here to the moment in time you defeat Sin and make your way through its lifeless carcass to get to the end of the game. As you recall, once you land your airship, you make your way though Sin’s random ass maze and eventually get to Seymour. After defeating Seymour, you go through a random ass city, and then a random ass area where Blizzara goes up your backside.. Randomly. After meeting up with Jecht, you defeat his Final Aeon form and meet up with the tick known as Yu Yevon. You win a battle you aren’t meant to lose, the game ends, Yuna is sad. Done.
I have three major problems with this. One is Yu Yevon is a tick. The second is Yu Yevon is a tick who has no character. And thirdly, Yu Yevon is a tick who sucks at battle. What the hell? I thought Square Enix had learned a lesson from Necron in FF9. Obviously not I dare say. The Seymour battle/scene was solid, the Jecht reunion was solid, the Yu Yevon part made me lose a testicle (I had 3, down to 2). I have decided to write-up how I would have ended Final Fantasy X in regards to Yu Yevon.
Lets set the scene
You jump off the airship after seeing Seymour’s face burn through you. Tidus yells out “We’re coming for you Seymour”. At that point, I would have had a mysterious voice say “Seymour isn’t the one you should be worried about Son of the Fayth”. With the team looking around, they continue on confused. As they navigate the maze, the voice comes on and starts talking in between battles. Something like:
“1000 years ago, Bevelle stood at the foot of Gagazet. Machina on hand, the utter destruction of my home was inevitable. I did the only thing I could do to save Zanarkand, and that is summon the fallen Fayth. All I wanted was to save Zanarkand in some way if I could. I summoned an unholy beast created from Bevelle’s destruction of my people. It was their sin, not mine. Zanarkand lived once again, protected by this new demon armor. But that was not enough. No, I wanted revenge…”
At this point, you would get to Seymour. With this voice playing on your mind, you remember the real immediate threat that has been all along. You beat Seymour, send him, and head on. At the City of Dying Dreams, the voice plays again:
“And revenge was brought upon swiftly. I punished Bevelle for their aggression and destroyed many lives, countless lives, innocent lives. I was satisfied with the outcome and had gotten my way, yet I yearned for more. More blood, more fayth, more revenge. I attacked Spira at will. I inflicted damage not imaginable to the planet. Who would have known it be Yunalesca who would quell the rage? If only temporarily”.
When in the weird icicle area, I would have the voice once again talk.
“Yunalesca defeated me with her husband Zaon. Only another Zanarkand high summoner could have accomplished this feat. With my rage defeated. and my shell broken, it took me years to rebuild my home. I combined the fayth of Zaon and once again brought on Sin anew. I continued to dream happy dreams. Dreams of chaos, destruction, and agony. Zaon was controlled by my mind, doing my deeds as I dreamed away. For a thousand years, this process went on and on. Until now. I am awake. Come.”
Now you are in front of Jecht and defeat him. The final aeon is beaten. Darkness temporarily covers the surroundings until the voice speaks one more time on appearance. An older man who has never aged appears near the fallen carcass of Jecht:
“Sin has been defeated. The Final Aeon has been defeated. I am but eternal and will never be defeated. I am Yu Yevon, the greatest summoner the world could know. I knew this day would come. I do not know how it will end. I brought destruction onto Spira, to your family and friends. I loved it. 1000 years of the greatest joy has been a pleasure. Here you stand wanting to end all of that. How dare you? I have one thing I must ask you before you bring damnation to my soul. Have you thought of the consequences of your actions? If you destroy me, the fayth ends. The dream ends. That man, the unsent, he fades. That boy, the dream, he too fades. Yuna is it? You destroying me takes more people away from you, including your lover. Can you do it? Can you send me and in doing so, send your heart to the Farplane? If you can, you and your guardians have one last fight together. If not, leave now and let me build my new Sin so I can end mankind once and for all. The time is nigh, may Spira hinge on this war!”
At this point, the normal scenes from the game ensue where Tidus reveals he will fade and yada yada. The battle will commence, auto life taken away, you are fighting the man Yu Yevon and not a tick, and Hp etc is like doubled cause he is easy as. He dies, screams like a cat with its tail stepped on, Tidus and Auron fade away, everything continues as normal. I would not change the movie ending, because sad endings are powerful endings. That is that.
At the end of the day, I’d wanted Yu Yevon to have some character, some substance. He never delivered as a final boss and kind of hurt an otherwise brilliant game. Let me know what you think peeps. Until then, join us at PTVP for all things entertainment, including more Final Fantasy.