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Final Fantasy X-2
Released in November 2003, Final Fantasy X-2 was a shock to the fans by being the first Final Fantasy game which is a true sequel. Yuna comes back with a whole new attitude and attire as she searches Spira for clues of her lost companion.

 

Run: 4:09:xx by Mike 'darkwasabi' Janiak, done in 19 segments

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My first speed run on SDA, yay!

First I'd like to than Radix for making this awesome site. Nate, for the great compression guide. All the people in the Tech Support forum helping me out. Ventuz for giving hope that the game can go sub 5, which I probably would have never even done this without. KADFC for his Speed FAQ on Gamefaqs, which I used a lot to compare times. And all the people who gave support in the forums, it really helps.

When I first wanted to do a run of this game, my hope was shot down when I saw that there was a Speed FAQ of X-2. I looked through and lost almost all ambition to even attempt a run of this game because it seemed so flawless. A long time later Ventuz made a topic and said he had a time of around 5:40 at the last save with not too much planning. This sparked an interest to see if 5 hours could be beaten while using a different strategy than the one in the FAQ, because my intention when I first saw the FAQ was to just follow it. After only about a week, I started and completed my first speed run for this site while beating KADFC's record by 51 minutes! Not to say it was an easy task, very much the opposite.

Charon is an attack that does double the user's max HP. So I had to get both my girls up to level 22 to have at least 2500 HP to do max damage. This is why I refrain from using it with two girls in the beginning.

I had a couple of mistakes that I let slide because they were hard segments and required some luck to get good times on. Segment 2 and 3 were ones I had to complete with no encounters, which is extremely rare, so they might be a little sloppier than normal. The contol of Yuna is very similar to DMC, when the camera changes, you continue in the direction you're going. Then when you change direction, it sort of jumps (it's hard to explain). If you ever see me going the wrong direction, it's because of the controls. I also had an embarassing fumble in segment 11 which I had redone many times, and that one had the best time. Georapella really likes using death...

The run is not perfect, some things could have gone better. But I don't think I'll redo it because going flawless all the way up to the final save would probably not even save a minute, so the end time would be the same. Also, segment 1 through 12 are recorded via Composite cable. I then later bought an S-Video cable, so the rest looks much better. I highly recommend getting high quality for this.

Overall, I really did enjoy speed running this game. Much more than I did FF VIII, but that's because I didn't have to redo it so many damn times... I hope everyone enjoys as much as I have.

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