Blitzball needs to make a comeback

Written by: Jon Castillo

Features | Jul 3, 2018

Blitzball Final Fantasy

Playing Blitzball in Final Fantasy X had been an absolute nightmare. The design was interesting and the mechanic seemed fun, being technically football in a 3D matrix. But the overall execution was just bland and painful to go through.

Now it's 2018 and with Final Fantasy's impressive cast over eighteen games, it seems appropriate to bring back this fugly mini-game with a huge makeover. Besides, this is crucial, as the Final Fantasy series takes itself way too seriously. A Blitzball-related game can help their characters chill for once in their lives.

The game that will never be

Blitzball is played with two teams, consisting each of 8 members with varying roles. There are fifteen main entries to Final Fantasy and each one has over 8 characters, if we include important NPCs, giving a lot of leeway for the A team and the benchwarmers.

Each character will have their own set of skills retooled for Blitzball. Imagine FFVII's Lockhart's using a Final Heaven Shot or Sephiroth with a Supernova Shot.

It's ridiculous. It's outrageous. It's not meant to be taken seriously. Just for some good fun entertainment, like how games are supposed to be played.

The game will be commented by three Final Fantasy's longest running mascots: Moogle, Ifrit, and Shiva. With guest commentaries from some of the series' favorite characters. Again, imagine: Garland mocking Warrior of Light whenever he missed a goal shot. Or Zidane taunting Kuja after a block. The number of fun mock ups is limitless.

Let's turn it up a notch: A team comprised of all the many faces of Cid from Final Fantasy II to Final Fantasy XV. (Or make each Cid a coach, at least!) An All-Star Monster Team, enacting their vengeance for years' worth of experience grinding, featuring Marlboro, Bomb, Tonberry, Behemoth, and friends. An All-Star Summons Team with Bahamut sporting that sexy Zanarkand jersey. A team full of all the different versions of Omega and Ultima Weapons? Oh yeah.

Let's turn the notch even higher and take it to a more trendy fashion. The Blitzball game will be free-to-play, DLC character packs will be free too, and the only time anyone needs to pay for anything is mere cosmetics: Ms. Cloud? Take my money!

At the heart of it all, this kind of Blitzball game sounds fitting for a Nintendo Switch exclusive, doesn't it? We'll take it. Square Enix make this happen!

About the author: Jon Castillo

Jonathan is hiding from a lynch mob after messing with the wrong basketball team. His favorite song is "Boys do Fall in Love" by Robin Gibb.


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