I was therefore irked at the abomination done to it in X-2. I didn't touch it. How dare they turn my pretend-you're-athletically-coordinated action game into a team management sim?
The imminent start of baseball drove me to try it again on a whim. And you know, once I get over not being able to control the ball carrier (Shoot! Shoot, you idiot; the clock is running out!), the sim is actually not bad, the moves are slightly more plausible (more types of dodges and tackles, more types of passes, no hit points or players poisoning each other), and I like the new players.
Rikku's two-arm over-the-head throw is hilarious.
But, okay, what really sells it for me?
Lucil / Paine / Miyu (my old favorite of the FFX free agents) is pretty much the best offensive lineup ever.
Lucil kicks butt, takes names. Huzzah.
I do wish they'd found a way to make the game 3D -- they're in a sphere pool, for goodness' sake -- but it's got enough oomph in it for me to enjoy.
And now, "It's time for Dodger baseball." Vin Scully, here I come.