@fuzzy_dunlop: FFX is a genuinely good game. Most JRPGs have bad writing but I wouldn't consider FFX to be one of them. There are plenty of gaffs and attempts at humor that fall flat but the moments that matter hit effectively. It's really a very good story, especially for JRPGs. The quick look isn't indicative because you need context to the world and characters. It's one of those things where if you show a clip of "HA HA HA HAH AH," yeah it looks dumb, but in the context it makes sense. I've played FFX a lot and even I thought the "WHY WONT YUNA STOP DANCING" seemed weird in the quick look. People who have no context on what's going on will think it's just some dumb translation.
But it's recent and very friendly to newcomers. It's linear but not restrictively so. You know what to do next and there are things to do if you want to take a break from the main quest. It feels like a modern game in design, even if the voice acting is dated.