BTW, I read y our X-2 review which i guess means you finished playing it. I am toward the end I believe in chapter IV, and I generally agree with a lot of your review with a few disagreements, although the main difference is that I think both X and X-2's story are tied they are both equally random inconsistent, and the crossfades are ridiculous.
I did finish it.
I think X's story has a few problems, but overall I loved it to death whereas the FFX-2's story never really clicked at all. It was just kind of there.
What do you mean by crossfades?
Crossfades is a video editing tachnique. Where what you would usually do is have a scene fade out while another seen is fading in at a completely differnt location or setting, or at a different gorup of people fading in, while the scene that it's tranfering from is fading out at the same time and then you bla the bla.
Here is an example, at .10 it shows an example of crossfading: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1f4EJhSJy4
The issue with X and X-2, which actually a lot of people find annoying, is that a large chunk of scen to scene transitions use crossfading, but the main issue with that is it's not scene to scene.
You have Titus for example in a scene where he is running toward something, it would crossfade to him back to the same thing of him running toward something then crossfade again for no reason of him doing the same thing and it's incredibly weaird and makes no sense.
Let me see if I can find an example:
I found this at a fan site, 7:09 is an example, and it become more random as you go through the game where it will zom up to peoples faces and crossfade to the same persons face, or will rotate around secenary and crossfade to pretty much the same scenery rotating but maybe one centimeter to the right instead of just watching it rotate the whole time. Or when there is action going on, and this is all scenes not just the CGi, they will do continous crossfades to the same people around them for no reason whatsoever and it's really really bad.
I guess this just comes down to different people having different concerns and what not because the crossfades don't bother me at all.
An example of a game that did, IMO, have bothersome transitions was Xenosaga: Episode 1.