Hot video games take: while Final Fantasy X's conditional time battle system may have, conceptually, been a reduced version of earlier games' active time battle, they reduced it by removing all of the boring waiting parts and the stress of not making your inputs fast enough when the timers do eventually elapse, so all they removed was the bad parts. CTB is strictly better than ATB as a result.
Also I've felt this way about CTB vs ATB ever since I first played FFX well over a decade ago but it still bears repeating.
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