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WHAT TO EXPECT (Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster)
on March 18, 2014
Aeons and blitzball are back!
Rather than summarize the plot or game system, I'm going to be focusing on the qualities that make the FFX|X-2 HD Remaster stand apart from the originals.
DIFFERENCES FROM ORIGINALS:
+ Improved map and character/monster textures
+ Remade character models
+ Higher quality cutscenes
+ Trophy support for each individual games (Double platinum!)
+ Cropped change from 4:3 to 16:9 perspective
+ Improved voice audio
+ Approximately 60 remastered music tracks
+ Exclusive 30-minute audio drama following the end credits
+ Added "Final Fantasy X International" content, which includes a newer Sphere Grid and Dark Aeons, as well as new bosses and abilities
+ Added "Final Fantasy X-2 International + Last Mission" content, which includes new dresspheres, a new Coliseum battle arena, and a new dungeon
WHAT COMES WITH THE GAME:
The standard edition (currently $39.99) comes with both the Final Fantasy X HD Remaster and Final Fantasy X-2 HD Remaster on one disc.
The special edition (currently $39.99) is a limited time upgrade that gives you a book-like casing that includes a vibrant 24 page artbook covering both X and X-2, mostly concept art.
The collector's edition (currently $79.99) includes a gorgeous hardcover art book, a 6-hour Final Fantasy X HD Remaster original soundtrack blu-ray music disc, and five lithographs of art from both games.
There are five choices in the main menu:
+ Final Fantasy X
+ Final Fantasy X: Eternal Calm (Cinematic cutscene sequel to FFX)
+ Final Fantasy X-2
+ Final Fantasy X-2: Last Mission (Playable sequel to FFX-2)
+ Credits and Bonus Audio (Set 1 year after the events of FFX-2)
IS THIS GAME WORTH IT?
Considering that both Final Fantasy X and X-2 are available for the PS2, and many avid RPG fans already have this staple classic, it may seem redundant to pick up this title. However, nothing really compares with the sweet feeling of nostalgia from playing a classic with a brand new coat of graphics on. Plus, if you never found a chance to play the International versions, this is the first opportunity to experience the new content.
For newcomers to the series (or even to RPGs in general), this is a great way to step into the Final Fantasy world. The battle system is simple enough to learn quickly, while deep enough to never grow bored of the expansive sphere grid system. The graphics are beautiful and interesting, and are accompanied by an equally beautiful audio track. Tidus, Yuna, and the rest of the cast are unforgettably unique and bring you with on one of the most exciting journeys available in the gaming world!
Whether you're a veteran of the Final Fantasy games or new to the series, the Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster for the PS3 and the PS Vita is a great experience for anyone who enjoys a great RPG.