Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster
TOO BRUTAL? HARDLY
At the rate that things are going, it would certainly be safe to say that it would only be a matter of time before all of your favorite games were put through the increasingly popular remastering treatment. Square Enix’s Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster was released for the PS3 and PS Vita early last year, followed by the PS4 this year, and boy does it look like a breath of fresh air.
The blockish, angular character models that once inhabited the original PS2 game 13 years ago have been smoothened out to comply with modern-day video game standards, while environmental textures, such as foliage and water, have been remodeled from the ground up to showcase an entirely new level of detail. The game definitely lives up to the HD moniker in its name.
Both the storyline and core gameplay mechanics of Final
Fantasy X and X-2 have been left mostly untouched, which is great since it didn’t exactly need any fixing to begin with. As a result, the game still adopts the Conditional Turn-Based Battle system, where you can take your own sweet time to
strategize your next move, unlike in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy
XIII, where you’re expected to be on your toes at all times during battle as the enemies will not hesitate to unleash a beating upon you. Unfortunately, the HD
Remaster isn’t without its flaws. The English voiceovers remain unchanged, which can sound a little mechanical and emotionless at times – as though the voice actor was reading directly off the script – while character movement during cutscenes have the tendency to appear robotic and awkward. There isn’t an option to switch to a Japanese audio track (Japanese version sold separately), so you’ll have to bear with the verbal monotony throughout the game. But what there is though, is the choice of choosing between the game’s traditional soundtrack and its modernized counterpart, which is a nice touch.
Similar to what several video gaming sites have pointed out, we too have noticed that the game has a faulty Random Number Generator (RNG) which, as a result, renders all of the supposedly ‘random’ monster encounters throughout the game into ‘fixed’ ones. To see it with your own eyes, all you have to do is to load your last checkpoint and take note of the first battle you encounter – chances are you will face the exact same monsters who would attack in the same order and drop the exact same loot (if any) should you load from the same checkpoint again. Let’s hope a patch will be issued to sort this matter.
With that said, we would be more than happy to recommend this HD Remaster, even if it was solely on the basis that it offers two definitive Final Fantasy games at the price of one. But the fact that it’s also beautifully remastered helps to sweeten an already tantalizing deal. The art direction of Final Fantasy
X/X-2 HD Remaster is nothing short of a masterpiece.
Apart from the wonky RNG, we can’t seem to find anything else that’s glaringly wrong with this HD Remaster.
AT A GLANCE
Square Enix, Virtuos
Platform PS4 (Tested), PS3, PS Vita