Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster Review
PS3 | PS Vita
Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster Box Art
System: PS3*, PS Vita
Dev: Square Enix
Pub: Square Enix
Release: March 18, 2014
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Mild Blood, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence

I honestly had almost forgotten how difficult it was to get a handle on the dress-sphere thing early on. As I said, I had played the original using an old save so I was much farther in the game than starting all over. Once I got back into the groove of things, it all started coming back quickly.

Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster Screenshot

I noticed the same with this title as I did with FFX. The audio had been redone as well as touching up the visuals. All in all, it was the total package. The ending was still just as confusing as it was the first time and the dress-spheres felt just as corny as they did the first time, but this time there was an air of nostalgia and fun I felt that made me want to keep playing. No matter how much I complained about this game when it was first released, I found myself transfixed and not able to quit.

But as fun as the FFX2 game itself was, I actually had even more fun playing the “Last Mission,” content. If you are a fan of Final Fantasy Tactics or the Disgaea series, then the Last Mission is for you. It is quite simply an endurance battle to the top of a large and recently discovered Al Bhed tower in Spira. It is turn based combat mixed with the fact that you can only use what you find in the tower. If you die, you have to start all over again…at the bottom of the tower. It is a challenging game and a total blast if you are into tactics at all.

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Overall the HD remasters of FFX and FFX2 are a home run. Square Enix managed to capture the initial feeling of playing these games for the first time as well as making them much more beautiful to look at. Then they took it one step further and included all the international content as well. Simply put, this is the most comprehensive Final Fantasy experience from the PS2 generation that exists. Final Fantasy X fans rejoice, your airship has finally come in.

By
Travis Huber
Contributing Writer
Date: March 18, 2014

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.5
Graphics
For a PS2 HD Update, it looks great.
5.0
Control
Familiar but still fresh after all these years.
5.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Totally redone soundtracks add new depth to these titles.
4.0
Play Value
Still feels old school, but enough new content to keep you playing, maybe more than once.
4.7
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • International content of both games included.
  • Dark Aeons and Penance are now available to Western Gamers.
  • FFX includes the Expert Sphere Grid.
  • FFX2 includes the elaborate and intense mini-game called “The Last Mission.”
  • Join the Colisem, where you can battle in up to ten different tournaments.
  • Trophy Support.

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