Final Fantasy X and X-2 are two of the most beloved games in the Final Fantasy franchise. If you combine them, do an HD remaster, add a bunch of new features and sell them for half the price of an AAA game, what do you get? Over 200 hours of amazing gameplay.
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster
Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix
Available on: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, PC (tested)
A bit of context
Originally released for PlayStation 2 in 2001 (Final Fantasy X) and 2003 (Final Fantasy X-2), both titles have been fan favorites ever since.
Final Fantasy X tells the story of Tidus, a star blitzball player (some sort of aquatic soccer). The story unfolds in the world of Spira, and you as in any other Final Fantasy, the tangled up story will task you with saving the world from a monster: Sin.
Final Fantasy X-2 returns to the world of Spira two years after the beginning of the Eternal Calm. Yuna becomes a Sphere Hunter and along with her companions Rikku and Paine, embarks on a quest around the world.
The almost fifteen years old titles are very well known by now, so we won’t go deep into the story – we will focus on the improvements and quality of life changes this bundle features. Also, please note the remasters are available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, and PlayStation 4, and also finally and for the very first time, PC. We will use the Steam version to review the titles.
A bunch of new features are available in the PC version. Let’s see:
- Characters, monsters, and environments have been fine-tuned to HD detail, providing a richer and deeper visual experience.
- Adjustable resolution and graphics settings: The bundle supports up to 1920×1080 resolution. You can tweak the Video Quality Setting to Low, Medium and High, and also play it Full Screen, Windowed and Borderless Mode.
- Choose between the original and remastered/rearranged audio: You can make use of your fancy speakers or play the original audio for maximum nostalgia.
- Auto save options: I think you know what it does. For me, it is better to go back to the sphere and save manually.
- International Edition content: This is massive.
- Final Fantasy X: New Sphere Grid, Optional bosses (Dark Aeons & Penance) and new abilities.
- Final Fantasy X-2: Last Mission mode, new Dresspheres, a Creature Creator system, a Fiend Arena and a new dungeon: “Iutycyr Tower”
- Available text languages: Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, English, French, Italian, German and Spanish.
- Available voice languages: English and Japanese.
- 5 Game Boosters to play the game in any way you like. These are optional, and you can toggle them in any way you want:
- Turbo options (2x and 4x speed)
- Super charge (characters will have full overdrive meter each turn)
- Enemy encounter settings (turn them off completely or increase the frequency of encounters)
- Auto battle mode
- Hide the HUD
- 3 Parameter Changes: This is a fancy way of saying cheats. Once activated, you are stuck with them:
- Get 99 of each item in the game (excluding key items)
- Unlock all skills for all characters
- Max Gil (in game currency)
All of the boosters and parameter changes are completely optional, and they are disabled by default so you can experience the original game as it was released back in 2001 (or 2003). Just remember that parameter settings are pretty much cheats: you won’t be able to toggle them off in your current playthrough.
Gameplay-wise, not a whole lot has changed. Sure, you can tweak your experience by enabling the boosters or changing the parameters, but you are able to experience the original game if you want to. The remaster focuses in the graphic department, the audio and some quality of life changes. The PlayStation 4 has an additional feature: you can use your PlayStation 3 / PlayStation Vita saves to continue playing from there.
More rounded textures, improved lighting, additional colors and sharper details are the main focus of this HD Remaster version. Now you are able to see the tiny details that make up the whole game, like the wind impacting the hair, realistic facial expressions and prettier fauna, buildings and structures in the world of Spira.
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster is an amazing way to play some of the fan favorites on your PC. While the visual improvements like enhanced art and music are nice, being able to enjoy these titles on PC should be enough. Expect to play over 200 hours for less than half the price of a current AAA title. The extra in-game content and additional settings is the cherry on top.