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Round Up: First Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster Reviews Dazzle

Posted by Sammy Barker

Yuna you want it

There have been a number of high-definition re-releases over the years, but Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster may just be the most anticipated one to date. A product of another outrageous Square Enix development cycle, it’s taken an eternity for Tidus and Yuna’s revamped escapade to play Blitz Ball with store shelves. However, with the compilation due out next week in both North America and Europe, a handful of publications have started to cast their assessments online. Feast your eyes on these, and then don’t forget to check back for our verdict very soon.

IGN - 9.3/10

Final Fantasy X is a brilliant game that every JRPG fan should have played by now, and whether you’re experiencing it for the first time or returning for another playthrough, Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster is outstanding. With enhanced art and music, tons of extra in-game content, cross-save compatibility, and bundling two huge games for the price of one, it’s a lot of bang for your buck. There’s so much to see and do, and being rewarded with new Trophies for going the extra mile with challenges and exploration feels great.

Game Informer - 9/10

Even years later, Final Fantasy X is still an exciting RPG, telling a compelling story with plenty of momentum. While the crazy girls-night-out theatrics of X-2 might still cause you to roll your eyes, the battle system is still fast and fun. For those who want the complete arc of the Final Fantasy X saga, the collection delivers. Even without a nostalgic lens, both games hold up well.

Hardcore Gamer Magazine - 4.5/5

It’s hard to say much bad about this bundle because of how polished it is. Final Fantasy X is one of the best main installments in the whole franchise, so giving it a fresh coat of paint should only be seen as a delightful treat. It’s a classic game that should be talked about in the same breath as the handful of other genre-defining gems out there. Although its sequel hardly possesses that same level of magic, it’s still not an awful game by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, it’s pretty solid, though certainly different than its older brother. Still, what we’re getting here is a remastering that is jam-packed with new content, audio and enhanced visuals. To just put it bluntly: buy this game. Even if you’ve played both titles before, there’s enough here to warrant a purchase. Final Fantasy X, at least, should be played by anyone who considers themselves even the slightest fan of roleplaying games. - 4/5

Two classic RPGs in a single package. As games, they're enjoyable; as historical artifacts, they say a great deal about the different directions Final Fantasy would take in the following years. Despite the visual update and the "new" material, this anthology falls just short of essential, but games don't have to be great to be worth playing. Sometimes, entertaining is enough.

Destructoid - 8/10

As far as videogame remasters go, Final Fantasy X and X-2 are at the top of the list as far as quality is concerned. It's clear that Square Enix put a lot of time into both of these beloved titles, and as a series fan I really appreciate that. They've made both of these great games even better with this remastering, and any fan of either should definitely check them out.

Have you got your hankies ready for this tear jerking role-playing package, or are you skipping this collection on the basis of your backlog already being big enough? Cry with us in the comments section below.

User Comments (18)



get2sammyb said:

@Jazzer94 Yes, but many mention that the Vita version is just as good, just not quite as visually impressive (more jaggies, slightly poorer textures).



Snorky said:

I must admit that I'm on the fence in terms of which version to choose.



Bad-MuthaAdebisi said:

I've pretty much no interest in FF but as this is supposedly one of the better titles and its on Vita I may end up having a go at it in the future, not something I'm going to get excited about anytime soon.



Bliquid said:

Despite Tidus, X is indeed a milestone in videogame history.
The battle system alone is one of the best ever in the JRPG genre (also because it ditched the ATB system, which i'm not the biggest fan of).
The story and mood is epic enough, even if leaning a little bit too much on force-spooned teen drama.
They tried hard to make characters as iconic and memorable as the ones in VII, imho not reaching the same level of depth.
However, this is a must buy for anyone who likes, well, a lot of different things.
X-2 is fun and silly, a nice compendium to the real experience.
Day one on Vita, for me.



rjejr said:

I may get the set just to show my kids how FFX is one of the best JRGS I've ever played and how X-2 single-handedly destroyed my love of my favorite video game company and favorite video game series. FFXII was ok as a monster hunter game but not as an FF game. FFXI was an MMO so that didn't help either.

Just got a strange feeling of deja vu from my comments on KH 1 and 2 yesterday.



Jazzer94 said:

@get2sammyb I kinda want this on the go but don't want a version plagued with framerate issues so I'll have to look into this.



Shellybird27 said:

@rjejr One game destroyed your love of a game company? If i was like that, i would hate ALOT of video game companies. Not going to say which ones though..



shingi_70 said:

Pretty much picking a Vita for this game. Still my favorite game in the series and the first Final Fantasy I played through my self.

Not so sure about getting X-2.



JavierYHL said:

will be getting the vita version and hopefully will get to play ff7 remake in the future...these two are my favourite game in the series



rjejr said:

@Shellybird27 - "One game destroyed your love of a game company?"

Yeah, it was that bad

OK, more like the beginning of the end. X-2, then 11 being an MMO which I don't play, then 12 having a very forgettable story line and characters, then 13 being an abomination. Meanwhile Level 5 was putting out some good games so I jumped ship.



JaxonH said:

Prove your worth to me, my little Vita. Prove your worth

Well, it's sat idle for many moons, but the time of resurrection is nigh upon us. FFX/X-2, GoW Collection, and Borderlands 2. Nice little sprout of ports for the spring. I'm eagerly awaiting E3- I have a feeling this is going to be a good year for the Vita. Call it a hunch, but I'm feeling good about it right now...



KongFu said:

Does anyone know if they added the japanese Dub in the western releases of the HD update?



ToddlerNaruto said:

I'll be buying the PS3 version myself, just waiting for the eventual price drop to $25 New during Black Friday or Christmas.

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