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.
USgamer.net - 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.