Monthly Archives: March 2014
Posted by The Gaming Angel
Welcome back fellow readers to my esteemed blog. I must apologize for my long absence, but circumstances have severely limited my blogging time. But now we can press on with the gaming goodness. It was 13 years ago when Square-Enix (back then Squaresoft) released Final Fantasy 10 for the Playstation 2 game console. This title would be hailed as one of the greatest installments in the franchise’s history. Now in 2014, Square-Enix has bestowed Final Fantasy X/ X-2 HD Remaster for the Playstation 3 console. The question on everyone’s mind is, can a title that is over a decade old still strut it’s stuff in HD? Let’s find out.
Graphics: Final Fantasy X/ X-2 HD Remaster is absolutely gorgeous on Playstation 3. This is the makeover that fans have been waiting for. The polygons and pixels have been thoroughly smoothed out, and the colors in both the character and background art have received a nice polish that really pops on the screen. The CG cutscenes are just as beautiful as the day they premiered in 2001. The character’s facial models also received a bright overhaul, but seem rather awkward looking especially in cutscenes. The menu screens received several touches that really stand out, and the sphere grid remains true to it’s prior 2001 release. There are titles that often suffer from graphical clashing (i.e. Tales of Symphonia HD Chronicles), but thankfully Final Fantasy X/ X-2 HD Remaster has received the perfect HD upgrade that truly does the game justice. Score: 9.5/10
Sound: Final Fantasy X received a completely remixed musical score courtesy of Masashi Hamazu. Some of the tracks are very vibrant and catchy. I did however prefer some of the original musical tracks by Nobuo Uematsu as opposed to their remixes. Not having an option to select between the original and remixed musical score during gameplay is very disappointing. It will be hit or miss with fans of the original. Final Fantasy X-2 did not receive a musical makeover, and thus remains the same, which isn’t a bad thing at all. Score: 9/10
Gameplay: The story of Tidus and Yuna trying to save Spira from the evil of Sin remains true and just as beautiful even today. The many additions to both games will be a joyful treat to fans. First off, both of these titles are the international director’s cuts that were never released in North America. This of course means more content, story, and of course hidden bosses for those of you looking for bigger challenges. For those of you trophy hunters, I am happy to say that both titles have fairly robust trophy listings. While some are easy to obtain, others will take quite a bit of skill in order to obtain them. Unfortunately, the poor syncing of voice acting and lip movement of the characters still run rampant in both titles.
The battle system is just as fast paced and fun with similar and new opponents aiming to challenge you at every turn. The storyline progresses rather smoothly, and the option of open-exploration as the game progresses is a great thing to have. The storyline for Final Fantasy X is timeless and among one of the most touching love stories ever within a Final Fantasy title, while it’s sequel offers a very distorted storyline, but ultimately (provided you get the correct ending) brings the story to a fitting conclusion. Score: 10/10
Whether you are a fan of both titles, or looking for a fantastic RPG, Final Fantasy X/ X-2 HD Remaster is definitely bang for your buck! You are getting two uncut RPG titles, each with over (and I stress OVER) 50 hours of gameplay. I urge any RPG or Final Fantasy fan to add this title to their collection. You won’t regret this investment.
Final Score: 9.5/10
I am in the process of reviewing Dark Souls 2, and a niche RPG, Atelier Escha and Logy. These will be posted in the next week or so. Be sure to follow my blog and tell your friends about it, until then, happy BlitzBalling!