Last year when I reviewed Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Collection, never did I ever think I’d be back to review the Remastered edition. Mainly because I didn’t think the game needed one and I certainly didn’t think many things could be improved. Nevertheless, Spira’s brightest and most daring heroes return once again, only this time they’re duking it out on the PS4.
Absolutely nothing has changed regarding the story, so instead of repeating myself, take a look at the short synopsis we gave last time, please. Just like the HD version, you’re treated to Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy X-2 and Final Fantasy X-2 Last Mission.
Fighting alongside Aeons, playing as Auron, stealing as Rikku and finding a new reason to hate Blitzball is just one of the many ups of FFX. On FFX-2’s side, I finally got round to doing all the nit-picking and boring crap I didn’t want to do the first time. And all this is thanks to the wonderful use of cross-save. Thanks to technology, you can upload your save files to the Final Fantasy cloud saving device and simply send your save file over. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t muck it up the first time, but that’s because I was being an idiot.
Although I was glad to rejoin my games with the cross-save, there really wasn’t a big enough difference for me to feel that the new purchase was worth it. If you already own the HD collection, you’re not going to see a significant difference. Now, I couldn’t see a side-by-side comparison, but I did play with both versions running simultaneously, and channel flicked to see the differences. The only difference I could see (and I asked for the opinions of two other friends as well) was that the PS4 version was tiny bit clearer, especially on FFX-2.
The only new addition to the game is the option to change from the original and updated audio. I didn’t think this would be a massive deal, but when I heard the original tracks during some of the more emotional scenes, I felt a stronger connection to them than when I played it with the updated version. Very strong nostalgia vibes I suppose.
Another fantastic part of the remaster, though I guess it’s more of a side-effect of being on the PS4, is the screen capture option. Now I can finally nab that perfect shot of Lulu chastising Wakka; an action shot of Kimahri; and a few other scenes I can’t mention, because, spoilers. However, disappointingly, some of the pre-rendered videos are blocked, so you can’t always record those. This is particularly sucky as some of the end game videos are not accessible at the sphere theatre in Luca (a place where you can watch previous videos).
There really isn’t much else to say about the Remastered version. It’s almost a carbon copy of the HD collection. If you happen to only have the Vita version, I do see some value in buying the Remaster, but if you own the PS3 one, I’m not so sure you’ll find this worth your cash. If you do decide to cash-in your PS3 version to buy the PS4 version, make sure you upload your save file through the game first before you sell it. The cross-save does not pick up uploaded save data from your PSN cloud storage, only through the FF cloud storage – that’s the mistake I made.
I also managed to compare the Vita version with the remote play version, and they’re exactly the same. So if you don’t own the PS3 or PS Vita versions, you can pretty much get both with the PS4, unless you want to play on the Vita outside your house.
If you’ve never played Final Fantasy X or X-2 before, then this is well worth your money. Although very old, the graphics have aged well and voice acting is still as believable as it used to be. I’m still blown away by Yuna’s dance, Rikku’s unending enthusiasm, Lulu’s Maternal love and Kimahri’s infinite loyalty. The music, the story, characters and lore of every Final Fantasy in this package is incredible. As an added bonus, to all you trophy hunters out there, the game supports trophy share, so you won’t have to hunt down all the same trophies again.
If you’re a fan of the JRPG genre and have never played this game before, then it’s time you do. Final Fantasy X’s genius leveling sphere grid system and FF X-2’s dressphere system will be a breath of fresh air from the usual level/ job systems.
It’s a little too mature for small children to play, but it’s a wonderful story for older kids, from 12 and up. With the remote play option, you can continue to play the game without interrupting anyone’s daily TV time. In the end, FFX/X-2 Remaster is a win, unless you already own the other versions of it.