MCV looks at the HD remaster of Final Fantasy X and X-2, coming to PlayStation 3 and PS Vita.
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD will be in stores on March 21st.
This is the HD update of two of the best-loved entries in the Final Fantasy series, X and its sequel X-2. It celebrates ten years since both games’ original release on the PS2.
Every detail of the game has been overhauled – character models, facial expressions, the environments and even the cut scenes have been given an HD facelift. It’s not just the graphics – all 60 tracks from the original title’s soundtrack have been re-arranged and remastered, too.
The titles are set in the world of Spira where society has grown to shun technology. In the first game, players take on the role of Tidus, a celebrity sportsman who is transported away from his home, and finds himself in a distant land. He joins up with summoner Yuna and her companions on a quest to save the world.
The combat system here is streamlined for ease. Time freezes as players select moves, meaning less pressure and fewer rash decisions.
X-2 is set two years after X. Having saved the world, Yuna and two companions hunt treasure. This title features a class-based combat system where players adopt different costumes to access various move sets.
Final Fantasy X was released in 2001 and really showed off what the PS2 was capable of graphically. The title was met with critical acclaim and went on to sell over 8m units worldwide.
It was the first Final Fantasy title to feature voice acting. It was also the first in the series to inspire a direct sequel. Final Fantasy X-2 was released in 2004 and was met with a more mixed reception due to the title’s change in tone. However, it still shifted 5m units globally.