Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster review – two classics remastered and re-released for modern consoles

Final Fantasy X was a technological masterpiece on PS2, and X-2 the first true sequel in the series' history.

Uniquely linked by narrative and design, they present two halves of the same equation, so having both rereleased and remastered for modern consoles is a wonderful opportunity for fans old and new.

It's an inconsistent remastering, though, the prime effort having been spent on core characters and environments. Understandable, perhaps, but it makes for some jarring moments with secondary characters in both games appearing notably blockier and poorly textured.

Both adventures hold up to the test of time, however. Years on, X's quest to save an entire world remains appropriately epic in tone, while X-2 delivers a more personal tale of love and redemption. Each offers a speedy twist on turn-based combat, though the latter's costume-changing "Dressphere" system is the most revolutionary.

The Vita version edges out PS3 by virtue of some gentle touch-based upgrades, though both consoles deliver a superb experience.

Powered by article was written by Matt Kamen, for The Observer on Sunday 30th March 2014 00.05 Europe/London © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010


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