I wasn’t planning on reviewing Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD. After months of playing I’ve decided to simply state my opinion rather than doing a normal review. And I wasn’t even planning on doing that until I got to Final Fantasy X-2. That game changed my mind for me.
First off, we’ll start with Final Fantasy X. This is my favorite Final Fantasy game and I played the heck out of it when it first came out for the PS2 back in 2001. When I started playing Final Fantasy X HD I was flooded with great memories. The game does stand the test of time and I am glad. The remastering of the visuals and music are a nice touch and flows very well. I turned up the volume on several different occasions. Every bit of Final Fantasy X that I loved back in 2001 I still enjoyed doing in 2014. But we cannot forget some of the more annoying aspects of the game. Certain mini-games will have you pulling your hair out and the end boss is just as easy as it was back in the day. However the added Dark Aeons brings a much needed challenge to the game.
I did mention mini-games above but I would rather dodge birds and lighting in Final Fantasy X than deal with all the useless mini-games from X-2. The only reason why I liked X-2 back in 2003 was because of the ending. Playing it now in 2014 has made me angry. It seems that Square Enix wanted to try something new but didn’t know what so they added in a bucket load of mini-games. You can also tell that they were trying to bring in more female gamers. I’m fine with Girl Power, but Final Fantasy X-2 takes it a bit too far. And perhaps I am nitpicking here but the hand gestures and how Yuna and other characters run does not look realistic. You try running like Yuna and see how natural that feels. The fact that you have to do menial tasks just to get the perfect ending is ridiculous. Why does Yuna need to promote games in the Calm Lands just to be able to get a better ending after the final fight?
Most of the game is filler when you think about it. Chapter four is all about spying on the great people of Spira thanks to Shinra’s comm spheres and a concert. A one song concert. Good thing it was free. Now don’t get me wrong, the concert is one of the best scenes out of Final Fantasy X-2, if not the best and the song isn’t half bad either. But an entire chapter dedicated to a concert and communication makes me shake my head. Chapter five is end game. Filled with a bunch of things that you need to do in order to get 100% only to find out that you missed one tiny detail.
Giving the job system a twist by using dress spheres was a nice feature but, like with most of Final Fantasy X-2, they went too far. Even Yuna was embarrassed at times while using the bard, I mean songstress dress sphere.
If Square Enix does move forward with Final Fantasy X-3, I hope that they make it more like Final Fantasy X and a lot less like Final Fantasy X-2.
Now is Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD worth it? After playing it for three months, I say yes. Even if you want to avoid Final Fantasy X-2, Final Fantasy X is still worth playing again and holds up very well.