When I heard about the Final Fantasy X HD remaster, I figured it would be a quick job where minimal work was done to have it run in 16:9 and at 720p resolution. I was still intrigued, and looking forward to playing through the game again.
Well, I grabbed it off PSN for PS3 on Tuesday, and I’m pretty blown away by how much work they put into it. Not only does the game run at native 1080p, but a huge amount of work went into making new, high resolution texture assets. They also made higher-fidelity models for all the main characters, and a ton of the monsters. Apparently they re-recorded a large portion of the soundtrack to use real instruments as well.
The game is absolutely gorgeous, even by today’s standards. It also plays really well. The only negative aspect being the writing can be kind of shit at times.
I really can’t recommend it enough for fans of (kind of) old-school JRPGs with massive production values. It also contains an entirely remastered Final Fantasy X2… I’ve never played this one, and I haven’t fired it up yet so I can’t really comment on it.
It’s currently offered in several forms, all $40:
For PS3, a retail disc with Final Fantasy X and X2. On PSN, one file that contains FFX and X2.
For Vita, retail package comes with a cart with X on it and a download code for X2. On PSN, a single bundle with separate downloads for FFX and X2.