Final Fantasy X HD Remaster
Developed by Square Enix & Virtuos
Published by Square Enix
*Listen to my story. This…May be our last chance.*
You assume the role of Tidus, A star Blitzball player whose home is attacked by an entity known as Sin. Shortly after the attack, Tidus wakes up in a land known as Spira. Here he is found by a group of people known as Al Bhed who allow him to stay with them until after a short while Sin manages to find Tidus again, transporting him to a small island called Besaid. Here Tidus meets Yuna; A Summoner who is trying to defeat Sin. Tidus decides to help her in the journey to obtain the final Aeon which is the only way to defeat Sin.
Final Fantasy X HD is a turn based Role Playing Game similar to its first incarnation back on the PlayStation 2. The game is presented in a third person perspective where protagonist; Tidus can move around the world of Spira to interact with numerous objects and people. In battle, The game utilizes a conditional turn based battle system that pauses the battle during each players turn. In addition to this, a timeline appears at the side of the screen which shows the order in which each character in battle will attack. X also has moves known as Overdrives which allow the player to inflict highly damaging moves on an enemy by performing different button inputs and the best part being that each individual character has their own unique Overdrive. Summons returned in this entry aswell in the form of Aeons which replace your entire party and even have their own Stats, Commands, Special Attacks, Spells & Overdrives. X also features highly fun mini-games such as Blitzball; Which is kind of like a cross between Football and Water Polo and takes place entirely underwater aswell as Chocobo Racing. The upgrade system in X is also very well done in the form of the Sphere Grid. Players can earn different types of Spheres in battles by gaining AP with each different sphere being allocated to upgrades by the player. In terms of the new Gameplay features, Both versions utilize cross save functionality which allows players to play so far on their PlayStation Vita and then being able to resume where they left off in the PlayStation 3 version. In addition, There is a new nifty little feature on the Vita that allows you to simply tap on the screen to bring up a quick menu which makes things a little bit simpler however this does not affect gameplay in the slightest other than it makes things slightly easier.
The Sounds of Final Fantasy X HD are beautifully composed by series regular Nobuo Uematsu who for the first time in the series’ history required assistance in composing the music in which his fellow composers were Masashi Hamauzu and Junya Nakano. The songs like most Final Fantasy music are performed to perfection with absolutely no faults in my personal opinion. The voice acting of Final Fantasy X HD is brilliant with well known voice actor; James Arnold Taylor leading the pack in the role of Protagonist; Tidus aswell as many other talented voice actors such as John DiMaggio, Tara Strong & Quinton Flynn to name a few.
The Visuals on Final Fantasy X HD are beautiful and when compared to the PlayStation 2 version, You can definitely see the difference. The locations in game are stunning with multiple breathtaking locations and realistic characters aswell as highly detailed textures on the monsters. Possibly one of my favorite graphical sequences in the game is actually the opening sequence which has a futuristic/fantasy style vibe to it and it looks glorious in HD. As previously mentioned, The graphical textures as a whole look incredible and to me as a newcomer to the X Series is perfect.
All in all, Final Fantasy X HD is a stunning masterpiece of a game with excellent voice acting, gameplay, soundtrack and story to boot. After mainly being involved in action/platformer games for the past few years, This game has definitely gotten me back into the Role Playing genre and is easily one of my favorite role playing games alongside Final Fantasy VII.
In addition to all of this, There is plenty of things to do in this game and could easily take plenty of time to complete if you wanted to collect everything in game aswell as completing all optional side quests.
My Score – 9/10
- Graphics are Stunning
- Soundtrack beautifully composed
- Great Gameplay Elements
- Excellent Voice Acting
- Very well written story
- Fun and enjoyable Mini-Games
- More Vita features could have been implemented
Final Fantasy X HD Remaster is available now as part of the Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster Double Pack exclusively to PlayStation 3 & PlayStation Vita. Thanks go to Square Enix for supplying the game and the assets used in this review. Be sure to let me know what you thought of the review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and remember to follow us on WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Reddit & YouTube.
Review by Matt McNamee