Final Fantasy X-2 HD Remaster Review

Final Fantasy X-2 HD

Developed by Square Enix

Published by Square Enix

“It All Began When I Saw This Sphere Of You”

*There could be spoilers for Final Fantasy X below*

*Please Note: This Review is of the PlayStation 4 Version*

Story:

Final Fantasy X-2 takes place 2 years after the events of Final Fantasy X, Sin has been defeated and the eternal calm is in full effect, Yuna has given up being a summoner to become a sphere hunter, a sort of mercenary who collects spheres which hold memories of people’s past, she hopes to find a clue to the whereabouts of Tidus who disappeared at the end of Final Fantasy X, while also discovering a plot to destroy Spira.

My main problem with Final Fantasy X-2 is the major switch of atmosphere, Final Fantasy X was a much more emotional and somber experience, whereas Final Fantasy X-2 is incredibly cheerful and tries to be funny, I’m pretty sure that they were trying to go for a Charlies Angels like adventure with the all female cast, but it fails to work for me, as it is not on par with Final Fantasy X in any way.

I think the Final Thing I need to talk about are the characters, I’ll start with Rikku, truthfully I don’t find anything wrong with her, Rikku is just as cheerful as her Final Fantasy X incarnation which is good. Second is Yuna, now I don’t know why she has such a character change in this game but she is almost nothing like her FFX counterpart, now I understand that she hasn’t got anything to worry about any more and she should be more cheerful but it’s almost like she’s a different character completely. Third is Paine, a new character and possibly the best of the lot, Paine has an interesting back story that is sort of overshadowed by the plot itself, to be honest she isn’t too great of a character on her own, but combined with a back story I’d say she has the most potential. I’ll make a final mention to Brother, easily one of the worst characters in video game history, in FFX he was a lot more confined as he couldn’t speak much English, and thank Yevon he didn’t, because any time he speaks in FFX-2 I feel the urge to skip the cut scene, he’s that bad.

So overall I’d say Story wise, Final Fantasy X-2 is an utter failure that doesn’t even compare to FFX, I would honestly say skipping the cut scenes is recommended here, as the story is easily the worst aspect about this game.

Story

Gameplay:

Final Fantasy X-2 decided to go back to the Active Time Battle format from previous Final Fantasy games, and I have to say it works phenomenally, to people who don’t know how it works; basically you have a little bar that fills up and when it gets full, your character gets to act. Final Fantasy X-2 also has the ability to use Dress spheres, which are basically jobs from Final Fantasy 3 (The real one) and 5, this system is arguably the best it has ever been, you can switch jobs mid battle which is incredibly useful for some battles, honestly I think Final Fantasy X-2’s gameplay might be its saving grace, because I actually think it’s one of the best in the series.

Gameplay

Sound:

Final Fantasy X-2 marks the departure of legendary composer Nubuo Uematsu from the series, which explains why this game has one of the worst soundtracks in the series. The style of music has changed to correspond with the game itself, so therefore most songs are incredibly cheery or upbeat, things like the classic Final Fantasy style battle theme and victory fanfare are absent, which immediately shows the shift from Square to Square Enix (In my opinion anyways), if I’m honest, the only song in the game I remember fondly is A Thousand Words.

Voice Acting wise, I think the game does a good job, if I recall correctly, all the voice actors reprise their roles respectively, and they all do their job just fine, no real stand out performances in my opinion and no poor jobs, well except Brother, but that’s because I can’t stand Brother.

Graphics:

Final Fantasy X-2 is an excellent looking game, everything about it is beautiful from the environments and character models, to the CGI cut scenes, everything is just perfect, admittedly I don’t really notice too many changes to the visuals with this remastering, the only thing that looks a little different is that the text looks a lot sharper.

Graphics

Lasting Appeal:

Final Fantasy X-2 is around the same length as Final Fantasy X, getting 100% in this game is pretty challenging I have to say, I’ve personally never done it before, but I’m guessing it could take anywhere from 60-100 hours. Final Fantasy X-2 has a new game plus mode which lets you start over with all your abilities from the previous play through which is pretty nice. Some extra things have been added also, like the ability to use monsters in your party and the Last Mission which is pretty nice.

All in all I’d say for pure content you’ll get your moneys worth with this game.

Lasting Appeal

Final Thoughts:

Overall, Final Fantasy X-2 pales in comparison to Final Fantasy X, while the gameplay is one of the best in the series and the visuals are definitely improved, the story is absolutely atrocious and the soundtrack has been again in my opinion butchered, but if you just want a fun RPG to play I would recommend this game.

Final Thoughts

Score = 7/10

Cover

The Good:

  • Gameplay is arguably the best in the series
  • Visuals are pretty nice
  • Voice acting is pretty good
  • Good amount of content
  • Extra international content

The Bad:

  • The story is terrible
  • The soundtrack is pretty damn bad
  • Brother makes me want to skip the cut scenes

Final Fantasy X-2 Remaster is available now digitally for PS4, PS3 and PS Vita and available physically at retail for PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One & PC. Thanks go out to Telltale Games for supplying the game and assets used in this review. Be sure to let us know your thoughts on this review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Review By Jonnie Dixon

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