Final Fantasy X was the first final fantasy game on the PlayStation 2 and boy did it leave an impact. The game sold more than 1.4 million copies in pre-orders in Japan in just four days. The game warranted a sequel known as Final Fantasy X-2 and to this date has sold more than eight million copies. With the trend of putting out great games in high-definition it was only a matter of time before Final Fantasy X was included. Originally the U.S. was expected to receive the HD remaster of X and X-2 in December but now the date has been pushed back to March 18. Europe is slightly less fortunate, the release date for them has been pushed to March 21.
Square Enix not only said that the Final Fantasy X/ X-2 HD Remaster would be coming out for the PlayStation 3, but also the PlayStation Vita. However, when Square Enix announced that the delay would push the game to March, they did not include the PlayStation Vita version in that and currently it has no release date.
Both Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 will be on the same disc and in HD. The graphics are not the only part to have been upgraded; the music, game’s menus, and battle interface have all seen some work as well. Those that played the international edition of Final Fantasy X are likely familiar with the 14 minute video Eternal Calm. This video goes more in-depth about the time between Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2. In addition to that the X-2 international content, Last Mission will also be on disc. Last Mission features two new dress spheres, the ability to capture monsters and characters from X and an additional mission.
The problem with this release is that it is not for the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation 4 is not backwards compatible, meaning the PlayStation 4 will not be able to play Final Fantasy X/ X-2 HD Remaster. Since that is the case it is possible that the PlayStation Vita will see more sales for this game except for one small fact, we don’t know when it will be released for the PlayStation Vita.
Those that haven’t played Final Fantasy X should without a doubt pick up the HD version if they can. If you would like a sample of this enhanced visuals there is a spoiler-free trailer at the bottom of the article. A word of warning, Final Fantasy X-2 should not be played first and possibly shouldn’t be played at all. Both games give off different feels, while X is a constantly growing complexity, X-2 is a much more simple and more lackluster effort. That is not the say that X-2 does not have merit, but it drastically changes female protagonist Yuna as well as the combat system. Simply be prepared.
Final Fantasy X/ X-2 HD Remaster has been pushed the March 18 2014. When it comes out it will cost $39.99 and can be purchased digitally or physically. This HD remaster brings back the groundbreaking force that millions of gamers have enjoyed, in high-definition. Don’t miss your chance to experience or relive this icon of gaming history.
[Update] A number of new trailers have recently surfaced. Three are below showing off Rikku, limit breaks and Blitzball. These trailers do a more proper job of displaying the improved graphics than previously released trailers due to the amount of gameplay shown. Enjoy.
By Garrett Jutte