Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Future Of Film
The 100 Greatest Video Games
Robin Williams: The Big Interview
Kevin Feige:
My Movie Life

The Marvel supremo's pick of the flicks
Want To Be An Empire Journalist?
Find out how here
Reviews
STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

PACKSHOT
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster

GAME DETAILS
Released
21 March 2014
Format
PS3, Vita
Developer
Square Enix

LATEST GAME REVIEWS
Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited
4 Star Empire Rating
Sims 4, The
2 Star Empire Rating
Destiny
4 Star Empire Rating
Tales Of Xillia 2
3 Star Empire Rating
Metro Redux
4 Star Empire Rating



5 STAR REVIEWS
Last Of Us Remastered, The
5 Star Empire Rating
Mario Kart 8
5 Star Empire Rating
Titanfall
5 Star Empire Rating
Dark Souls II
5 Star Empire Rating
Forza Motorsport 5
5 Star Empire Rating

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster


submit to reddit

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (2014)
Review
There are two schools of thought among Final Fantasy fans (and few games franchises generate such rabid devotion) about Final Fantasy X: either it marks the moment when the archetypal JRPG started to lose the plot, or it represents the last of the Final Fantasy games that can be described as a classic. Depending on your outlook, this upscaled-graphics remake for PS3 and PS Vita, which adds the sequel X-2 in a keenly priced package, will prompt either moist-eyed nostalgia or head-shaking at the passing of a golden age of games.

Whatever your thoughts, Final Fantasy X still has a vast amount going for it, and Square Enix has done an impressive job on its graphics, so it has never looked better. As a game, you can pick a few holes in it – it takes an age to get going, the voice-acting is cheesy at best, the plot makes little sense, it occasionally forces you to play the notoriously awful Blitz Ball mini-game and even when the action shifts to cities, it is relentlessly single-path. But it looks magnificent – it’s one of the finest adverts for Square’s trademark lush art-direction – and it might just have the finest battle system of any of the Final Fantasy games.

It’s still turn-based, of course, but you can swap characters on the fly to ensure you’ve always got the requisite skills to defeat the enemies in front of you, and the Sphere Grid upgrade system may be arcane at first but proves to be exemplary. Tidus and Yuna, the main characters are much-loved by Final Fantasy freaks (although the former can be a bit annoying) and, given that you get two incredibly long games for a lower-than-usual price, the HD Remaster is extraordinarily good value for money.

It’s so absorbing to play – woe betide anyone who might disturb you during one of the long and intense boss-battles – that you’re more than usually inclined to forgive its little inadequacies. Accusations if occasional cheesiness, for example, can be levelled at pretty much anything that aspires to create an epic fantasy world. And Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster makes particularly good sense on the PS Vita – it’s surely the longest game ever for Sony’s great, perennially under-rated handheld.

And this package, at the very least, gives Final Fantasy-heads something to argue about until they are blue in the face – there’s actually a decent case for marking out FFX-2 as the moment the franchise went into a death-spiral, although even its excruciatingly jokey tone won’t diminish your inability to stop playing it. On the PS3, you can point those craving an old-school Japanese RPG fix at Ni No Kuni, but it’s a no-brainer of a purchase for the PS Vita.


Reviewed by Steve Boxer

Write Your Review
To write your review please login or register.

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The Future Of Film: The Streaming Services Will Be Major Studios
(Or how Hollywood will have to start worrying about Netflix)

The Empire Podcast #129: Liam Neeson Interview
Plus Max Irons, Sam Claflin, Douglas Booth, Holliday Grainger and Jessica Brown Findlay drop by to talk The Riot Club

The Future Of Film: We'll Be Watching Films In Virtual Reality
Immerse cinema aims to become the must-have experience for the filmgoers of the future

The Future Of Film: Cinema Will Cross The Uncanny Valley
The future of VFX, from believable digital humans to underwater mocap

The Future Of Film: There Will Be Another Indie Golden Age
Independent producers are growing from micro-budgets to something a lot bigger

Empire's Epic Interstellar Subscribers' Cover
The countdown begins to Christopher Nolan's sci-fi masterpiece

Shut Up, World! Gary Busey Is Talking!
Strap yourselves in and meet a true Hollywood original.

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 6 Issues Of Empire For Only £15!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)