Final Fantasy X is one of the most popular games in the series, only behind the likes of Final Fantasy VI, VII, and VIII in most fans’ eyes. This fact made it obvious to Square Enix that an HD port for both PlayStation 3 and Vita would be a huge commercial success. It also became obvious to me that since I missed Final Fantasy X the first time around, I should absolutely play it this time. This review is only for Final Fantasy X HD on the PlayStation 3, and is written by someone who is experiencing the story/game for the very first time.
The story of Final Fantasy X takes place in the world called Spira. Spira is populated by a variety of different races, all with their own beliefs and religions. However, there is one thing that brings them together, and that is the existence of Sin: a giant monster that wreaks havoc on the world.
As per a typical JRPG (and especially a Final Fantasy game) a diverse group of characters make up the main cast. A young man named Tidus is the lead hero this time (technically over a decade ago). After a series of strange events, he ends up in a “new” land, meets a bunch of new friends, and is more or less thrown into the path of saving the world from Sin.
Final Fantasy X is a story of love and sacrifice. The characters have to face impossible challenges and figure out a way to triumph. Simply stated, it was fantastic. I honestly didn’t know what to expect seeing as this game is 13 years old. I figured the storytelling would be subpar for some reason, but boy I could not have been more wrong. I found myself hooked from the very beginning. I always wanted to know what would happen next. I wanted to know the mysteries surrounding Sin, why Tidus ended up where he did, and how the romance situation would end up. All in all, the story of Final Fantasy X far exceeds many stories in games I have played over the past several years.
Graphically, the game looks great. Square Enix did an excellent job with the HD remastering of Final Fantasy X. The only time that you can REALLY see the game’s age is when you see insignificant NPCs during cutscenes. Square Enix didn’t bother to touch up NPC character models at all, making them really stand out. That being said, it honestly didn’t bother me because the main cast looked great.
I feel like I am beating a dead horse when I say that the music in every Final Fantasy is far superior to any other game, but it is true. Final Fantasy X is no different. Most of the original soundtrack was rearranged by its original composers to make it sound like it sound better than the original release. I dare you to listen to the OST and tell me it is not great.
It is hard to judge a game’s voice acting when it is so old, but honestly the voice actors did a great job on Final Fantasy X. Of course, there are the occasional silly line or annoying voice here and there, but overall the voice performance was pretty good. The only time I ever had an issue with the voice acting was the infamous laughing scene. Holy crap that was annoying. But since it only lasts a few minutes, the rest of the game more than makes up for it.
If you are unfamiliar with how a Final Fantasy game plays, you must have been living under a rock for the past 30 years. Final Fantasy X is closer to the old style of Final Fantasy gameplay that many fans wish to see make a comeback. Battles are encountered at random in the field, which can be extremely annoying as sometimes you will fight a battle every five steps. Final
Fantasy X uses a turn-based battle system, and man it is fun. Don’t get me wrong, I love the new battle system inLightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, but there is a certain amount of nostalgia that makes the turn-based system awesome.
The combat is extremely deep and will continue to change in both form and difficulty the further you get into the game. In order to adapt to the increasing difficulty, Final Fantasy X has a sphere grid upgrade system. I am not going to lie, I was extremely confused as to how it worked for the first 5-10 hours I was playing. But, the longer I played, the more it started to make sense and eventually I grew to love it! The sphere grid is an extremely cool upgrade system and I wish more games did something like this instead of the generic “You Leveled Up!” with stat boosts.
The Verdict: 9.0 out of 10
Final Fantasy X HD was everything I wanted in a game. It had a story that gave me the feels, as kids say these days, and also kept me on the edge of my seat. Final Fantasy X HD had just enough crazy Japanese storytelling to make it perfect for me. Even though Square Enix didn’t take the time to remaster some of the character models, the game still looks absolutely beautiful. If I didn’t know any better, I might not have realized this was an older game. I am sure all of the fans that were crying for another turn-based Final Fantasy game are happy to be able to replay this one in HD finally, but that probably will only make their battle cry for a new turn-based game even louder. I enjoyed my time with Final Fantasy X immensely. The $40 price for Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster is more than worth it for this game alone.