Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster

As trite as the idea may be of remaking a classic, I’m not entirely sure if I’m wholly in the corner of Final Fantasy X and X-2 – okay, so I should reword that, it just feels like Squaresoft/Square Enix considers fan requests to be anathema instead of constructive counsel. Before continuing onward, I feel it’s necessary to explain why I’m somewhat upset by the announcements pertaining to this significant revamp – Wait. I’ll do it with my bucket list! In short, my gaming bucket list cognitively came into existence as an antithesis to my non-stop achievement hunting with my trusty straightedge Bo (Xbox); I had gotten to the point in which I hardly cared for story and concerned myself mainly with absurd achievements to lend to my online persona – and I love that “Bloop!!” sound they make. Once I realized that I had lost sight of the presupposition of why I play games to begin with, I formulated a list of previously-owned yet not-beaten games that relied heavily on story, and Final Fantasy VII undeniably usurped the number one spot. This is a game that I’ve owned on three separate occasions and failed to beat for one reason or another – keep in mind that the list also contained Final Fantasy IX and Final Fantasy X, as well as Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Zelda: Majora’s Mask, and Zelda: Windwaker. I eventually purchased it again, only to fall absolutely in love with it before crushing Sephiroth for an underwhelming end to an otherwise amazing game – to be forthright, I did a fair amount of grinding and neglected to get the Knights of Round materia. With the forward momentum, I went ahead and beat Final Fantasy IX, which is arguably on par, if not better than Final Fantasy VII;  all the while, Final Fantasy X remained on my bucket list. The increasingly convoluted point that I’m trying to make is that Final Fantasy X is an already attractive game that doesn’t require a revamp and is probably why it still remains on my bucket list.

It looks beautiful on it’s own, and it instead feels like a veiled attempt to quiet fans asking for a remake – a remake of the wrong game.

Given the difficulties faced with the Final Fantasy X/X-2 remake, I can understand why the developer would opt to abstain from remaking Final Fantasy VII, but it also helped to revolutionize the Final Fantasy series by introducing it into the three-dimensional realm of gameplay, and is also in obvious need of some amelioration. All bias aside, I’m genuinely excited for what Squaresoft/Square Enix has in store for the release of Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD, and am especially excited to see how it’ll play on the Vita over its console-based sibling. To be candid, I played very little of X-2, and completely lost interest in it despite having invested well over 50 hours in its antecedent X; X-2 focused more so on Yuna developing as a character even though I didn’t really find her as an enthralling character to begin with. Thinking back, I wish I would’ve been more lenient with X-2, especially when I showed considerably more patience with Final Fantasy XIII and XIII-2 before selling them for presumably something better. The inclusion of X-2 in the bundle also gives me another chance to tackle a title from my bucket list and experience a story that from what I can surmise is incredible and deserves rumination. The HD release was initially envisaged for a 2013 holiday release, but developmental turbulence have effectively pushed the revamp well into the first quarter of 2014 (March 18th) despite having been announced well over two years ago; Square Enix has been intermittently releasing updated images and video displaying the modernized graphics and they look incredible nevertheless. The only drawback is that the Vita has yet to receive an announced release date for the remake, but an option of cross-purchase is always there between the PS3 and Vita, so I’ll at least have an excuse to play my PS3 for a while! And for your enjoyment, I’ve also added my updated bucket list, so feel free to ridicule or share your own. Check out a few screenshots of the revamp and let us know what you think!

My current gaming bucket list (in no specific order):

  • Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • Zelda: Majora’s Mask
  • Zelda: Windwaker
  • Final Fantasy X
  • Final Fantasy XII
  • Final Fantasy VI
  • Kingdom Hearts II
  • Final Fantasy X-2
  • Vagrant Story
  • Xenogears
  • Chrono Cross
  • Chrono Trigger
  • Legend of Mana
  • Fable 2
Marc Douglas

Marc Douglas

I'm currently a full-time student that spends far too much time playing video games and very little on homework; I'm elated to share my thoughts and rants with such an eclectic group of authors and welcome any and all questions!

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