Title: Final Fantasy X-2 HD Remaster
Price: $39.99 (With FFX HD Remaster)
System(s): Vita, also on PS3
Release Date: March 18, 2014
Publisher (Developer): Square Enix (Square Enix)
ESRB Rating: “Teen” for Mild Blood, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes, and Violence
The remaster of Final Fantasy X with the International Edition content is the main selling point for many people picking up the Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster . However, those who pick the compilation up for just the one game are missing out. Final Fantasy X-2 is there too and while it is a frivilous adventure, it’s just as important storywise. More so, now that we’re getting the edition with all the extra costumes and contest. It’s time to join up with YRP.
What happens after you save the world?
Two years ago, Yuna and her friends were the first party to actually completely defeat Sin. Spira is safe, but that doesn’t mean the world is peaceful. There’s always conflict, and this one starts with warring factions, Youth League and New Yevon, trying to wrest control of the planet.
But that doesn’t matter at first. Not just yet. Yuna’s journey begins when she discovers an unusual sphere. It shows a man who appears to be Tidus asking to see the summoner – her. She’s traveling the world with Rikku and Paine, searching for answers and fortune, and stumbling into all kinds of problems like corrupted summons and a mysterious weapon known as Vegnagun.
There’s truly no calm after the storm, but if Yuna, Rikku, and Paine work together, they may find the truth and a way to make things right.
A much improved adventure.
In terms of gameplay, Final Fantasy X-2 is very similar to Final Fantasy X. It’s a turn-based affair, and characters level up as battles are fought. However, it’s different in that Yuna, Rikku, and Paine have access to dress spheres. Think of them as job classes, because that’s what they really are. Garment grids let players choose which outfits they have access to in battles, and Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster marks the first time the Festivalist and Psychic outfits are available to those of us in North America.
However, Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster‘s version of Final Fantasy X-2 also lets players switch party members around. There’s a Creature Capture system that lets you capture monsters or NPCs and make them part of your team in battle. The NPCs can even have their own sidequests, which is quite a substantial addition to the X-2 we know and love.
Not to mention, Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster has presented the prettiest version of Final Fantasy X-2. It’s absolutely beautiful, just like the enhanced version of X. Everything looks and sounds better, which only further encourages additional adventures in Spira.
What’s really striking and exceptional about the Final Fantasy X-2 part of the Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster is Last Mission. It is to Final Fantasy X-2 what The Answer is to Persona 3. It’s an additional, supplemental RPG showing what happened to Yuna, Rikku, and Paine after the events of X-2. It isn’t truly important, story-wise, but offers a unique take on the rogue-like genre that lets the characters use their job classes to ascend the Iutycyr Tower and reach the top. It’s a feel-good supplement and quite a nice bonus for people who have grown to love the characters.
Final Fantasy X-2 HD Remaster deserves a standing ovation
I know that Final Fantasy X-2 is considered the fluff game for many Final Fantasy fans. As though it were some kind of optional, supplemental story. Yet, I’ve always thought it was better than that, and the Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster proves my point. There is so much additional content here, from the extra costumes and events to the full Last Mission bonus game. It just can’t be avoided or ignored anymore. It’s a wonderfully pretty companion to one of the best Final Fantasy games and a strong game in its own right. Now is the perfect time to pick it up and appreciate it for what it is.