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Final Fantasy X/X-2 Remaster

Two classic RPGS return on Switch!

Final Fantasy X/X-2 Remaster

Final Fantasy is the seminal JRPG franchise that’s known the world over. Anyone who enjoys games has either heard of it or has enjoyed several of the numbered entries or spinoffs over the years. The games are such classics that they’ve been re-released time and time again with extended ports, new versions, and other iterations so new and returning fans can continue to enjoy the game.

The latest remasters to join the long list of remakes and updates are Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD, which just hit the Nintendo Switch. Nearly 20 years later, the games are just as magical as they ever were and made even more enjoyable by the fact that they’re now portable.

Final Fantasy X first debuted on the PlayStation 2 back in 2001, with Final Fantasy X-2 following two years later in 2003, picking up after the game’s thrilling and emotional conclusion. Though both vary dramatically in tone and mechanics, they’re absolutely excellent role-playing games that no PlayStation 2 collection is complete without. This package brings both of them together, so everyone has the chance now to try out the games that defined a generation.

Final Fantasy X/X-2 Remaster

Final Fantasy X follows a young man named Tidus, all-star Blitzball player (yes, a made-up sport) who finds himself transported to the world of Spira after his home land is attacked by the evil Sin. There, he meets and falls in love with Yuna, a summoner who’s on a journey to collect all of the summon creatures named Aeons in a bid to defeat Sin and take back the land as theirs. Tidus realizes there’s more than meets the eye with Yuna and that Sin itself may even be tied into the identity of his father. It’s a bit complicated, but absolutely a story well worth experiencing.

Final Fantasy X-2 takes place two years after Final Fantasy X concludes and is the first true and direct sequel to a Final Fantasy game. After the events of the first game, Yuna is now a treasure hunter rather than primarily a summoner, and is searching for spheres that could hold the key to finding Tidus once more. These emotional stories are some of the most painful and poignant of the entire series, and while Final Fantasy X-2 is initially a huge tonal shift, it’s just as solid as the entry before it.

Final Fantasy X/X-2 Remaster

As far as gameplay goes, both titles are essentially traditional turn-based RPGs with unique mechanics all their own. Final Fantasy X introduces the conditional turn-based battle system that allows you to swap out party members while fighting, and Final Fantasy X-2 harkens back to the series’ classic Job system from earlier games. You can use the Garment Grid to transform each character into different classes complete with new costumes. Paired with the Active Time Battle system, it offers a chaotic take on combat that lets you mount an offensive against the enemy when they least expect it.

Both are very different from top to bottom, with Final Fantasy X utilizing the Sphere Grid for characters to earn experience and learn new abilities, and Final Fantasy X-2 letting players gain new abilities and ability points to learn different ways to battle. Combined with a traditional leveling system, it all makes for an intriguing way to take on your enemies.

The games look absolutely fantastic, with high-definition polish that’ll catch your eye even if you played both when they first debuted. They both also include content that was previously found only in the international versions, such as the Expert Sphere Grid for Final Fantasy X and optional bosses as well as new mini-games and dresspheres for Final Fantasy X-2. Once you complete both games, you’ll also be treated to additional unlockable scenes.

This combination pack of both RPGs feels right at home on the Switch and is a great way to play through both, especially if you’ve never tried them before. For Final Fantasy fanatics and those who enjoy role playing, this is an excellent option and an absolute must-play on both counts.

publisher: Square Enix
developer: Square Enix
system(s): Switch (New)
available: Now
rating: T

This story appears in the October 2019 issue of Otaku USA Magazine. Click here to get a print copy.

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