Final Fantasy X HD PS4 Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on the PS4 version of Final Fantasy X HD by Square Enix. This review is part 1 in a review series for Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster for the PS4. The next part will focus on X-2 HD.
Disclaimer: I took the game out from my local library so I didn’t receive the game from the developers this time around. The review is mostly for fun and practice.
Final Fantasy X HD is a remastered release of the classic JRPG from 2001. It features HD textures, a remastered soundtrack, all of the International version content, a new UI and many other changes and improvements.
Final Fantasy X follows the story of a blitzball player named Tidus who is taken to the land of Spira by a large, whale-like, creature called Sin. Over the course of his journey he meets a wide variety of characters including Yuna, Wakka, Rikku, Auron, Kimahri, and Lulu. He eventually becomes the guardian of Yuna as she journey’s along her pilgrimage to fight and defeat Sin. A love story winds up brewing between Tidus and Yuna with Tidus learning the ultimate truth about the final Aeon.
The story is filled with a host of interesting characters and it also features one of gaming’s best love stories to boot. The game is also among my favorite games in the Final Fantasy franchise and I’ve beaten it about 5 times since it’s initial release. It’ll always remain a favorite of mine though and I highly recommend it to any fans of JRPG’s. Just watch out for the really awkward laughing scene.
The sphere grid is actually my favorite level up system in all of the Final Fantasy games. It revolves around the use of sphere’s to activate nodes on a grid. This allows you to increase stats and learn new abilities. The expert sphere grid is a bit tougher to figure out than the original one and it does make the game a bit more challenging as well. Each character has their own respective paths in the sphere grid, except for Kimahri, he can learn anyone’s abilities since he starts in the middle of the board.
Combat in Final Fantasy X utilizes the traditional active-time battle system that was utilized through many of the classic Final Fantasy games. This was also among the last in the series to utilize the traditional style of play. The game features a strength and weakness system for enemies. Certain characters are stronger against specific enemies than others. Utilizing a character that’s strong against an enemy will usually result in a 1 hit kill, so long as you’re strong enough. There’s also the overdrive system that you can utilize as well. When an orange bar fills up you’ll be able to perform a powerful attack on the enemy. There are numerous overdrive abilities to learn but they’re learned automatically.
You can also upgrade weapons and armor with the construction feature. This unlocks as soon as Rikku joins your party. Another upgrade system can be used for Aeon’s as well. This feature allows you to use item so your Aeon’s can learn new abilities.
Overall, Final Fantasy X HD is a pretty amazing game and it’s impressive what they were able to do with an old PS2 game. The textures look crisp, the music is still amazing and the story is highly enjoyable. This game will always be a favorite of mine and I can’t recommend it enough.
Thanks for taking the time to read the review folks. I’ll be back with my next review soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
Shaun Meyers out!