Final fantasy is X/X-2 are 2 classic JRPG’s bundled together in this package and is available this month on PS NOW. The stories in this collection are very different because there are multiple games here, Final Fantasy X centers around a sports player known as Tidus whose world is turned upside down when his city is attacked by a giant monster called Sin. He washes up in a world he thinks is 1000 years into the future and starts traveling around the world with a summoner and her guardians with the intention of defeating Sin once and for all, the monster that tore him from his home.
Meanwhile, Final Fantasy X-2 is a little bit different as it takes place 2 years after the events of Final Fantasy X where the summoner Yuna runs away from home to become a sphere hunter chasing after something very dear to her that she found on a sphere that was given to her. The biggest differences in these stories are the writing and the character’s personalities. Final Fantasy X you’re doing a big epic conquest, save the world mission whereas X-2 is a lot less serious and much more lighthearted in Yuna’s little quest to find spheres.
They’re both pretty decent stories but X-2 definitely has a flaw in its writing as a lot of characters have really different personalities than they did in X especially Yuna and Rikku. There’s really just a lot of head-scratching and goofy banter where there shouldn’t be. I’m not saying it’s a terrible story it’s just very different. When it comes to gameplay Final Fantasy X and X-2 HD Remaster is a collection of 2 turn-based RPGs. Across both of these games, you are going to be trekking through dungeons and fighting monsters in turn-based combat.
First of all, this is the HD remaster so all of the international content for X and X-2 is included here. That includes the Dark Aeons in Final Fantasy X, the fiend arena and over 150 different playable characters in Final Fantasy X-2 plus the playable sequel to X-2 called The Last Mission as well as Final Fantasy X Will which is an audio drama that takes place after X-2 that was created for this HD collection. There are also some boosters and cheats like high-speed mode and auto-battle mode which help a lot with the overall grind.
Now in terms of progression Final Fantasy X and X-2 are a little different as X is a standard console RPG where you’re constantly moving from area to area pretty linear like fighting through battles and bosses to keep the story going forward. Until you get to the end of the game X doesn’t really offer a lot of side content or extra stuff you can do outside of the blitzball mini-game. X-2 on the other hand gives you access to pretty much every area in the game from the get-go with a literal mountain of side content that you can do anytime you want.
Outside of navigating through areas and doing combat, it isn’t really that different between the 2 games. You wonder through areas and pick up treasure as you go and you have random encounters where you do turn-based battles against enemies. Both of these games have the active time battle system and pretty much the same combat system even though they look and feel very different. Final Fantasy X has a more classic battle system where every action a character or enemy takes the other characters have to wait before they start their actions.
In Final Fantasy X-2 characters start moving and jumping in the moment you put in their command so you can easily have 2 characters jumping in and attacking an enemy at the same time. This also allows you to cancel out enemy actions if you attack them while they’re casting and it also feels a little different because of the extra features that one game has over the other. Final Fantasy X has an extensive party system where you can swap out party members anytime you want and each party member is strong against a certain enemy type.
Whereas X-2 has a job system and only 3 main party members outside of the fiend arena so if you want to exploit weaknesses in X-2 you have to use the dress sphere system to change your character’s job and change up their skills. The final difference in terms of combat is how new skills are learned and how you advance your stats. Final Fantasy X has a sphere system instead of a leveling system where you use spheres dropped by enemies to move your characters around on a grid and use the same spheres to teach them skills and increase their stats.
In X-2 you have a proper leveling system and getting new skills is just a matter of staying in a certain job or dress sphere and attacking enemies. No need to worry about where you’re going on a grid, just keep using that job in battle and you learn skills on your own. The party system is cool where you can constantly swap between each party member but it gets a little frustrating and long when you want to flee from battle. Instead of having your entire party flee at the same time, each individual character has to flee separately and this makes running away from battle in areas where you’re clearly outclassed very difficult.
When it comes to content in length there’s a lot of stuff here. Each of these games should take you at least 40 hours to go through and assuming you play both games you’ll easily get at least 70 to 80 hours out of it. Graphically these games look nice and smooth and there are no jagged edges anywhere. In terms of performance, I have no complaints as it never crashed on me, the frames never dropped and everything is optimized incredibly well. In conclusion, this collection brings a ton of content in one package that any Final Fantasy fan would enjoy.
Final Fantasy X/X-2 has been permanently added to the PS NOW service.
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remastered Edition brings these classic RPGs with updated visuals and a few additional features in one complete package that any Final Fantasy fan wouldn't want to miss out on.