Face-Off: Final Fantasy X/X-2 Remaster on PS4

Digital Foundry:
With four versions of the Spira saga in circulation, the PS4 remaster adds a few crucial finishing touches to the existing remastering work. It doesn't match the generational leap in quality of the existing PS3 release, but the refinements are well-considered and it easily ranks as one of the best treatments of Square Enix's back catalogue seen to date. Effects are added, world detail is sparingly bolstered with higher-grade models and textures, but the real icing on the cake is in Final Fantasy X and X-2's aliasing-free 1080p presentation. Even though they each remain bound to 30fps, these two games have simply never looked better on a Sony console.

Add in cross-save compatibility with Vita and PS3 and a new option to run with the game's original soundtrack, this is without a doubt the definitive version. As one of Square Enix's first major in-house efforts on PS4, this shows an early confidence in the team's use of the hardware ahead of bigger titles. Putting its divisive character redesigns aside, there's also a modesty in its approach that honours the style of the original 2001 release - something we hope will carry forward in more remasters of its PS2-era classics.

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Ghost_of_Tsushima982d ago (Edited 982d ago )

Basically the PS4 version is PS3 version with AA. Just another way for Square Enix to make some extra cash.

vergilxx3982d ago

what did you expect ? this remaster took few years to come to ps3/vita and it took them about 3-4 months to put it on the ps4 it's straight port nothing more

Articuno76982d ago

AO inclusion and some character model revisions as well.

TBH I'm not sure why anyone would expect them to wholly remaster a game they just remastered. It's not like SE have suggested they were going to be doing that either.

Magicite982d ago

PS4 version looks much better than PS2 version and thats all that matters to me.

christian hour982d ago

The main reason I would buy this is the ability to switch to the original soundtrack. It was the main reason I avoided buying the ps3 remaster, the new arrangmenets for the music was horrible, almost as bad as the midi music for the original FFVII PC release (and its subsequent re-releases on pc over a decade later).

Also that RNG bug that seems to be present in the game, definitely not picking it up until thats fixed. Completely game breaking. I dunno where i'll find time to nab this between the witcher and what not on the horizon, but I will revisit Spira some day soon (It's been over 10 years since I last did :-/)

On a side note:

Remember those massive PC boxes the games used to come in? I still have mine for FFVII :D

NukaCola982d ago

Square not having cross buy is disgusting. I got the Vita version but since I have to rebuy if I want to play it on a different console, so there's zero chance in hell I'm giving them more money.

G3n3raL86982d ago

Also coming on PS5, in case someone missed X and X-2 on PS2, PS3, PSVita and PS4.

DxTrixterz982d ago (Edited 982d ago )

Talk about multi generation game.

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d_g982d ago (Edited 982d ago )

this not Remaster

it’s jsut PS3 port

DxTrixterz982d ago (Edited 982d ago )

Welcome to the new era of remasters.... REMASTERS of REMASTERS.

Sly-Lupin982d ago

A remaster is just a port with minor changes.... So yes, it is a remaster.

Mkai28982d ago

Remastered on PS4... What for?

ameliabaz982d ago

Am I the only one who misses the old faces? The new ones seem more cartoony and have less expression.

pasta_spice982d ago

Some are improved IMO, but others are definite downgrades. The one that stuck out to me was Seymour Guado's new look. I have no idea what Square were thinking when they changed his face to....this:

Sly-Lupin982d ago

It's the same face from two slightly different angles.... The only difference is the lighting and textures.

pasta_spice981d ago (Edited 981d ago )

Sly-Lupin: No, it's definitely a different face. Here are some comparison screenshots from the exact same cutscenes:

For some reason Square made his face really stylized and almost Kingdom Hearts-esque.

IMO it's a downgrade from his PS2 character model, and looks bizarre when you see him standing next to the more realistic NPCs who didn't get an overhaul.

DxTrixterz982d ago (Edited 982d ago )

Character faces look the best on PS2 especially Yuna. You can see emotion on them. On PS3 and PS4 all faces show no emotion whatsoever. They're all like Meh.

ameliabaz982d ago (Edited 982d ago )

I agree. I really loved Yuna's old face. It was so expressive and the detail was great (particularly in her eyes, eyelids, and eyebrows). All of FFX's character models were really impressive for a PS2 game.

But Yuna's new character model makes her look a bit too much like a generic anime girl with overly big eyes that are really dead and expressionless. It's a disappointing change, especially during emotional or serious scenes because the new character models don't convey the right amount of emotion. They just look blank instead.

DxTrixterz982d ago

Look up the laughing scene on PS2 and compare then to PS3 and PS4 and you'll see what I'm talking about.

christian hour982d ago

Yeah seriously, what happened to the faces?!!?

TricksterArrow982d ago

The face changes are such a turn off. There is a video on YouTube comparing a scene of Yuna with Lady Yunalesca on PS2 and PS3 and in the PS3 version she has no expression on her face whatsoever. It is so weird.

Plus, Tidus and his new look is very efiminate. Not that it would matter, but his original portrayal was more of a beach-boy rather than a guy who likes to put on make up, particularly white powder.

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