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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d_g1309d ago (Edited 1309d ago )

this not Remaster

it’s jsut PS3 port

DxTrixterz1309d ago (Edited 1309d ago )

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

Sly-Lupin1309d ago

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

Mkai281309d ago

Remastered on PS4... What for?

ameliabaz1309d ago

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

pasta_spice1309d 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-Lupin1309d ago

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

pasta_spice1308d ago (Edited 1308d 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.

DxTrixterz1309d ago (Edited 1309d 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.

ameliabaz1309d ago (Edited 1309d 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.

DxTrixterz1309d 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 hour1309d ago

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

TricksterArrow1309d 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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