‘Final Fantasy X/X-2: HD Remaster’ On PC: Features, Visuals, & More

Bryan Star - Author

May 15 2016, Updated 11:19 a.m. ET

Fans of the Final Fantasy series are in for a treat.

Final Fantasy X/X-2: HD Remaster was released for PC on May 12, just a few days ago. It retails at $29.99, though there is a discounted price available on Steam for $23.99 until after May 19. The game’s first story takes place in Spira, the world introduced through the eyes of protagonist Tidus and his friends. It is up to them to save the world from Sin, the antagonist, and also from those who hold dark ambitions beyond what lies on the surface. If you have never played the game (or even if you have), this is the perfect time for a first playthrough or to relive the magic of one of Square Enix’s adventures. The story after, X-2, continues where the first leaves off and expands on its ending.

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The original release of Final Fantasy X was on December 17, 2001. The PlayStation 2 was its original home, but the game has since then been ported over to PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita. Its playable sequel, Final Fantasy X-2, was released on November 18, 2003. The latter versions feature enhanced graphics and other features, and the PC version is following in that tradition.

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According to PC Invasion, the PC version of Final Fantasy X/X-2: HD Remasterhas many features that were added in that differ from the others. The most notable of the changes is the PC’s ability to increase technical capability. The PS3 and Vita remakes have better resolutions, able to perform in HD. To accentuate this, the PS4 version smooths out the textures and gives Tidus and friends a visual overhaul. The PC version has been redesigned with the environment enhanced; the textures are even smoother, and character models have been updated and changed to give them a better plethora of facial expressions.

If you’re not a fan of the visual, Final Fantasy X/X-2: HD Remaster for PC also delivers multiple boosts that will be available to players. Players will have the option to get all items, unlock all skills, maximize their gil (the currency of Final Fantasy X/X-2), have battles conducted automatically by AI (the computer does the legwork), speed up gameplay, and override enemy encounters to increase or decrease the amount of battles that players engage in. The game will even include new skills that were in the International release version of Final Fantasy X, which differs from the original in that there is more content.

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Final Fantasy X/X-2: HD Remaster also gives players the ability to change the language setting. It was noted that one could not mix and match Japanese and English in terms of subtitles and character voices, but PC Gamer reports that there are mods available for those who want to change this option. The overall download size of the game is around 40 GB. That’s quite large for a download, but the features and ability to change so many technical aspects of Final Fantasy X/X-2: HD Remaster is quite evident. Part of the download size also includes Final Fantasy X: Eternal Calm, a cinematic cutscene sequel that links both Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2.

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Some would consider frame rate the only downside of Final Fantasy X/X-2: HD Remaster for the PC. PC Invasion reports that the game runs at a consistent 30 frames per second. While many games run at 60 frames with current generation consoles, this Final Fantasy game was originally built for the PlayStation 2. With that in mind, some would say that it was to be expected that the PC version would also run at 30 frames. Currently, no report suggests that a higher rate has been achieved. Of course, this is subject to change. It has been tweeted that a 60 frames per second mod is being worked on.

All things considered, this Final Fantasy X release for the PC looks quite promising. Whether you’re saving the world or playing Blitzball, the game’s action-packed sports minigame, Final Fantasy X/X-2: HD Remaster has quite a bit to offer to new and old players alike.

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