It’s been a long time, old friend. It’s time to return to Spira with the last proper Final Fantasy game – Final Fantasy X.
Let’s be honest – we’re all waiting for the Final Fantasy VII remaster – we know it’s coming to the PS4 and soon, we just don’t know exactly when. In the meantime then we’ll head back to Spira with Final Fantasy X, and try to destroy Sin with Tidas, Yuna and the crew.
Final Fantasy X was a pretty game when it was released on the PS2 in 2001. A colourful and vibrant experience, reminiscent of the forest and seaside locales of Chrono Trigger on PS1, and while we’re not sure if the graphical experience will be improved (or simply upscaled for the PS4) the Nobuo Uematsu and friends soundtrack has been fully remastered. If you’re a stickler for the original though, you can switch between the original and remastered soundtracks at any time.
Other neat features for Final Fantasy X include cross-save between the PS4 and (earlier) PS3 re-releases, and the addition of Remote Play. Now you can take your Final Fantasy X experience onto PS Vita, or compatible Android devices.
Being the first in the series to drop the scaled-down world map, Final Fantasy X was perhaps the beginning of the end for the series as we know it. It was the last title in the series to retain a proper hands-on combat system though – before the online shenanigans of XI and IV and the fully-automated interactive movie nonsense of XII and XIII – so Spira is a land well-worth revisiting. You can pick up a lovely limited edition of Final Fantasy X from Amazon here, and for your enjoyment, here’s a trailer:
Oh, and the bundle also includes Final Fantasy X-2. But nobody’s interested in that.