The Geeky: Final Fantasy X & X-2 HD Thoughts

Hello Ladies & Gents!
Yes, I am back with a new post and a new series as well. I would like to announce that “The Geeky” will be a weekly series that I have developed in hopes of branching out my blog to reflect who I am as a person: a lady infatuated with fashion, health, beauty, food, and everything geeky. With this change, I hope you all noticed the new menu and category names! I really love the new names but I would love to hear from you awesome readers!! I am also planning on updating my banner to something that is a bit more permanent and more simple but also reflects everything that I am doing on this blog.
Anyways, today is the first official post in “The Geeky” series! And I hope you can tell from the title what it is about…
imageYes! It is about one my favorite games/series: Final Fantasy X & X-2 HD Remastered! (Yes, I pre-ordered it…) For those of Β you who don’t know about the original FFX & X-2…let me do some introducing, yes?

Final Fantasy X is a role-playing game produced by Square (Now called Square Enix) that released in 2001. This was the first of the entire Final Fantasy series that featured voice acting which ultimately made it a breakthrough game. The story revolves around a young man named Tidus in his home of Zanarkand. After playing a blitzball match, his home is destroyed by Sin. He is then transported through time 1000 years and arrives in Spira. He then joins a young summoner, Yuna, on her pilgrimage to destroy Sin.
Final Fantasy X-2 was released two years after in 2003 and revolves around Yuna and her journey to find Tidus and prevent a war from breaking out between the Youth League and the New Yevon Party.
On September 13, 2011, Square Enix announced that Final Fantasy X would be remastered and re-released in high definition in celebration for the game’s Tenth Anniversary. Earlier this year, game footage was released as well as the announcement that Final Fantasy X-2 would be joining the re-release in celebration of it’s Tenth Anniversary this year.

So as you can see, this game is really a big deal! And for me, I have had high expectations since 2011 and even more so after seeing the Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer from E3 this year. So..what are my thoughts on the images, videos, and news so far?
image-1One thing I look forward to with the re-release is the graphics during the cut-scenes. I thought they were pretty fantastic in the original for its time…however we have progressed graphics wise, so after two years of reproduction, I expected a lot. Above we can see Tidus in the beginning cut-scene where the gang is sitting in the Zanarkand Ruins. I definitely notice a difference especially with the length of his face and the details of his hair.

Here we see the full SD VS HD Beginning Cut-Scene from FFX. Honestly, I love the added details of those clothing and hair. I kind of wished the characters weren’t as pale which is more noticeable when they zoom in on Tidus and Yuna. Overall, I guess since they are still making minor adjustments, it is better and something I can definitely deal with.
image-2Here is a shot of the other characters; Auron, Wakka, and Lulu. As you can see, the HD version definitely shows thinner characters with added details to their garments. Their accessories have much more depth than the standard photo which I find marvelous in itself. I feel that this is really the best picture to define the HD changes that have occurred.

Now, I have heard that they have remastered the music as well and so I did some looking on YouTube and found a comparison video of the battle theme used in the standard version and the HD version…

Honestly, I am really loving the orchestrated battle theme. It seems to make the battles more epic even though they can get super frustrating (especially with those stupid Tonberry guys) and it makes super anxious because now I want them to release a remastered soundtrack for both games. AHHHH! Square Enix what have you done to me? I am upset however because from what I’ve seen/heard…they are still using Jade from Sweetbox’s version of “real Emotion” and “1000 Words” for Final Fantasy X-2 rather than (my preference) Koda Kumi’s version. But hey, I’ll just buy the Japanese version like last time…*le sigh*
image-3 Another thing I have heard is that both games will have the international version for international release rather than strictly Japan. This means that Final Fantasy X will have new sphere grids (NO!), new aeon bosses (OK!), and possibly special features (I DON’T KNOW!). Final Fantasy X-2 will have new dress spheres (THEY’RE CUTE!), tweaks in gameplay (YAY!), and a final mission that occurs postscript (YAY!). I’m pretty sure this has been confirmed, but if it’s still a rumor please let me know!

With all that, I must say I do not regret pre-ordering the game. Had it just been me waiting two years for minor changes, I probably would not have even bothered and stuck with the original. BUT because the differences are quite extensive and with the international version being available worldwide and getting TWO GAMES FOR $40 along with an FFX & X-2 art book, I find it quite reasonable and well worth the wait. Release date wise, I’ve heard December 19th in Japan but no rumored date for US as of late.

So, I hope you all enjoyed this post. I am still kind of figuring out how to make “The Geeky” interesting and so on but please bare with me as I work out some kinks and really progress in the series. But I really had a lot of fun watching the videos, doing the research and everything! It is truly a blast to be doing these kind of posts! So let me know how I can improve if possible and be sure to comment below with any requests on geeky posts you’d like to see!

I hope you all had an amazing weekend and I hope you all have an amazing week as well! I am so happy to announce that before the end of the year, the SimplyTaylorRae YouTube channel will be up and running!! Why? Because I FINALLY HAVE A MACBOOK AIR! Yes!!! Actually let me explain; Anthony has listened to me complain about the limited capabilities of my HP laptop ever since I’ve had an HD video camera. I had no intention of asking him to buy me a laptop seeing as how he has an iMac that he RARELY uses, so I thought I would use that to edit and upload videos. WELL, Anthony surprised me on Saturday with a MacBook Air and I could not be more thankful. SO now, I can branch the website out to YouTube and produce videos that go along with STR posts. Thank you so much hubby for this amazing gift!! AHHHHH! Ok ok, have a fantastic week and always remember to Live. Laugh. Smile πŸ™‚
Thanks for Reading~! ❀
With Love,
Taylor Rae


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