All right, this is big, you guys. Seriously. Did anyone know that Lulu actually had cornrows this entire time?! I mean if she didn’t already look intimidating enough, this is just Overkill (So punny).
In all seriousness, the high-definition remaster of Final Fantasy X is looking fantastic. While there are still no screenshots of Final Fantasy X-2 in HD yet, if the FFX pictures are any indication, they
are also bound to be gorgeous. The revamped graphics really do make a significant improvement; they’re really taking advantage of the PlayStation 3 and VITA’s texture capabilities to unveil what couldn’t be rendered as clearly before, such as Lulu’s cornrows. That’s imperative to the plot, you know. Hit the jump to read more about what just what the HD package will bring.
Silliness aside, there really is a huge difference in the level and character design. Protagonist Tidus’ hair has been trimmed a little to look less like a bad Meg Ryan hairstyle and Wakka looks a little skinnier, but face models have only been improved. While Tidus looks a bit more threatening, it’ll only prove to be more awkward once the game graces you with the “laughing” scene IN HD. You know the one.
As I briefly mentioned, Final Fantasy X-2 has been included in the package. Some people are uncomfortable about the style of Charlie’s Angels meets Sailor Moon that encompassed a lot of X-2, but I thought it was a wonderfully entertaining game anyway. Plus, the dressphere transformations are sure to look absolutely stunning with the new graphical overhaul.
Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster will also finally bring the International Edition releases of each game to North America for the first time ever. Final Fantasy X International brought small changes to scenes and dialogue, included Dark Aeons, and threw new punishing superbosses into the mix, including Penance. Final Fantasy X-2 International + Last Mission added tweaks to the general gameplay, graphics, and dialogue as well. Also, three new dresspheres, new Garment Grids, and the Creature Create system were added to top it all off. If that’s not enough, you can also recruit and train over 150 non-playable characters as party members in battle, including characters from the first game, such as Tidus, Seymour, Auron, Kimahri, Lulu, Lulu’s cornrows, 50 Cent, Lil Kim, and more. However, it is still unknown if the separate mode Last Mission will be included in this HD remaster. Also, I am a liar; 50 Cent and Lil Kim are not actually characters in this game, unfortunately.
This all appears to be an excellent package for both veterans and newcomers to the series. If there will ever be a time to experience Final Fantasy X and X-2, this is it, and old fans will also find new content to divulge in. There’s a lot to love here, any which way you look at it. Just don’t look at Lulu the wrong way.
Below are the latest screenshots released by Square-Enix. You can look forward to the official trailer for Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster going live on March 25th!