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One of the best new "old" games released this year,
This review is from: Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (PS3) (Video Game)
So over the years, there have been countless numbers of games. Many - if we are honest....most - were of their time and today would be nearly unplayable, however this isn't the case for all of them.
Few should want to move a small blue blob pretending to be a hedgehog around a fuzzy basic landscape anymore, and we've all fallen asleep rescuing the princess by bouncing on mushrooms far too many times.
There are however some games, especially perhaps ones with strong stories, which richly deserve a re-release on current generation. A big problem with last generation is that it's almost incompatible with HD tv's, so it's not even as if we could just buy an old PS2 and hook it up, unless we had an old CRT tv in the loft.
This is where a HD re-release comes in, and the excitement upon finding FFX was due for release can't be understated. Maybe not least because FF15 doesn't have a definite release yet and will be on PS4 (Which is very early days and a bit niche still).
So about the game, well the restoration is a curious thing. Parts, especially the textures wouldn't be out of place in current generation, they're that good.
A problem with old PS2 games, is that they had that "PS2 SD look" about them. Hard to describe, but a bit washed out, slightly sepia and a bit smeared. This has resolved every bit of that. The colours jump out at you (cliche I know), the world is sharp and vivid, and I can vouch from a 55" screen there just aren't any faults at all.
Some characters - minor ones - have been hardly touched up, and their faces look like painted-on inflated paper bags with no depth or texture, but it's just the age of the game and doesn't "really" detract. Similarly movement is a tad basic, but hey. Oh and yes, the characters clothes look like cardboard cutouts, and a bit silly tbh, but again, it's a remaster not a remake.
Strangely enough perhaps, the best graphics are "in game", and not the cut scenes. Yes hair for example is a bit stiffer than very modern games, but not always, it still flows on occasion. Frankly a lot of care and work has been put into this, and compared to say Dragon Age PS3, this is very advanced.
The battle system yes is turn based, which some thing is a bit old hat, however I can see this coming back in some games. Unlike active battle, there's no chance of just spamming the x button (I'm looking at you FF13 lol), you are forced to have a strategy and have the time to work out your best approach.
Simply, this isn't an old game at all. If this was released for the first time today, eyebrows would be raised at some parts, but others would say it's reviving some old school classic techniques, and it's all the good for this.
If anyone has any doubts whether or not to buy, don't doubt, give it a go. Just never mind it's age, it still feels as fresh as a new release, and for the price, it's a complete bargain.
Besides, buy this and it might help other well deserving games to be upgraded