Libra: Final Fantasy X HD Remaster (Switch)
Libra is a series which provides first impressions of games before their full review. These are generally spoiler free, however some base plot points – as well as some mechanic/system reveals – could lurk ahead.
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remastered features the legendary original PS2 RPG along with its sequel, complete with updated graphics and a couple of tweaks to the in-game systems, such as the ability to “quick heal” the entire party. Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD presents the player with an incredibly resonating story of love, friendship, hardships, and responsibility, but this first impressions article will only cover the first game, Final Fantasy X. Battles are turned based, with an innovative ability to switch party members on-the-fly with a touch of a button. Progress your party’s skill sets and battle prowess through the unique “sphere grid” system.
Star athlete Tidus has his world flipped upside down (literally) when his home town is attacked by an entity that is only referred to as “Sin”. Afterwards, Tidus sets out on an engrossing adventure to gather friends and allies to stop Sin and save the world of Spira, however doing so will come with a price. What will Tidus discover about his long lost dad that abandoned him years ago? What will become of his loved ones? What will he learn about himself in the process?
- Final Fantasy X has aged incredibly well. The battle system is still as smooth as ever, and this remaster even includes some streamlined options for healing and progressing that weren’t included in the original release.
- Environments have been graphically updated and truly “pop” with color. It’s fitting that the underlying influence of this game is water, because water is especially detailed in-game, as well as in CG scenes.
- Loading times are, thankfully, all but gone in this remaster. The transition from battle to environment is quick and smooth, and the transitions in and out of CG scenes are as seamless as possible.
- Final Fantasy X already sported a fantastic soundtrack, but the new “arranged” soundtrack option has only added to that base quality thus far.
- Unfortunately, the character sprites haven’t received as much “HD” attention as other assets, looking rather fuzzy around the edges – and even blocky – at times.
If you’re thinking of jumping in to the Switch remaster of FFX, you’re making a good decision. Visit again soon to see how the entire game fares, when my full review is available right here on SwitchRPG.com!