First and foremost before I begin this review, I finally won the first blitzball game! It’s only taken me almost 10 years, apparently the secret to it is to give up all hope of ever winning, completely ignore the match, and browse tumblr while pressing X occasionally. Blitzball aside, this is an excellent remaster of an excellent game, my complaints are minor and I’ve been having a lot of fun playing through it again.
The graphical enhancements made to this game are excellent, even on the Vita version, for the most part gone are the sudden ethnicity changes from gameplay to FMV, and the environments are even prettier than before. The character models for the main cast have been greatly improved, which is both a good and bad thing, as with updated models you can see a great many details of their designs which weren’t previously obvious. The downside however, is that because they are so greatly improved, the scenes which involve the less updated minor characters can end up looking quite strange due to the rather large contrast in models. Aside from that, the inclusion of a quick heal function and the option for shorter summoning scenes were nice little surprises. Another good thing this game does, though not really applicable to me or anyone else in the PAL region, is that it includes the additional content from the international version, which is great for those who have never had the chance to play it.
I have very little to say in terms of negative things about this game, but, possibly the worst thing to included in the remaster would be the bonus audio drama, if you’ve got the game and haven’t listened to it yet, do yourself a favour and don’t. It’s bad fanfiction levels of bad, half an hour of your life you won’t get back, that ignores pretty much all pre-established characterisation and introduces some horrendously stereotypical new characters, the only positive thing I have to say about it was that the voice acting was decent. Aside from that the rest of my complaints about the game are very minor, there are some small graphical glitches, and occasional frame rate drops, neither of which affect the gameplay, making them only minor annoyances, the only other negative thing I have to say about the game is that I wish they had included an option to skip scenes.
I was very fond of the soundtrack in the original release of the game, and when I heard it was being remastered for this one I was somewhat concerned. Fortunately, while the remastered soundtrack doesn’t quite live up to the old one, it is still very good, excluding some of the battle themes.
If you never played Final Fantasy X, or even if you have, and have access to a Playstation 3 or Vita, I would definitely recommend picking this game up, I’d even go as far as to say that it’s a must have game for either system. Thanks for reading.