So I mentioned a little while ago that Final Fantasy X was my much beloved, very first RPG, instrumental in setting me on the path to the gamer I am today.
Well, guess what I just preordered?
I am excited about getting my hands on some shiny limited edition art book packaging, too. The world of Spira is a particularly beautiful one in the Final Fantasy canon, so the artbook should be a very pretty read.
I considered getting the collector’s edition, I really did.
Because, of any game, I ought to own the collector’s edition of my FIRST RPG, right? Well, not for $80. The standard edition of the game, which comes with a small version of the artbook, retails for half that price. I don’t feel like a larger artbook, five lithographs which I would have to frame, and a Blu-Ray soundtrack are worth $40. Especially that damn Blu-Ray soundtrack. It’s apparently got a visual component to it, showing cut scenes and concept art while the soundtrack plays. I love video game soundtracks, but I’m not going to put a 6 hour soundtrack on my TV and watch it. It comes with some sort of download voucher to get the .mp3 files, but then I’d have to burn them to a CD if I wanted to play them in my car.
I don’t know, it’s just kind of a disappointing collector’s edition. I would have liked a Yuna figure or something similar to justify the $80 price tag.
But I am excited to finally get my hands on the international version of the games! Japan and Europe got FFX International, which has extra bosses and a new expert Sphere Grid option that apparently allows easier access to abilities but fewer stat bumps. Also included in the International version of the game is an epilogue called Eternal Calm, a mini-movie meant to bridge the gap between FFX and X-2. I watched Eternal Calm on Youtube at one point, but I am excited to see it in HD.
X-2 International, which was released only in Japan, has more changes. There are two additional dressspheres (yay, more dress up!), new garment grids, changes in dialogue, some kind of monster arena where you can capture monsters and NPCs and use them in battle somehow, and, most excitingly, an entire new chapter of gameplay called Last Mission.
Also included on the disc is Final Fantasy X -Will-, an audio drama that apparently takes place one year after the events of X-2. I remember reading somewhere that the contents of the audio drama will change depending on what ending you get in X-2, but now I can’t find that, so maybe it was just a formless internet rumor. Either way! New FFX plot? Yes, please!
I have to say, I am looking forward to playing these games again. It will be exciting to see all the new content, but I really like the idea of revisiting some of my favorite characters. I do wish that Squeenix had decided to give players the option to use the Japanese voice track, though. The English dub of this game…it’s not great. And I’m betting that it has not aged well. Final Fantasy X was one of the really early fully voice acted games, so it had a lot of novelty on its side when it was first released. You could forgive some of the wooden acting, the whiny, constantly yelling voice of Tidus, the terrible forced laughter. Now, especially after playing Ni No Kuni? There will be many cringe-worthy moments, I am sure. I’ve heard bits of the Japanese voice track – it’s really good. It seems like that would have been a really simple and much-appreciated addition to the HD remaster, so I’m slightly puzzled as to why Squeenix didn’t elect to include it.
The game hits on Tuesday, so less than a week til I get my hands on shiny, sort of new Squeenix goodness.
Of course, playing these games again means I’ll have to play more goddamn blitzball.
Sigh. Fucking blitzball.
Too bad the international version of the game couldn’t have included a mini-game that doesn’t suck.