The newly released Steam versions of Final Fantasy 10 and Final Fantasy 10-2 feature English and Japanese voice acting options, and a variety of subtitle options, but players are limited in how they can mix and match the game's text and voice — and that limitation isn't sitting well with Final Fantasy fans.
On Steam, Square Enix detailed audio and subtitle support for the Windows PC versions of Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remastered, saying that "all available languages will be playable in all territories." At the game's launch, players will have to select which voice option — Japanese or English — they want to listen to, and from there they'll have a handful of subtitle and text language options.
Players who opt to hear the game's Japanese voice acting will be offered game text in Japanese, Korean or Traditional Chinese. Those who prefer the game's English dialogue can choose text in English, French, Italian, German or Spanish.
Many Steam users have expressed dissatisfaction with those options, saying they want to listen to the games' original Japanese voice acting, but read subtitles and menus in any language. Square Enix says that's not possible, due to unspecified "technical reasons."
"We know a lot of you have been asking whether there are dual audio options but unfortunately due to technical reasons, we're not able to include dual audio in FFX|X-2 HD Remaster," the company said in an update posted to Steam.
PC players have already taken it upon themselves to address the issue. At least one mod, in the form of an unverified downloadable executable, has already been released that offers voice and text language options not supported by Square Enix.
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster - All News
Sunday - June 05, 2016
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD - X-2 Review @ FGE
Filmgamesetc has reviewed the PC-remastered version of Final Fantasy X-2:
A high definition remastered edition of Final Fantasy X-2 was recently released on Steam alongside its predecessor Final Fantasy X. The FFX-2 HD Remaster includes some new content, and a major graphics overhaul—the results of which are stunning. At the time of their releases, FFX and FFX-2 were two of the best-looking games ever produced for PS2, and a significant upgrade from the original 512×416 native resolution to HD resolution has brought these two stunners from the early 2000s into 2016 in style.
FFX-2 is almost nothing but open-ended exploring. The biggest problem with this game is that the jocular tone is at times pushed too far.... However, FFX-2 is a very solid entry in the Final Fantasy series, and the quality of this game is that much more impressive considering the risks it took. For those out there like me who never took a chance on this game when it came out, I’d strongly recommend giving it a try, especially if you’ve already bought the Remaster package. This oddball adventure is a different beast than most Final Fantasy games, but these differences are very refreshing.
Tuesday - May 24, 2016
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD - Job System Critique
Gamasutra has an interesting blog on Final Fantasy X2's job system and what it did right.
FFX-2 only has 3 character but it does the exact same thing. Instead of letting the player switch up which characters they were using it let them switch up what jobs those characters had.
Instead of "We need a healer, switch in Yuna" it is "We need a healer, switch Rikku's job to White Mage".
FFX-2 has ~20 jobs (depending on what you count as a job and what version of the game you are playing) and by having a lot of options available the game can push each option further apart mechanically and into their own special little niche. More jobs, more niches. And because of the mid fight adaptability that comes from letting them change jobs each job can be balanced based on situation usefulness and not on general viability.
In FFX everyone basically had their own job but they all existed on the same "Sphere Grid" and so were technically all able to learn all abilities. This makes each character much more adaptable (in an a-la cart sense) but it also means that every job has to share a basic mechanical vocabulary. Things like "Items" and "Attack" are things everyone needs to do becuase Lulu could, in theory, have a really strong attack even though her role in the party is that of a Black mage. So even if a character has a shitty attack that is basically pointless it still has to be there taking up space on the UI.
The job adaptability in FFX-2 though means we can drop things like basic attacks off of jobs like White/Black Mages. In FFX-2 if you are a mage and you want to "Attack" you have to change job which you easily can at any time. "Attack" on the various mage jobs is basically wasted UI space because of how weak those classes are physically.
Friday - May 20, 2016
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD - Reviews
The scores for the reviews of Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD are 7 and higher and here are a few:
The remakes of these two classic games was masterfully done. Square Enix is no stranger to remakes and upgrades but they have outdone themselves with this iteration of X / X-2. From the orchestrated score, to the increased polygon count and improved textures the game is atheistically better in every way. If you missed out on playing these games on the PS2 this new layer of polish on these classic gems will leave you unable to guess one is 14 years old this year.
So aside from some visual enhancements and the option to flit between OSTs, the game doesn’t really offer you anything you wouldn’t have had on the PS3/Vita. While it’s still an essential part of any JRPG fan’s collection, we recommend grabbing it on PS3/Vita instead.
Gaming Trend, 8.5
There's no point in trying to sum up Final Fantasy X or X-2's storyline beyond saying that it is every bit as incredible as you remember, cringeworthy laughing sequences and all. The PC version brings accessibility and graphical upgrades, as well as the promises of unofficial mod-based improvements. If this is your first time with Final Fantasy X, I envy you - it's a powerful journey that you won't soon forget.
PC Gamer, 8.5
This is a good value package, too. This remaster retailed for full price on PlayStation, and here we get them at a budget price, which is generous. There are some of signs of age on both games, particularly the random battles and voice-acting, but new players will still get a lot out of them if they can tolerate that. Spira is a wonderful world that’s well worth exploring, and X and X-2’s different approaches to combat systems are both deep and exciting. Now we’re just Final Fantasy XII and a couple of spin-offs away from having all the best moments of the series on PC.
With a clean, gorgeous new look, the Final Fantasy X games are good enough to hold up despite a number of surface elements not really aging well. So on one hand you’ve got a lot of game that’s still worth playing all these years later with a pleasant makeover for a solid price, but on the other hand Square Enix is still giving you functionally the same games from back when. A bit of effort in cleaning up some of the mechanical mess in these games could have made this pack an obligatory buy for a lot of folks, but instead the Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster box doesn’t feel like it’s going to do much to help bring new fans to the ancient series.
There are plenty more reviews out there, but you will get the gist of things from this somewhat random selection.
Friday - May 13, 2016
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD - Missing Dual Audio
The new Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD remake is missing some technical options fans were looking forward to, namely a dual audio option. Modders are already on the job.
Thursday - May 12, 2016
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD - Released
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remastered has been released on Steam today:
FINAL FANTASY X tells the story of a star blitzball player, Tidus, who journeys with a young and beautiful summoner named Yuna on her quest to save the world of Spira from an endless cycle of destruction wrought by the colossal menace Sin.
FINAL FANTASY X-2 returns to the world of Spira two years after the beginning of the Eternal Calm. Having been shown a mysterious but familiar image in a sphere, Yuna becomes a Sphere Hunter and along with her companions Rikku and Paine, embarks on a quest around the world to find the answers to the mystery within.
Based on the international versions of the games that were previously only released in Japan and Europe, FINAL FANTASY X/X-2 HD Remaster brings these timeless classics forward to the current generation of fans, old and new alike.
- Characters, monsters, and environments have been fine-tuned to HD detail, providing a richer, deeper FINAL FANTASY visual experience.
- Other features in the PC version include remastered/rearranged BGM,
- International Edition content,
- Auto-save and 5 game boosters including high speed and no encounter modes.