Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster Gamescom trailer
posted on 08.23.13 at 08:32 AM EDT by (@salromano)
Video previews high-def visuals, new audio arrange.

Square Enix released a new trailer for Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster at Gamescom.

The clip compares the game’s previous standard-definition format to the new high-definition visuals, and offers a listen at the newly arranged audio tracks in battle.

Watch the footage below.

  • Locksus

    This looks (and sounds!) good, but I really hope they won’t mess around with To Zanarkand.

    • kenshee

      Really good point you make here, I too like that they’ve switched up the battle theme a bit, but to zanarkand was so well done and iconic to the game, I feel any change to it can’t be an improvement, not with the nostalgia and emotion attached to the current version.

      We can only hope they realize this and maybe make an optional version, but no forced remake.

      • Locksus

        Yep. I would also love it if I had the chance to switch between the original soundtrack and the new one. It would make both the people who like the original and the people who like the new soundtrack happy.

    • Zackasaur

      I doubt they will. To Zanarkand is perfect and simple. They’ll likely just re-record the track in much higher quality from a live pianist.

  • HitagiHanekawa

    The old battle theme was better D:

  • Elvick

    I don’t really like the new one that much, mostly just the start of it. I can get used to the rest, but we’ll always hear the start. So it’d have been nice to like that part.

    • Rydak

      Same here. When the original starts the notes sound more punchy, partly with the percussion. I like the new one, but yeah, the beginning of it doesn’t have as much pep when it starts.

  • Anime10121

    Well that was certainly… different. Don’t know if its because I’m more used to the originals, but I think I prefer the original more.

    I think they should have stuck with what they did to the KHHD OST, having it done with live instuments, but also keeping it faithf to its source.

    This battle theme takes a few too many liberties with the source and IMO changes the sound for the worse. Now it’s not bad by any stretch of the imagination, but I don’t think it’s achieving what Uematsus original score accomplished.

  • Sakurairo

    I actually really like the new battle theme, though I can understand why others are put off by it. Personally I’ve played this game so many times already that I’m kind of relieved that they’re mixing it up a bit. That said, if the rest of the soundtrack gets this much of a makeover it’d be nice of them to include an option to toggle the classic version instead, kind of like how GameFreak did in Pokemon HG/SS.

  • new_tradition

    I don’t hate it, but I’m not blown away or anything *shrugs*

  • LightGenx

    I have a feeling this will be pushed back to 2014 :/

  • kenshee

    I was honestly expecting it to be way worse (I always assume the worst) and completely ditching the … video-game style sounds? I don’t know what they’re called.

    But at least to my ears, it’s like they kept the original melody and threw some guitar over it, which improved it for me :)

    I’m really happy about that, as for example the kingdom hearts remade music has some pieces I found really missed some important parts of the music because they seemed afraid of sounding too video-gamey. (again, there’s probably an actual term for it, the ps2 equivalent of midi sounds, you know, computer generated stuff old school video games used to do crazy stuff with)

    As someone who likes emulators, I must say it seems the reverb effects on the ps2 must be something really hard to emulate and Square(-enix) seems to use a wide variety of methods to make one music track sound complete.
    I say this because I’ve found ff X’s battle theme in emulators to not work 100% while that same emulator barely has any other faults like it.
    Same can be said with crisis core, one of the current psp emulators has the basic sounds and music working very well, but you can distinctly notice some parts of the music still missing (I can at least).

    So maybe all of that is part of the reason SE’s HD remasters choose to go with remastered music? Not just to improve, but also simply because the sound chip on ps3 has no way to replicate the ps2’s unique sounds?
    (of course, using a recorded version of the ps2’s music should be simple enough and destroys my entire idea…)

    • Zackasaur

      A recorded version of the PS2’s music would be in much lower quality, though. The PS3 lets us use very high quality sound files. Surround sound!

      • kenshee

        I’ve never had the money to get a surround sound system, so I didn’t think of that ‘^^ (never actually experienced surround sound for that matter.)
        I use headphones 90% of the time so I don’t bother anyone in the house. (and because that beats the sound of old crummy speakers I have to connect through the headphone port in my tv to get any sound out of it, lol,)

        • Zackasaur

          Unless you’re using low quality headphones, you’ll still be able to notice that the new audio files are in higher quality. c: I often use headphones, as well.

  • Raiu

    I know some people hate this game because of Tidus but you can’t deny that FFX is one of the good entries in the series…. After that, it kinda went downhill for me…

    Love the music… My memories are coming back to me… ;_;

    • Zackasaur

      For me, it’s the best entry in the series.

      • Budgiecat

        FF VII & VIII were better

        • bloodiOS

          For me:
          1. VI
          2. X
          3. IX
          4. VII
          5. VIII

          • Elvick

            I like you. VI ftw.

            • Budgiecat

              As long as you guys don’t have XIII in your lists then you’re cool with me

              • Elvick

                I don’t. :P Personally hate it.

          • Nice Boat

            For me:
            1. X
            2. IV
            3. VII
            4. VI
            5. IX
            6. VIII

            • LordKaiser

              For me:
              1. VI
              2. VII
              3. IV
              4. X
              5. V
              6. IX

        • CaptainSatanica

          Agree with you on VIII my personal favorite

    • bloodiOS

      It’s the second best for me, after VI.

  • bloodiOS

    Well, I personally preferred the original piece, but that wasn’t as bad as I expected. I would still like an option to switch back to the original soundtracks. That aside, the remastered visual looks very good. On a side note, they should’ve shown Valefor using Energy Blast instead (cooler, stronger, better.)

  • PhoenixAutomatic~♪(๑ᴖ◡ᴖ๑)♪~

    Seriously, The game looks so much refined than ever, The graphics and the new battle theme as well! Everything’s Too Awesome!!

  • Rogerrmark

    I liked the newer version better,but the Internet doesn’t think the same,looks like.

  • Pyrofrost

    I’m looking forward to this, but I wish they would get on dating the Vita version.

    • Anime10121

      Dating ANY version.

      • Pyrofrost

        I thought they dated the PS3 version.

        • Anime10121

          Nope , they haven’t dated either yet, alls we got are “2013”.

          • Pyrofrost

            Ah, I see. thanks for the information.

            If they brought it in October or November, that would be great.

  • samsoja

    re-defined graphics , arranged music.. nice :D

  • Zancrow

    My body is ready!
    Some HD rereleases aren’t worth the money but SE are giving us something new with FFX/X-2 HD and KH 1.5 HD Remix.

  • Nice Boat

    Just give me a release date and I will be excited.

  • Budgiecat

    They shouldn’t have messed with Tidus face so much…..bad Botox surgery…

    • Zackasaur

      No, it looks way closer to the character art and CG scenes, now. This is how he was meant to look. Access to more polygons and better character modelling have given us a more “true” character model.

      • Budgiecat

        no it doesn’t. His eyes look glazed now like he’s been smokin too much herb and he has round pudgy pudge face. It looked especially weird in the beginning of the game when he’s fighting alongside Auron.

        And he still looks nothing like the FMV model (which looks Okinawan with a dye job and contacts). Still looks like a white guy.

        His original in game face wasn’t perfect, but there was a sort of whimsicality and depth to it that fit his goofy personality in the game while the new model makes him look like a lifeless mannequin.

        Personally I never really liked the FMV model that much anyway. I mean don’t get me wrong, the FM quality is outstanding but thats Square so it goes without saying but I felt they were trying too hard to look Asian when FF characters always have this ambigious race thing going on (save for the obvious ultra stereotyped Black characters) and if they couldn’t match it in game why even go that far. It was stupid imo. It mighta just been because Sakaguchi was hanging around Hawaii a bit too much at the time doing his surfing thing lol

        Plus, they still are using multiple character models which annoyed me the first time ; like why cant they just use one high quality model for the in game cutscenes, field exploration and battles? Especially now that its on PS3?

        Pretty sure if FF X has come out on PC, any modder worth their weight in megabytes could have done that. The stuff they’ve been able to pull of with FF VII PC has already been damn impressive.
        I mean, look at how impressive they’ve been able to mod RE4 PC so imagine what they could do with FF X PC

        • Rogerrmark

          Always thought I was the only one that though they looked like asians on the CGs,and caucasian on gameoverall,real-time cutscenes,etc. It was really strange.

  • fallen

    Man… Just goes to show — don’t mess with perfection. Uematsu’s original is utterly flawless. This new version had no chance to compete!

    That’s fine, though. I’ve been listening to the original for over ten years, so a new version is welcome either way. As long as you actually can revert to the old OST!

    Edit: I just read the comments and it turns out that literally everything I just said has already been said by someone else. Sorry for being redundant D:

    • LordKaiser

      Yup.. too bad the the Dark Mages disbanded or they would be re-doing these tracks.

  • disqus_rIjnBIKvqC

    the hd remake is a disgrace.the battle theme sucks,the input is bad,lot of stupid colors in,when are they realizing that hd remake is just a facelift of somethings,but they dont ever mess around with OST and what makes the original great.

    those who like the original ffx and buys the remake should be ashamed of theirselves.
    I have played ffx so many times,and I really love how it is..ITS PERFECT.I rather play original ffx then play the remake,I hope it flops so SE goes bankrupt.

    • SOLOmio

      Sorry! It’s a remaster not a remake!!!

    • LordKaiser

      Now you’re overreacting a lot.

      • disqus_rIjnBIKvqC

        and tell me,how is that overreacting?
        ffx is perfect the way it is.
        you can imagine if SE decided to do FF7 hd and when you see a trailer like this and you see that boss battle theme is changed,or aerith the theme or one winged angel theme is changed and other stuff.You dont mess with what that has made ffx a masterpiece.

        When people really love a game,they really dont want a remake of it,only some lifts in graphic so the details is a little bit better,not change ost and other stuff.

        • LordKaiser

          OST is often changed and redone as well. tale the Tales of Phantasia OST from Super Famicon and Playstation for example.

    • Nis750

      Good for you. I should be ashame of myself because i want to play a remastered version. You know a ps2 version exist

      • disqus_rIjnBIKvqC

        well,ofcourse I know,and its that said game I have come and love by all these years,but this is a sign that SE does crappy remaster,they shouldn’t design new things and replace it.

        this trailer comes to show that I wont getting the remake,some games should just be left alone,never to do remaster versions

        to be honest I really dont like SE anymore since they decided to not release on ps3 and rename it and move it to ps4 and quite possible a port when it has been promised for ps3 only for so so many years. I have given up on SE,only the older games are better ones.

        and you guys can vote my post down all you want really,ive been such a fan of SE for many years now and I got that right to express my opinion when other people do it.

  • Gojira Twit

    It sounds okay to me. Both versions have their good and bad points. I like that they changed the dinky trumpet sample but I don’t like the way the new one slurs together. The guitar addition sounds cool.

    As for the visuals, as long as the camera isn’t all jerky during cinematics anymore I’ll probably be fine with the new look.

    I’m interested in what they’ll do to the FFX-2 music. That can only get better, one would think.

  • SOLOmio

    i still think this should be a remake! Using the same sprite of Tidus and Yuna from dissidia and some adjustments, maintaining the same story line and would be awsome! Not [Perfect] like the original, but fun to play!
    Money to blow and it gets to their heads.

    • bloodiOS

      They’ve already wasted way too much money on Versus XIII (now XV), XIV, and the failure of an engine that is Crystal Tools to consider funding any potential remake.

      • SOLOmio

        I didn’t knew they in bad shape!! If so why do a remaster that wont be that profitable!?
        By the way cool icon of sonic!
        Do you read OnePunch-man?

        • bloodiOS

          They’re not in that bad a shape, just not in any position to spend money on remakes is all (since those cost a whole lot more to make in comparison to HD-remastering.) So, yeah, they just didn’t want to invest a significant amount of money into a remake that they’re not sure would be profitable. And yeah, One-Punch Man is awesome ;)

          • SOLOmio

            thanks for making it clear! KD
            I do hope they make an Anime of One Punch Man!

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  • SOLOmio

    if this goes more than 20$;£ or whatever currency for me i am out and i hope u guys enjoy it for me!!

  • Kobracon

    Srsly? THAT was what ppl are complaining about. Thats a pretty good addition to the song. The basic melody is still there, but updated a little with more stuff. If anything, it sounds more epic now. And I LOVE FFX btw and the Battle music is one of my all time faves.

  • Serovath

    still no release date? damn.

    • Jimmy Avila

      Supposedly December 31 of this year will be their release.

  • PrinceHeir

    i hope they have an option to use the original music :P

    getting both ENG/JPN versions :P