Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster Improves Upon Both The Graphics And Music

By Ishaan . August 23, 2013 . 8:30am

Square Enix have shared a new video of Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster, comparing the PlayStation 2 version of the game to the HD remastered release. The video starts out with a look at visuals and music from the PS2 game, and then moves to HD footage with remastered music.



Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster is in development for the PlayStation 3. Meanwhile, the PlayStation Vita will get Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 as two separate remastered games. Square Enix have remastered more than 60 music tracks for the HD port.

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  • Jah-keem York

    Something about the remix feels off, I don’t know what it is. I’m not a nostalgia fag because I enjoyed with the Kingdom Hearts 1.5 tracks. But maybe it’s just me, I love everything else they did though <3

    • SunOatBoatMatadorQuattro

      I have similar feelings. My guess is that the battle theme is not supposed to be so dramatic as it is a normal battle theme.

  • NTaiyokun

    I think the original feels smoother and more “natural”. There’s an instrument or two that doesn’t belong.

    • Pdugna

      has guitar in the new one thats one of the instruments

      • zaidandzhadow

        what were they somiking

    • Albel

      Well, imo the new mix is pretty much what it is, a new mix following todays “standards”. It’s pretty obvious with how the hats are panned…

      • SunOatBoatMatadorQuattro

        I don’t know. Even Blinded by Light didn’t feel like this.

        • Albel

          Just listened to it on my monitors, can’t believe I missed this…what in the world have they done with the drums -_- There’s little to no bass left from the kicks, it’s just snares and hats now ~_~

          Explains how the new mix sounds so “thin”

          • JuhRo

            Yep.. caught it right away. There’s a WHOLE lot more punch to the original.. I’m thinking it was due to the drums and bass being some of the only actual instruments being played.. other tracks midi. The new version.. (I just jumped back and forth) the kick and bass guitar are the same levels… while everything else got boosted up.
            Also, the sound effects aren’t in that SD clip.. which help cover the “treble” sounds that are missing… but the HD version is very clash clash clash.

            But regardless.. hope the feedback reaches them and they fix it up for the console releases. It might just be the video itself. :)

    • Virevolte

      The new one is a little more intense. I prefer the original too, but I think it may be because I’m not accustomed to it yet.

      • zaidandzhadow

        no it really is because who would play bass and drums fighting on some plains.

    • Espoir

      Was going to rant at how people always hate new things and they should get over it until I actually heard it. Dear Jesus what is going on with S-E nowadays -_-

    • See? you say “Natural”. It is because you are just use to listen to that
      one while seeing those graphics. Anything even slightly different is
      going to sound “Unnatural” to you at first. Just wait for you to get use
      to the new one and then try to compare it with the old one…

  • 하세요

    Nice, I shall eagerly await to hear the rest of the tracks. I’m open to arranged music.

    • Me too, still have the original 4 cd set

  • Milla

    looks and sounds good to me… now gimme a release date, im hungry for it >_<

    • Guest

      See? you say “Natural”. It is because you are just use to listen to that one while seeing those graphics. Anything even slightly different is going to sound “Unnatural” to you at first. Just wait for you to get use to the new one and then try to compare it with the old one..

  • leingod

    That’s nice and all, but … RELEASE DATE.

  • Unlimax

    Good ~

    Have you guys tried FFX on PCSX2 with HLSL PCSX2 FX SHADER V1.1 *Drolls*

    • zaidandzhadow


  • The new battle theme sounds alright. I think I like the simplicity of the original more, though. But it doesn’t matter that much to me because I never cared for FFX’s battle theme anyways.

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Eh, the original is better overall but the new version sounds more “hype” if that makes sense.

  • 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 faithful 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.

    • Aoshi00

      Yeah, at first I was pretty excited they put so much effort into upgrading both the graphics and soundtrack, but after hearing this, I definitely prefer the original’s feel.. It would be great if S-E could include the option to play w/ the original or rearranged music, like the fighters or shmups. I’m even content just being able to play both X & X-2 again on a PS3 in widescreen w/ trophies :) I’m a big Uematsu fan too, this ver lost a little something of his it feels like..

      • Anime10121

        I’d love to be able to switch the OST’s, but I doubt they’d do it in X when they didnt in KH1.5…

        This theme absolutely sounds more Hamauzu than Uematsu, and you can tell how Uematsu’s influence/direction on the the original X made Hamauzu’s tracks better, as Hamauzu is a decent composer, but in terms of range, he is almost like Motoi Sakuraba to me (though just not as bad). Uematsu’s lack of influence in the new arrangements is showing without a doubt, and I’m not even a huge Uematsu fan (I like his music, but I do think FF is okay without him).

        But yeah, definitely looking forward to playing this, it looks vastly improved (well all except for the battle icons, I liked the old ones A LOT more).

  • LightZero

    I like the remix better then again I couldn’t had careless about the normal battle theme to begin with. I preferred the boss theme of Challenge anyway.

  • Espoir

    Can I just say the infused ‘metal’ guitar ruins it?

    • JuhRo

      I agree. The metal guitar adds unnecessary clutter in that Hz range that would normally be covered by the attack sounds anyways.

  • This isn’t “remastered” if I’m going to be pedantic about it, and I am. Mastering, in audio engineering, is a treatment intended to improve the sound of the final mix. The mix is equalized, compressed and often subjected to a bevy of other effects and tweaks to ready the recording for the public.

    When something is “remastered,” the process is repeated using the original mix. It’s generally done to popular songs to meet the standards of modern listening technology, e.g. an ipod rather than a transistor radio.

    These songs have been redone from the ground up. The only thing that appears to be the same is the score. The instruments are completely different. Nothing of the original recording remains, so no, it’s not a “remaster.”

    • alangato

      Exactly what I was going to say!!!
      It was basically re arranged with new instruments, but following the same line, the same score.

      • icedearthaholic

        Yup, you’re right, this is not a remaster, but a rearrangement, and I like it! The new version adds some guitar to it, I’m praying that 10-2’s music also gets the rearranged treatment as well.

        • Anime10121

          10-2’s already confirmed to not be getting redid, though they are gonna use the OST mp3’s instead of the original PS2 midi’s which will inturn sound a bit better than the original PS2 tracks.

          • icedearthaholic

            Oh dang, that’s a pity. If there’s one soundtrack that NEEDS a total overhaul, it is 10-2. The music for that game was just ten shades of bad for the most part. Very few good tracks that were even worth listening to outside of the game itself. Was hoping for the Hamauzu touch on that. Ah well, I’ll still play through regardless.

          • Anime10121

            I disagree, I liked X-2’s OST specifically because it WAS different, and stuff like Yuna’s Ballad and Memories of Lightwave are some amazing tracks. Also, Hamauzu didnt actually work on X-2, the two composers who did no longer work for SE.

          • icedearthaholic

            Eh, we’re all entitled to our opinions. Personally, I hated both vocal tracks in the game, they reminded me of the Spice Girls, and I still can’t stand them. Memories of Lightwaves was an okay track though, nice piano. The only tracks I truly liked were the darker pieces like Disquiet/Solitude (the Via Infinito theme), other than that though, it was so far behind the pale when it came to the music it wasn’t even funny.

          • Anime10121

            True, everyone’s got different tastes :)

            While I didnt care much for “Real Emotion”, I liked “1000 Words” well enough. But I really liked the stuff like Shuyin’s boss themes (all 3 of em, Destruction, Demise, and Struggle to the Death), Yuna’s ballad (which I mentioned above), 1000 Words piano version, Besaid’s theme was good too, oh and Under Bevelle.

            There were some really nice tracks among some meidocre tracks. I wont say its the best FFOST (its not by a long shot) but it was fresh enough for me to not discount it.

          • icedearthaholic

            Ha ha, I like this, you’re quite mature, it’s refreshing really. Anyway, that’s totally fine man. So long as you enjoyed it, that’s all that really counts. Personally, I look forward to the rearrangements myself. Loved the new take on the battle theme here.

    • tzui20

      the game itself is remastered – the soundtrack is just re-arranged

      • tzui20

        the british SE video is a bit more specific with the title:

      • Calling the game a “remaster” is just a weird appropriation of the audio term as games don’t get “mastered” in the first place, but that’s what everyone’s calling it so no big deal.

  • This is my favorite battle theme ever from final fantasy, and i dont think its completely ruined in the new mix. it just feels a little different. i could get used to the guitars. XD

  • K.PL

    I actually really enjoy the new version of it, I didn’t really care for the original version though. My only complaint would be the very start of it sounds a bit out of place and like you are playing two completely different songs at the same-time.

  • JustThisOne

    I like both of them, but I feel like there’s too much going on in the beginning on the new version. What I liked about the original was how the first ten seconds or so were quiet enough to amp up from that. In the new version it’s almost amped up the entire time. I feel like it just needs a bit of variety in that regard.

    Otherwise, the new versions pretty cool.

  • Omikuji

    I was sitting there listening to the first part thinking “Oh, this doesn’t sound bad at all I wonder what they did” because I didn’t realize it wasn’t the remaster (how I missed the paragraph blurb is beyond me). When the remastered pop’d up I almost jumped because it just sounds so… metalically? Like it’s being filtered through something very metal like for some reason. It didn’t feel necessary to add that in when compared to the original song.

    When it went into the rest of the song it was less busy and had that old version flare to it without being in the way, but goodness that beginning is a bit… busy with the remaster.

  • HerosLight

    The remastered version sounds nice.

    Hopefully you can pick what version you want to use in the game. I remember Final Fantasy 4 + After Years for PSP had this option.

  • NightzeroAX

    And still no release date…. yawn.

  • Barrylocke89

    I’m not feeling it yet. I appreciate that the effort they put into essentially redoing the music, but it feels almost too intense for a random battle theme. Almost like an “arranged version”.Usually arranged versions are fun to listen to on their own but they often sound odd to me in place of the original.

    I imagine that if I heard this one a few hundred times though (as one might if they got this game and completed it), I’d be used to it.

    • I agree that it feels a little more intense, or rather, it focused a little too much on the orchestral sounds. It’s not too bad though. I can only assume the remastered boss music will sound just about right.

      • Barrylocke89

        Yeah, I think that’s what I mean. It’s not BAD perse, but it sounds too…grand (with the orchestrated portions) for just random battles.

        If the game ever had a special portion where you have to fight random battles in a really tense situation (like maybe if you were fighting random monsters in a climactic important war battle, idk, I haven’t gotten very far in FF10), then this would be perfect for that. It’s random monsters, but the stakes are higher in terms of the story. I feel like random monsters that you’re slashing through on your way from point a to point b should get more low-key music, like how the original sounds.

        • Definitely. Dynamic music must be advocated, because changing the music depending on the situation is always the best.

    • JuhRo

      I personally thought the original was more intense.. had more punch..

  • JuhRo

    The game should allow us to switch between “retro” and “remastered”.

  • Eh, I can dig it.

  • fool

    Not sure why they took out all the battle sound effects on the PS2 part…it makes the remix sound even busier/louder

    But eh sure…

    I wonder who handled the new arrangements

    • Anime10121

      Hamauzu arranged the tracks, he was one of the original composers of X (though back then, he was just backup for Uematsu) and the main composer of the XIII series. Taking out the bass of the percussion instruments was a bad call…

  • -sees a million comments dissing the guitar, expects something really overbearing and intrusive- …’s… it’s background flavor, save a riff at the end that imo blends with things rather nicely. It sounds like a battle theme; most of the additions are in the background and are generally there to make the music sound more full. I can’t be upset about this.

    Also, listening to the PS2 FFX battle theme sort of just made me realize how impressive FFVI’s instrumentation was for its time, because there’s not a huge difference between the two…

  • icedearthaholic

    Call me nuts, but I like the way the re-arrangement (not calling it a remaster) sounds. Loved the added guitar, and I am sure the bass and drums will get evened out when we’re playing it on our TVs at home. Either way, the game looks awesome, I hope 10-2 gets a rearranged soundtrack as well.

  • Ethan_Twain

    That’s a bummer. The random battle theme in FF X DID pretty badly need remastering, it was divisive and the 50th time you hit a random battle in a sitting and heard that horn intro I think even the people who kinda liked it (one of which is me) started to find it grating.

    Unfortunately, this new version doesn’t really change anything of substance. Nobody who was annoyed by it before will be not annoyed by this version. People who liked it before, well, it’s the same track with some tiny tweaks to instrumentation.

    So rather than join the people in this comments section who like or dislike this change, I’d like to start the party of people who are disappointed that they didn’t dare change more.

  • eilegz

    i dont see the big improvement, but its ok if we dont see the jaggies i guess

  • Seraph

    I’m on the fence with this one. Parts of the remaster sounds really cool, but other parts feel out of place. I hope they have an option to switch between the remastered and original music.

    Now sorta wondering how ‘Challenge’ or the Seymour Omnis battle theme will sound.

  • Yan Zhao

    Im surprised they put in so much effort and even remastered the soundtrack. I wish the rest of these companies who does HD re-releases follow suit.

  • protofox

    please tell me i can switch to the original 2001 ost..i dislike this redone battle theme alot. the horns are far too high pitched compared to orginal.

  • Testsubject909

    But which version of the song Thousand Words are they going to use and more importantly which cinematic? Because there are two very different versions to Thousand Words.

    • Niermyico

      I personally hope they use the EN version of it. The scenes of Yuna turning into Lenne and the duet at the end make the overall cinematic more dynamic.

  • RichyGaming

    I guess I have bad taste.. because I liked it. It makes sense that people don’t like it because for the most part it’s so damn high pitched and loud like in the beginning. It’s not too bad for me though, because I haven’t touched this game in like, forever. So hearing hype instrument sounds doesn’t other me. Especially 2:55 to 3:20. Soo good lol

  • Demeanor

    Looking goood there! Now, broken record I know, but how about using that blasted second slot for Aeons Overdrive like you did with Valefor and give all the other Aeons a second ultimate? Pleeease!!! Love the new version of the battle theme, a lot more powerful!

  • Rocket D

    Damn, that was really refreshing and sounds nice. Whether a remaster or rearrange version of the original track it’s a nice add to the game. With HDed graphics, International content and arranged tracks this HD version is looking better and better.

    For those not too keen on the new sound I’m sure there will be an option for original tracks (unless it’s been stated otherwise in other released news I missed or they do not plan to remaster the originals) I really like the effort going into this HD and although there’s still no news of a release date yet it’s still guaranteed for this year compared to being pushed back from all these improvements. I can’t wait to see more!

  • bushin

    Just listened to that remastered theme about 5 times. Absolutely loved it! It makes it feel much more epic! And now every time I go into battle I’ll be hyped! Can’t wait to hear the rest. Also, it looks beautiful in HD. Seriously cant wait for this now!

  • Ali

    It’s been more then a decade, everyone fell in love with the original ost. Nothing is wrong with the new track, it’s different and it can’t replace the old but much loved original. The composers are professionals, let’s just wait, play and hear for ourselves before we jump to hasty decisions people!

  • WingsOfEternity

    I actually like the new rearranged battle theme, makes the battle seemed more intensified. On top of that I’m really digging that new touched up interface and models, almost looks like a completely new game.

  • Aqua King

    I keep seeing here that X and X-2 will be released on two separate Vita entries. Where has this been confirmed? Because I have not seen any information other than the PS3 version on other sites.

  • Trinity

    You know what I wish they’d release? A RELEASE DATE!

  • Oltheros

    I’ll just say it would be cool to get the Japanese VA. I know it won’t happen for these…but Square gave Japan “International” versions of these games way back like 10 years ago and I’m pretty sure they had the English VA.

    Why can’t we get the same treatment?

  • Isaac Newton

    Well kill if you want but the U.I. in the Remaster is really nice, simple and clean.
    Good stuff good stuff XD..

  • Charles

    Improved graphics? Yes. Music? No.

  • Bakuryukun

    I think they go a little bit too heavy on the guitar in the intro of the battle theme, other than that I think it’s pretty great so far.

  • Skye Johnson

    I hope SE does what the Persona 2: Innocent Sin for PSP did, and let us choose between the original tracks and the new ones. I’d have to hear more of the rearranged tracks to decide for sure, but it’d be nice to have the originals at hand.

  • Notquitesure?

    Original sounds much better having played ff 10

  • zaidandzhadow

    OMG one of my speakers was off so i just listened to the bass part and it sounds crappy but the two speakers on it sounds not that bad.

  • Reading comments at 1 in the morning is great. Loving it, as long as I can play my favourite game sooner, I’d be happy.

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