Friday, April 18, 2014

Welcome to Rated B For Blog!

Welcome to Rated B For Blog! I've decided to give writing a blog about video games a try, and I hope that people will enjoy what I post here. Here at Rated B For Blog, a wide variety of content will be available for your reading pleasure. From news, to reviews, and even videos in the near future. Occasionally I'll do some editorials as well to mix things up. So for the very first post on this blog, let's talk about Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster.

These games were released a month ago for the Playstation 3 and Playstation Vita. Square Enix has proved that they can do a spectacular HD remaster of older games when they released Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix back in 2013. Going into 2014, Square Enix has done it again with Final Fantasy X and its sequel X-2. I plan on doing a review for both games in the near future.

Currently I am playing Final Fantasy X-2. I beat X a few weeks ago, but then put X-2 on the back burner for a little bit. Now I've gotten back into it and have reached the end of Chapter 1 and I can honestly say that I am hooked on X-2 once again. I remember playing it through quite a few times on the Playstation 2 back in the day. With the updated graphics and new content from the International release of the game, the game feels brand new. I'm also looking forward to checking out Last Mission, which is included in the collection. I saw the cut scenes for it back when it was a Japan only release, and I honestly thought I'd never get a chance to play it. So once I beat X-2 I'll be checking that out.

Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix aside, I do wonder if Square Enix will do other HD Remasters in the future. If anyone can do them right, Square certainly can. Although as far as Remasters go, I suspect that the only one that would be easier to do would be Final Fantasy XII as that would likely just require them to update the graphics. Any other game before that and Final Fantasy X would require a significant amount of time and money to remaster, especially games like Final Fantasy VII. Odds are they would have to remake those games from scratch, and that would require a lot of time and money. While this would make Final Fantasy VII fans happy, it would also potentially put Square Enix in some serious financial trouble if not enough copies of the game are sold. From a business standpoint, Square wants to play it safe and I don't blame them for that.

Remastered versions of some of their classics are fine, but I personally would want them to use the development time for new games rather than taking a risk with Final Fantasy VII. However, we will just have to wait and see if Square will do more HD Remasters in the future.

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