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Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster

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Classic RPG bundle hasn’t aged a bit; great value for teens.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Both games entertain via sensational, over-the-top fantasy combat. But that doesn't keep their sprawling and intricate narratives from exploring important questions to do with family, friendship forgiveness, and loyalty. They also touch on the schisms between religion and technology, faith and progress, though without drawing any firm conclusions. 

Positive role models

There is a wide range of personalities in both games, but all of the primary heroes are good people. Some are forced to deal with family issues, some experience grief, some wrestle with burdensome responsibilities. But they tend to do right in the end, and frequently try to help each other along the way. Just keep in mind that doing the right thing in a game like this often involves killing a whole bunch of fantastical foes.

Ease of play

These are complex games with combat and character growth systems that will take hours for new players to understand and master. Thankfully, new mechanics are introduced slowly via comprehensive tutorials. Attentive kids shouldn't have too much trouble getting into the swing of things.

Violence

Turn-based combat focuses mostly on a mix of melee and magical attacks. Characters either jump forward to swing a weapon or cast a spell that results in lights dancing across the screen. Characters stagger when struck, sometimes crying out. Injured characters appear hunched over and in pain. There's no blood or gore, save one non-interactive scene in which a few quick splashes spurt from a fiendish creature. A massive, town-destroying creature known as Sin often leaves lifeless bodies strewn in its wake.

Sex

Some female characters are dressed in skimpy clothes, including extremely short, frilly shorts and tops that expose deep cleavage. Final Fantasy X-2 has more scantily clad women than Final Fantasy X, as well as scenes in which the camera provides a view of women's underwear. One narrative event involves a lightly suggestive massage, but there is no sex or nudity. 

Language

Infrequent use of words including "hell," "damn," and "pissed."

Consumerism

These games are part of Square Enix's decades-old and extremely popular Final Fantasy franchise, which has spawned more than a dozen games and an almost endless supply of associated paraphernalia available for purchase online and in stores.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking isn't shown, but one character is described as an alcoholic who accidentally attacked an innocent animal in one of his drunken stupors.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster is a pairing of two classic role-playing games that were originally released over a decade ago. These complex and lengthy games feature plenty of over-the-top fantasy combat involving magic and swords, but stop short of showing any blood or gore during battle. Their protagonists -- there are several in both games -- are complex characters dealing with difficult problems, and they rely on one another for guidance, support, and help. Note that many of the female characters in both games wear revealing clothing, and that one scene involves a lightly suggestive massage.

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What's it about?

FINAL FANTASY X/X-2 HD REMASTER puts two classic Japanese role-playing games -- Final Fantasy X and its direct narrative sequel Final Fantasy X-2 -- in a single package, adding a light coat of modern graphical gloss to make them shine a bit brighter when played on modern consoles and HD televisions. The first game establishes the world of Spira, a planet in perpetual fear of a towering menace known as Sin. Players control a handful of heroes who band together with the goal of becoming powerful enough to put an end to Sin once and for all. The sequel picks up two years after events in the first game, with a company of female protagonists -- including some familiar faces -- exploring a world slowly recovering from a millennium spent living in fear of Sin. Both games feature a traditional but intricate turn-based combat system that evolves and grows more complex over time, with players earning more powerful abilities as they develop their party. Lengthy stretches of battle are punctuated by animated and voice acted story sequences that flesh out character histories while setting the table for potential conflicts between various factions. Combined, the two games deliver well over 100 hours of fantasy action.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Few works age well in the fast-paced, technology-driven medium of video games, but Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 are exceptions to the rule. Neither game is visually on par with more modern role-playing games, but they're by no means ugly. More importantly, their stories are just as compelling now as they were over a decade ago. From a sports star coming to terms with the lack of affection he received from his drunken father as a child to a young summoner shouldering the unbearable responsibility of being charged with saving the world, the games' characters earn our sympathy from the start and stay interesting throughout. But it's the battle system that's held up best over the years. Sophisticated and satisfying, it allows players to grow their characters as they like while forcing them to think strategically and make proper use of the many skills at their disposal -- especially during memorable boss fights. For players who've ever wondered what all the fuss is over Japanese role-playing games in general or Final Fantasy in particular, this is a great place to start.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the depiction of women in games. Many modern games take a more progressive view towards female characters than games from even a few years ago. What do you think prompted this? Is it because more women are making games, or that more female gamers are speaking out on the sort of characters they'd like to see?

  • Families can also discuss the impact of violence in media. Why do you think so many games attempt to entertain players with violence? Does excessive violence take away from or keep you from enjoying a game's story?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita
Subjects:Hobbies: collecting
Skills:Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, decision-making, strategy
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Square Enix
Release date:March 18, 2014
Genre:Role Playing
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Friendship
ESRB rating:T for Mild Blood, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence

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Teen, 13 years old Written bykooledud June 30, 2016

A Final Fantasy Masterpiece

This is a good Final Fantasy game. Violence: 3/5. It's not realistic, but some cutsense do have blood in it. The combat is very fun, and when a enemy is defeated, it just disappears. Swearing: 2/5. Damn, Ass, and Piss is used in X-2. X only uses Damn. Sex: 1/5. Kissing This is an awesome game. It's a must buy.
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