Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD

Another post / remaster to cover, but unlike some, we really don’t mind these happening. They bridge a gap between major releases and don’t actually stop progression. Anyway, I digress.

I reviewed the Vita release of Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD and pretty much enjoyed the experience, it is always good to go back to a game you played in your younger days and find out it still holds up today. However, I am not going to talk about that today, this is more a story of why I am grateful for the option of another port. If you want to find out what I think of the game click this link!

I am still playing Final Fantasy X on my Vita, I don’t play it for huge chunks of time, but I do like an hour or so every now and again, it is a bit of a safety net of a game for me at the moment. The thing I have to put up with now, as a father of an 8 year old, is everything I get, he wants, or at least shows interest in and this is certainly the case here.

He is mesmerised by the visuals in the cut scenes and wants to play along with me, however he doesn’t have his own Vita and I won’t let him touch mine, it is my precious! So having heard there was to be a PS4 port of the X/X-2 collection, we jumped at the chance to pick it up so we could share the experience properly on the big screen.

There is one thing I love about this port and it is the ability to import my Vita save data, which whilst only being a minor thing, means I can carry on where I left off and despite it not being a new thing, there is always that fear you need to jump through some hoops…I’m looking at you Borderlands: The Handsome Collection! But that isn’t the case here, the process is very user friendly.

Let me get back on point. As a family we rarely watch much TV, mainly because most of it is trash, so we get the stuff we want via Netflix and other such services, but also because we love playing games, so a game that can be very story heavy is a great way for us to sit as a family and enjoy some entertainment. Final Fantasy X/X-2 is a perfect game to allow us to do just that.

Despite firing up my save initially and playing a couple of hours, we decided instead we’d use the family profile on the PS4 and play it through together. Again an hour here, couple of hours there, fitting it in around our other activities (mostly down the ice rink for my son to do ice hockey training).

That’s the thing about the old style Final Fantasy games, you don’t need to dedicate 5-6 hours at a time, every single day to get the most from them, or to play them competently, it is easy to play, leave for a while then go back.

Despite an initial overload for this article, so we know enough had been played to write about it again, it will now be treated like a tradition weekly TV show, we’ll sit down one evening as a family, play for an hour (maybe two) and then move on until the next week. It is just great to be able to share these experiences with the ones that you love.

I am going to recommend this, but with a slight caveat. If you have played and are done with the Vita release, there isn’t really anything to push you to picking it up again, unless you are really sure you want to play it once more on another format. For everyone else, pick this up, enjoy and share the experience.

 

VERDICT: YAY

Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse

Not being familiar with the Shantae series I had only rudimentary knowledge that I’d picked up from friends deep into the pixel-art-power-up-hunting-platformer genre. Sounds like something I made up to avoid saying ‘Metroidvania’ but I assure you, it’s a real thing. *Cough*

Look, in all honesty this is barely a review. Gareth reviewed it on the Wii U and gave it an astronomical 9 out of 10, so for me to go over it all again and blurt out my incredulity at how this game got a 9 is pointless. It looks great with fabulous animation and art direction (even if the abundance of jiggling pixelly boobs is a bit disconcerting) and the soundtrack is also rad as fuck, but it has all the problems this type of game has, like massive gaps without a save point so when you die you’re doing a large section again. Of course, one man’s problems are another man’s boons.

Basically if you like pixel-art-power-up-hunting-platformers with a strong aesthetic and a decent challenge, you’ll enjoy Shantae. If you’ve played the previous Shantae games, I’m assured you’ll enjoy this one. Personally, I wouldn’t pay £15 for it but I’m one of those heathen bastards that prefers enjoying games than being punched in the bollocks by them.

VERDICT: YAY…We Think

Sure, if you like this sort of thing. Whatever, man. I’m not your mum. It’s your money.