FFX-2's fast-paced job-switching system, meanwhile, is an entirely different beast that caters to those uninterested in the turn-based scene. This system, which lets you change your characters’ jobs mid-fight, offers an ideal way to find your own preferred playstyle, and playing the job you like best makes the frantically exciting battles all the more satisfying. The addition of two job classes--the previously Japan-exclusive luck-leaning Festivalist and hard-hitting Psychic--further increases Remaster's value.
The one significant addition to X-2's playbook--a monster-teammate mechanic similar to the one employed in FFXIII-2--doesn’t lend much to the original dynamic, and actually seems extraneous and out-of-place. The simplified single-character gameplay of Last Mission is also hit-or-miss, and may take some getting used to for players expecting something akin to the game that inspired it. For the most part, though, Remaster approaches X and X-2 by leaving well enough alone where it needs to.
Finally, you can hardly talk about a Final Fantasy game without mentioning the story and music, and the lack of changes to those deserves a collective sigh of relief. Often regarded as one of the strongest narratives in the series, the story of X doesn't need much reworking, and there's something to be said for letting a classic speak for itself. While some changes do arise with the addition of Last Mission and the new audio segments, they are bonuses that leave the source largely untouched. Yes, the infamous laughing scene still exists, and Tidus is still fairly whiny near the story's start, but the games’ most impactful moments have also gone unchanged, which is definitely good news. Couple that with the remastered musical stylings of Nobuo Uematsu, composer of some of the series’ best music, and the experience is just as good now as it was back then.
Remaster is less about rebuilding FFX|X-2 as it is putting on a fresh coat of paint. For X, it also means the various bits of added content--much of which is seeing first release in the West--has been consolidated in one place. While the effort does stumble in a few places, with some awkward visuals and carried-over issues from the originals, the integrity of these two classics totally holds up. Remaster strikes just the right balance between modernizing a classic series for new fans and honoring the experience of old-timers.