Comparing Final Fantasy X HD Remaster Tracks With Their Originals

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Songs Made Worse

“Battle Theme”

Remastered:

Original

Biggest offender, in my opinion, due to the sheer amount of times this song will play. Added instruments muddies up the track and removes the subtlety it once had.

“Besaid Island Theme”

Remastered:

Original

The arrangement replaces the melodic piano and inserts a lead violin instead. What was probably the most understated original track has become more grandiose, taking away what made it special.

Hopefully Lil B will stick to sampling the original track.

“Auron’s Theme”

Remastered:

Original

While the original wasn’t one of the better OST songs, what Junya Nakano did to this song was try to make it rougher and with more rock as a means of complementing Auron. The wailing guitar throughout is simply weird, as well.

“Chocobo Jam”

Remastered:

Original

The most annoying challenge in Final Fantasy X will receive an increasingly-agitating background song to accompany it in the HD remaster. This version of Chocobo Jam is decidedly more jazzy than the original, something I thought was nigh impossible. Trying to do too much with a song that is already flashy is a recipe for disaster.

“Challenge” 

Remastered:

Original

The build up to 1:10 amounted to nothing. Instruments were unnecessarily added to make it seem more edgy. The track didn’t flow. For a very special moment in Final Fantasy X in a huge boss battle, the remastered version does not do the original justice.

“Victory Fanfare”

Remastered:

Original

The opening to Victory Fanfare is a lot more complicated than it has to be. Seeing as that’s what players will hear 100% of the time after battle, it seems an odd choice to make it more complex than it has to be.