^ I was only jesting anyway~
Deciding to play the first hour or so of the original last night was one of my rare good ideas. The differences immediately blew me away. This is hands down the most gorgeous HD remaster I've seen yet. I'm absolutely in love with the new AI, and the music is all pretty good (except when they overdo the instrumentation, like with the victory theme). The expert sphere grid combined with how long ago I last played the game kind of makes this a little bit of a new experience for me. When browsing the grid, I had to wonder if some of the abilities were new to the International Edition or if I just don't remember them because they were hardly put to use.
There are a few minor issues I have with the game. First, saving defaults to a new save file. I didn't like this about the original Final Fantasy XIII either. If I'm tired and looking for a save point, I'll just button mash my way through and end up with way more save files than I want or need. Secondly, Tidus' new douse of Mako is a bit distracting, especially in close-up cutscenes. And last, the volume difference between in-game cutscenes and rendered ones is much bigger.
When starting the game, I recommend just taking a moment to appreciate the amazing backgrounds in Zanarkand. Holy wow is this game beautiful.