Final Fantasy 9 for Playstation
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  • The plot is neatly cut into several large arcs, each arc contained in a disk, leading up to one of the best climaxes, and one of the most feminine villains ever
  • They're all amazing and you find yourself crying along with them at the points where it's sad, and laughing when they're having fun
  • I found Final Fantasy 8 to be very complicated when I first played it, so seeing a return to form like this is actually preferable to me
  • Essentially, it is definitely one of the finest examples of a true RPG, in my opinion
  • The characters themselves actually have a lot of distinguishing features and they definitely look better than that masses of polygons that made up the characters in Final Fantasy 7

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      Final fantasy is, without a doubt, the unquestioned monarch of the RPG world. It saved it’s parent company, Squaresoft, from going bankrupt back during the days of the NES and has since been praised for its characters and unique gameplay elements that, at this point in time, have stretched to over twenty different games, and yes, I’m including spinoffs in that total. However, as good as the series is, there are still one or two games that everyone seems to be split down the middle about. There is no better example than Final Fantasy 9.

      Story: 9/10

      There’s really very little to hate about the story. It’s just as epic, character-driven, and humorous as ever, so why do people pan it all the time? The story centers around a thief named Zidane. Apart from having one of the coolest sounding names ever, he’s also really cool because he’s a far cry from the brooding, angsty anti-heroes we’d dealt with in the last few Final Fantasy installments, being more of a positive thinker and a fast-talking trickster. Anyway, the plot involves him and a bunch of his friends as they were hired to kidnap the princess of a kingdom known as Alexandria, known simply as Garnet.

      And that’s pretty much all I can tell you. Seriously, if you’ve played ANY of the Final Fantasy games as of late, you know that their narratives often start out simple and spiral out of control with twists, characters, betrayals, and everything else imaginable. Not to mention, this game spans four disks, FOUR PLAYSTATION DISKS! Now granted,


      the other two installments in the series were also contained on several disks, but this one deserves it. The plot is neatly cut into several large arcs, each arc contained in a disk, leading up to one of the best climaxes, and one of the most feminine villains ever.

      The roster of characters is also impressive, all of them having their own subplots, personalities, and problems to deal with through the entire game. You have the brooding Dragoon, Freya, the loyal captain of the guard, Steiner, the lonely summoner Eiko, and the living weapon mage, Vivi, among others. They’re all amazing and you find yourself crying along with them at the points where it’s sad, and laughing when they’re having fun. Not to mention, their reactions are priceless, especially the scenes involving Queena the Quan, who seems to only be in this game for comedic effect.

      Gameplay: 10/10

      One of the main reason that the game was so heavily criticized was that it went back to basics. Every character now has a permanent job that cannot be changed. The weapons and armor they equip determine which techniques that they can learn and use. But that’s the beauty of it. I found Final Fantasy 8 to be very complicated when I first played it, so seeing a return to form like this is actually preferable to me. It keeps the action combat gauges anyway, so what else could you want.

      You go through towns, talking to people, buying weapons and items, and looking for clues on what to do next. Essentially, it is definitely ...


      • one of the finest examples of a true RPG, in my opinion. The battles are random, aside from boss or scripted battles, and I have to say, the battles are not only intense, but pretty fun too. Every character has their own method of attack that makes them effective and ineffective in any given situation and you can half four of your eight warriors on the team at any time. Each of them has the usually attack, item, or flee commands, but they also have their own special battle abilities pertaining to their jobs. Garnet can use healing magic and later in the game, she learns to summon, Vivi uses black magics, Zidane can steal items form the enemies, and Queena can eat characters and learn special spells depending on who s/he eats.

        Some bosses and enemies have immunities to certain attacks, so you need to try and form your strategies around that. In short, it’s all amazing and feels really fluent. The puzzles in the game are also pretty intuitive and fun, but they aren’t so hard that they’re really annoying and don’t slow you down for very long. It all comes together in perfect unity.

        Graphics: 9/10

        The game looks amazing, even for playstation standards. I have no doubt that this game pushed the system to its limits. first of all, the FMV sequences, while not being too frequent, look good enough to be on a freaking PS2 game. The characters themselves actually have a lot of distinguishing features and they definitely look better than that masses of polygons that

        made up the characters in Final Fantasy 7.

        The backgrounds are also well done, especially the different towns and locations you go to. Granted, most of them happen to be pre-rendered environments, so it’s tough to enteract with anything, but why would you want to? You wouldn’t want to disturb the pristine beauty of these places. They are just that amazing.

        Sound and Music: 10/10

        Once again, you are astounded by the musical prowess this game demonstrates. Let’s just start right up with the music. They kept a redone version of the battle theme in this game, which really pumps you up for every fight you get into and the rest of the game doesn’t disappoint. I really can’t find a flaw anywhere in this entire game, other than the fact that the game itself didn’t come with a soundtrack included. Aside from that, the music is awesome, and I dare you to try and think otherwise.

        The same is true for the sounds, which I find much more pleasing to the ear than the past games, once again. It keeps the retro feel while still sounding more new-age for an updated world. It’s all amazing.

        Overall: 9/10

        This game did not receive the recognition that it deserved. Sure, it’s starting to gain some popularity now, but my point is, it should have had that popularity right from its release! It’s an amazing game, probably the best Final Fantasy on the Playstation, and has one of the most memorable cast of characters to ever be introduced to players. It, in a word, is a masterpiece.




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