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Final Fantasy IX

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PS Vita
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2.8
PSP
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4.0
PlayStation 3
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4.1
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Description

Final Fantasy IX tells the story of Zidane, the member of a team of theater actors who also happen to be a gang of thieves, and Garnet, the princess of Alexandria. Zidane and his buddies first plan to kidnap Garnet from her mother's palace. But shortly after the kidnapping, they realize the queen of Alexandria is up to something evil. Zidane, the princess, and other characters they encounter on their journey decide to join forces and to find out what can possibly drive the queen to commit her cruel deeds.

The game's visual style is similar to the previous entry in the Final Fantasy series, with 3D character models, world map, and battle stages, pre-rendered backgrounds in individual locations, and CG cutscenes that advance the story. However, from the point of view of overall atmosphere and gameplay, the game tends to resemble older installments more. Like in Final Fantasy IV, each character belongs to a specific class (e.g. thief, black mage, summoner, etc.) which cannot be changed, having his or her own unique abilities. Combat utilizes the series' trademark ATB (active-time battle) system. Battles allow participation of four player-controlled characters. The player is able to choose these from a larger amount of available characters during later parts of the game.

Character abilities (magic spells, immunity to certain status changes, etc.) are contained within weapons and armor. Each of these allows the player to learn one or more abilities by equipping the item on a character and continuously participating in battles. Ability points are awarded after battles along with experience points, gradually filling the ability bar of the equipped part. Once the bar is full, the ability can be used by the character even after the equipment that allowed him or her to learn it has been removed.

The card mini-game from the previous installment is now called Tetra Master, and is featured more prominently. Cards are now placed on a 4x4 grid, and can attack other cards on diagonals as well as cardinal directions. Cards no longer have set stats, and instead have a range of values and arrow positions, making every card unique. Regional rule variations are gone, but at the start of every match one to five positions on the grid will be blacked out, changing the player's offensive and defensive strategies with every game.

Screenshots

Final Fantasy IX PlayStation Battle
Final Fantasy IX PlayStation Main menu
Final Fantasy IX PlayStation Checking your cards inventory
Final Fantasy IX PlayStation Once you gain a certain type of chocobo, crossing mountains won't be a problem

Alternate Titles

  • "最终幻想9" -- Chinese spelling (traditional & simplified)
  • "Zui Zhong Huanxiang 9" -- Chinese title
  • "Finalnaja Fantazija 9" -- Russian title
  • "FFIX" -- Informal name
  • "FF9" -- Informal title
  • "フアイナルファンタジーIX" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Bringing back the warmth PlayStation אולג 小奥 (168604)
Roll for initiative, monkey boy! PlayStation Kit Simmons (246)
Putting The Fantasy Back Into Final Fantasy PlayStation MasterMegid (897)
An Unforgettable Epic Adventure! PlayStation Ocram (8)
A fair game. PlayStation Mike Wazoski (8)
Simply Unforgettable for all Reasons. PlayStation Rey Mysterio (24)
Not really improved over the prequels, but still a great game PlayStation Xa4 (274)

The Press Says

Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) PlayStation Dec 21, 2000 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Absolute Playstation PlayStation 2000 99 out of 100 99
Gamer's Pulse PlayStation Apr 26, 2001 98 out of 100 98
VicioJuegos.com PlayStation Oct 28, 2005 93.5 out of 100 94
4Players.de PlayStation Feb 19, 2001 94 out of 100 94
Random Access PlayStation May 01, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Cincinnati Enquirer PlayStation Jan 03, 2001 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Christ Centered Game Reviews PlayStation Jun 01, 2005 41 out of 50 82
Retrogaming History PlayStation Dec 17, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Game Critics PlayStation Feb 05, 2003 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The PS1 version of Final Fantasy IX appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Cancelled PC port

Final Fantasy IX, like FFVII, and FFVIII, was to be ported to the PC. However due to poor sales, of Final Fantasy VIII for the PC, the PC version was aborted.

References

  • During a visit to one of the villages is a store. When you walk in there should be a boy talking about a huge blade being used by someone with blond hair. Brief mention of Cloud right there!

  • The name of the main character, rendered as Zidane in the English translated version, is another reference (along with Citan Uzuki from Xenogears) to Dr. Gitanes, the protagonist of Square's very first game, The Death Trap.

Zidane

Because "Zidane" is the name of the most famous french soccer player at the time, the "Zidane" character has been renamed "Djidane" in the French version.

Awards

  • Game Informer
    • August 2001 (issue 100) - #43 in the "Top 100 Games of All Time" poll

Information also contributed by MasterMegid, PCGamer77, Rey Mysterio and Unicorn Lynx

Related Web Sites

  • FF-Fan (A fansite that offers all kinds of information on the entire Final Fantasy franchise, including walkthroughs, game media, discussion boards and fan art.)
  • Final Fantasy Extreme (Site that contains movies, wallpaper, codes, guides, walkthroughs, and general information on the Final Fantasy series.)
  • Hint file for FF9 (Question and answer format will help you solve the game.)
  • OC ReMix Game Profile (Fan remixes of music from Final Fantasy IX.)
  • Something Awful review (A humorous review on Something Awful (PlayStation version))
  • Wikipedia: Final Fantasy IX (Information about Final Fantasy IX at Wikipedia)
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