FINAL FANTASY IX centers around an evil queen's desire to dominate the world, while players follow a group of bandits, knights, and magicians as they try to stop her. Brahne, the Queen of Alexandria, has begun using highly-advanced magical weapons to terrorize neighboring kingdoms. Zidane, a skilled thief, teams with a young mage, a royal knight, and a beautiful princess to save the world from the queen's evil doings. Soon after embarking on their quest, they discover that the queen's threats merely cover a far more sinister plot. A powerful sorcerer named Kuja has been supplying Brahne with her magical weapons. For the sake of mankind, Zidane and company must uncover Kuja's motives before he carries out his deadly plan. As in all Square games, FINAL FANTASY IX allows players to unlock the rich storyline and subplots as they play with eight uniqe characters who use a variety of weapons, magic and monsters in a quest for good over evil.
I tip my hat to the hours of wall hugging for [?]. I thought it was a great game. They said they were going back to the roots, and I felt like they really did - but in a different way. I felt that FFVII and FFVIII were much more modern and more serious. The tone of FFIX was nice and lighthearted. They definitely pulled off the fantasy setting. Lovable cast. Except Quina, but that was only because she was scary. Honestly, Blank would have been so cool.
One my favorite RPGs. Great story, music, and sidequests. The battle system is a step backward for the series and the difficulty is pretty easy. Despite this, the game makes up for with a lot of character and the best art direction of the PSOne Final Fantasy titles. Fantastic ending to boot despite interesting final boss.
Underappreciated in its own time, but I liked it for what it was, a colorful 16-bit throwback. To me it had the most likable cast since VI. Unfortunately, at that point I had largely moved on to the Dreamcast, and was busy falling in love with Skies of Arcadia, so this game wasn't as loved in heart as it could have been. Sorry.
The Final Fantasy series, in particular, has a huge staple in gaming. It is the world's most successful Japanese RPG outside of Japan (inside it is still beaten out by Dragon Quest). Often the games have unique stories filled with lovable characters. Final Fantasy IX is perhaps one of the most unique games of the series, but not because of the game's own merits. But mainly because it has some interesting history behind it. Development began before … more
Pros: Characters, story, graphics, blah blah blah. In short, everything. Cons: Having to shut it off and return to stupid reality. The Bottom Line: Everything a really great rpg should be and more. Find a way to aquire it. But it, steal it, it doesn't matter how. Just aquire it! Do you remember the Dark Ages? Times of a "Junction" system? Of weapon upgrades? Of magic drawing? Of a sci-fi setting? And of a stoic prick named after … more