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FINAL FANTASY IX for Steam is a very good port quality that works smoothly, for example FFVIII had occasional hiccups that ended in 5fps when calling some GF, for over 80 hours I did not encounter any errors. The game itself is a climatic fairy-tale, full of humor and interesting characters. It is a pity that Square decided not to use such a unique art design in subsequent parts of the series.
I was surprised when I saw this game for PC because was a Play Station exclusive. This game is a great adventure, with all the flavour of the franchise that Hironobu Sakaguchi created 30 years ago: unforgetful characters, great plot, and awesome soundtrack composed by the great Nobuo Uematsu. The game is the same as Play Station with a few enhancements like characters in HD, tricks for those gamers that doesn't want play for hours with the battles... and more things that I don't want to spoil you If you want to play the game. If I recommend this game? Absolutely, more If you love the franchise, JRPG games and the great taste of Squaresoft created this wonderful game. Final Fantasy IX reminds me Disney's movies because of the fairytale story, the soundtrack itself has a lot of magic, the characters are amazing... What can I say? Buy it and enjoy every single second of it. You will have the game in your heart forever!
I have played all Final Fantasy games since snes and psx era and I have to admit that FF IX is one of the best (if not the best) not only of its series but of all JRPG genre! The story is amazing. Very deep and emotional with a lot of adventure and mystery behind the characters. What makes FF IX so unique is its ability system that first introduced in this game and the unique item and skill building for every character. There is no customization like the old "job" system but still it gives to the player a unique RPG experience that the fans of its genre will love. The game is really long, with tons of side quests, mystery eggs, and mini games that will reward you with unique items and loot and some will also reveal some hidden parts of the story and the past of some characters. Last but dont least, this is the remaster version for pc with new improved menu graphics and really well made port for pc. Controls feels amazing with both keyboard or controler.
Final Fantasy IX is one of the most fun and adventurous titles in the Final Fantasy series and still outshines many of the newer titles in the series. The graphics are incredible for a game that was originally on the PS1 and the vast open world is something that I truly miss when I play the newer titles in the series. The Soundtrack for Final Fantasy IX is one of the best in the series and features a variety of tracks that fit perfectly within the game. Many aspects of the game are great but the best part of the game is the characters. The characters range in personality and the main character is humorous but can be serious at just the right times. The game does not lack character growth at all, every character has their fears and doubts that make them grow as the game continues and some characters undergo a complete yet smooth transformation from the time they become an ally to the end of the game. The world is extensive and holds many secrets to discover if you are willing to take on side quests and mini games. The game has far more side quests, mini games, and other such secrets than any other Final Fantasy. Many of the side quests and mini games give you rare items or open the way for other events in the game. You will definitely want to give the chocobo hot and cold mini game a shot and collect the treasure from chocographs. Some of the side quests can help you learn a lot about some of the characters and their personal lives. You can also learn a lot about the characters by viewing the ATEs (active time events). The active time events hold information about character?s pasts that often can?t be discovered otherwise. The Steam version is even greater than the original thanks to the High Definition character sprites and the many boosters. Some of the boosters include no encounter mode, High speed mode, max level, and max damage. There are also a few other boosters that have the potential to enhance the gaming experience. The only con to the Steam version is that the backgrounds were not enhanced, it is nowhere near as bad as the Steam port of Final Fantasy VI but it leaves a bit of a mild disconnect between the characters and world. Pros: -Solid story with well transitioned plot twists -Enhanced Character Sprites and cutscenes -Fun mini games and side quests -noticeable character growth -Great soundtrack -Added boosters Cons: -Would have liked a new game+ option -Backgrounds not enhanced
An incredible soundtrack complements the excellent story and memorable characters of this classic RPG that nobody should miss out on. Final Fantasy 7, 8, and 9 were the pinnacle of RPGs and hold up incredible well today and truthfully remain better than most of the games that are even released these days. When I played through the PC version of 9, I didn't really notice any changes from the original Playstation release other than the graphics appearing slightly better and the addition of achievements and in game cheats/boosters that I never tried out. There isn't a lot of side stuff in this game unfortunately, and even completing it all will only add about a dozen hours of gameplay, but the story alone is about 35 hours long. With all the side content, I finished around 50 hours. The level design is great and the mini games aren't too bad, though they can get annoying after awhile. The card game gets easier once you get more cards. Chocobo Hot/Cold is very luck based and can require well over a hundred attempts to find all the chocographs. Finding the hidden treasures with your chocobo on the world map can get tedious, especially the ones in the ocean. And the pop quiz and monster mini games require you to trigger random encounters in very specific areas on the world map. This game is a must play, and it's one of the rare times that the ending actually gives perfect closure to the story.
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