Final Fantasy IX PlayStation
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Universal acclaim- based on 558 Ratings

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  • Summary: The last Final Fantasy for the PlayStation, Final Fantasy IX returns to the pure fantasy roots that spawned the series. This latest installment features highly detailed characters, vehicles, and environments, and breathtaking cinema-graphics. The addition of brand new features such as theThe last Final Fantasy for the PlayStation, Final Fantasy IX returns to the pure fantasy roots that spawned the series. This latest installment features highly detailed characters, vehicles, and environments, and breathtaking cinema-graphics. The addition of brand new features such as the story-enhancing Active Time Event system and the return of minigames that grant additional gameplay make Final Fantasy IX not only a memorable gaming experience, but also a significant step forward in the series. Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. 100
    It does, at times, go beyond expectations to give gamers a true masterpiece.
  2. Pushing the humble PSone to its absolute limits, Square have done the impossible and actually improved on FFVIII's visuals.
  3. The crystals return to the series, along with a four-member party, blue magic, and black mages. [Feb 2003, p.97]
  4. But for the feel of nostalgia bolstered by the still-capable technology of the PlayStation, this game can make you feel actual delight--something that's tough to do in these cynical times.
  5. 92
    Final Fantasy could go on forever re-creating its particular spin on the traditional heroic quest, and it would be a success every single time, but I can't help feeling as if something that features this kind of majestic visual craftsmanship ought to host a story built with equal care.
  6. A masterpiece of an adventure game. For anyone not to fall in love with it would truly amaze me. Everything is set just right and you are drawn into the story right from the very offset.
  7. Doesn't offer very much that is new. The game is more than a little formulaic at times, using rehashed bits from other Final Fantasy games and not taking them any further.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 8 out of 139
  1. JadeL.
    Apr 17, 2004
    10
    This game is well put together and whimsically engrossing.It absorbs you in the plot and makes you yearn for more.The characters seem real as This game is well put together and whimsically engrossing.It absorbs you in the plot and makes you yearn for more.The characters seem real as do their problems.This game and all others,I'm sure,will have the same captivating effects and storylines which will make all of us gamers be swept away with every little twist and turn. Expand
  2. RaxsahW
    Jan 20, 2010
    10
    The most underrated Final Fantasy to have ever been made. I admit, the attention to character art during normal gameplay isn't the best The most underrated Final Fantasy to have ever been made. I admit, the attention to character art during normal gameplay isn't the best (better than FF7 though) but the backdrops and sceneries are stunning. The storyline is captivating, surprising you with unexpected plot twists that intertwine with each other flawlessly. Each character also has his/her own story which leads you to a deeper understanding of them and how they have come to be where they are during the game. A masterpiece that was unfortunately released too late as by this time, the PS2 had already been in the market for a good year or so I believe, which diverted everyone's attention from the game. To anyone thinking of trying the game out, I can almost guarantee you won't be disappointed Expand
  3. Nov 13, 2013
    10
    This is by far the greatest Final Fantasy I have ever played. The storyline, graphics, music, scenary, playability is absolutely excellent.This is by far the greatest Final Fantasy I have ever played. The storyline, graphics, music, scenary, playability is absolutely excellent. Even in this day and age Final Fantasy 9 is a must play for all RPG gamers. I was really drawn in to the storyline, best out of the series! Expand
  4. Jun 6, 2012
    10
    An absolutely amazing game with great graphics, wonderful character development and a very beautiful and engrossing story. I don't thinkAn absolutely amazing game with great graphics, wonderful character development and a very beautiful and engrossing story. I don't think recommend this game enough. Expand
  5. Jul 31, 2011
    10
    I can't understand the obsession with wanting a more "mature" Final Fantasy. FFXIII tried to be more mature and as a result was basically justI can't understand the obsession with wanting a more "mature" Final Fantasy. FFXIII tried to be more mature and as a result was basically just boring. As FF7 was my first experience with the series I didn't grow up with the earlier instalments. Despite this I would still say that FF9 is possibly my favourite. I have since become familiar with FF9's reference points and they only serve to make the game even more enjoyable. If it weren't for the awful trance system it would be an almost perfect game, but as it seems that everyone else in the world can overlook FFVIII's levelling and draw system I guess this isn't such a big deal. Finally, it's Hironobu Sakaguchi's favourite. What more do you want?! Expand
  6. Oct 25, 2011
    9
    Great story, great gameplay, and an incredible experience. This is one of those games I can play over and over again. The graphics haven'tGreat story, great gameplay, and an incredible experience. This is one of those games I can play over and over again. The graphics haven't held up well over the years, but the art style is still unique and pleasing to the eyes. A classic to be sure. Expand
  7. MorganF
    Mar 10, 2009
    0
    Boring, boring, boring. The plot is so shallow that makes you doubt your intelligence, the gameplay makes you want to cut your hands ang the Boring, boring, boring. The plot is so shallow that makes you doubt your intelligence, the gameplay makes you want to cut your hands ang the graphics sucs. It is the most overrated game ever. I want my spended hours back! Expand

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