Metascore
85

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Sep 29, 2017
    70
    Final Fantasy IX is one of the best Final Fantasies ever made, hence it deserved a better porting than what we got here. We are used to Square Enix's lackluster portings and that's why nowadays it's hard to accept some trivial mistakes.
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 347 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 38 out of 347
  1. Sep 23, 2017
    5
    To start this review I would like to say that I probably spent most of the time in my childhood playing this game above all others. I had atTo start this review I would like to say that I probably spent most of the time in my childhood playing this game above all others. I had at least 1000 hours over multiple save files and multiple playthroughs. So believe me when I say that this remaster is very, VERY disappointing.

    The nature of a remaster means that we cannot rate the game based on game content that was part of the previous iteration of the game as that would just be redundant circlejerking (if you want the original reviews they are still on metacritic). Instead we must only rate the new/remastered content and the content that should have received a remaster.

    1st off: Graphics. This has got to be some of the laziest s*** I have ever seen. The backgrounds in towns actually appear to be worse than the ps1 original. The only parts of the overworld that got an actual rework were the character/enemy models (to their credit those were actually well done). The battles are a disjointed mish mash of frame rate drops and awkward 60 fps damage pop ups that are actually quite distracting. The cutscenes are exact pulls from the ps1 version with no smoothing or even upscalling AT ALL. Finally I would like to know why the font is set to "I have the eyesight of a molerat" size for EVERYTHING.

    2nd: Music. The soundtrack received absolutely NO remaster at all. Take this as you will but if im gonna buy a remaster I like to have the soundtrack reworked with an option to switch to the original.

    and 3rd: Gameplay. There are built in cheats for the game that are accessible through the pause menu and the config menu. I understand that this was originally set up as an iOS game and as such cheats to speed progress would be a boon to people who just want a casual time waster while commuting. They do however drain all the fun from the game for people looking for an actual gameplay experience. I urge you to play without the cheats at least once. Other than the cheat menu there are no real changes to the battle system. The analogue movement has been removed which results in clunky overworld movement but that is more of a quality of life thing and not really a hindrance to gameplay. The addition of trophies however was nice and definitely increases replay-ability.

    As a person who wanted this game remastered for so long, I find myself very saddened by the cheap and heartless way this game was reborn. ESPECIALLY in light of how beautifully ff12 was done. If you are new to this game I urge you to play the original ps1 version (available for the psp, psvita and ps3 on the psn for 6 dollars). If you are an old fan then you may get some enjoyment out of it but don't go into it thinking that this is gonna be anywhere near as good as the ff12 or even the ffx/x-2 remakes were.

    Overall I give this game a 5.
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  2. Sep 20, 2017
    10
    Square Einx first brought iOS and Android version of this game to Steam and now on the PS4. This new remaster version of Final Fantasy IXSquare Einx first brought iOS and Android version of this game to Steam and now on the PS4. This new remaster version of Final Fantasy IX contains the following: high-definition movies and character models, auto-save functionality, boosters (high speed mode and no encounter mode, master all abilities, maximize character levels, magic stone counts and gil, full ATB/Trance/HP/MP, 9999 damage), PS4 trophy support, share functionality and remote play with the PSV.

    It's nice to see Final Fantasy IX on the PS4, but I was expecting Square Enix to make a remake. I was hoping that they will completely rebuilt Final Fantasy IX from ground up for the PS4 as they do with Final Fantasy VII. I hope Final Fantasy IX and Final Fantasy VIII will get the same treatment as Final Fantasy VII, that we will soon see in the near future the remake of Final Fantasy IX and Final Fantasy VIII.

    Final Fantasy IX is the best-rated Final Fantasy game and one of the favorites to almost all players around the world, so it deserves remake for the PS4 with improved graphics and corrected minor error (for example Trance system).

    This is my favorite Final Fantasy game. It has a great story that featuring funny, happy, sad, dramatic and tragic moments. Also has great gameplay, interesting mini games like Tetra Master and Chocobo Hot and Cold, and has one of the toughest superbosses of Final Fantasy games. What I like the most in this game is the characters growth systems. Each character have their own class and abilities which allows the player to create his own strategy in the battle by balancing strengths and weaknesses of the characters. I also like ATB system because it is my favorite of all battle systems.

    Conclusion: Final Fantasy IX is one of the best JRPGs and deserves remake!
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  3. Dec 6, 2017
    9
    This game as a kid felt amazing. Like it was an epic quest that could never be matched. Since than I am not sure it has, but I was happy toThis game as a kid felt amazing. Like it was an epic quest that could never be matched. Since than I am not sure it has, but I was happy to see it return. It has stood the test of time for any and all fans of the series, and for those new to role playing games this is a great place to jump in. The story is great, the graphics still hold up nice and the characters are lovable and well done. My only real issue is they used the IOS and Android version, and those huge grey blocks they used for the battle menu get in the way. Full Review »