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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. Expand

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  1. Positive: 13 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Mar 20, 2019
    90
    While the game is available on mobile devices and the Sony family of handhelds, I feel confident that the Switch is the definitive system to play this title on the go, especially since it allows you to seamlessly throw it up on the big screen at will. Whether you are a returning fan or someone new to Final Fantasy IX, this port is the best way to play a classic from a beloved RPG series.
  2. Feb 26, 2019
    83
    The sound and gameplay both hold up and there’s something cool about playing this on a Nintendo console after all the history shared between them and Sony. It’s also the same port we’ve seen with options to speed up the time spent in battles. So if it’s the first time you’re experiencing the game then you’re in for a treat and I’m glad to see it on the Switch, but at a current price just over $20 for those with other options you may want to wait for a sale.
  3. Apr 29, 2019
    80
    I think Final Fantasy IX proves that the middle road between a complete remake and simple emulation may be the best path to take to revive older games. Welcome features like autosave and optional cheats let players old and new experience the game on their terms. Final Fantasy IX is an amazing experience, with a fantastic cast and story — it’s truly a masterpiece of the PlayStation era. This upgrade means that fans don’t have to wait years to experience it again without all the pitfalls of the original.
  4. Mar 7, 2019
    78
    Final Fantasy IX is a fantastic game with an average port. The price is steep for a 20 year old game with no major upgrades. But once you start playing you won't be able to put it down.
  5. Mar 10, 2019
    76
    Although it is a simple port, Final Fantasy IX for Nintendo Switch is a title recommended for its excellent story, its great gameplay and its sound section that borders on perfection.
  6. Mar 27, 2019
    70
    Final Fantasy IX is an absolute must-buy and must-experience classic JRPG that deserved a home on a Nintendo console, and should have had one a long time ago. It starts off as the best and last proper throwback to older Final Fantasy titles of the late '80s and early '90s, but with all the enhancements that the technology of the day could afford, but also doesn't know whether to be Final Fantasy VII and VIII, or classic Final Fantasy towards the end, but overall, it is a magical experience to behold.
  7. Feb 27, 2019
    60
    Square Enix ports on Xbox One and Nintendo Switch a classic JRPG, released in 2000 on the first PlayStation. It does not add much to the original game: only better polygonal models of the characters and a better resolution in the cutscenes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Mar 27, 2020
    10
    This is my 2nd favorite Final Fantasy and this was the 3rd time I've finished it. It's still a classic.
    Everything about this game is
    This is my 2nd favorite Final Fantasy and this was the 3rd time I've finished it. It's still a classic.
    Everything about this game is amazing. The story, the battle system, characters and the witty writing. Hard to point out nay flaws.
    The ost is one of the best in the series and the open world is just amazing. Even the side-quests are very good, albeit too long. I also like the fact that you can beat the game without grinding, as long as you're well equipped and with the right abilities.
    This game is just perfect and probably one of the best starting points, in case you want to get into the series.
    Also, the Switch version is alright. Not better than the PS1 version, but it's just fine. There are no bad ways to experiencing this incredible epic.
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  2. Apr 27, 2019
    10
    Not a perfect port but still a good version of the game I have always loved this game and it is by far, in my opinion, the best game to startNot a perfect port but still a good version of the game I have always loved this game and it is by far, in my opinion, the best game to start the franchise with. So for anyone who is new to Final Fantasy do yourself a huge favor and get this game. Expand
  3. May 17, 2020
    9
    Final Fantasy 9 has always had a special place in my heart. An amazing port, especially fun to play portably.
  4. Feb 22, 2019
    7
    I played this great game when it originally launched, and still love it today. This is a good "on the go" version, but the sound is not good,I played this great game when it originally launched, and still love it today. This is a good "on the go" version, but the sound is not good, nor the performance, as I cant remember my old PlayStation taking too long to load a battle as it happens on this version. Also, the phone menu on the battle screen looks awful.
    It's a good version for nostalgia, or any person that hasn't played it before, but such a game deserves better updates. Hope if some day we get a Final Fantasy VIII remaster, it's a really good version.
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  5. Feb 17, 2019
    6
    Degraded visuals and sound quality subpar compared to ps4 version as of February 17, 2019. I trust that the Nintendo Switch can handle betterDegraded visuals and sound quality subpar compared to ps4 version as of February 17, 2019. I trust that the Nintendo Switch can handle better sound and visual quality loads and look forward to a performance upgrade. The game is still enjoyable, particularly in handheld mode.

    Dear Nintendo and Square Enix, give us a visual and sound upgrade. Please and thank you.
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  6. Kvr
    Feb 14, 2019
    5
    I own this gem of a game on PS1, Steam, Android, PS4 but still I needed it on my switch, this is one of my favorite games of all time! LookI own this gem of a game on PS1, Steam, Android, PS4 but still I needed it on my switch, this is one of my favorite games of all time! Look everyone knows this is one of the best FF there is so I don't need to explain that here. But there is something wrong with this version, the sound quality is really compressed, so it doesn't sound good, there is no bass... and I feel that there are missing sound effects too. This is such a disappointment, with this game it needs to be as best as it can be, and with compressed sounds it is just not a good port. Didn't expect this, I paid 20 dollar again and what I got is a port with low quality sound...
    Lazy square enix.. I want my money back!
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  7. Apr 29, 2020
    2
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The most overrated game of history. The controls are taken off your hands all the time, the battle occurs 2 per area and the loading before them is very annoying. The villain is the most generic possible and the plot is ctrl c + ctrl v of previous games of the franchise. I'll pass. Expand

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