Final Fantasy IX
The Good: This was the second Final Fantasy game I played (FF X was first) and I have to say this is the one I got the most into. The greatness of this game falls in its characters and its storyline. It has in my opinion 2 of the best characters that have ever been in any Final Fantasy game….ever. These two are Vivi and Princess Garnet (Dagger). They are just both so likable and in depth. The storyline behind Vivi is engrossing and absolutely brilliant. Not to mention you cannot help but love this little guy, I mean he’s so cool. And Princess Garnet, the only Final fantasy main girl who I actually really thought was worth saving (besides maybe Yuna). She is dynamic in the way that she truly changes perspective throughout the game. She goes from a snooty princess to an open, interesting character.
Now, the story. The story in this game is so deep, in the way that every facet of almost every character must be explored in order to truly grasp everything that is happening. The character who you think is the ultimate evil turns out to be a pawn, the real ultimate evil is insane and wants to take the world with him if he has to go. People on the evil side switch sides, theres political fighting between major cities. It is intense. Now, the graphics are quite solid, especially during cutscenes, then they are stunning. The dialogue is good most of the time, couple awkward moments, and a few hilarious moments as well (oooh, soft). The battle system is an ATB (Active Time Battle) system, which is nice, keeps you on your toes. Also a nice extra is the card game, it is a fun side game and can keep you entertained. Oh, and get good at it, you will need it later on.
The Bad: The bad in this game is relatively small. There are a couple however. There are times when parts of the game will feel like a chore and all you have to do is get passed them in order to play the game you actually want to. Also FF IX likes to have you build up strength then separate the group or all of a sudden weapons are useless in order to weaken you simply to make things more challenging. This can get irritating. Also, there is an issue with a character. The worst in any Final Fantasy in my opinion. Thats right FF IX has the best and worst character. The worst is Quina Quen. I do not know what Squaresoft was thinking. She or…he is really annoying, not that useful and simply irritating to the point you wish you could throw her out of your party at times. A small bad thing also is that the summons are really not that cool or helpful. They’re just kinda there and sometimes help, but swords and black magic are really your best friends in this one.
Overview: This is a fun RPG. Like I said this is the one I got the most into out of any Final Fantasy. The story is in depth and the characters are innovative and dynamic. The Battle system is good, but there are annoying parts but you can easily get passed them without a problem. The bottom line is: If you are looking for a game to play in order to get into, explore and become immersed in then this is for you. If you want one with fine tuned gameplay mechanics and stunning graphics and flashy attacks, you might want to pass.
Characters: 9/10 (took away a point due to Quina)
Replay Value: 8.2/10
Hours to Complete: 25+ for 100% completion
Things you should know about:
—The 4 best people to have in your party, (when possible) are Zidane, Steiner, Vivi and Garnet
—If you get to Memoria in less than 12 hours then you will get Excalibur II, the best sword in the game.
—When there is a time limit, go quick, you will die if you don’t do it in time.
—Train all members until you reach the part where they get separated, after that, it does not matter.