By SamStrife 41 Comments
February 2001, and Final Fantasy IX had just been released in the UK. I remember as soon as I saw the advert (read. Commercial) for it, I wanted that game. After forcing my way through VIII (man I really didn’t like that game) I felt I was due a good Final Fantasy game. Boy was I in for a ride.
After seeing Dankempster and his awesome blog about Final Fantasy VII I knew I had to do one of these for IX. So please, before you even start to read this, check his blog out, follow him and have a great read.
So like him, I’m gona play through the game again and blog about my adventures, detailing what happens in the game, how it holds up by today’s standards and what it made me feel at the time. I’m going to be as objective as possible where it counts, but this game resonates with me on an emotional level to the point where not letting my emotions get to me would take away from some of my more stronger feelings towards it. So, without further ado:
Why don’t you like Final Fantasy IX?
To me, the biggest discussion point regarding Final Fantasy IX is whether or not you actually like it. The general response is at that it’s the weakest in the series, but I don’t understand why...
My theory is that is you loved VIII, then you hate IX and vice versa, as this seems to be the general rule of thumb, but I’d really like to know what your opinions of the game are, good or bad, with reasons as top why. I’m not going to argue against any points you make, I’m gona utilise them to help objectify my own views of the game.
What Final Fantasy IX means to me.
Final Fantasy IX changed the way I looked at games. I was only 11 when it came out and at that age, I was finally branching out when it came to video games. I’d played both Final Fantasy VII and VIII before but both of them left me the wrong way. Final Fantasy VII started out SOOOOOOO strong for me that I feel in love, but as it went on the story started getting more and more crazy, which for an 8/9 year old, was pretty much incomprehensible. As it turns out though, the story is still incomprehensible; I just didn’t know that at the time. As for VIII, “Bleck!!!” don’t get me started. The systems were poorly implemented and the story was weak. The point where they said “Hey it turns out we were all orphans at this orphanage but we forgot ‘til now aint that cool?” was the point where I turned the game off and never looked back. It was just stupid and lazy of Square to think that was a good storyline...and what frustrates me more is that people have praised that as one of the highest points in videogame story history....”Bleck!!!”
Anyway, Back to IX....I got lost in its world, the characters were awesome and likeable, the plot was fairytale enough without being too obvious, the systems were great and the world itself was just awesome. I still maintain that it’s got the best use of Moogles and Chocobos in a Final Fantasy game.
I never put the game down for an instant. Like a good book I just wanted to know what happened next, I wanted to play more “Chocobo Hot Cold” and “Tetra Master,” I wanted to be a part of that world.
As years went by, I replayed the game several times and, if memory serves me right, this will be play through 4. I’ve played the first disc soooo many times I could probably write the script from memory but that doesn’t take anything away from the game, every play through I’m discovering more and I know I still haven’t seen it all. I can’t wait to fire her up again.
How this is all going to go down.
It’s simple: I play the game, take notes, transfer those notes into something informative and fun to read and you then read it. I’m going to try and make the blogs as simple
to read, whilst containing plenty of information, pictures, and videos...general cool things that set it apart from other blogs. I want this blog to be as special to read for you, as the game is to play with me, and I’m hoping my passion for the game translates into this blog. I've got some really neat ideas, and i promise I'm going to go all out. My theory is if I can get just one dude to look at this game again (or even for the first time) then it’s worthwhile.
I’m going to start the game again tonight, so expect episode one to hit sometime in the next few days.
Until then...please please please please PLEASSSSSEEEEEE post with your thoughts on the game, how it made you feel and how this blog makes you feel. Any response will be greatly appreciated and addressed.
EDIT: It would help if I could spell Prelude right -_-'''