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Final Fantasy IX Index

Final Fantasy IX Review

Final Fantasy IX is the role-playing game developed for Sony Playstation by the Japanese entertainment company Squaresoft Corporation which was released in the year 2000. The game had some innovative features like “Active time Event” and a renovated skill and equipment system titled “Mognet”. The story is set is the virtual world of Gaia where the plot focuses on war between various nations in Gaia. Zidane Tribal is a young thief, who forms a group of allies to conquer Queen Brahne of Alexandria who originated the roots of the war. There is a twist in the plot when characters find out that Brahne acts as a puppet for Kuja, an evil arms dealer.

The game was developed in parallel with FFVIII, but had a different style similar to earlier versions with more classic settings. The music was scored by longtime series composer Nobuo Uematsu. Final Fantasy XI was both commercially and critically successful with more than 5 million copies sold worldwide with 93% rankings.

In Final Fantasy IX, players can navigate a character through the game world to explore new places like caves, dungeons and towns and also to interact with other characters. The “field icon” was introduced in Final Fantasy IX which is an exclamatory mark appearing over the head of the lead character to indicate that there is a sign or item nearby. The journey between field screen locations is done through over world map, which is a 3D scaled-down representation of actual world. Players can navigate around the over world map easily unless they are restricted by mountains or water. Players can use Chocobos, air ships or boats to overcome such obstacles. Like earlier versions, there are random encounters with enemies during travel to new places.

There is new feature for exploring towns called the ATE (Active Time Events) system which allows special items, character development and prompts for important decisions. In certain points, players shall view events which occur simultaneously and use ATE to control two teams simultaneously in case the party is split up to navigate through mazes or solve puzzles.

Whenever a character has a random encounter with an enemy, the battle screen appears in which enemy appears in opposite site of playable character. The traditional ATB system (Active Time Battle) is used during combats with the command list displayed in separate window opposite the gauge list. Though characters attack each other physically and use items to defend attacks, each character has special abilities. For example, Zidane, the thief can steal items from opponent, Garnet and Eiko can beckon “eidolons” for helping the party and the character Viva can make use of black magic for hurting the enemies.

There is another game play mode called “Trance mode” which gets activated for smaller duration when gauge gets filled as the character faces damage alike “Limit Breaks” in FFVII. The strength of the character is amplified when the ATB gauge gets filled completely and players can choose special commands for attack. The players can customize the battle system to allow 2 players to control any group of characters during combats but two controller should by plugged into the PS for this option to work. The performance of each character in the battle field is determined through “experience points”, strength, magical power and speed.

In Final Fantasy IX, there is no option for customizing the characters unlike previous two titles. So, each character will have only its own ability which is unique from others. For example, Steiner is the only character with sword skills and Vivi is the only character that can use black magic. The game had very good visual effects with real time battle scenes featuring extraordinary 3D recreations of pre-rendered backgrounds. The spell effects were charming and character animation was outstanding. The pre-rendered backgrounds are exclusively drawn with interactive elements, beautiful artwork, plenty of animations to make them more realistic and memorable.

The music for the game was composed by longtime composer Nobuo Uematsu which was his last exclusive score for the series. He composed more than 160 tracks out of which 140 tracks appeared in the game. The original game sound track has 110 songs and most popular song is “Melodies of Life”, a J-pop ballad similar to FFVIII and FFX.

Overall Final Fantasy IX has an amazing music with engaging battles, an epic story and a remarkable presentation. The graphics is perfect with detailed modeling and 3D visual effects.

Plot: 8/10
Game Play: 8/10
Battle System: 8/10
Graphics: 10/10
Music: 9/10
Sound Effects: 7/10

Final Fantasy IX Information

Game: Final Fantasy IX
: Square
Publisher: Square Japan, Square EA, Infogrames
Genre: RPG
Medium: CD
Platform: PSX, PSOne

Final Fantasy IX Release Date

Japan: 07/7/2000
USA: 11/14/2000
Europe: 02/16/2001

Final Fantasy IX Box Arts

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Table of Contents
Index - For standard Final Fantasy IX information as well as boxart and our own review.

Ability List - Find out the abilities each character knows. No need to worry about what abilities each character knows, now you can find out.

Ability Properties - New to Final Fantasy IX then you need this. A full list of abilities, effects and costs.

Add-On List - Stat boosts, these Add-on accessories can help you with boosts to several stats at once.

Arm Gear List - More accessories to help you during Final Fantasy IX. Find out if they can help.

Armor List - learn to defend yourself with the best equipment. Armor will help you a lot, find out which armor is in Final Fantasy IX and if it can help you.

Battle System - Final Fantasy IX has it's own battle system, similar but different to the others. Learn more about it

Beatrix Guide - Find out what you need to have Beatrix in in your party and how you should use her.

Black Magic List - Magic and MP, find out what the Final Fantasy IX black magic is and how much it costs.

Card Listing - For a complete list of Final Fantasy IX Tetra Master cards as well as images.

Characters - For information on the characters of Final Fantasy IX such as name as well as personal bio.

Cheat Codes - These aren't Final Fantasy IX cheats, but secrets. Find out strange new secrets, games and things you never thought was possible.

Chocobo - They are big, fluffy and taste unsurprising like Chicken. Find out how to the the Chocobo's of Final Fantasy IX can help you.

Chocobo Air Garden - Find out where Final Fantasy IX's chocobo Air Garden appears.

Chocographs - Find out how to complete another of the Final Fantasy IX minigames, including images.

Eidolons - Summons, Powerful but limited to two characters. Find out which summons are in Final Fantasy IX and information about their attacks.

Elements Guide - Find out which elements effect which types of monsters. Final Fantasy IX just got that bit much more easy.

Excalibur 2 Guide - Steiner's ultimate weapon. Find out how you can get through the game and get this weapon in less than 12 hours!

Gameplay - Find out some of the gameplay features of Final Fantasy IX

GameShark Codes - Although there are no built in cheats for Final Fantasy IX. Using GameShark you will be able to unlock everything using these codes and the GS CD.

Hades Guide - Hades, an extremely hard optional boss. Read our Final Fantasy IX strategy on how to defeat him.

Head Gear List - For extra defence, wear a hat. Find out which Final Fantasy IX head gear can help you.

Hunting Festival - 12 minutes, 1 man. Find out which creatures give you the most points and see if you can complete this Final Fantasy IX quest.

Instruction Manual - Downloaded Final Fantasy IX or got it preowned then this is for you, the Final Fantasy IX booklet read for you to read.

Key Items List - 16 key items, 16 locations and 16 effects. Find out what the Final Fantasy IX key items are and where to get them.

Level Chart - Higher EXP equals higher level, find out how much you'll need to get to max out your Final Fantasy IX or just see how much you'll need to reach the next level.

Menu Translation - If you can read this then you know Japanese, but these screens gave fans an idea of what the games menu system would look like before the english version was released.

Mognet Guide - While on your journey through Final Fantasy IX, you take the surprise of a mailman. Find who you need to deliver messages for and their recipients.

Ozma Guide- Just when you think you've finished Final Fantasy IX, remember that there are other bosses you can fight. Ozma is a difficult boss and this guide will help.

Prima Vista - Some technical specs of Final Fantasy IX's Prima Vista Airship.

Shop List - As time goes by, Final Fantasy IX shops will get in new stock. Find out what they get and when they get it.

Side Quests - This is something all Final Fantasy IX fans should read. A complete list of side quests and how to complete them.

Status Effects - Status effects are bad, but in Final Fantasy IX they are worse. With more status effects than in previous games, you need to know what can affect you and what can cure you.

Stellazzio Coins List - 13 coins, 13 rewards. Find out how to complete this Final Fantasy IX sidequest.

Synthesis Shop List - Sometimes you can't find or buy the best accessories, in Final Fantasy IX you need to make them.

Tetra Master - Final Fantasy IX decided to remove Triple Triad and decided to go with Tetra Master. Learn the basics of playing and which cards are available in the game.

Trance Mode - With great power comes great responsibility, or you can just use this great power to kick ass. Learn everything you need to know about Trance

Ultimate Weapons - As you increase your skill and power, don't settle for anything less than the Ultimate Weapons. Learn the location of the Ultimate Final Fantasy IX weapons for your characters.

Walkthrough - Even the best need help and without this complete Final Fantasy IX walkthrough you will have all the help you need.

Weapon List - Sometimes a weapon isn't good enough. This list of Weapons and their bonuses will help you decided which is the best weapon for you.

White Magic List - With two white mages available, make sure you pick the right one for the right task. With this magic list it will be easier to know who can do what and how much it will cost.

Worldmap - The World is a big place. If you don't want to get lost or need to find a location, this is right for you.

Animated GIFs - Animated Final Fantasy IX sprites. Small enough to even be used as avatars.

Artworks - Official, high quality artwork done the ever popular and renowned Yoshitaka Amano.

Full Movies - FMVs of Final Fantasy IX from disc's 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Lyrics - Melodies of Life was a beautiful song used in Final Fantasy IX. Now you can read the lyrics and perhaps sing along.

Midi Files - Want to find your favourite Final Fantasy IX song but don't want to waste time on large files? Well these midi files may be what you need.

OST Track List - Almost 160 songs were made for Final Fantasy IX but 110 were released on the four disc soundtrack, find out which made it.

OST+ Track List - The missing music from the Final Fantasy IX soundtrack. 42 songs that never made it to the OST.

Piano Scores - Heard the Final Fantasy IX songs? Well now you can play it.

Screenshots - View these high quality Final Fantasy IX screenshots. From FMV, causal chatting and menu's.

Wallpapers - In a mix of 800x600 and 1024x768, these 27 high quality and official Final Fantasy IX wallpapers will look good as your desktop.


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