Final fantasy 9 is a JRPG and is available this month on PS NOW. The overarching story is overall what you would expect from most JRPGs. It is the character development and how the game juggles multiple stories at once while keeping them intertwined with the big picture and that’s what makes Final Fantasy 9 shine so bright. Every single character has good character development.
Vivi’s childlike nature turns into an adult and understanding of very complicated ideas while Steiner starts off as a knight who follows orders no matter what learns to finally think for himself and make his own decision on what is right and wrong. You get to see every character grow and become greater than they were due to the addition of Active Time Events you can now see character development when the party leader isn’t present.
I don’t want to give anything away as Final Fantasy 9 is an excellent piece of storytelling and a masterpiece of story arcs and development. Final Fantasy 9 added a steal mechanic to its turn-based combat and if you want those super special treasures, you better make a habit of using steal frequently. It’s different than all the other mechanics in Final Fantasy games. Due to the multitude of spells, you can learn and the variation of said spells, combat has a surprisingly huge depth to it.
Of course, you can attack your enemies until they die but that’s not going to work on most bosses after a few hours in and it’s better to have the characters learn all the abilities especially Quina as eating enemies can learn him different spells. As far as gameplay goes there’s enough variety of things here to keep it interesting like Chocobo hunting grounds, Tetra master a card-based mini-game and find the best weapon in the middle of the ocean after hours of searching.
There’s so much to do here side quests wise like finding Chocobo Heaven, playing Blackjack, finding secret summons, and lots of mini-games. This game is full of secrets and if you’re adventurous enough to try for Excalibur II which is to beat the whole game in 12 hours then you deserve a round of applause.
With the new speed-up mechanic and the ability to auto-attack the ability to get Excalibur II is a lot easier now than it was in the PS1 days. However, due to the new speed-up and auto-attack grinding and beating smaller enemies has never been easier and it makes it so you won’t be spending hundreds of hours defeating random enemies, and instead, you can enjoy the story for what it is.
The soundtrack is a masterpiece and this is by far one of the best soundtracks in gaming history and it takes its own spin on the classic Final Fantasy songs for the Chocobo theme and the battle theme but it’s by far the best in the series and that song that plays when you’re in the open world for the first time is close to perfection. One difference from the original game is that you can’t rename any of the characters which were always fun to give them hilarious names.
This game has a good length and as my current playtime is over 50 hours and I still have a couple of side quests to complete and to beat the hardest boss in the game called Ozma. While the bugs are small and really don’t ruin the experience that much Final Fantasy 9 is still a masterpiece and the soundtrack is out of this world.
Final Fantasy 9 has been permanently added to the PS NOW service.
Final Fantasy 9's story is amazing and the setting of the world is great. The characters and their overall development as the story goes forward are amazing. The combat although fun was a bit slow-paced and the nostalgia factor was very high.