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Final Fantasy IX (Platinum)

by Namco Bandai
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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  • 8 unique characters that use a variety of weapons, magic and abilities
  • A magical world with superbly detailed pre-rendered environments
  • Almost one hour of seamlessly integrated full motion videos
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Game Information

  • Platform:   PlayStation
  • PEGI Rating: Unknown
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B00005U5RE
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12 x 2.4 cm ; 222 g
  • Release Date: 7 Dec 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,240 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Review

As with the other games in the series, Final Fantasy IX has the ability to grab your attention from the time you fire it up until the last boss is put down. Previous entries into the game's lineage took a more dramatic cinematic route to do what a role-playing game does best--tell a story. That style led to some complaints from headstrong fans and role-playing gamers alike. In response to this, while not sacrificing what new technology they've built into the series, SquareSoft has backtracked a bit. To put it simply, they've gone back to their roots.

But even players with no experience in this series can pick this up as a new game. Final Fantasy IX's story follows a group trying to stop Brahne, the evil Queen of Alexandria, in her quest to rule the world. Zidane, a skilled thief, teams with a young mage, a royal knight and a princess, who all soon discover that the queen's threats are fronting an even more sinister plot involving a powerful sorcerer named Kuja. It's your job to control the eight playable characters--each of whom begin the game with one weapon, one piece of armour and one special power--and to uncover Kuja's motives before he carries out his deadly plan.

The game's opening sequence sets the stage for what's to follow and, as we've come to expect from the CG wizards at SquareSoft, what is an utterly amazing visual scene. Long-time fans will revel in SquareSoft's decision to return to the disproportional-character look of the past.

Like VII and VIII, Final Fantasy IX uses the ATB (Active Time Battle) system. With each character learning the abilities and commands appropriate to his or her job class.

An Active Time Event (ATE) lets you see events that are happening elsewhere. For example, while you are controlling the main character in a town, you can view what the other characters are doing in another part of the same town. This function provides additional information and behind-the-scenes details about the story and the characters.

The game's visual splendour touches even the most ordinary scenes, such as shadows in the street alleys and the mazes of cobblestones. Final Fantasy IX's colour palette does a remarkable job in creating interest on every single object, location and person.

This will be SquareSoft's last venture on the PlayStation for the Final Fantasy Series, with its awesome graphics, a good story, and random battles that reveal curious bits about each character, Final Fantasy IX is an epic adventure that'll have long-time fans of the acclaimed series beaming with pride and joy. As for everyone else who has yet to experience the Fantasy, now is the time! --Stuart Miles

Product Description

Brahne, the evil Queen of Alexandria, is using highly advanced magical weapons to terrorise neighbouring kingdoms. Players follow a group of bandits, knights and magicians as they try to foil her plans. The heroes quickly learn that her wicked doings are part of a much larger plot, and as they progress, they learn about the sinister motives of a powerful sorcerer named Kuja. More than 30 million copies of the Final Fantasy franchise have been sold, making it one of the bestselling video-game series ever. This edition offers new characters and 3-D environments, plus a rich story line--one of the hallmarks of the series--as well as a new point-based spell-casting system and an item-based ability-learning system.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Final Fantasy 9 out of 10 11 Jan 2002
By A Customer
Many Final Fantasy fans, after playing FF7, found the 8th instalment to be disappointing compared to the series' previous incarnation. Luckily for us, FF9 is a treat to play, from the graphics to the story, and the incredible hour (well, almost) of full motion video in the game. The character development, although a bit on the sparse side for some characters, is usually very good, and the truth behind the main character Zidane's tail (which is cleverly kept inconspicuous) isn't revealed until about three-quarters of the way through, and it comes as a great surprise to find out just where he came from! Also, for die-hard FF fans, there are lots of references to previous Final Fantasies, such as Cloud Strife's sword, from FF7, on a shop wall. The ability system, using different equipment to learn new abilities for each character, and having two sets of abilities, magic/skills that are used in battle for MP, and support abilities that, for example, grant immunity to status attacks, that have to be equipped with a certain number of points known as Magic Stones, is another new ability system to the series, and works incredibly well. Each character is completely unique in his or her abilities, for example a black mage that can only cast damaging magic, and two white mages that can cast varying degrees of healing magic, make for careful battle strategies and party seletion. The addition of a 'magic-free' zone adds to this element, especially as there is a boss battle to fight in this area. The storyline of a princess being kidnapped, turning into a quest to save the world, isn't new, but then where would any RPG be without saving the world? Read more ›
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite easily the best FF game out there =0) 14 May 2007
By BKPW
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Before I even get going, I am going to point out that yes, I am biased towards this game over FFVII, for reasons that I will explain later. However, to a certain extent, everyone who writes reviews will be biased for whatever reason, and so I feel no guilt in promoting this FF over VII.

This game captures some of the old FF magic that the newer games appear to have lost. Alright, the progression onto PS2 with FFX was okay. The graphics were stunning, the music far superior in many respects, and (of course) the fact that all speech is actually heard as well as portrayed on the screen was a major bonus. On the other hand, a little bit of the magic was lost for me then, which was further exacerbated with the complete disaster of X-II.

And then we go the other way. FFVII was, there is no doubt about it, a fantastic game. It was the first of its time, and the first 3D FF game, with all new materia and characters. While many think that this is a bonus, it could also be seen the other way - that square used FFVII a bit to find their feet for the ones to follow. I never really got into the materia system like I did for the system in IX. Similarly, in FFVIII, I was annoyed by the complexity of the guardian forces (although I now see this is a work of genius). But enough about the other games - FFIX.

It was the first FF game I ever played, which does partly account for the biased nature of my review. However, there are other reasons too. It is probably one of the easiest FF games to get to grips with, and while it's not too easy, it is definitely much easier in many parts than the other major FF titles.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Final Fantastic 30 Nov 2001
By A Customer
I first started playing the final fantasy games around two years ago when final fantasy 7 went platinum. This game reminds me a lot of ff7 as it seems to focus a lot more on the equipment side of things as it has reintroduced MP and character abilities. This is a welcome change from spells and upgraded weapons. The game despite its good looks is a bit disappointing in length and difficulty. FF7 took me over 150 hours to complete and FF8 over 100 but nine only took me about 50 hours. The game is also much easier then the other two games as you can fight a dragon that can boost your characters up 5 levels with one hit. The final boss also seems a bit out of place, as until you actual fight him he has had nothing to do with the game. The plot has improved from FF8 it has reverted to the older style of plot twists at every chance. Over all it is a good and welcome edition to the final fantasy series but if you haven't got the others do yourself a favour and buy Final Fantasy 7
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Game Ever? 19 Sep 2005
Simply put, this is the best game I have ever played. Forget the nonsense that it's all about levelling up - there might be too much of that for some, but those who are patient and determined (and have plenty of free time), will find a magical experience in FFIX. From the beginning, you can feel each charachter has his or her's own personality - and by the end of Disc 2, you'll care about the charachters. You'll soon find out that your original aim in the game changes - and becomes part of a much grander emergency. And it will keep you going - one play through took me around 40 hours (first time) - and when I checked certain guides and secrets, I discovered I had only played a small percentage of what awaitens me. I've played through the game three times now, and still haven't completed every single bit possible. From hidden Bosses, to incredible weapons, and from the hustle and bustle of Lindblum to the tranquility of Terra, you will find a game truly worthy of the title 'Best Game Ever.' Buy it, play it, and then play it again. And again. And again. And again. And you still haven't seen everything there is! Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent addition to my collection! :-)
Being a huge Final Fantasy fan, and having never played this particular one, I decided to order it from chilloutgames.com through Amazon. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Goosatron
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect!
came when expected and is just what i wanted to help my collection grow couldnt be more happy with this
Published 8 months ago by Chris
3.0 out of 5 stars game
bought as a present. game hardly ever used and ended up in the bin after it got damaged. so for me it was a waste of money
Published 15 months ago by madamcyn1
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great game
Again it has had a mixed veiwed on it because of the internet so its really all your own preference but for the series its worth a try
however i loved it.
Published 19 months ago by Paul David Alden
5.0 out of 5 stars my son is enjoying a lot playing this game
My son - who is 13 - says this is one of the best games of the the FF saga (he has played even with VII, VIII, XII and XIII). He likes the characters and the battle system. Read more
Published on 30 Jun 2012 by bianlu
5.0 out of 5 stars A game which defines the Final Fantasy series
This is the best Final Fantasy game of them all for me. There are so many positive things to say about it that I actually have no idea where to start. Read more
Published on 21 Mar 2011 by Sian
4.0 out of 5 stars hated this game first time playing but like it now
brilliant classic game i sold it before i really played it and now i rely like it thought it was great game better to get one before they come impossible to get
Published on 9 Dec 2010 by Mr. S. Trinh
5.0 out of 5 stars Final Fantasy
Very cool game with really great graphics. You can still have some great fun with this despite it being a old timer. Highly recommended.
Published on 9 Aug 2010 by Annette Hugill
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I can remember first playing this game. 2002 staying off school happy as larry. The game i neglected when it came out as i did'nt buy it for months once i started i knew that an... Read more
Published on 19 Mar 2010 by R. Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars Briliant
great buy, this game is brilliant and full marks to the seller, quick delivery and all works in excellent condition at a great price, thanks a lot ^^
Published on 25 May 2009 by Mr. Christopher H. Clarke
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