I was playing the game with some friends who I used to play a bunch of jrpgs with.
I was probably just to young to write about it on message boards etc. But I do remember trying to convince one of my friends to play it because he liked VIII, didn't succeed tho', too "cartoony" for him 🤷♂️ .
I was around 11 years old at the time, and I remember how big of a deal the releases for FFVII & FFVIII was...then one day I happened to be at a EB Games, and I just happened to see the cover for Final Fantasy IX, it was so strange I had to do a double take, because I legit never even knew they released a new Final Fantasy, considering how much I feel in love with that series.
FFIX is a great game, but I prefer FFVII & FFVIII. My guess is the art style and probably lack of marketing is why it sold 5 million instead of 8-10 million.
This reminded me of the time that after playing the game, I asked my gaming friends why nobody told me about FF9 early. All their answers were: "The kiddy one? Man, you will be better off playing the superior/manly one: FF7"
I admit this may have added to my dislike to FF7 and FF8.
Seriously though, this guide. I have it still and it is such a special thing. Game was fun. I was in high school. I just remember playing 7 and loving it. 8 was a annoying because draw/cast. 9 was just, I don't know, something special?
Agreed, making the science-fantasy elements more at the forefront compared to previous games resulting in the cyberpunk leanings of VII and the advanced yet contemporary style of VIII led to creating different expectations for players who became fans of the franchise with those games, with finally introducing more realistic proportions at all times in VIII rather than only sometimes like in VII not doing any favors to IX's more traditional fantasy leanings with super-deformed models.
Never liked the main characters tail and I had moved on to the PS2 by then so I stayed away. Now that I'm older I don't really care for the design but would play it, but haven't had a chance to go back.
Always loved it and was baffled to find out it was hated on so much. I have a distinct memory of visiting a local game shop and the owner was from japan and he was the one that told me in japan people hated the style of the game and zidane himself. I supported the game at the time and it's still in my top 3. Beatrix is my favorite FF lady too.
I'm okay with dismissing WoFF though I can't stand the funko style at all. If everyone was in the KH style like the main kids I wouldn't be complaining.
I'll never understand why some people take a thread title so literally.
Obviously I'm not specifically calling out the members of this forum. The "You" represents the culture of the time, which was largely highly negative towards FFIX.
It's nice to know the game is getting the praise it deserves now, but this is also the reason we don't see more refreshing experimental games like this.
You think Nintendo will ever make a non-handheld Zelda on the style of Wind Waker ever again? The early aughts were pretty much "Fuck your cartoons" and that's probably affected a lot of decision-making from devs even today.