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All You Final Fantasy IX Fans: Where Were You When It Mattered?

Oct 25, 2017
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I was busy playing the game and I thought it was a return to form after feeling average on FFVII and being greatly disappointed in FFVIII.

I never really checked out the internet's opinion of the game until years after I beat it. I was more heavily involved in the Pokemon communities than any of the Final Fantasy ones at the time.
 
Dec 16, 2017
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I was in college, playing it. Then disliking it eventually, never to return.

Yet, here I am almost 20 years after FFVIII released, realizing that I think it's a better game than VII, but still thinking IX is terribly boring and slow.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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i bought it at launch, it was great and all but (to my recollection) general consensus was neither great nor bad, just kinda "oh, that was cool"

and i was more or less on that page. to me the game was a victory lap of the franchise's PS1 success with a serving of classic FF as nod to the pre-FF7 fans. i guess a good analogue would be Resident Evil 3, at the gen's twilight and it's perfectly a solid game but it was just kind of in passing. years later you wonder why it wasn't a bigger deal but at the time it was more of a side step to the franchise's "next gen" treatment
 
Oct 26, 2017
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I feel like the core fanbase was fine with the game, praised it and bought it. Any naysaying was very minor and probably had little impact on sales.

It was just a late PS1 release in the shadow of the PS2 and it's not like that look was going to have massive crossover appeal beyond previous entries.
 
Oh, I was there.

I was thirteen and really starting to get into JRPGs. Rented it from Hollywood Video but couldn't get past Disc 1/Dali Village because the rental copy I had was in such horrible condition. So I replayed the first few hours of the game over and over and over again until it was time to return the game. Few weeks later I got my own copy.

IX was my first Final Fantasy and remains my favorite to this day.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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Played it when it came out and loved every second of it. I still have very fond memories playing it back then. Doesn't matter that I like some other FF games more than IX, I still love it a lot. I should actually replay it one day.
 
Mar 22, 2018
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Are we actually trying to blame players at random for... some game director hypothetically not being put in charge of the next Final Fantasy after releasing a critically acclaimed, commercially successful entry two decades ago ? (And another one a few years later, I mean if you want to blame someone for FFIX not getting a sequel or Ito seemingly not directing another another entry, blame Square, not the people who bought and praised his games en masse)
 
Oct 27, 2017
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I bought it the day it came out, I dunno what you want from me! Also, World of Final Fantasy was pretty disappointing, though I have not tried the new and improved one. I like some of what it did but the designs were too Nomura and the difficulty was too wonky. Also, i really dislike mascot parades, they're the first sign that a team doesn't know how to make a good classical FF game. What makes classical FF great is the structure and understanding of how to create personal mythology, which was on full display in Heavensward.
 
Apr 19, 2018
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I picked up both the Japanese import and North American versions on Day 1. I've got it via PSN and Steam. And yes, I too even purchased that shitty PlayOnline "guide book".

So yah, super fan here. I'll most likely pick it up on the Switch, provided it's a decent enough port.
 
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Nov 15, 2018
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I was 13. I was far away from all online forums so i didn't let the public opinion poison my mind on what's supposed to be "cool" to like or not.

It was the first Final Fantasy i ever played and i loved every second of it.
In fact, i loved it so much that after that one, i played FFVII and FFVIII and didn't really like them as much.
Then i played FFX and i loved it too.

But FFIX is simply special. First of all, i love the setting. The world of Gaia is simply amazing. I like the fact that it's not a futuristic world.
Also, it has the best OST from ANY Final Fantasy ever.
Fight me all you want.

I'm playing it right now on the PS4 and loving every second of it.
In fact...i bought FFIX and FFXV...played 2 hours of XV and decided to start FFIX again and i still couldn't let go of it.
I actually stopped playing everything else to revisit it. That was NOT supposed to happen.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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FF IX was the last game of "Epic Gaming Winter Break 2000."

Over the month of winter break during University that year (2000-2001 school year). I played, in order: Shenmue, Skies of Arcadia, Resident Evil 3, Grandma 2, and finally Final Fantasy 9. I finished up a couple days after spring term started.

So...I bought it, played it, and loved it.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Haha this is the most ridiculous, bullshit retroactive finger pointing I’ve seen in a while. I say this as someone that feels Persona 2 was the last good game in that series.

I bought FFIX when it came out. The market, industry, and the way gamers communicated were all very different at that time.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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I got it for Christmas the year it came out here, so I absolutely was playing the crap out of the game (but ran into loading issues, due to my PS1 having some read problems on some sections of the game. Bahamut ravaging the city on Disc 3, when you go to make decisions for the troops, the game often would soft lock for me there).

I was... 11, I wanna say.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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I bought it the day it came out, I dunno what you want from me! Also, World of Final Fantasy was pretty disappointing, though I have not tried the new and improved one. I like some of what it did but the designs were too Nomura and the difficulty was too wonky. Also, i really dislike mascot parades, they're the first sign that a team doesn't know how to make a good classical FF game. What makes classical FF great is the structure and understanding of how to create personal mythology, which was on full display in Heavensward.
Personal mythology is a good phrase. Now I have a name for the thing I think was missing from Octopath and that Xenoblade Chronicles 2 had in spades. It's also something that can be taken too far like in FFXIII.

Thinking about it now, FFIX and XBC2 have a lot of themes in common. Which makes sense considering they were both newer games trying to capture the feeling of the SNES RPGs.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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I'm always reading people singing the praises of Final Fantasy IX, talking about how refreshing its charming visual style is, the beautifully woven story and characters, and how Ito deserves to be the director of Final Fantasy XVI.

I don't disagree with any of that, but I often wonder where were you all when the game was launched under a tirade of constant mockery and low sales?

I still remember how in nearly every forum I visited at the time, FFIX was being criticized for its "shitty muppets" designs and "Disney-fied" story. Even major gaming sites at the time were joining in the mockery, despite also giving it the high scores it deserved.

And then World of Final Fantasy comes out, and people were also quick to bash on the refreshingly charming art style once again, this time yelling at the game for looking like some Lego/Funko knockoff and hating on all the dialogue and characters (both which I personally found hilarious).

So when you're all wondering why Ito won't be named head director of FFXVI by now, well....it's your fault.
I bought it on launch, and again later (when it was had the classic branding)... And then so many times after on all of the platforms it was available for.

I was a staff member for a fansite at the time and I wrote lots of content praising the game, and was singing its praises on forums as well.

Don't look at me, man!