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Final Fantasy IX

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Final Fantasy IX


4 CDs (PSX), download (PSN, App and Steam)

Game modes

Single player, multiplayer

Available languages

Japanese, English, German
Final Fantasy IX (jap. フ ァ イ ナ ル フ ァ ン タ ジ ー IX, Fainaru Fantajī Nain) was first published in Japan on July 7, 2000. It's the third and final part for the PlayStation console. In contrast to the two predecessors, this time no PC version was released because it was canceled during development.

After the last parts, which showed an increasing influence towards science fiction, was Final Fantasy IX intended as a return to the series' more fantasy-oriented roots. The characters, which were depicted as realistically as possible in the previous parts, are rather cartoon-like here, to remind of the "classic Final Fantasys". The game world has a medieval-European feel and has many mystical and magical elements. There are numerous allusions and references to previous parts. For example, you play with four characters instead of the usual three, as you would Final Fantasy VII or Final Fantasy VIII is used to.

On December 31, 2015, Square Enix announced a port for iOS / Android devices through the Final Fantasy Portal app and for Windows through Steam. The port for mobile devices was released on February 9, 2016, the Steam version followed almost two months later on April 14, 2016.

In addition to the traditional Final Fantasy elements such as chocobos, moogle, tomberies, cactors or the now obligatory cid, everything revolves around the topic of crystals. The ninth part shows many parallels Final Fantasy I. on. And Gilgamesh, the sword collector who travels through the dimensions, is back again, if only as a hidden Tetra Master champion.

Combat system Edit source]

The combat system is based on the classic ATB ("Active Time Battle" system). The timeline fills in Final Fantasy IX noticeably slower than in the previous parts. The characters' skill status value is around 30 and can only be improved with minimal equipment bonuses.

A total of 4 characters take part in the fight. It is possible to have any character controlled by another player with a second controller (but only in combat).

There are numerous techniques - offensive, defensive and supportive - that can influence the course of the fight positively or negatively. These techniques or abilities are imparted to the characters through weapons and equipment. If a character wears an item of equipment long enough, he can learn the abilities it contains on a permanent basis.

Plot [edit | Edit source]

Garnet Till Alexandros XVII grows in a supposedly ideal world. as a princess in Alexandria. Soon she will celebrate her 16th birthday. For this occasion, the famous group of actors Tantalus is traveling to Alexandria to perform their favorite play "I want to be your dove". The whole empire is in turmoil and makes a pilgrimage to the castle to experience this unique spectacle. Vivi Orunitia, the little black magician, is among the countless guests. But amidst all the hustle and bustle, Garnet has been plagued by nightmares lately. And she also notices that her mother's character has changed a lot. She was deeply affected by the death of the king, her husband. Garnet also feels hemmed in by her mother and ultimately decides to run away from home.

While escaping from the castle, she runs into Zidane Tribal, a member of the Tantalus gang. When Garnet asks him to kidnap her, it suits him very well, since he was planning to do so anyway. As a righteous gentleman, he eventually does Garnet a favor and kidnaps her. But when Queen Brane learns that Garnet has been kidnapped by the Tantalus, she lets the theater troupe's ship, the Prima Vista, come under fire. She also puts Adelbert Steiner, the captain of the infamous Pluto troop, on the Tantalus.

With great effort, the Tantalus and Garnet managed to escape from Alexandria, but due to the damage to their ship, crashed into the nearby enchanted forest.

After Zidane regains consciousness, he and Vivi and Captain Steiner go looking for Garnet. After the fall of the forest tyrant who held Garnet captive, they decide to set out for Lindblum to receive help from Grand Duke Cid. But as soon as they arrive in Lindblum, they learn that the great empire of Burmecia is being attacked by Alexandria. Garnet and Captain Steiner immediately go to Alexandria to confront their mother. Zidane, Vivi and the dragon slayer Freia Crescent rush to Burmecia to help the empire against the invasion of Alexandria.

The reasons for the invasion are still unknown. Garnet fears that it is all her fault and that she should never have run away from home. Meanwhile, Zidane and the others hold the position in Cleyra and defend the city against the advancing Alexandrian invaders. And Lindblum is also stepping up his strength. With Lindblum's help, it is believed that Brane's army can be stopped and the war ended as quickly as possible.

But then the unbelievable happens: Brane summons a beast, a powerful supreme being, which Cleyra destroys with one blow.

In the face of this threat from the Brane, the peoples of the continent of the mist fear that the peace on it will crumble. Nobody knows where Brane got such power from ...

Characters [edit | Edit source]

Presentation [edit | Edit source]

The character and environment design was done in Final Fantasy IX heavily belittled. Although this gives the game its unique flair, it is ultimately a matter of taste and not everyone likes this style. Nonetheless, the ninth part of the series is in no way inferior to its predecessors in the area of ​​graphics and even goes one better: The rendered sequences are stunning as in the eighth part. But at the latest with the animated beasts like Odin, Athmos and especially the fight of Bahamut against Alexander you notice that the level has been raised again significantly.

For the background music, old master Nobuo Uematsu was responsible, who delivered his most extensive soundtrack to date with 110 pieces. Final Fantasy IX was the last part with a soundtrack produced exclusively by him.

References [edit | Edit source]

Final Fantasy IX was intended as a tribute to the earlier games and therefore has tons of allusions, some obvious and some rather hidden. However, some of them were lost due to the translations into English and from there into German.

  • Garlant has the same name as the antagonist of the first part, Garland.
  • Kuja's leitmotif sounds very similar to a piece of music from Final Fantasy V.
  • The Gurug volcano already existed in Final Fantasy I. In addition, the same background music is playing here.
  • The four bosses at the place of memory correspond to the four chaos from the first part.
  • The shop at the Südentor is called Altea. This is also the name of the city in Final Fantasy II, where the base of the wild rose is located.
  • Bells are rung for access to Gizamaluke's grotto, which then opens gates, as does the bell from Final Fantasy II.
  • After Terra is destroyed, the gramophone can be activated in the village of the black magicians when Doga's artifact and Unei's mirror, both important characters in Final Fantasy III, have been found. The background music will then switch to a piece from Final Fantasy III as long as the player is in the village.
  • The BestiaMadhin is a mistranslation and refers to Maduin from Final Fantasy VI.
  • At the weapons store in Lindblum, Zidane alludes to Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII when he stands in front of an extremely large sword.
  • The dwarves from Kondeya Pata use the same greeting as the dwarves from Final Fantasy IV.
  • There's an old man in Lindblum named Locke who probably alludes to Lock Cole from Final Fantasy VI.
  • Kuja throws Garlant off the platform in the Pandaemonium, much like Kefka Palazzo overthrows the Emperor from Final Fantasy VI from the flying continent.
  • The pandemonium also existed in Final Fantasy II.
  • When Garnet escapes from Alexandria Castle, she wears her cloak identical to that of a white magician.
  • Vivi's design largely corresponds to the black magician from Part I.
  • Cids name part fable is called in the English version Fabool and is the same as Fabul, a kingdom from Final Fantasy IV.
  • Cid's wife is named Hilda, just like the resistance fighter from Final Fantasy II.
  • A flower girl wanders around ruined Alexandria, similar to Aerith Gainsborough in Part VII.
  • In the play by the Tantalus group there is talk of a princess Cornelia. Cornelia was the first city in Final Fantasy I and its princess was kidnapped.
  • There is a shop in Lindblum whose name refers to Porom, one of the twins from Final Fantasy IV.
  • The story that is brought together at Ramuh reflects the events around Josef from Final Fantasy II.
  • After surviving the fight with Bark in the haunted forest and Zidane looking for Princess Garnet, the orchestra of Tantalus plays a piece from Final Fantasy VII.

Trivia [edit | Edit source]

  • In the readers' poll for the best Japanese game of all time Famitsu in February 2006, Final Fantasy IX landed on the 24th rank.
  • Final Fantasy IX sold around 2 million units in Japan.
  • At the start of Final Fantasy VIII, there were rumors about Final Fantasy IX, in which it was said that the ninth part should take place again in the world of Final Fantasy VII. A man named Blade is supposed to bring Shin-Ra back to life in order to achieve world domination. In addition, a new character by the name of Syklar Goodsworth should appear.

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