Excerpt: As the last new Final Fantasy game to grace the PlayStation console, Final Fantasy IX closed the era with a throwback to its origins. Instead of further advancing the series graphically by making it look realistic like the prior two games, IX takes a step away from realism and focuses on characters and the story behind them.
Excerpt: The last Final Fantasy on the original Playstation, Final Fantasy IX ‘s whole catch was “The Crystal Comes Back.” Media outlets often described the game as being more like early FF’s with phrases like “return to its fantasy roots.” What these turned out to mean, however, wasn’t what players expected.
Excerpt: With promises of a return to the more traditional style of Final Fantasies, Square brought to America probably one of their strongest FFs for the Playstation yet. Sporting highly detailed characters, eye-blowing FMVs and a return of the four-person party, Final Fantasy IX is a great game that's fun to play. In fact, the game is as addicting as they come.
Pros: Grand CG-rendered movies, Excellent story and characters, Numerous side games and hidden items
Cons: Linear gameplay, Tetra Master is difficult to play, Maybe too many FMVs
Excerpt: Entering hand in hand with the “cuter” super deformed look is a story line that is a little more lighthearted than the previous Playstation Final Fantasy efforts. If the other Final Fantasy titles were “Interactive Movies” then FF IX is an “Interactive Action/Comedy.” Sidekicks, romance, and thrilling sub-plots are constantly upstaging one another in this exhilarating and entertaining adventure.
Excerpt: Why would anyone use a sword to take down a gun-toting maniac? Questions like this have plagued me as Final Fantasy, a role-playing game (RPG) series from SquareSoft, has adopted a more "steampunk" setting, blending magic and technology. Such infusions have contributed to Final Fantasy's darker stories and flawed characters, a far cry from the series' brighter, pre-PlayStation days.