IGN | Why Final Fantasy IX Is The Best Game of All Time

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#1 Edited by Sweenix (5396 posts) -
#2 Posted by mrintro (1354 posts) -

Nope

#3 Posted by Sweenix (5396 posts) -

@mrintro said:

Nope

Yep. It's a masterpiece

#4 Posted by pelvist (4560 posts) -

I honestly thought FFIX was shit compared to the earlier games in the series.

#5 Edited by Consternated (489 posts) -

@pelvist said:

I honestly thought FFIX was shit compared to the earlier games in the series.

I'd take IX over anything else on the PS1, to be honest. VIII just had the most irritating lineup of characters I've encountered in a game, as well as a stupid draw/equip system which means you can auto-attack the game to completion after 2 hours of grinding a card minigame a garden. FF VII is very good, but I think IX edges it on setting, for me.

VI > All, though.

#6 Posted by turtlethetaffer (16609 posts) -

I still need to play all the PS1 games.

#7 Posted by Basinboy (10973 posts) -

One of my favorite games of all time. I wish Lead had articulated her reasons more clearly.

Also, is it sexist of me to roll my eyes when the female gamer gushes over the love story? (which is, btw, probably the best to date in videogaming)

#8 Posted by Consternated (489 posts) -
@Basinboy said:

One of my favorite games of all time. I wish Lead had articulated her reasons more clearly.

Also, is it sexist of me to roll my eyes when the female gamer gushes over the love story? (which is, btw, probably the best to date in videogaming)

It's probably worse for me to want to stamp on Greg Millers face because... That's his face.

#9 Edited by Basinboy (10973 posts) -

@Basinboy said:

One of my favorite games of all time. I wish Lead had articulated her reasons more clearly.

Also, is it sexist of me to roll my eyes when the female gamer gushes over the love story? (which is, btw, probably the best to date in videogaming)

It's probably worse for me to want to stamp on Greg Millers face because... That's his face.

Try out his podcast, maybe your hate will subside.

#10 Posted by Allicrombie (25114 posts) -

IX is definitely way better than VII or VIII.

#11 Posted by Sweenix (5396 posts) -

IX is definitely way better than VII or VIII.

i <3 u

#12 Posted by Lulu_Lulu (9695 posts) -

Fucking Cutscenes ! :o

#13 Posted by Lulu_Lulu (9695 posts) -

Fucking Cutscenes ! :o

her so called greatest story of all time is a damn movie ! Why do we even bother with gameplay !

They should shoulda just made a movie like FF VII.

#14 Posted by Ballroompirate (22194 posts) -

IX is definitely way better than VII or VIII.

and FF6 is better than all three of those combined

Sploosh

#15 Posted by Boddicker (2390 posts) -

Gotta admit that IX was my favorite of the PS1 FF's.

But like Consternated said: VI > all

That's one JRPG I would gladly play thru again. Now how many years has Squenix been grinding the FF name into the mud?

#16 Posted by Nonstop-Madness (9466 posts) -

FF9 is definitely up there with FF7 and FF10.

#17 Edited by AmazonTreeBoa (16744 posts) -

I like 7 more.

#18 Edited by Articuno76 (18675 posts) -

Fucking Cutscenes ! :o

her so called greatest story of all time is a damn movie ! Why do we even bother with gameplay !

They should shoulda just made a movie like FF VII.

Final Fantasy 7-9 hardly have any cutscenes at all. In that respect they are actually more advanced than the PS2/3 era games; mostly seamless integration in-and-out of dialogue (no 'cuts' to black. So not technically a 'cut' scene). Control is taken and given from the player without any obvious transition.

#19 Posted by mrintro (1354 posts) -

@Sweenix said:

@mrintro said:

Nope

Yep. It's a masterpiece

Well, it's been like 10-11 years since I played it, but I do remember how FF7 & FF8 really pushed the series, while FF9 felt like they were playing it safe. You gotta remember when FF7 first came out it totally blew everyone away. FF8 was a nice twist, but FF9 felt very traditional.

#20 Posted by Lulu_Lulu (9695 posts) -

@ Articuno76

If you wana get all "technical" then sure. But that level of non-interactivity is actually worse than cutscenes. So....

Bottom line is control is taken, hardly a sign of video games storytelling moving foward. Hence why a movie makes more sense if you don't like people doing stuff.

#21 Posted by StriateEnd (497 posts) -

Haven't even played it.

Is it really better than Final Fantasy 6 though? That shit was so fuking amazing. One of my fav games of all time!

#22 Posted by seanmcloughlin (38204 posts) -

IX is definitely way better than VII or VIII.

You are incredibly correct

It's my favourite FF game but not the best game ever

#23 Posted by Sweenix (5396 posts) -

@mrintro said:

@Sweenix said:

@mrintro said:

Nope

Yep. It's a masterpiece

Well, it's been like 10-11 years since I played it, but I do remember how FF7 & FF8 really pushed the series, while FF9 felt like they were playing it safe. You gotta remember when FF7 first came out it totally blew everyone away. FF8 was a nice twist, but FF9 felt very traditional.

Final Fantasy IX was meant to be traditional, because Final Fantasy 8 received alot of hate from the community. There is a reason why Final Fantasy 8 is the second most hated final fantasy game, behind the XIII Series. "I like final fantasy 8, by the way."

#24 Edited by Zaibach (13430 posts) -

definitely the best FF nit sure about GOAT game though

#25 Edited by uninspiredcup (7530 posts) -

That giggly casual bitch probably hasn't even played 15 minutes of Postal 2.

#26 Posted by noodlevixen (476 posts) -

Gregg Miller is like a less funny version of Dane Cook.

Dane Cook is like a less funny version of an actually funny person.

On topic, everyone has their favorite in the series. It's hard for me to judge this one because I haven't played it and probably won't because I'm not into mmo's, but I have low standards for recent Final Fantasy's. They fell from grace years ago in my book.

#27 Posted by PyratRum (561 posts) -

Not even the best FF. Hell, I think it's the weakest of the PS1 era FFs.

Still a great game though.

#28 Posted by g0ddyX (3885 posts) -

There are two types of Final Fantasy fans that I have noticed.
The ones who like cute and furry.... and ones who like mature and human like.
ie FF9 v FF7/10/8

#29 Posted by DJ-Lafleur (34115 posts) -

It's not even my favorite FF, let alone favorite game of all time.

Still think it's great though.

#30 Edited by Jag85 (4298 posts) -
@Basinboy said:

One of my favorite games of all time. I wish Lead had articulated her reasons more clearly.

Also, is it sexist of me to roll my eyes when the female gamer gushes over the love story? (which is, btw, probably the best to date in videogaming)

It was posted on Valentine's Day, so that's why she was mainly focusing on the love story. While I wouldn't exactly consider it the very best romance in gaming, Zidane and Garnet do have some of the best chemistry in the series, with their relationship feeling natural rather than forced.

Also, female characters have always been a big part of what FF fangirls found appealing about the series, so that's kind of why her reasons focused so much on Garnet. And for what it's worth, she is one of the most well-written female characters in the series, almost like a Studio Ghibli heroine, i.e. a meek-looking girl who breaks out of her traditional gender role and builds up the inner strength to achieve great things. In other words, it's not difficult to see why a lot of fangirls would identify with Garnet.

#31 Edited by blamix99 (1606 posts) -

IX>VIII>VI>VII

#32 Posted by seanmcloughlin (38204 posts) -

That giggly casual bitch probably hasn't even played 15 minutes of Postal 2.

I haven't even played Postal 2 and I'm not a casual

#33 Posted by vincent380 (2242 posts) -

Lol I enjoyed 7 8 9 and 10 equally. That's how good FF was to me.

#34 Posted by chessmaster1989 (29061 posts) -

IX is great but I'd say it's behind X and XII. Ahead of VII and way better than VIII or XIII though.

#35 Edited by vincent380 (2242 posts) -

@Sweenix said:

@mrintro said:

@Sweenix said:

@mrintro said:

Nope

Yep. It's a masterpiece

Well, it's been like 10-11 years since I played it, but I do remember how FF7 & FF8 really pushed the series, while FF9 felt like they were playing it safe. You gotta remember when FF7 first came out it totally blew everyone away. FF8 was a nice twist, but FF9 felt very traditional.

Final Fantasy IX was meant to be traditional, because Final Fantasy 8 received alot of hate from the community. There is a reason why Final Fantasy 8 is the second most hated final fantasy game, behind the XIII Series. "I like final fantasy 8, by the way."

I refuse to believe that 8 is the second most hated FF Game when FF 12 exist. Now that game was garbage i couldn't even finish it. Specially with the Licensing Board that was awful. None of the characters are memorable all of them where dull as dirt. Except maybe for Basch or was it Balthier?

#36 Edited by Jakandsigz (4512 posts) -

People who grew up with certain games seem to not want to move one and will pretend the games is better than everything else while also complaining about issues about the same game some other time. in this case, this person has just done that before.

#37 Edited by Renegade_Fury (17008 posts) -

As if I needed another reason not to give a shit about the opinion of ign hacks. 3 minutes of gushing over a FF story. SMFH.

#38 Edited by finalfantasy94 (26235 posts) -

You forgot to add the MY part for the title.

#39 Posted by finalfantasy94 (26235 posts) -

@Jag85 said:
@Basinboy said:

One of my favorite games of all time. I wish Lead had articulated her reasons more clearly.

Also, is it sexist of me to roll my eyes when the female gamer gushes over the love story? (which is, btw, probably the best to date in videogaming)

It was posted on Valentine's Day, so that's why she was mainly focusing on the love story. While I wouldn't exactly consider it the very best romance in gaming, Zidane and Garnet do have some of the best chemistry in the series, with their relationship feeling natural rather than forced.

Also, female characters have always been a big part of what FF fangirls found appealing about the series, so that's kind of why her reasons focused so much on Garnet. And for what it's worth, she is one of the most well-written female characters in the series, almost like a Studio Ghibli heroine, i.e. a meek-looking girl who breaks out of her traditional gender role and builds up the inner strength to achieve great things. In other words, it's not difficult to see why a lot of fangirls would identify with Garnet.

I found her very forgetable. I like some of the other cast though.

#40 Posted by Gaming-Planet (13863 posts) -

FFIX is underrated but not my best pick. I really enjoyed FFVIII over it, and that probably has to do with that being my first Final Fantasy game. The graphics were pretty sweet at the time, and the game had a charming feel to it.

FFVII has a deeper plot, memorable characters, and crazy twists. FFVIII was cinematic, great humor because of Squall being an emo douche, and amazing soundtracks.

#41 Posted by WallofTruth (1323 posts) -
#42 Posted by Vaasman (11177 posts) -

First of all, the video says "my favorite," not "the best." IGN isn't making a statement collectively like your title implies. Don't be a moron.

Second, lol. It certainly isn't even the best FF, much less the best game ever.

#43 Posted by Basinboy (10973 posts) -

@Vaasman said:

First of all, the video says "my favorite," not "the best." IGN isn't making a statement collectively like your title implies. Don't be a moron.

Second, lol. It certainly isn't even the best FF, much less the best game ever.

#44 Posted by Vaasman (11177 posts) -

@Basinboy said:

@Vaasman said:

First of all, the video says "my favorite," not "the best." IGN isn't making a statement collectively like your title implies. Don't be a moron.

Second, lol. It certainly isn't even the best FF, much less the best game ever.

#45 Posted by Basinboy (10973 posts) -

@Vaasman said:

@Basinboy said:

@Vaasman said:

First of all, the video says "my favorite," not "the best." IGN isn't making a statement collectively like your title implies. Don't be a moron.

Second, lol. It certainly isn't even the best FF, much less the best game ever.

#46 Posted by hiphops_savior (7791 posts) -

IX has some issues, with characters other than Vivi, Zidane, Garnet and Steiner being underdeveloped.

Still beats VII and VIII, though.

VI beats all, however, just in terms of character development and the greatest villain of all time.

Speaking of VI, it's long overdue for a 3D style remake like FF4 DS.

#47 Posted by Seabas989 (10026 posts) -

It's in my top 3.

#48 Edited by ShepardCommandr (2267 posts) -
#49 Edited by Basinboy (10973 posts) -

IX has some issues, with characters other than Vivi, Zidane, Garnet and Steiner being underdeveloped.

Still beats VII and VIII, though.

VI beats all, however, just in terms of character development and the greatest villain of all time.

Speaking of VI, it's long overdue for a 3D style remake like FF4 DS.

Amarant and Quina aren't particularly deep characters (no blue mage really ever seems to be either) but they're still sympathetic and at least have some background. I wouldn't consider either Eiko (especially) or Freya underdeveloped, though. The latter has a less complex backstory and emotional package than other members of the cast, but she has a distinct identity that's fully communicated within the game's context. Plus what more can be expected from a secondary character in a cast of 8 controllable protagonists? Most every other FF game has far more underdeveloped characters than Freya and less cast members.

I go back and forth between Sephiroth and Kefka for best videogame villain (because Kefka is kind of a Joker knock-off in many ways, I see Golbez, Sephiroth, Gabranth, and Jecht more unique and interesting). But it's tougher to argue against Kefka in light of the fact that S-E went and maligned good portions of the FFVII universe with Advent Children and Dirge of Cerberus.

#50 Posted by da_illest101 (7408 posts) -

I have been replaying it recently. I'm at the part where you fight the black mage number 3. As much as I love the game, the combat is painfully slow. It was my main problem with the game when I was younger still is now. I also hate the fact that even if I didn't play the game for like 10-13 years I still remember everything. When I was replaying legend of dragoon I didn't remember much.

I still prefer FF VII, but not by much. FFIX is still my third favourite game ever