Yes, it's finally that time. It's finally time for the blog that has been building up inside of me for quite a while, but I couldn't quite piece it together the way I wanted. Today, I have decided that enough is enough, and even if the final product leaves much to be desired, at least I did something about it.
(Note: This is mostly an opinion piece, and though I may come off a little strong at some points, it's all for good fun. I hope I do not offend anyone too much...)
Final Fantasy IX is the best Final Fantasy game of the PlayStation era.
As I duck from the many Buster Swords, Gunblades and Triple Triad cards that are currently flying toward my head, I'll try to explain why I just said what I said. You see, over the last couple of months I've read some pretty...disturbing things over the internet. They may have been opinions, but opinions or not they struck me very deep inside as ignorance.
You see, I can understand that Final Fantasy VII is the most popular and well known of the series. It has developed a huge fanbase and it deserves it; it gave new life to the RPG genre in the United States, as well as pushed the bar when it came to presentation. I also understand the love for Final Fantasy VIII, a game not much as loves as VII but has its fair share of followers. It improved on many things that Final Fantasy VII did, but failed in a couple of noticeable areas (Draw System, weak Chocobo minigame, etc). VIII had a great cast of characters and soundtrack though, so in the end most of the flaws were forgivable.
What I do not understand...is when a sequel that beats them both in mostly every way (storyline is debatable, I understand) gets shrugged off and tossed aside in many different discussions, comments and contests held by the general online community. It's heartbreaking to see the game get neglected for the silliest reasons, and all of that neglect made me want to talk about it.
Zidane detects your neglect :(
You're probably thinking to yourself "why the hell should you care what others think? If it's great then it's great!". Well, that's not good enough for Final Fantasy IX. Especially when you get some unreal sounding reasons on why IX was not "as good" as the others. Here's one that really got me going:
" FFVIII wins, IX was terrible IMO, it took a turn into a setting that was all wrong for an FF game."
My logic cried that day. For those of you that don't know, Final Fantasy IX was a return to the roots of the series, with a fantasy setting that included castles, knights, black mages, etc. It immediately told me that this person probably only played VII and VIII and had yet to experience any other. Understandable, if you just played them recently (like, within the last year or two) but there's no excuse to not play the older games yet. Most of them have been ported to different platforms many times, and you would owe it to yourself to enjoy them.
Anyway, the statements like that really got to me. I may be coming off as somewhat of an asshole FF elitist (which I don't consider myself as) but if you're gonna make a statement like that, at least back it up with something that makes sense. I'm not even gonna bother posting what he said afterwards, because it would make Vivi cry.
So, the throwing of those objects seems to have calmed down, so I'll go on to explain why I feel Final Fantasy IX is the best of the "PSone Trilogy". As soon as I dodge this Cait Sith plushie I'll move on. :: dodges :: Ahem, anyway...here I go.
Whoops, hope this isn't much of a spoiler...just was too epic to not include.
I could go on and on, but I'm guessing most of you get the point by now...if you're still reading this. I love Final Fantasy IX, and I want it to be loved as much as its brothers. I mean, there's really no good reason to pass up on this game. It's arguably Final Fantasy at its finest during that generation. Sure, you may end up liking Cloud or Squall better than Zidane, but he deserves to be made into avatars and icons just like them.
Well, as you may have figured by now, I don't really have much else to say. Seems like my mind just failed me at the moment, and I can't really add much else. Hopefully though, I got my point across. I hope everyone who hasn't yet gets a chance to play this wonderful game. Hopefully Sony will release it on the PSN so PS3 and PSP owners can experience it.
Guess that will be the end of it. Hope everyone has a good week. Smile.
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