Posts Tagged ‘Final Fantasy IX’

by Keith Crandell Jr.

*Editor’s Note: This review covers Dissidia and Dissidia 012*

Dissidia’s initial selling point was the conflict between ten heroes and villains from the numbered installments.

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Final Fantasy Week (really, Month at this point) continues with the crew’s article on their favorite Final Fantasy Characters! Instead of the usual (again, no love for Cloud) picks, we have an interesting round up!

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By Alex Schmitz

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The cast of Final Fantasy IX. Left to Right: Quina, Freya, Eiko, Princess Garnet, Zidane, Steiner, Vivi, and Amarant.

Released in 2000, Final Fantasy IX was caught between the end of one generation and the beginning of the next. The Playstation 2 was already out and many fans were looking forward to the amazing visuals of the upcoming Final Fantasy X rather than paying attention to an obsolete console. Though the game sold well, it couldn’t match up to the success of its two more realistic predecessors. Ask gamers about their favorite RPG on the original PlayStation and most will name Final Fantasy VII. This is a true shame since this game has arguably the best graphics on the PlayStation, a 140 piece soundtrack that composer Nobuo Uematsu has called his favorite in the series, and the highest Metacritic score of any game in the series. The return to a medieval fantasy setting recaptures the magic and fun of the series’ earlier titles. With eight permanent party members, players have character options  but not so many that characters get lost in the crowd. Its beautiful story, huge world, and balanced battle system make it one of the best JRPG’s of all time.

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By Alex Schmitz 

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Final Fantasy is one of the most historic and well known series in gaming. It has been innovative not only in game play and storytelling, but also in gaming soundtracks. The legendary composer for most of the series, Nobuo Uematsu, has performed this music in orchestras around the world. I will be highlighting two great tracks from each numbered game in the series to show the breadth of the series’ musical accomplishments.

(Editor’s Note:  Want to listen to the track? Click on the song name!)

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