If you are one with finer tastes when it comes to your choice of Final Fantasy game, you’ll agree that the series began to lose some of its charm after the ninth title in the series. That’s not to say the tenth game was bad, but it marked a change of direction as far as storytelling, composition, and presentation for the series. Of course, with Final Fantasy IX being the last game to be developed for the original PlayStation console the changes weren’t too much of a surprise. Jumping up toward the capabilities of the then new PS2 meant there was a lot more that they could do. A lot of choices for direction and game play opened up and as a developer, there is a certain expectation to balance technological innovation with your upholding of the classic tropes. That being said, woo boy, they jacked the formula up progressively.

However, those whose broken hearts have been aching since finishing the game during its release in 2000 are in for an incredible treat. Final Fantasy IX, debatably one of the fringe-ier entries, has received a shiny new remake for the PS4.

Here are some details from the press release:

  • High-definition movies and character models
  • Auto-save functionality
  • Seven optional booster features, including high speed mode and no encounter mode, the Master All Abilities booster, which will allow players to automatically master equipped weapons and gear, as well as features to maximize character levels, magic stone counts and gil
  • PlayStation®4 trophy support, share functionality and remote play with the PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system

These changes have solved all of the issues I faced when coming back to play the game after years. When starting it up, I would always cringe at how rough a lot of the visuals held up. The auto-saving is also important. I don’t play games to gamble with progress and many times a death that had made me go back an entire chapter wrecking my progress (because I was excited and immersed sadly enough) has made me stop playing a game entirely.

The retail price for this one is $20.99 but if you grab the game before September 26th, bam, you’ll only have to pay $16.79. Now, if only they could solve my issues with the scary chef monster and frustrating chocobo treasure side-quests.

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