Final Fantasy IX gets PC release 15 years after console debut0 Comments
There's not much to say about the Final Fantasy series that hasn't been said before. The franchise's history is long and storied, featuring a number of blockbuster titles through the decades. Though any particular one of those entries has been cited as the best at one point or another, fans seem to have a particular fondness for Final Fantasy IX — likely because it blended the most popular elements from the series' past with the surprisingly-capable PlayStation hardware. And now, over 15 years after its PSX debut, Final Fantasy IX is finally available on PC.
Releasing just yesterday via Steam, the latest version of the title includes a number of extra features adapted from the mobile versions of the game. Namely, the game now features speed boosters that allow players to blast through the experience, as well as options for disabling random battles and a handy autosave mechanic. It also features new high-quality character models and refined FMV cinematics, but appears otherwise much the same as fans likely remember it.
I can't honestly say that Final Fantasy IX was ever my favorite — FFVI holds that esteem — but I do vastly prefer it to its 32-bit brethren. It ditched that quasi-futuristic look the series inexplicably developed in the mid-to-late 1990s, opting instead for a more traditional fantasy feel, and the battle and leveling mechanics felt fine-tuned after struggling with FFVIII's convoluted Junction system. It's a great game in its own right, and the Steam version seems about the most true-to-form way to experience it without having to dig out old game hardware. And, just for that little extra sweetness, its available with a 20% discount for a limited time, taking the cost of entry down to $16.79.
Final Fantasy IX Arrives On PC After 16 Years, Rock, Paper, Shotgun