Yes. I’ve finally beaten it. After three months of delay, I’ve finally beaten Final Fantasy IX. And it’s safe to call this game an instant classic. I loved every second of this game. I loved the story, the characters, the combat – everything.
But the question remains… why did it take me so long to beat it? Why did I put it off for so long? It’s not that Final Fantasy IX isn’t a great game. I sincerely loved it. It’s my 13th favorite game of all time, so that means something.
However, the three-month endeavor also means something. As amazing as this game is, there’s a reason it took me so long to complete.
As much as I love adventure and RPG games, I need a sense of direction. My least favorite thing is wandering. I hate playing a game for an hour without making progress. I want to know that the time I spent playing is actually worth something. I don’t want to waste an hour of my life just meandering around, so I play these immense RPG or adventure games with guides. That’s how I choose to enjoy these types of games. Now, I definitely have my own playstyle. During my Final Fantasy IX playthrough, I chose my own characters, my own equips, and my own strategies. I don’t want to be told how to play the game, but I like to be told where to go.
So after I found a handy guide, my love for FFIX bloomed into radiant affection. Even when the guide told me to use Steiner for this section, I implemented my own “Andy” strategies.
And FFIX is a truly amazing game. I fell in love with Vivi. I wanted nothing more than Zidane and Garnet to be together. I resented Kuja. The characters weren’t just images on a screen – they honestly were people to me, and that personal connection is hard to find in modern video games.
The story was a little cluttered for me, but after I got more comfortable with the characters, I really got into the story. I wanted to stop Kuja. I wanted to discover who Vivi and Zidane were. And I really wanted to summon Bahamut.
But the best part of FFIX was the customizable experience. There is no right way to play this game. You can go all-out offense. You can bring two summoners. You can rely on abilities rather than white magic. And when I finally figured out my own strategy, I felt like FFIX was made just for me. What was my strategy?
- x2 Reflect
- Flare…on Vivi
It brought death and destruction upon anything and everything—final boss included. And the best part was that I thought of this strategy all on my own. The experience I had was made by ME. The fact that FFIX could create such depth is nothing short of astounding.
No spoilers, but I thought that the final dungeon was a little much. There was SO much build-up and such an exhausting boss gauntlet… I sat down thinking that I was near the end of the game- but I actually had four more hours left. Maybe that was just to emphasize how far Zidane and his crew had come… whatever. It wasn’t my favorite part, but I liked kicking the crap out of the bosses.
This game is polished, heart-wrenching, and unparalleled. I usually stick to Nintendo games, but I branched out. I knew that FFIX was going to be an incredible journey, and I was right. The characters will sneak into your heart. The music will get stuck in your head. And the experience will be with you forever.
I highly, HIGHLY recommend Final Fantasy IX to every gamer out there. You may need a guide (like me), but FFIX delivers on a grand scale. I needed to space out my play sessions so that I could adequately digest each chapter. That’s why it took me so long. I was trying to get the best experience it could offer. And it changed me.
I love you, Vivi.