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How does FF9 hold up today?

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IMO most of the pre-ps2 3D FF games don't hold up very well. Even a remaster of these probably wouldn't look very good. They would need full remakes, like the one FF7 is getting.

Though FF is on of my favorite game franchises, contrary to many other FF fans, FFIX is one of my least favorite. Still an ok game though.

Last edited by dharh - on 14 February 2019

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NobleTeam360 said:
I want to get it but 20.99 for this game seems overpriced. I'll wait for a sale.

Agreed, that being said as soon its on sale below $20 I will probably buy it. 



Landale_Star said:
RaptorChrist said:
How well is the game ported? I assume the 4:3 aspect ratio is maintained, but I'm hoping they have some sort of "pixel-perfect" mode. I much prefer that over stretching the image or adding extra post-processing effects to try and smooth the image. Same with in-game text. Square seems to like changing all of the game's text to run at a different resolution on top of the game, if you know what I mean by this. It's hard to describe, but I'd want it to look exactly as it did on the PS1.

Compared to the PS1 version, in my opinion, it looks terrible. The pre rendered areas suffer a lot and what was once beautiful is now a muddy mess. The polygonal stuff fares better with redone textures but they look off to me. Like some odd emulator filter. The old PS1 wobbly polygons have been fixed but I swear the game is skipping frames of animation occasionally. The battle menu has been redone and I don't like it as much but it's not a big deal.

Aside from visuals, there is still the music reset bug and there is no analog control. The analog stick just gives the 8 way movement of the d-pad and in FFIX that means those 8 directions aren't consistent from screen to screen. I find it awkward and although the game is still playable, it's a sorry effort when the PS1 original had nailed the analog control. There are other small changes but overall its still FFIX so it's still good. I just think it's absurd that Square gives us this mobile port instead of something better. It could have been worse though, they have other ports of classic games in worse shape than this.

Sounds like the same music reset bug that happened with the FFX remaster. I never actually finished FF9 (I think I got part-way through Disk 2 as a kid), but I may look for another method of playing through this one.



RaptorChrist said:
How well is the game ported? I assume the 4:3 aspect ratio is maintained, but I'm hoping they have some sort of "pixel-perfect" mode. I much prefer that over stretching the image or adding extra post-processing effects to try and smooth the image. Same with in-game text. Square seems to like changing all of the game's text to run at a different resolution on top of the game, if you know what I mean by this. It's hard to describe, but I'd want it to look exactly as it did on the PS1.

For this I would advise looking at a comparison video.

On PS4 and PSVita they looked very good port, on Switch I have no idea.



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DonFerrari said:
RaptorChrist said:
How well is the game ported? I assume the 4:3 aspect ratio is maintained, but I'm hoping they have some sort of "pixel-perfect" mode. I much prefer that over stretching the image or adding extra post-processing effects to try and smooth the image. Same with in-game text. Square seems to like changing all of the game's text to run at a different resolution on top of the game, if you know what I mean by this. It's hard to describe, but I'd want it to look exactly as it did on the PS1.

For this I would advise looking at a comparison video.

On PS4 and PSVita they looked very good port, on Switch I have no idea.

I'll have to look into the PS4 version as I don't have a Vita. I'm almost finished with my third run through RE2 (which convinced me to go back and beat RE7 as well as the RE1 remake), so now I'm going to need something new to play. Hearing about FF9 makes me wanna go back and finally finish the thing.

I'm also in the market for a good survival horror game but I don't know that there's many I haven't played at this point.



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RaptorChrist said:
DonFerrari said:

For this I would advise looking at a comparison video.

On PS4 and PSVita they looked very good port, on Switch I have no idea.

I'll have to look into the PS4 version as I don't have a Vita. I'm almost finished with my third run through RE2 (which convinced me to go back and beat RE7 as well as the RE1 remake), so now I'm going to need something new to play. Hearing about FF9 makes me wanna go back and finally finish the thing.

I'm also in the market for a good survival horror game but I don't know that there's many I haven't played at this point.

PSP and PS3 have the original game available if you have they (I would prefer the remaster though).

If you didn't play Alien Isolation and Evil Within are quite good. They have the fell of survival.. you don't have much ammo, you shouldn't fight much, you have to escape and survive. And in Alien you have that Nemesis fell, but on an enemy you can't kill and can kill you with a single hit, you really need to stay focused and hidden.



duduspace11 "Well, since we are estimating costs, Pokemon Red/Blue did cost Nintendo about $50m to make back in 1996"

http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=8808363

Mr Puggsly: "Hehe, I said good profit. You said big profit. Frankly, not losing money is what I meant by good. Don't get hung up on semantics"

http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=9008994

Never played a mainline Final Fantasy before this (always been a Dragon Quest man), have picked up/started IX today. Am an hour in and enjoying it so far, the graphics are old-school, but I like that. Not a fan of the big gap between savepoints, but that's a given in old RPGs so I can't really hold that against it. Enjoying it so far.



Holds up wonderfully imo, it's my absolute favorite entry in the series.

Definitely recommend picking it up on Switch or whatever platform it's on (I have it on iPad as well, it plays well there surprisingly)



I’m about 8-9 hours into it so far and I’m hooked! I am very much enjoying my time with it. Looking forward to really sitting down at home and playing it through to the end.



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I just arrived in Lindblum. It's very good, if you like turn-based JRPGs. The battles are a little slow. There's long pauses between actions for some reason. But, I'm really digging the world and story so far. I miss Final Fantasy games like this. The new ones... don't really feel like Final Fantasy to me anymore.