Final Fantasy IX is the greatest game you will ever play. I love it more than every other game I've played and treasure it's subtle jokes, as well as it's amazing use of character and making it feel so real. This game will yo keep you laughing with hysterical commentary from the greatest band of videogame character ever. The FMV's are breathtaking and some people need CPR after watching them because there is nothing like it. The now "Old fashioned" way of navigating through backgrounds which are not 3rd or 100% interactive has a lovely charm to it. If you don't own this game, you are missing the greatest Playstation game to ever be sold.
The graphics took a step away from reality with characters who are more cartoony and townsfolk who are, well, just not human. While races aren't identified there are several different ones, each displayed beautifully for a Playstation. The FMV's in game give it a 10/10. They captivate you with every pixel and make you feel like you're watching a movie. While for those of us who grew up with PS2 and XBox the graphics may seem outdated, take 1 look at an FMV and you will understand why I still gave it a 10.
The Sound is wonderful. Characters couldn't talk, so all the emotions needed to be stored into the only thing they can put in for you to hear, music. The games music tells a story of it's own. The instuments are clear and unique and songs always fit the location. The old battle music is still there and better than ever. While I wish I could hear the beautiful words I can only read, Princess Garnet (Dagger) sings a beautiful song and it makes the listener want to cry. The songs fill my I-pod and it is the last Final Fantasy game that has soul capturing music.
The game play is also unreal. It is the amazing Final Fantasy series, with a lighter comical twist at times, but still sucks the gamer in with plot twists and stories of sadness and strength to overcome it all. The battle controls are easy to learn, but have more depth with new powers such as "Eat". It is a system where you can learn as you go along. It also includes an ingame help button (select) to help you when you are in a jam and not sure what an option will do. The Free world feel is what keeps all the future Final Fantasies from being a gem. The world and towns seem never ending, and when you complete the game or manage to get to disk 4, you will find a map covered in different places to go and see and people to talk to.
I am tempted take 1 point off of Lastability because it is the easiest Final Fantasy to date. While I have played it for over 250 hours, the miniquests are all completeable and the game itself is very do able. It will give you well over your moneys worth, and you can replay it and get the same satisfaction as the first time through, but there is a definate point where you know you can complete it all, though it will take a while, it is do able.
The time it takes to do everything though makes the game last a lifetime. 10/10.
I love this game. I have really nothing else to say. It has it all. The comedy is amazing, the sound is outstanding, the FMV's make me cry with joy. It marks the end of the greatest period of gaming history to me. A time where games defined themselves by better music and better storylines rather than graphics and big names.
It is a must have for everyone of all ages. I cannot imagine how I'd be a different person with out this game. It has truly been something that changed the way I live my life.