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FFIX released for the Switch yesterday, officially kickstarting the slew of PSX/PS2-era Final Fantasy games that Nintendo fans never got! So now's as good as time as any to dive into this title, as it's stylistically similar to the SNES games and even has cleaned-up visuals. Let's discuss our progress here.
I very much respect the concept for this game even though I've never played it beyond, like, 45 mins on the Steam version that came out not long ago. My oldest brother has always been a big fan so I'm familiar with certain aspects/musical tracks.
I've always wanted to play this game. Now is the time.
@Hinph Not feeling FFIX? I enjoyed the game's first hour or so when I played last night (up until the first "dungeon" area). Granted, there's very little player agency but I find the world-building and dialogue to be pretty charming. I probably like the first four playable characters in particular better than anyone from FF7 or 8.
Of course, FF games do have notoriously lengthy first sections before the "real" game opens up.
I'm happy to report that after putting a couple more hours into it last night, I started enjoying it... I guess I just didn't remember that it takes a little while to stop chatting your ear off and finally get to some action. I think this game has the best battle system and character progression out of any of the Playstation era games (though I admit that I just plain never understood VIII and only got through the final hours of it with a GameShark to see the rest of the story).
Yeah, even the game's first dungeon (the simply-named "Evil Forest") has constant story interruptions and isn't a dungeon so much as a brisk walk to the boss (I fought a single enemy on the way there). I enjoyed battling through the Ice Cavern afterward though; the game's mechanics and the four-party system feel nice by that point and they dangle a lot of carrots with those Abilities to learn. Plus, I'm obsessive-compulsive about Stealing anything and everything from each enemy and boss.
One rather annoying bug (?) is that the dungeon and field music resets after each fight, so you rarely hear the later parts of those songs. Apparently this is in all the rereleases of FFIX and not the original. Boo!
Whoever ported this is definitely a low budget establishment. I bet their employees eat vending machine food for lunch and use the toilet in a fast food restaurant across the street. Bedbugs everywhere.
What's with everyone being all down on the game all of a sudden? Besides the (admittedly quite frustrating) music bug, everything else runs great to me. The fonts look nice, the character models are WAY clearer than on the PSX (I can actually make out what Freya's face is supposed to look like!) and the load times are much better. The "booster" stuff is stupid but easily avoidable. It doesn't feel like a mobile game to me at all, whatever that means. Just feels like a beefed-up version of FFIX with an unfortunate music issue.
@TriforceBun I think people are kind of annoyed that they didn't fix a significant known bug. I mean, if you're going to remaster a game, make it definitive, right? It's not like Squeenix is some tiny company that can't afford a bit of elbow grease.
I don't wish to add to the negativity, but I can't come up with a justification for pricing the game at 20. That seems like naked price gouging. Especially when you could (and probably still can) get this game on PS3 for, what, 10 dollars?
Regardless, FF9 is a great game. If they bring FFX to the Switch I might not be able to turn that down.
Yeah, price is no problem for me either. $21 is a great price for a great game, and Iím happy to pay it. If itís too much, thereís nothing easier than not buying something. Iím more concerned with the size of the game. I donít quite have enough room on my card, so I need to wait til my bigger card comes in.
@Hero_Of_Hyrule But from what I understand, the PS3 version is the original, chunky pixelated visuals and all. The Switch (and Steam, etc) version(s) contain fully revamped character models, quicker load times, and a bunch of cheats. It's comparing a remaster (or upgraded port, depending on your definition) to a straight port.
If you don't like high prices, strangah, you won't like the next bit of news: FFX is coming to Switch, but only as a package deal with FFX-2, and the whole thing costs fifty bones. 21's lookin' a little better now, eh? :p