|What do you guys think of FF9?|
I tried really hard to get into it, but this was after I had already sort of "grown out" of JRPGs. I only got about 80% through the first disc. I actually somewhat blame this game for turning me off to the genre.
It definitely has the best media of the PSX games, and is more light-hearted than 7 or 8... but the killer for me was the wait times. Random encounters take like 6 seconds to load up (counting the time it takes for the "you're entering battle" animation, the actual loading, and the camera panning around the battlefield). 6 seconds might not sound like a big deal... but for every fight...
It's actually a good game
if you can tolerate the waiting. I just couldn't.
|Some say it goes back to the series' roots(not sure what that means exactly).|
Yeah that was like some kind of sales buzz or something. I think the only thing it's referring to is that FF9 was more "medieval fantasy" oriented and less "semi-futuristic sci-fi fantasy" oriented like 7 and 8 were.
Though style and plot aside... it definitely plays more like FF7 and FF8 than any of the predecessors.
|I looked up FFT on amazon and it is actually pretty cheap(for some reason I thought it would be super expensive). I'm definitely tempted. |
Play it. You won't be disappointed. It really is the best in the series (at least through the PSX era -- I haven't played any after FF9 so I can't say). Though be warned it's not exactly a traditional JRPG... it's a battle tactics game (like the Fire Emblem series if you've ever played any of those) but with very heavy RPG elements.
If you're unfamiliar you can find youtube videos of the gameplay.
EDIT: in fact... here's one... first hit for "Final Fantasy Tactics gameplay":
EDIT2: durr.. you already said you played FFTA. So yeah nevermind, you know what to expect. /EDIT2
If you're torn about buying it... you can always just get a PSX emu and download it. But maybe that's against your morals? ;P
|Wow Disch, you know your FF.|
Retro FF was my thing
. I grew up on those games. FF1 became my pet project back when I was in the ROM hacking scene. I effectively disassembled the entire game, wrote an editor so people could create their own mods, etc, etc.
|I liked the series after playing the first two and number 3 was just that much better.|
Yeah FF6 was hands down the best of the NES/SNES era. I'd even say it's the best through the PSX era (minus Tactics, of course). That game got so many things right... and with such a huge cast of characters and a customizable party, there were tons of ways to play.
(Just to clarify as to why I'm saying "6":
FF1 = FF1
FF2 = not released in the US
FF3 = not released in the US
FF4 = "FF2" in the US*
FF5 = not released in the US
FF6 = "FF3" in the US
They finally decided to fix the numbering with FF7.
* though the FF4<->FF2 relationship is more complicated... FF4 was considerably better than the FF2 we got. The game effectively got neutered for the US release.