The last Playstation installment of the FF series sees the return of classic FF themes like character class abilities and a fantasy setting. It was the second-last flagship Final Fantasy game published by the Square Electronics Arts joint venture. A simple mission once again grows into a worldwide adventure. New character development systems and improved game graphics mark this entry. New York-based artist Yoshitaka Amano returns to do the character designs, just as he did from the first FF to the sixth.

Progression generally revolves around exploring the 3D world map to reach destinations. While the camera can be rotated on the world map, the individual locations themselves remain pre-rendered backdrops which players explore using characters represented by 3D polygon models. As a result, these backdrops feature fixed camera angles with NPCs or "hot spots" that players interact with where necessary.

Battles are triggered by random encounters both on the world map and at various locations, and remain turn-based affairs which take place on a different screen from the current area itself where the player's current party of characters face off directly against their foes on separate sides of the battlefield.

Turn order can be surmised using the series' Active Time Battle system where the time remaining until the character can make their next action is visually represented by a special gauge for each party member. Actions are chosen through menu selection. Unique to FFIX is the Trance system, where a character can temporarily "transform" into a more powerful form when a separate gauge becomes filled, usually due to taking enough damage from enemies.

Like FFVIII, FFIX features a card game which can be enjoyed outside of the main game. Instead of FFVIII's well-received Triple Triad, FFIX introduces Tetra Master which features different rules and mechanics. Players can engage in Tetra Master matches simply by conversing with NPCs who are capable of playing the game themselvs, and accepting their challenge.


  • 8 unique characters that use a variety of weapons, magic and abilities
  • A magical world with superbly detailed pre-rendered environments
  • Almost one hour of seamlessly integrated full motion videos
  • Many Mini-games to try out

Editor's Note:

Core Magazine's Game of the Year 2000.

Added on: October 02, 2000

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I need a way to keep this going without keeping a word document going, so enjoy my ultimate dream cast for a Dissidia game. To be honest, I'd rather see the series renamed Square Enix Dissidia and jam packed with as many of their characters as they can. So, here we go (note I'm not done):

Final Fantasy I:

Hero: Warrior of Light
Villain: Garland

Final Fantasy II:

Hero: Firion, Minwu
Villain: Emperor Mateus Palamecia, Leon

Final Fantasy III:

Hero: Onion Knight
Villain: Cloud of Darkness, Xande

Final Fantasy IV:

Hero: Cecil Harvey, Kain Highwind
Villain: Golbez, Zemus


Final Fantasy IV: The After Years:

Hero: Ceodore Harvey
Villain: Maenad

Final Fantasy V:

Hero: Bartz Klauser
Villain: Exdeath, Gilgamesh

Final Fantasy VI:

Hero: Terra Branford, Celes Chere
Villain: Kefka Palazzo, Gestahl

Final Fantasy VII:

Hero: Cloud Strife, Tifa Lockhart
Villain: Sephiroth


Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core:

Hero: Zack Fair
Villain: Genesis Rhapsodos

Final Fantasy VIII:

Hero: Laguna Loire, Squall Leonhart
Villain: Ultimecia, Seifer Almasy

Final Fantasy IX:

Hero: Zidane
Villain: Kuja

Final Fantasy X:

Hero: Tidus, Yuna
Villain: Jecht, Seymour Guado

Final Fantasy XI:

Hero: Shantotto, Prishe
Villain: Shadow Lord, Eald'narche

Final Fantasy XII:

Hero: Vaan, Basch fon Ronsenburg
Villain: Vayne Solidor, Gabranth

Final Fantasy XIII:

Hero: Lightning
Villain: Galenth Dysley

Final Fantasy XIV:

Hero: Thancred
Villain: Zulvan

Final Fantasy Versus XIII:

Hero: Noctis Lucis Caelum

Final Fantasy Type-0:

Hero: Ace

Final Fantasy Tactics:

Hero: Ramza Beoulve
Villain: Folmarv Tengille

Final Fantasy Mystic Quest:

Hero: Benjamin
Villain: Dark King

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles:

Hero: Layle
Villain: Amidatelion

Final Fantasy Unlimited:

Hero: Kaze, Makenshi
Villain: Earl Tyrant, Oscha

Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light:

Hero: Brandt
Villain: None

Kingdom Hearts:

Hero: Sora
Villain: Master Xehanort

Chrono Trigger:

Hero: Crono
Villain: Dalton

Chrono Cross:

Hero: Serge
Villain: Lynx

Parasite Eve:

Hero: Aya Brea
Villain: Eve

Valkyrie Profile:

Hero: Lenneth
Villain: Loki

Star Ocean:

Hero: Roddick Farrence
Villain: Asmodeus

Dragon Quest

Hero: Hero
Villain: Dragonlord


Heroes: 37
Villains: 35

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