There has been a lot of the
drama about the Final Fantasy VII remake over the last month. How does it
compare to the original? Is it just another nostalgia cash in? Can it even be
called a remake when (spoiler alert) the story has been altered?
Do we even care? With all
this going on, you might have failed to realise Final Fantasy IX turns twenty
this year. Alongside VII, IX is a huge contender for number-one fan favourite,
and it’s easy to see why fans and critics adore it.
It seems a shame, then,
that any sort of anniversary celebration has been overshadowed by the return of
Cloud and co on the PS4. The story of Zidane and his friends is just as worthy
of celebration, even if it hasn’t made quite as big a footprint into gaming
culture as VII’s.
A twentieth anniversary
is reason enough to revisit a classic game like this. You should be able to find an old copy online, and you can download it on a few platforms. But if you need
more persuading, read on.