Final Fantasy Game Poster IX: A Renaissance of Magic
Final Fantasy IX is, in many ways, a swan song for the classical aspects of the Final Fantasy series. Originating as a side-story game, FFIX was eventually put into production as a main-series installment. It blends the traditional foundations of the classical battle system with the stream-lined navigation and control of the PS1 era’s Final Fantasies. As a whole, it is one giant and brilliant homage to every game before it. It combines what we know of Final Fantasy’s stories, aesthetic, motifs, and world-building with a refreshing take on the concept of a fairy tale and the question of existentialism.
Final Fantasy IX follows Zidane and his band of thieves/actors as they are sent to a neighboring kingdom to kidnap their princess under orders of her uncle who is worried for her safety. The princess in question, Garnet, is all too willing to be kidnapped, however, as she no longer trusts her mother, Queen Brahne and the queen’s mysterious tactician, Kuja. Thrown into the mix is Vivi, an orphaned Black Mage curious about the ways of the world and his past. Featuring a lovable cast of characters, a memorable score, and some of the best fantasy art in the whole series, Final Fantasy IX is a classic about classics.