The wait is over: Final Fantasy IX is in stores.
Squaresoft's latest epic, Final Fantasy IX, is in stores at last. The latest edition in the greatest RPG series of all time, as I'm sure you've heard by now, is something of a throwback to the roots of the classic franchise. Not only is it generating buzz among die-hard fans, but also at retailers everywhere, as the game is projected to sell with robust numbers.
As one would expect from Squaresoft by now, the visuals in the title are fantastic. Squaresoft has an incredible track record for pushing consoles to their technical limits, and this game does not break the company's streak. While this is encouraging, what's even more exciting is the game's storyline. The title's plot is more akin to the 16-bit installments of the ever-popular series, and this no doubt has veterans of this Final Fantasy line electrified. The president of Square Electronic Arts, Jun Iwasaki, had this comment, "When Final Fantasy IX hit store shelves in Japan this July it had presold 1 million units in a record-breaking 17 days. Since then it has sold 2.8 million units to date. We think this version will find similar success in the US while simultaneously extending the life of the original PlayStation game console." One can only hope that Iwasaki's predictions are correct. This game looks to truly validate Final Fantasy's existence on 32-bit platforms, and I truly hope the United States embraces the title; as was the case with the previous two epics in the series.
11/14/2000 Bryan Keers