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Final Fantasy IX Lands Release Date For US Network

It won't be long before every fantastic Final Fantasy experience from the original PlayStation is available to download on the PlayStation Network.

We knew Final Fantasy IX was in the works for the North American PSN - or rather, we assumed - and now it has been confirmed via Andriasang that Square-Enix is ready to bring Zidane and Garnet's epic quest to the US Network. It wasn't long ago that Square-Enix boss Shinji Hashimoto said the PSN conversion was nearly complete and now, we know it'll be up and ready to download on May 20. We don't yet have a price but you should probably expect the same price tag given to FFVII and FFVIII, which is $14.99.  They launched at that price but they're now down to $9.99 each.  Now, to play such amazing RPGs for that price is an absolute steal; I don't care if they're old-fashioned and out-of-date. And you know, because you can download it for play on either the PS3 or PSP, and the original games are playable on either the first PlayStation or the PS2, there's absolutely no excuse to pass one some of the finest role-playing gems ever. You've got every opportunity to nab 'em all and it won't cost you much; in fact, you can get FFVII, VIII, and IX for only $35, which is less than buying one of those games when it first released ($39.99 plus tax).

So anyway, if you've been waiting for FFIX to make it to the US PSN, you won't have to wait much longer.

5/9/2010 9:24:38 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (57 posts)

Jamaican_Heat
Sunday, May 09, 2010 @ 9:41:19 PM
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I thought FFVII and FFVIII were both 9.99?

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tes37
Sunday, May 09, 2010 @ 9:46:28 PM

That extra $5 is Ben's cut.

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hellish_devil
Sunday, May 09, 2010 @ 9:43:51 PM
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Ben, as far as I know they cost 9.99 each, or at least, that's what my Playstation Store tells me, or maybe they charge you more =).

Either way, I'm really excited about this one, because this was my first RPG. I played it when I was 9 or so, but I didn't manage to get past disc one because it was really hard for me, but despite that, I really liked it. Now, I finished FFVII, never played VIII (I plan on doing so sometime this year) but this, I'll probably buy it day one, and this time I'll get past disc one (now I know that you have to grind to get past some point you can't)

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Snaaaake
Sunday, May 09, 2010 @ 9:52:22 PM

By the time I got my PS3 this is gonna be on PSN?
Oh goody, now to go find me some PSN cards!

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Kowhoho
Sunday, May 09, 2010 @ 10:01:58 PM

Funny thing about PSN cards; I went to a Gamestop (I apologize :P ) to get one and noticed I have to pay tax for the card itself. (I'm in MN by the way) This is infuriating as we are already taxed for the content we purchase online from the store. I've seriously considered contacting our representative, as this is double taxation and should be stopped.

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MyWorstNightmar
Sunday, May 09, 2010 @ 10:16:00 PM

Kowhoho, that is wild. The card is a "giftcard", and they can't tax for that. They need to fix their computer system.

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johnld
Sunday, May 09, 2010 @ 10:27:03 PM

never bought a psn card yet so i dont know about tax but i dont get any tax charged for buying psn stuff. im in vegas by the way.

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Kowhoho
Sunday, May 09, 2010 @ 10:39:34 PM

Yes, the taxes are different in other states. I actually think MN is one of only a few states that does this for PSN.

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tes37
Sunday, May 09, 2010 @ 9:47:59 PM
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I'll be buying this as soon as it hits the psn for 9.99, I hope.

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Jawknee
Sunday, May 09, 2010 @ 9:51:42 PM
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I don't think I've ever seen a PS1 classic cost $14.99. Sure that's correct?

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Temjin001
Sunday, May 09, 2010 @ 9:54:55 PM

......Okay, there's now five posts about Ben's misprint for price.

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MyWorstNightmar
Sunday, May 09, 2010 @ 10:17:23 PM

Temjin, I would assume Jawknee is referring to IX's price, not VII or VIII's price.

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Jawknee
Sunday, May 09, 2010 @ 11:08:48 PM

Now don't you feel like a....


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Temjin001
Sunday, May 09, 2010 @ 9:52:22 PM
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I'll be downloading this one. I basically missed FFIX entirely when it released over ten years ago. I'm pretty eager to play as it's reputation seems to be very positive. I also really love having these FF games on the PSP. THe smaller screen works well with the low-resolution graphics of PSX games. Helping to hide how crude the edges actually look on a full-sized HDTV of today.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, May 09, 2010 @ 9:55:19 PM
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I just fixed it...I'm pretty sure FFVII and FFVIII first launched to the PSN at the $14.99 price point.

But yes, they're $9.99 now.

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hellish_devil
Sunday, May 09, 2010 @ 9:56:54 PM

No Ben, I still think they charge 14.99 just and only you =)

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kraygen
Sunday, May 09, 2010 @ 11:15:31 PM

yeah I got ff7 day 1 for $9.99

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Zemus101
Monday, May 10, 2010 @ 1:13:48 AM

Yeah, day 1 they were $9.99. No ps1 classics have been more than $10 excluding tax.

As great as IX is, there are games that people haven't played yet. Vagrant story, Xenogears? I haven't played either but would love to. I wouldn't mind going through Chrono Cross, Parasite Eve, or hell... even the PS1 version of Ogre Battle.

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Gordo
Sunday, May 09, 2010 @ 9:58:31 PM
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I'm playing FF VII on the PSP at the moment but I can't get into it...

It might be that I am spoilt with current generation games but I fear I may be a "twitch gamer" that is frowned upon...

I'm a few hours into FFXIII on the PS3 at the moment and thoroughly enjoying it. It's a big movie like spectacle.

BUT, going back to FFVII I can't get past the dodgy graphics, the endless wandering around aimlessly (at one point I had to climb 60 flights of stairs!), and the ETERNITY between save points.

I'm 10 hours in but seem to have spent most of that climbing stairs, wearing dresses and wandering around trying not to get attacked by houses with legs...

Am I a twitcher?

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Kowhoho
Sunday, May 09, 2010 @ 10:03:57 PM

Don't worry, I have the same problem and I'm no twitcher. I'm trying to go through FFVII and Metal Gear Solid on my PSP but I go through long droughts where I forget about them. It's a slow-burning process but I'll beat them eventually. Hopefully you will too! :)

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hellish_devil
Sunday, May 09, 2010 @ 10:08:44 PM

Yeah, I felt the same way on my first playthrough, but once you finish Midgar, then the whole FFVII world opens, and it is really good.

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Temjin001
Sunday, May 09, 2010 @ 10:30:13 PM

I just have to sound off on this because the "Twitch Gamer" label bothers me. I really enjoy many action games such as Ninja Gaiden and eastern-style fighters like Tekken. I dislike the label "Twitch Gamer" because it reduces "action" gamers down to being a knee-jerk reactive person who invokes little to no methodical thought behind their inputs. As if their success in a game is dependent solely on their ability to input a selection fast enough.

Many of my favorite games happen to be fighting games that are incredibly detailed in play and require intense amounts of calculated efforts. To like this to a strategy game. Take a real-time strategy game like Starcraft of Warcraft, for example. Turn-based strategy to me seems much less intense because the passage of time to make decisions has little to no bearing on your success or failure. The real-time momentum adds a dynamic of play that you can't get from slower paced games.

Anyway, there is a proper name for people who play action games, or fighters etc, that don't put any thought behind their actions: "Button Masher." It makes sense, it works, and it aptly describes those who do it.

Perhaps I'm misconstruing what Twitch-Gamer infers, but I sense a negative connotation whenever I read it. Especially when I read Gordo's post that he's "fears he may be a TWITCH GAMER" as admitting shamefully he doesn't qualify for FF. Keep your chin up Gordo, if FF isn't your bag then don't play it. You don't need to be afraid of what you like.

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Kowhoho
Sunday, May 09, 2010 @ 10:38:31 PM

"You don't need to be afraid of what you like."

I pretty much live by this philosophy, so thank you for stating it! I think the problem is that a "twitch gamer" is defined as anyone who puts little thought into their gaming and would rather let their reactions do the talking. People who think FFs have too many cut-scenes (which I find ridiculous as the story is worth at least 50% of the game). This is seen as a relatively "bad" trait, for better or worse.
The problem, I think, is that oftentimes people who would be described as "twitchers" are seen playing the kind of games you cited, and people have trouble discerning the difference between correlation and causation.

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Gordo
Sunday, May 09, 2010 @ 11:10:05 PM

cheers.

It's funny really... I wasn't being totally serious so I probably should have used a :-) to signify humour...

I do think a lot of the older games involved a more serious committment to get the most out of them. Games couldn't use the technology to fill their gameplay so sometimes played hard and spread the save points out or made you struggle for bits and had more difficulty spikes.

So going back 10 years to play an old game is going to be a bit of a shock for some of us used to the bells and whistles and helpful aids that all these modern games have.

Nothing against "twitch gamers" if it involves speed, agility and perserverance.

In my case it's just a lack of patience and time needed to invest in some of these old games. Just become comfortable with some of these "gamer aides" that help us in modern games like loads of potions, multiple save points and hand holding tutorials.

:-)

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Dancemachine55
Monday, May 10, 2010 @ 4:47:15 AM

Thanks for being mature enough to see yourself as a possible twitch gamer and place a good argument towards your disliking of FF VII.

As my pic suggests, FF VII is my all time favourite game, mostly cos it was the first RPG I ever played at 11 years old.

My tip for you Gordo is to try and work your way to the end of the first disc. I highly recommend a guide for any really tough moments, but strongly urge you not to read further to avoid spoils.

Many here will know the epic moments towards the end of the first disc, and the scenes that play out are highly rewarding, even with outdated visuals, the script is solid, the music moves you and I even come close to crying at times.

FF VII does require some patience, even a little research at the worst of times, but overall you will be glad you played it to the end.

The characters, the story and the music are without a doubt the most memorable parts of Final Fantasy VII.

Gordo, push on past Midgar, it's about the 12-15 hour mark and you will find a huge improvement in the game. Don't let the pixelled graphics fool you, this is a gem.

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Dancemachine55
Monday, May 10, 2010 @ 4:50:10 AM

@ Temjin

Twitch Gamer refers to COD kids who see something move and shoot. No plan or method, just run and shoot anything that moves.

Button Masher refers to fighers and action junkies who push every button on the controller to get somewhere.

Don't worry Gordo, you don't sound like a fully blown Twitch Gamer to me. :)

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Underdog15
Monday, May 10, 2010 @ 3:20:27 PM

aw, you don't have to climb those stairs. You should have bashed in the front door! Way more fun.

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The X Factor 9
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 @ 3:26:10 AM

Climbing up those 60 flights of stairs in the Shinra Building nets you a chest with a VERY valuable item later in the game...just thought you ought to know.

It's a shame they don't make games like FF VII anymore. Talk about a charming cast, epic storyline, and profoundly moving music...my favorite game of all time.

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Cunn8780
Sunday, May 09, 2010 @ 10:13:56 PM
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Pretty excited by this. I never owned the original playstation so I missed out on all of these. Fortunately, I've now finished 7 and am about ten hours into 8, which I just started playing this week. Good time to own a PS3!

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johnld
Sunday, May 09, 2010 @ 10:30:28 PM
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I'm glad i still have the ps1 discs for VII,VIII,IX. got all of the strategy guides past VII. just wanted to collect em. I started looking around for a VII guide and found it at a local gameworld. they said they only sell it bundles with the game. so a bust up ffVII and a real messed up VII guide sells for 120 bucks. it shouldve came down like the price for MvsC2 since theres a digital copy now. MvsC2 for ps2 is now 35 bucks at gamestop.

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Jawknee
Monday, May 10, 2010 @ 12:23:28 PM

I'm glad i held on to all my Final Fantasy guides. Although the BradyGames guides used to be crap. The bindings used to fall apart way to easy. My VIII guide has had to be re-glued a few times.

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Underdog15
Monday, May 10, 2010 @ 3:36:56 PM

My little sister lent out my FFVII strategy guide to her boyfriend without asking me. Then they broke up. I haven't seen it since. If he didn't live 3 provinces away from me, I'd march over there and take it back.

....


Still bitter.

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Alienange
Monday, May 10, 2010 @ 4:28:02 PM

No freaking kidding Jawknee. It seemed like those Brady guides were being held together with good luck.

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johnld
Monday, May 10, 2010 @ 5:02:04 PM

all my guides are basically new and never fell apart. only problem is the corners like all my other books.

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kraygen
Sunday, May 09, 2010 @ 11:16:38 PM
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I can't wait to get ff9, I've never played it and being able to play it on my ps3 or psp for only $9.99 is going to be awesome.

The only downside is we get it right in between rdr and modnation. Ouch, busy may.

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Scarecrow
Monday, May 10, 2010 @ 12:39:19 AM
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Second best FF out of the ps1 era

Vivi's the man!
Great cast of character. Really like this game

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LegendaryWolfeh
Monday, May 10, 2010 @ 2:12:59 AM

Loved Vivi, haha, who couldn't feel for the little mage with seemingly no purpose =(

IX is def. my fav FF

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piratedrunk
Monday, May 10, 2010 @ 1:57:44 AM
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Isn't this the Japanese release date?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, May 10, 2010 @ 2:05:12 AM
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I like that part where he "accidentally" touches her pooper.

-"ooh, soft"

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___________
Monday, May 10, 2010 @ 2:33:17 AM
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what is with all the ps1 classics being either freaking disney titles or RPGs?
wheres all the famous playstation platformers like gek?
or even resident evil why the hell thats only on the US store is beyond me!
now i can understand why people go to such measures to get emulators running on their PC.
dont sony realize the cash cow their sitting on?
sure it is a pain in the a$$ to get licensing rights and such, but considering the payout id concider it much more than worth it.
id kill to see bugs and taz time busters, or sheep raider on the PSN.

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Scarecrow
Monday, May 10, 2010 @ 2:49:14 AM

Blasto

Croc

Tomba

I'm patiently/impatiently waiting for them too (c'mon Sony wtf!?)

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___________
Monday, May 10, 2010 @ 8:22:16 AM

im hearing allot of rumors saying ps2 and ps1 games will be added when they release the subscribed PSN.
IF they do give us ps2 games upgraded to HD with trophies like the rumors are saying than i would happily pay for PSN.
playing ratchet and clank up your arsenal is a gaming orgasm!
that is video game heaven.
i love up your arsenal, absolutely, positively the best video game ever released!
yes EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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jami
Monday, May 10, 2010 @ 3:49:25 AM
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you've given people false hope. did you even read the article you claimed to get this information from? it states only information for the japanese release (which is on may 20th). it says nothing about the US network on it. do you guys just skim read before posting stuff? =P

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Underdog15
Monday, May 10, 2010 @ 3:24:51 PM

Many sites (including IGN, which I just came from) have stated it is officially going to be released in NA.

It's the actual date that is not confirmed. The fact that it's coming, IS.

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Underdog15
Monday, May 10, 2010 @ 3:27:37 PM

Also, it seems you were the one to "Skim" it over. The link clearly states

"In a later post, Hashimoto clarified that the date is just for the game's Japanese release. Overseas release plans will be detailed later, he said"

Overseas release will be detailed... So... I assume the release in NA will be detailed later. I doubt the details will be, "Actually, we changed our minds. Forget it... you all suck. It's for us special people only."

So uh.... yeah. Good post, Ben!

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Sol
Monday, May 10, 2010 @ 5:42:31 AM
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I have to ask... are the downloadable versions one file (meaning no changing disk screens)? I've always been curious. Even though I have the originals I was wondering because I still want the downloaded versions.

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Underdog15
Monday, May 10, 2010 @ 3:22:41 PM

It's an exact copy of the disc files. Basically, it loads as one file, but when you hit your PS button, you can select which "Disk" number you want to be "in" your system. It sounds strange to explain, but it's really straight-forward. You will still get that cool pic at the "Change Disk" screen. Just hit the PS button (or HOME on the PSP), and select the next disk!

Very easy to figure out when it's right in front of you.

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FullmetalX10
Monday, May 10, 2010 @ 6:54:21 AM
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I hope to see Playstation 2 titles on there some day. Or just a Kingdom Hearts HD remastered box-set, including Kingdom Hearts 3 and all sorts of awesome stuff, like a life sized keyblade(the oblivion keyblade, it's awesome). Yeah, we all have dreams.

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Miggy
Monday, May 10, 2010 @ 9:58:21 AM
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This is great. I missed out on FFIX and have always wanted to play it.

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Alienange
Monday, May 10, 2010 @ 4:44:36 PM
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I find these older FF games on PSN make a very strong argument for digital downloads. I don't like dd and I already own FFVII-IX on disc. So why am I so tempted to buy these ones anyways? I'm pretty sure it's the power of good games.

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johnld
Monday, May 10, 2010 @ 5:04:12 PM

you may think that now but you're not downloading 50gb games just yet.

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Alienange
Monday, May 10, 2010 @ 7:22:18 PM

That's just it. You'll never catch me paying full retail for a 50gb dl. Downloading 1.3gb for a game as epic as FFVII is a much stronger draw for the dd argument. I hope they know that.

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nogoat23
Monday, May 10, 2010 @ 5:09:05 PM
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I've played IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, X, XII, & XIII. Is it time to finally play IX?

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Alienange
Monday, May 10, 2010 @ 7:22:54 PM

Shame on you for not having played the first one.

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SolidFantasy
Monday, May 10, 2010 @ 9:20:50 PM
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My friend has been wanting to replay this game for a while now. I've always given him crap for owning a PS3 slim w/o the b/c that my PS3 fat has.
And now I have nothing to defend myself with. I might throw in my original FFIX when I'm done with the 80+ hours for FFXII.
I never liked the characters in FFIX as much as other FFs, but still had no regrets dishing out the 40$ the day it came out for such a brilliant game.

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unfriend
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 @ 1:47:32 AM
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I wish they would release a FF Compilation on PS3 the same way they did for GOW 1 and 2.

Put FF VII, VIII, IX, and X international on it for about 75 bucks, and I am sold.

That being said, I still am picking up all of em on PSN. =)

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The X Factor 9
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 @ 3:22:50 AM
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I adore Final Fantasy VII. It is my favorite game of the PS One generation.

I bought Final Fantasy VIII, but haven't fallen in love with it the way that VII did. The fighting system seems really weird to me for some reason.

I am so stoked for Final Fantasy IX because it's a return to the old-school style of Final Fantasy. I love the art style. I keep on hearing about how it is the most underrated gem in the series.

I'm selling Final Fantasy XIII and using the money from that towards this.

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