Square Enix continues to push their backlog of Final Fantasy games onto PC through Steam. Most are straight ports, while some are updated with new features. After releasing on both iOS and Android back in early February, Final Fantasy IX has now made the leap to PC with a few new tricks up its sleeve.
In addition to the memorable characters and story returning fully intact, Final Fantasy IX has gone through some upgrades as well. Steam achievements and an autosave feature have been added. Character models and some in-game cutscenes have gone through an HD graphical overhaul. Seven game “boosters” have been added as well, allowing for game modifications such as high-speed movement or playing through the game with zero encounters. The latter option would be very useful for reliving the game’s great story.
Final Fantasy IX follows the trials and tribulations of Zidane Tribal who, along with his fellow mercenaries, kidnap a princess. Soon, the ragtag group encounters an evil plot with world-altering scope that, naturally, only they can stop. Final Fantasy IX was a notable return to the more whimsical fantasy style of older Final Fantasy games after the serious, more realistic takes on the series found in the seventh and eighth entries. It sold millions of copies when it was released on the original Playstation, but tends to be a somewhat overlooked entry in the series due to the release of the Playstation 2 in the same year.
Final Fantasy IX sells for $20.99 on Steam, and can be purchased at a 20% discount ($16.79) until April 20th. The PC port of Final Fantasy X has long been rumored; maybe we will see it soon now that its predecessor has been released.
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