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Final Fantasy 9 comes to PC (and smartphones)

Discussion in 'jRPG Weeaboo Discussion' started by Perkel, Dec 31, 2015.

  1. Perkel Arcane

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    You don't lack any nostalgia.

    jRPG were always simple combat system games with usually shitty story. What they got right was "journey" as in group of people traveling across land doing some neat things. But that journey was heavily based on art design and graphics of the game so most of those really don't shine anymore. There are some good jrpgs but overall whole genre is garbage.
     
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  2. I've heard complaints about the FFVI remake, which sucks because it's my favorite.
     
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  3. Abu Antar Prestigious Gentleman Tweet, tweet Patron

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    Look at screens and weep. It's one of my favorite games of all time and I refuse to buy mobilePC version.
     
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  4. TheSentinel Arcane

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    Grab the Codex by the pussy Insert Title Here RPG Wokedex Strap Yourselves In Divinity: Original Sin 2 A Beautifully Desolate Campaign Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire Pathfinder: Kingmaker Pathfinder: Kingmaker
    I was just about to replay the game, so I tried this, here are some screens from the beginning of the game, and from the end with a previous save:

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    Got 100% on the first try, my years of training with QTE in shitty games have finally paid off!

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    I remember the effects of flames on the candles here (and in the rest of the game) being misplaced when this version came out, I don't know if it was fixed with a patch or with this mod.

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    Nice artifacts around those columns :M

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    It looks less prosperous than what I feared, and the horrid new music is thankfully optional, so I'll keep playing with the mod.
     
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  7. abnaxus Arcane Patron

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  8. Tigranes Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Honestly, on the balance of it all, PSX1 version emulated seems the way to go. I would actually have paid for the Switch version if they put in even minimal effort, but it seems like with music bug, the UI, input lag, etc. it's a fucking Beamdog job.
     
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  9. Duraframe300 Arcane

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    Ehhh, no. Backgrounds are still going to suck. Emulation generally sucks for games sporting pre-rendered stuff (imo).

    At the moment original PSX played on a CRT still supreme.
    PC Version with mods second (with the potential for first if UI and that damn music loop ever gets fixed. Though I can live with the second more thanks to the random encounter toogle)
    Emulated PSP/Vita version third.

    Mobile shit and every other modern port dead last.
     
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  10. Sukhāvatī a.k.a. Mañjuśṛī Patron

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  11. Sigourn Futa Lover

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    I fucking hate Zidane. Garnet should have hooked up with Lani.

    Use CRT filters. They make the game look much better in my experience. Of course an actual CRT is the way to go, but the CRT shaders really hide the uglyness.

    You lack nostalgia for not playing it as a kid. I don't think it is a coincidence the only JRPGs I "like" are the ones I played as a kid. Final Fantasy IX may be singlehandedly the game I'm most nostalgic about: it was my first RPG, back when I was about 12. Sure, I completed Final Fantasy VII later (I remember putting down the game after seeing how awful the character models were compared to FFIX's), but Final Fantasy IX is still my favorite title when nostalgia gets in the way.
     
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  12. Hoaxmetal Arcane

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    Or wear glasses like these, similar effect.
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  13. Duraframe300 Arcane

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    (Certain) CRT filters are great and they do wonders, especially on pixel art, but they don't do shit to improve displaing low resolution prerendered art on a high resolution display. Its still going to suck.
     
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  14. Tigranes Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    I was actually leaving aside original PSX, since that's a pretty bothersome step for those who haven't kept their setup around for whatever reason. But sure. The point is that they really fucked up the ports.
     
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  15. Falksi Arcane

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    I fucking thrive on the FF series, but I just could not buzz of FF9.

    Don't get me wrong, it's OK. It is a perfectly serviceable and fine FF game. But it just bored me to play.
     
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  16. Duraframe300 Arcane

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    To be fair comperativly to all of Squares other ports FFIX was actually one of the better ones
    (Improved charachter models, at least a bit of effort put into backgrounds, new engine and so on)
    But thats nowhere near a compliment. That just shows how broken a lot of Square ports still are (and were never fixed) when they should be the definitve versions of each game.
     
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    Honmestly compared to fan favourites of IV, VI, or VII I find IX to be most enjoyable overall experience.

    Loved the characters, loved the characters having unique skill sets, loved the theme, loved the art in general.

    Steiner is still one of the better side character in the seris IMO, such a simple and genuine man.
     
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  18. Tigranes Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    IX is absolutely fantastic, and I would argue stands up really well over time.

    VI & VII are obviously great in their own way, but they - and of course VIII & X - are very juvenile to experience now. Where VIII or X in particular come across as pimpled teenage fanfics, IX has more of a medieval fairy tale feel to it (despite the whole "female heroine with their own pop song" thing they were pushing at the time) that really remains charming.

    Gameplay wise it also manages to sensibly mix the best of the PSX era systems.
     
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    So I have no idea if it was already mentioned but I just found out about this thing: https://sites.google.com/view/moguri-mod/install

    I have completed FF9 using an emulator so I didn't particularly care for the "remastered" version but from what I saw it was a jarring hackjob. This fan mod looks great though.
     
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  20. Duraframe300 Arcane

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    Yeah it got mentioned, but it got an update/rework recently so thanks for reminding. Remastered was so-so (new charachter models were decent to say the one good thing), but it did port the game to PC and made extensive modding possible.
     
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  21. TheSentinel Arcane

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    Not really. You can't actually mod to fix any of the game's (like animation speed and ATB speed independently) or the remaster's (menus that run at 15fps, mobile battle ui that takes 40% of the screen) issues.

    The prettier backgrounds are cool to see once in a playthrough, but after that run I'd rather just play the PSX original any day of the week.
     
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  22. Sigourn Futa Lover

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    I don't like the upscaled backgrounds. The originals are meant to be realistic, the upscales look as if they were paintings at times. Like TheSentinel said, just play the original or emulate it.
     
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  23. Duraframe300 Arcane

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    Well there's the scale mod. But I get you, should have just said that there's a pc version and certain modding in the first place.

    Nope. They were always more like paintings. (Edited) AI Upscale actually comes pretty close (As close as you can get without waaaay too much work)

    Original Art before psxification

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  24. Sigourn Futa Lover

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    Hmmm. I guess it wasn't anywhere near as noticeable on a CRT.
     
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