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Happy 14th Birthday Final Fantasy IX

by Fozzie

Can you believe it's been 14 years since the original release of Final Fantasy IX? 14 years since we were first introduced to Zidane, Garnet, Vivi, Steiner, Freya, Quina, Eiko, and Amarant?

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Huge Final Fantasy Sale On PSN

FFVII by Darryl

Square Enix has teamed up with Sony Europe to offer a massive discount on all digital Final Fantasy games for just over a week.

That's right, you're now able to download Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VIII and Final Fantasy IX for £12 combined! It would have previously cost £24.

There are also similar discounts on all of the earlier Final Fantasy titles and the two Dissidia games (Dissidia: Final Fantasy and Dissidia 012: Final Fantasy) are also heavily discounted.

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Final Fantasy Union: Episode 66

3DS by Darryl

Apologies for not posting up the last few podcasts on the main site. They're still accessible from the side-bar, but I always find having a full post makes things a little bit easier.

Anyway, enough with that rambling, there's enough of that in this episode of Final Fantasy Union! Due to there being very little news, aside from the Theatrhythm release date, we decided to tackle the Burning Question, and reminisce about a Final Fantasy game from the past. Want to know which one? Well, you'll just have to listen!

As always, we appreciate any comments you guys have. Don't be afraid to voice your opinion about things, it's always good to have a discussion started up. :)

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Why Do You Play Final Fantasy?

FFVFFVIIFFXIIIFFXIV by Patrick

Final Fantasy XIII-2 is launching in Japan in about a month. Its US release will follow in late January. The fact that Final Fantasy has been topping the sales charts around the world for two decades makes it a rare and hallowed creation in the transitory medium of video gaming. But who's playing it these days? Are today's Final Fantasy fans the ones who started with the original game, or did those guys get tired of the whole thing along the way only to be replaced by youngsters who started playing more recently?

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Japanese Gamers Want Final Fantasy VIII HD Remake More Than Final Fantasy VII

FFVII by Darryl

People have been banging on about a Final Fantasy VII remake for quite some time now, but according to some recent information from Japan (via Goo Ranking), Japanese gamers actually want a Final Fantasy VIII remake more.

When queried about which games they'd want remade with PlayStation 3 visuals, Final Fantasy VIII topped the list, with Final Fantasy VII second and Final Fantasy IX third.

Does this mean there are going to be loads of petitions for a Final Fantasy VIII remake too?

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Hironobu Sakaguchi Digs Up Original Opening Scenario For Final Fantasy IX

by Colin

Hironobu Sakaguchi, the legendary father of Final Fantasy, has dug up some old files on Final Fantasy IX while going through his backup drive. He may have left Square Enix and is currently busy with The Last Story, but no one can deny the influence he's had on the industry. Final Fantasy IX fans may enjoy this little bit of treasure as well.

Sakaguchi wrote on the Mistwalker blog with details on the file, which is the original scenario idea for the opening sequence of Final Fantasy IX - dated July 17, 1998. It's quite detailed and it goes through each movie sequence, boss fights and even dialogues between characters.

As for why Sakaguchi decided to share this piece of treasure with everyone, he alludes to a similar relationship between the characters of Final Fantasy IX and The Last Story.

"Looking at gameplay systems, The Last Story was born through new explorations. However, I get the feeling that in terms of the characters' positions, FFIX most closely resembles it."

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Final Fantasy Offers Countless Opportunities For Multiplayer

MusingsVersus XIIIPS3WiiDS by Johnny

The Final Fantasy games, like most RPGs, have upheld the tradition of immersing that one person, the player, into the game entirely. Trying to sink two people into the sixty hour plots simultaneously might be spreading themselves too thin, surely.

But multiplayer in the series stems ten years now, since 2000 when Final Fantasy IX was released. Sure, it wasn't advertised at all and it wasn't a well-developed feature, but it was a step in the right direction. You can assign characters to controllers port 1 or 2 through the configuration menu so that a second player can share your party. It's a basic system, but it latches onto an idea that is synonymous with the new-age Final Fantasy fans. A lot of them grew up watching the games being played by an older sibling. The same story over and over:

"I never played Final Fantasy VII at first, I just watched my big brother play it."

Continue reading the full article after the jump.

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