Final Fantasy IX is the best game in the entire long-running series from Square Enix, and don’t let anybody tell you any different. It’s a heck of a lot better than that Final Fantasy VII muck anyway. Excuse me while I just run for cover, the nostalgia is strong in this one.

Anyway, FFIX is pretty great, but up until now there’s been no way (legally, at least) to play it outside of PlayStation platforms. That all changes this month, with Final Fantasy IX finally gracing PC. Much like FFVII it’s been given a bit of a once over for the port, with updated character models and high-definition cut-scenes.

I have to say I like the look of the up-ressed character models but they do look a little out of place against the blurry pre-rendered original backgrounds. It seems a little churlish to complain when this classic’s finally making it over to PC though.

Other improvements include the option to increase the speed of battles and animations so you can whizz through FFIX quicker, as well as a toggle to turn off random battle encounters. They both sound like absolute god-sends, and should eliminate the time-wasting complains often levelled at the JRPG.

Lastly there’s the system requirements and these are of course very low...

Final Fantasy IX Minimum System Requirements

 

  • OS: Windows Vista/7/8/8.1/10
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz or higher
  • RAM: 2 GB RAM
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 8600GTS or ATI Radeon HD4650 or higher
  • HDD: 20 GB available space
  • DX: DirectX 11

Final Fantasy IX Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7/8/8.1/10 (32 or 64 bit)
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 2520 2.5 GHz or better
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 8600GTS or ATI Radeon HD4650 or higher
  • HDD: 20 GB available space
  • DX: DirectX 11

These system requirements are clearly a bit slapped together because Square Enix are sticking a DX11 minimum requirement along with a DirectX 10-capable graphics card. Expect pretty much any old graphics card to be capable of playing this, likewise with the CPU. The only real eye-opener is the 20GB installation size, which is massive for such an old game. It came on four CDs originally, but the bulk of this size is probably down to the remastered HD FMV cut-scenes.

That's the vast majority of the Final Fantasy games over to PC now, with just a few hold-outs to remain. Steam Database updates have pointed towards Final Fantasy X and X-II HD to be the next to make it over.

Are you going to boot up this JRPG classic? Or are you just waiting on that inevitable FFXV PC confirmation?