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Axe of the Blood God: The Final Fantasy IX Report Begins!

PODCAST | And we talk Divinity: Original Sin 2 as well!

Article by Kat Bailey, .

Axe of the Blood God is our weekly RPG podcast hosted by Kat Bailey and Nadia Oxford. You can find the previous episodes here.

In this week's episode of Axe of the Blood God (download link here), we commence our in-depth discussion of a cult classic: Final Fantasy IX!

Final Fantasy IX launched on the PS4 earlier this week; and upon hearing that Nadia only ever played a few hours of it, I knew what our next report would be about. In the first part, we talk about its history, the intro, some of the characters, the ways that it differs from the other PSX Final Fantasy releases, and of course, Vivi!

Also in this episode: Mike talks about why Divinity: Original Sin 2 is rad. It's pretty rad! And of course we have all of our usual RPG news, letters, and perfect RPG teams. Join us!

Want to share your thoughts on RPGs? Email us at usgamer@usgamer.net. We may read your letter on the show! Keep those Perfect RPG Teams coming, folks!

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Show Description

Kat and Nadia talk about Final Fantasy XV on the Switch, Monster Hunter World, and Nier: Automata's sales success, then jump into the main topic: Our first Final Fantasy IX report! (13:23). Then Mike joins us to talk about why you should be playing Divinity: Original Sin 2! (35:56) And of course we read your letters!

Music from Axe of the Blood God is courtesy of Lena Chappelle, who has also contributed the themes to Active Time Babble and Roleplayers' Realm. I also use music from the RPG Music Pack over at rpgmaker.net. Check it out!

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  • Avatar for link6616 #1 link6616 A month ago
    I'm very glad you picked this over NieR Automata. If you picked nier I'd have to stop listening until it was done (or finish it within the week)

    More ffix is always great.
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  • Avatar for riderkicker #2 riderkicker A month ago
    @link6616 What if Nadia was made to play Nier?
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  • Avatar for riderkicker #3 riderkicker A month ago
    Nadia, fire up that PS3, Stick of Truth is $8 in a flash sale! A shame this isn't THE Blood God Report, but Final Fantasy IX will do just fine! Just remember that the Wind is in your path!Edited last month by riderkicker
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  • Avatar for Godots17thCup #4 Godots17thCup A month ago
    Final Fantasy IX is one of those games that I'm probably going to keep playing for as long as I'm physically and mentally capable of playing video games. It's such a wonderful, funny, charming, heartfelt, romantic, swash-buckling adventure, yet it's also filled with darkness, melancholy and questions on things like the nature of identity, death and loyalty. I just adore it.

    Now if only SE could release a version that does those pre-rendered backgrounds justice.Edited last month by Godots17thCup
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  • Avatar for Jonnyboy407 #5 Jonnyboy407 A month ago
    Whaaaaaaa!?! FFix!?! Hyyyyyyyyyype!

    Can't wait to listen! :D
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  • Avatar for sketchlayerjosh #6 sketchlayerjosh A month ago
    I love Final Fantasy IX. You love FFIX. Who *wouldn't* love FFIX? The characters are lovable the music and art is gorgeous. It's got a great tone that manages to stick out from the deluge of Squenix-brand brooding two prevalent during the early 2000's. It's great.

    Too bad it killed the mainstream viability of JRPGs for a while there.

    It's not FFIX fault, entirely. But the game, sadly, is emblematic of the flaws that would wreck the genre for about a decade at least. The battle system is simple and intuitive, but it is SO SLOW. The camera swoops around and the enemies take their sweet time to take turns. It's all little things that add up to combat that drags and, to the mainstream gamer, feels "boring."

    It's a PS1 problem, really. I've fallen in love, known betrayal and loss, then finally come to acceptance and peace in the time it takes for one of Legend of Dragoon's battles to get started. But by the time we reached FFIX, the allure of cinematic flourishes to combat had faded, and it became clear that this setup needed to be fixed.

    But it was fixed in the wrong way. Instead of making the battles snappier (which can make a simplistic combat system still sing), most devs thought the answer would either be to make JRPG combat more complicated (like the fighting game elements in the Legia series, for example), or to move to a hybrid of real-time and turn-based action like the Tales games. These both "fixed" the issue of boring battles, but did so in a way that made the genre more niche and hardcore focused. It wasn't until...Person 4, maybe(?) that there was another traditional JRPG with crossover appeal and combat that didn't take its sweet time getting started.

    Hopefully the PS4 version of FFIX and it's ability to speed up the battles will allow more people to discover this gem in a way that is more compatible with a modern audience. And then the lessons it taught, both good and bad, can help inspire the genre going forward.
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  • Avatar for victorehunter #7 victorehunter A month ago
    This remake of IX is kind of my dream. In a perfect world I'd be able to turn on the original font and stop Trance from auto-activating, but the little adjustments that have been made are really fantastic. Disabling random encounters is a god-send and the updated character models are more impressive as I notice more and more details. So glad you're playing through it and I'm really looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

    Also Quina is FF Character of the year all years.Edited last month by victorehunter
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  • Avatar for riderkicker #8 riderkicker A month ago
    I spent one month playing Final Fantasy IX, and got through most of the game except for the last dungeon. However, my love for Moogles got the better of me and I just gave up due to my chasing down the Mail Sidequest, turns out I failed in delivering a letter to a particular Moogle and I forgot which! So I got pretty bummed out that I didn't unlock that last portion. It is recommended you speak to every Moogle you see, Nadia, don't feel ashamed to use a guide.

    Chocobo Hot and Hold was annoying at first, but it did grow on me, as I got addicted to finding all those treasure pieces. Never found any useful equipment but an excuse to explore the best Overworld ever until Final Fantasy XV was pretty nice, and getting that golden Chocobo was pretty cool.

    I can't play PSN FF9 right now anyway as I am still playing through Yakuza 0, and if I spend that $17, that's $17 I could use toward saving up for a Switch. Hope to hear about the reports next week, and Good Luck everyone. I hope I'll get a SNES classic but I doubt it!
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  • Avatar for Talraen #9 Talraen A month ago
    I've always liked FF9, though never as much as I felt an old-school FF guy like myself should have. After listening to this episode, I'm beginning to identify the problem: I don't particularly like Vivi. I don't dislike him, but he doesn't do anything for me, either. I've always liked the human characters in the party more. And also Freya, because Freya is awesome.
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