When I think “Greatest Love Story” I guess I don’t usually think of video games. But that’s where one of the greatest love stories I’ve ever witnessed in a story took place. As a bonus, it’s also where one of the most fun “supporting character love stories” I’ve ever witnessed took place; and it was the same game: Final Fantasy IX.
Final Fantasy IX has the distinction of also being one of my favorite games of all time, but these love stories are a big reason why.
Released on July 7, 2000, Final Fantasy IX was in my hands no later than July 10. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it and play it. I’d been a huge FF fan since FFII (IV) and I’d played every game leading up to it. FFVIII really pulled me out, as I didn’t like the battle system and, to be honest, I almost walked away from FF altogether. What a travesty that would’ve been right before the best one hit the shelves.
But FFIX redeemed my love for the series. First, unlike the two sci-fi games before it, FFIX is set in a pure fantasy world of castles, princesses and thieves. This immediately pulled me in. But the storytelling is what got me. Every character in FFIX is well developed with a beginning, middle, and end to their story. You actually care about what happens to them. Side characters have quests that develop them as characters, as opposed to just retrieving items. The humor in the game is actually funny instead of annoying. And the mini-games are pure joy: especially the card mini-game.
But let’s get back to why we’re here: The love story.