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Final Fantasy 9 mod makes it look even better than you remember

(Image credit: Moguri Mod)

A fan-made Final Fantasy 9 mod's latest version may make the game look even better than your rose-colored memories.

Moguri Mod (opens in new tab) is a total overhaul for the visuals of Final Fantasy 9's official Steam version, which was first released in 2016. It uses a combination of deep-learning algorithms and hand-made tweaks to remaster Final Fantasy 9's static backgrounds, animated elements, and NPCs. Where once there were muddy blurs, there is now a beautifully crisp yet fluid rendering of FF9's fantastical world.

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You can watch this YouTube video (opens in new tab) for some extensive side-by-side comparisons of the vanilla Steam game and the Moguri Mod version - it was made by a third party, though the difference still speaks for itself. The mod also fixes up some visual glitches that go all the way back to the original PlayStation release back in 2000, which are documented in this Imgur gallery (opens in new tab). Finally, no more treasure chests clipping through the rest of the environment.

It sounds like it was a monumental task making sure each background was remastered just right (the backgrounds were made from manual blends of two different upscaling methods (opens in new tab)), and that's not even talking about tweaking all the layer masks so the new elements would sit perfectly.

Final Fantasy 9's flight from photorealism into a more cartoony fantasy was controversial, but it's become better appreciated with time. I can hardly think of any better tribute to the developers' original work than this mod. Way better than accidentally deleting it (opens in new tab).

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Connor Sheridan
Connor Sheridan

I got a BA in journalism from Central Michigan University - though the best education I received there was from CM Life, its student-run newspaper. Long before that, I started pursuing my degree in video games by bugging my older brother to let me play Zelda on the Super Nintendo. I've previously been a news intern for GameSpot, a news writer for CVG, and now I'm a staff writer here at GamesRadar.