FF9 has nothing like that. They really went back to basics on that game. There's nothing revolutionary about it. Straightforward RPG-style character development, and the monsters are all at a set strength.
Watch out for level-based spells though. Lv3 Defenseless, Lv4 Holy, and Lv5 Death. They show up a fair bit, and there is no defense against Lv5 Death.
The battle system in FF8, monsters and bosses level up as you do. Meaning if Squall finishes the game at level 7, then Ultimecia, Ultima Weapon, etc, also finish at level 7. (the exception is Omega Weapon, it's level 100 no matter what) So, if you don't level up at all during Final Fantasy 8 and just use the Junction system to get stronger, everything becomes a hell of a lot easier. ^-^
I am Rabid Nozomi's mule, named after one of her favorite guitarists. John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
2oo6.o8.18. Red Hot Chili Peppers in Denver, CO.
It was awesome. John Frusciante sang Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? It was so amazing, sweet, and beautiful. A night I'll never forget.
2oo8.o7.o2. Stone Temple Pilots in Morrison, CO.
It was amazing. Scott Weiland was really amazing, dancing up on stage. Robert and Dean DeLeo were great. It was like a dream. Plus, Scott Weiland is seksi. Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver both equal amazing.
2oo8.o9.o6. Motorhead in Denver, CO.
Lemmy was ******** legend. I was like 10 feet away.
2oo8.o9.o8. Foo Fighters in Morrison, CO.
Two nights later. Now this was a dream. Dave Grohl! He who can sing, drum, play guitar, is nice and funny, who is associated with all my favorite bands. I cried a little, especially when they played Everlong and Best Of You. Taylor Hawkins did a drum solo which was awesome. There was a triangle solo, which was hilarious.