Reviews for FINAL FANTASY VIII
Fun after all these yearstaigatsu | Feb. 11, 2014 | See all taigatsu's reviews »
Still considered one of the classics of JRPGs, all these years later Final Fantasy VIII still manages to deserve its reputation. It's not a radical departure from the genre, but it makes enough tweaks and iterative improvements from the formula that remain compelling.
The Junction system is a lot of fun to play around with. There are no set archetypes in the game, instead you can customize each character's role as you see fit, and unlock interesting new abilities as you play. There is never any need to grind, which is uncommon for this type of game, since enemies will scale with your party. Squall, Rinoa and all the rest are still a highly memorable cast, and the art direction is inspiring. A special word of mention is reserved for Triple Triad, the collectible card game-within-the-game which can easily eat up as much of your time as the main campaign. It's addictive. The inclusion of Chocobo World is a real treat, since this is a clever feature that was incredibly uncommon for Western players of the Playstation release.
All that being said, there are several caveats that need to be considered in regards to the port to PC. The sound has taken a big hit, most considerably that the original music has been replaced with what appears to be MIDI tracks. There, of course, will be mods out there so that you can replace it, but the difference in quality is noticeable, particularly for a series long noted for its music. The graphic upscaling is hit or miss - it reduces the quality of the cut scenes, while making character models sharper. And in regards to gamepads, there is no true analog mode; instead, you are limited to only the eight cardinal directions, which can feel fairly clunky at times.
It's still a rock solid game, and anyone nostalgic for it would be remiss to pass it over. The re-release does leave a few things to be desired, and how much you enjoy it depends on your willingness to overlook the poor port.
Classic gem, one of the best storiessolear | Feb. 8, 2014 | See all solear's reviews »
The first time I played FF8 I was a kid. I grew up in an age when we just imagined most of the worlds that we played in, because the graphics were so pixelated and ugly, but for us, who played these games there was sunrise and sunset, and heroes fighting in a world full of danger and excitement. This is one of the main reasons I gave Final Fantasy 8 a exceptionally high score (I admit).
If I want to be an honest reviewer I cannot overlook the outdated PS2 visuals. Hard to deny since everyone who plays the game for the first time usually feels a bit deceived (especially because Square Enix is known for not presenting a honest picture in their trailers). Dear not, fellow player. there's more to FF8 than meets the eye.
The first thing that all the people I showed this game asked: Why is it so ugly? To tell the truth after a while I have not even noticed. All I remember of the game is the fight music that always makes my blood boil and sets my mind in instant focus. Even after hearing it a thousand times those tunes have something in them. Something insiring. I remember (me!) carrying Riona on a railroad. And the Lunar Cry. and fighting with Tyrannosaurs. The many places we explored. And the never-before-seen monsters we faced and defeated. And the clumsy main character who was in a sense very much myself. (I don't think there's a bigger praise for an RPG then this)
I definitely want to convince everyone who see this to play this game. It takes time to get used to, but I personally promise you that it WORTH IT! I've read somewhere that this was considered one of the best Final Fantasy games of all time. And in other places that it is not. I believe that those, who play it and see through the graphics will find one of the best adventures they have ever seen in their life.
Be warned, some systems in this game are complex. Takes time to understand them and plan with them. It has it's own terms and "terminus technicus". Old school RPG fans know what I mean. Card playing with regional rules? Yeah (included minigames).. You need strategy and preparation? Most definitely! How many hours do you need to play it through? A LOT! I believe with an average appetite FF8 will last for WEEKS. Romantic interests? I describe this game as "A love story (with swords and monsters)"
Being over 30 years old, and a player since the C64 age, I'm very pleased with my decision in middle school when I gave this game a chance. Still in my top list of best games I've ever played (along with Fallout 1-2, Baldur's Gate 2+ToB, Icewind dale 1-2)
From technical part this "remastered" version runs without any problem, on any configuration that is still operational today. No glitches, no bugs (Last time I played it for over a week for Playfire (payed) achievements, never crashed, runs perfectly).
Very unique story, very unique world, very different from any other game. ..And very much recommended.
Just a Re-ReleaseMscigniew | Jan. 21, 2014 | See all Mscigniew's reviews »
Thats exactly what FFVIII is...Personally I am disappointed with it.It was a great game back in the day,but at the moment you can spend 10£ on something...well more fresh.Its still a piece of great J-RPG but everything in the game is outdated,graphics,sounds,controls...Get it only if your sentimental about it,or are into old sql games,otherwise take The Last Remnant.
Absolutely AmazingBrotality | Jan. 15, 2014 | See all Brotality's reviews »
Definitely a wonderful RPG that you can waste countless hours on. I recently bought it myself, and highly recommend it to anyone that was into any of the FF games, or games with similar gameplay. Myself I have already played 21 hours and I haven't even owned the game a week. It's definitely well worth the money spent for the hours you can get out of it.
A Personal Favoritexiluxpain | Jan. 13, 2014 | See all xiluxpain's reviews »
I've played just about every Final Fantasy game, and here's exactly why Final Fantasy VIII should be your favorite.
When you begin the game, you aren't immersed in immediate danger. It is a slow paced game, much closer to an actual role-play game than an adventure or action. You actually embrace each character as well as their stories as you play.
You start your journey as a student, playing as Squall. You are considered one of the sources of trouble in this game. Needless to say, you've found yourself a rival too. Along the road to doing missions with your class, you come across Rhinoa. That's where the game truly begins, speaking an action-filled romance that draws you to each individual character.
Without spoiling too much, FFVIII has a different, but similar summoning system and magic you learn through battling. It is still turn-based, and filled with many mini-games, many other characters as well. By the time you're done, Squall won't be your only favorite character. Try your best not to love them all (even the "bad" guys).
final fantasyscanner786 | Dec. 27, 2013 | See all scanner786's reviews »
This is a great game, very fun and enjoyable for hours of gaming, some players may even find this game to be very addictive, so you will need huge gaming hours to dedicate to this game to progress through the story.
The story line is also very good but the RPG style of the game where you can upgrade weapons and skills and add many different styles of combat to suit you.
I highly recommend this game. 9/10
A classic foreverkalil | Dec. 19, 2013 | See all kalil's reviews »
Launched in 1999 by Squaresoft , continuous landmark in this fabulous PSX rpgs saga .
The plot puts us in the skin of Squall Leonarth , a student of garden Balam Seed seeking to become like their peers. His personality is cold and hard so it has a hard time relating to other people . Later will know other people like Zell Dintch , martial arts expert and do Conas , Rinoa , a mysterious and flirtatious girl , Seifer Almasy , her rival who is always poking , etc ... The plot hits a turn when the most important nation on the continent ( Galbadia ) starts a war in command of a witch with evil intentions. Squall and other garden members tried to stop him but the thing is not as we initially painted .
As for graphics was a big improvement over its predecessor and incorporating 3D real bodies imitating characters , designs and prerenderizados funds and a CGS with quality infarction. All this adding the cool light effects of the magic or the breathtaking scenes video of the invocations (GF ) .
The music is awesome, each item composite Nobuo Uematsu genuine . The sound effects do their task perfectly , every shot , hit, impact , etc. puts us squarely in the adventure as though we were living it right there .
The gameplay presents a shift heavy battles where magic units will be as if they were items we can draw from the enemies and invocations we will cover your vitality while we casteando . The strength appears when we are low VIT , if this condition is met our character can execute a special attack that varies according to who is the executor of the attack, this gives a rate of something more frantic and original game that greatly increases the fun of battles.
The world is vast in quantity, we can take hours exploring every town , dungeon , island, etc. . New to the series we are incorporated vehicles such as rental cars or trains or use pre- pay using petrol cans .
The last details to refine his secrets are : to complete the game 100 % with all the cards , end weapons, special attacks , magic , GF take us a long time but worth it for every new item we got more power in battle or fragments of history we can heavy italics .
In short it is a gem that any collector or Gamer videjuegos must have in your shelf and have enjoyed it once in your life with all its juice .
Classic rpg game everyone should playSeibitsu | Dec. 9, 2013 | See all Seibitsu's reviews »
If you enjoy Final Fantasy saga, you must try this one as it's part of the classics. You play as Squall, a student who is training to become a special agent and you help him to train and of course passing the final test in order to become a true warrior. On his final test something goes wrong and he and his team mates have to fight against true killing machines. The battle mechanincs are really good: turn based combat, classic FF items and magic, but this time they have a limited ammount so you won't have a magic bar but a special attack one which, when filled gives you a powerful attack. You can also exit from a combat if you need so. Graphically, despite beign a little bit old for now, it's really amazing how games were back in the time, such beautiful graphics and models (yeah, this time you don't have square characters) At the top of that, it's one of those games wich gives you infinite hours to play in, as it has many extras like cards. Overall, if you are a fan of RPG, this is a must-try.
The Fantasy that grows on you.Nigee | Dec. 7, 2013 | See all Nigee's reviews »
When FF8 first came out most people thought it was OK at best. Compared to FF7, the magic and equipment systems turned alot of people off. But once you come back to it, you notice that it has a great story, and the once quirky game mechanics become a welcome addition. Definitely worth trying out for the price, and will get you at least 50 hours of gameplay, but that is only if you dont stop to enjoy the extras
Epic romance storylok0812 | Dec. 6, 2013 | See all lok0812's reviews »
Another re-release of the Final Fantasy series comes to PC again. Final Fantasy 8 follows the traditional Final Fantasy formula with epic storyline, great character designs, awesome soundtracks, in addition, a romance story between Squall and Rhinoa. Gameplay follows similar to FF7 except more of a technology advanced theme. Combat is also the same with the turn based ATB with summons and magics. Many hidden features and unlockables for the players to rediscover as well as mini games to take your time off away from the main game. Overall, another great Final Fantasy masterpiece gets re-release for the PC.
Final Fantasy with the best love storyJetStreamJam | Dec. 6, 2013 | See all JetStreamJam's reviews »
This game was the first FF game me and my friends played. This introduced us to the world of JRPG. We spent countless hours with us alternating on playing while having a good time and we were able to enjoy the ride since the story is quite engaging. The GFs that you capture and can use was also very entertaining as well as your different skills that you learn from different weapons. The one thing that hooked me on this game is the way it introduced me to the story. You play as Squall and you try to piece together what happened and why things are changing starting within the balamb garden.
I definetely recommend this game to any serious RPG lover since this has an engaging story and a superb strategy battles.
Bring it on Ultima Weapon!
A Fun, yet quirky Final Fantasy.Antamania | Dec. 5, 2013 | See all Antamania's reviews »
In this reporter's opinion, not nearly as good as FF10, FF7, or FF9 (I blame this game for the general disregard of FF9) it's still a well made JRPG. There aren't enough of these on steam, so I'd advocate for this until better ones pop up. If you haven't played it before, it's a decent quality game. It would have been a good game on it's own without the expectations of quality that come from a Final Fantasy title (older one anyway.)
There are a few gripes with this game that are pretty massive, this version does a decent job at addressing them hence the recommendation.
A) The Draw system is probably the most stupid thing to ever exist, you need to draw spells from the ground (benches and other dumb things) and from monsters to use spells. The spells themselves are pretty limited, there aren't a whole lot of spells which is what I look for in any RPG. That said, in this version you can actually cheat and give yourself the spells so you can disregard this terrible system.
B) The length of time to use a summon. You apparently are still unable to skip the graphics and they take an asinine amount of time to go off.
Those are the two main gripes with the game. Those two gripes aren't enough to not play the game, they are just nuisances. I'd recommend picking it up for the fact that it's still a quality RPG all the downsides considered.
Another amazing Final FantasyStebsis | Dec. 5, 2013 | See all Stebsis's reviews »
People seem to have really mixed feelings about this game, mostly because of the gameplay mechanics, some love it, some hate it, but about all find it tedious.
FF VIII protagonist is Squall Leonhart, a cadet in Galbadia Garden's military academy, who's sent on a mission with his friends and instructor. Game starts really slowly and the real story doesn't really start in a while, but once it really starts to hit, it's really good, though the ending is... confusing to say the least. You meet colorful cast of characters along the way and pretty good antagonists. There're story twists, really... weird moments and some really hard boss fights, I think overall this is one of the hardest FF games.
What people seem to hate or at least find tedious is the drawing mechanic, you don't have MP that's used when casting spells like in previous games, instead in battle you use a mechanic called draw to kind of suck magic from the enemies, and this is counted as numbers, up to 100, and that's how many spells you will have. This gets really boring because you usually get like 1-5 at a time if I remember correctly so most of your battles early on will be just doing that same draw. If you decide you don't want to do it... that's not really an option because of another mechanic, Junction. This is used to link the magic you draw to your weapons and armor, making you deal more damage, elemental damage, take more hits, have more magic power etc. depending how much you have that particular magic. And if you don't do it it might even break the game completely if you have no way to draw magic from too hard enemies. I found this really boring, but once you get some magic that's enough, you don't have to get every one of them to 100 to have capable fighters, and you can't hold all of the spells in the game anyway because you can have only so much of different magics, so just use them and draw when necessary, I found this way more fun and less tedious.
All the classic FF stuff are here, summons, secret ones too, hidden bosses, best weapons to find, airship, active time battle system, side quests etc. Also need to mention one of the best soundtracks in any FF game, in my opinion at least.
Battle system is more or less same than in FF VII, you have 3 characters in fight at once, waiting their turns and then you choose what you want to do, magic, summons, attack etc. Characters also have special skills that're kind of like the limit breaks in FF VII, but aren't activated the same way. Basically the special attack can be activated any time, but the probability of it happening is much greater when characters health is on yellow, meaning very low. Then just spam the skip button enough until you get a chance to do it. Squall for example has one that shoots kind of like laser beam from his sword to space and hits the enemy with that, or Zell that runs around the world to hit his opponent... yeah, couple of them are a bit over the top, but really cool and I especially loved them when I was little kid.
Overall I really like this game, junction and draw mechanics can get boring especially in the beginning and story is a bit slow to pick up, but just stick through it, this is a great Final Fantasy game that tried at least something new while still keeping to its roots, and didn't try to just copy the insanely huge success that was FF VII.