FINAL FANTASY VIII
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It is a time of war. Galbadia, a Global Superpower, has declared war on Dollet, a country whose training academy is home to two personalities: the hot-headed Seifer and the 'lone wolf', Squall Leonhart. Both are equally at conflict with each other as their country is with Galbadia; to others, Squall appears lacking in team spirit, while Seifer lacks the discipline of his rival. However, a chance encounter with the free-spirited Rinoa Heartilly turns Squall's universe upside down; having thrived on discipline, Squall find the carefree Rinoa fascinating. He also begins to dream that he is Laguna Loire, a Galbadian army soldier…
Meanwhile, a sorceress manipulates the most powerful men in Galbadia. Squall and Seifer are forced to cooperate on a mission to assassinate the sorceress. Will they succeed in putting aside their differences, and end the war that has ravaged their planet? What part does the mysterious Laguna play? Only you can decide what happens next, as the greatest Role Playing Adventure of all time returns.."
When Magic Booster is used, the player’s inventory of the following spells is increased by 100:
Cure, Cura, Curaga, Fire, Fira, Blizzard, Blizzara, Thunder, Thundara, Sleep, Blind, Silence, Berserk, Bio, Esuna, Aero, Confuse, Break, Zombie
This feature can be used from the launcher.
This version of FFVIII includes the full game “Chocobo World” that was released as a separate application for previous versions. It is possible to play “Chocobo World” directly from the launcher after booting up FFVIII and by fulfilling certain specific conditions in the main game you will also be able to synchronise data between the two games.
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).