FINAL FANTASY VIII
Third party DRM: SteamThis game requires a free Steam account to play.
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.
New Game Boosters:
High Speed Mode
All scenes (including cutscenes, movies and battles, etc.) can be fast-forwarded. (Fast-forward speeds vary by cutscene, but average about five times normal speed.)
CAUTION, certain computers may not be able to process the game with High Speed Mode. If the game crashes while in High Speed Mode, please restart the game and refrain from using High Speed Mode.
Grants the following advantages in battle:
ATB gauge always full
HP always full
Limit Break always available
*Characters die instantly when suffering damage that exceeds their HP.
Normal attacks, certain Limit Breaks, and certain G.F. attacks deal 9,999 damage.
Sets level and AP of all acquired G.F. to max when used on the world map.
*May not function properly when used during event cutscenes.
*These commands can only be executed via keyboard.
Magic and Gil MAX
Sets inventory of each acquired magic spell to 100 and sets gil to maximum limit
*Cannot be used on menu screens, during cutscenes, in combat or at shop. Usable when moving between areas while playing Laguna's Dream.
*These commands can only be executed via keyboard.
A Unique ExperienceJericho417 | July 26, 2014 | See all Jericho417's reviews »
When discussing which Final Fantasy game is best, people tend to pick the one they played first. For me, it was 8. The game had a number of one-off features that never really reappeared in any other Final Fantasy game. Features like junctioning magic (attaching spells to stats for boosts) or having a salary based on rank (which could be raised through SeeD Exams). In most games, you focus all your efforts on to leveling your character. In FF8, it's far more important to level up the GFs (summoned spirits like Ifrit and Shiva) so that you can equip magic to your stats.You also have sections of the game where you experience the past and participate in some of the back story. I really dug the Triple Triad mini-game, a card based game with alternate rule-sets. You could even use a GF learned skill to turn cards in to incredibly useful and rare spells or items.
Different than othersGosen | June 6, 2014 | See all Gosen's reviews »
This game has specific mechanics, which is pretty controversial. Tedious and bothersome drawing system could be a problem to get into it and focus on story, but apart from that the game has interesting plot, beautiful graphics (as for psx era) and music.
The last one is unfortunately not fixed to psx original files, so pc midi files must be replaced by mod to enjoy full potential of those magnificent pieces. New release of this game adds only boost system, which helps avoid draw system at the start but it's nothing more than cheat which really doesn't solve anything. VIII is something different than classic Final Fantasy games. World seems more authentic, also thanks to actually explained lore in in-game encyclopedia, which helps in immersion. For instance protagonist gains money not from monsters but from salary and he is not some random here who is sent to save the world, but one of the students in mercenary school. He has to take tests, go to missions, etc.
Definitely worth trying, but new release is actually nothing worth buying for those who already own it. Also have in mind that game mechanics require patience and understanding, when first encountered.
A great classicMedragonmes | May 25, 2014 | See all Medragonmes's reviews »
I love this game, is one of my favorites, i can't recommend it enough for those who love the rpg's, the story is epic and the battles are intense, the only thing i don't like is the sound because is better in the original version.
One of a kindrickyeatos | May 6, 2014 | See all rickyeatos's reviews »
The game still have that magic to keep the fan happy, a complete rpg mode with magic junctions in the basic stats of every characters can mean the different between win or die. you can earn this magic by drawing them from your enemy's, extraction points and with skills of your G.F.
the game have a classic battle in turns system but the kind of skills and things you can make to hurt your enemy's is very unique, the GF can help you a lot not just for they devastating attacks but by they skills which can grant your characters with special commands in battle like health the status of a poisoned team mate or steal a item from your enemy's or even better they can make you more strong by adding a 30% of a stat or grant you with auto-haste to be more fast than your enemy's
the graphics even when the game is really old. it's not a problem for ff VIII because he has one of the best graphics of the play station 1 and with the most epic intros and cut scenes you can ever see in others play stations 1 titles. (in my opinion this game is a complete play station 2 title)
the music, even when i see a lot of bad reviews for this game on steam exactly for the music, this can't stop you to still have a lot of fun with this game. or at least i didn't even notice the music is a bit different from the original.
Best game play, all a world to explore and secrets to discover.
The mini game most addictive is the cards game when you can find a card of all the monsters in the game, GF, bosses and of course the cards of your characters
and finally, the best story ever made for a game of the play station 1. this game is one of a kind in the ff titles. no matter in what console or pc you play it. you will enjoy it.
ClassicInfantaria | April 19, 2014 | See all Infantaria's reviews »
I was just a teen at the time and had never played an JRPG or any kind of RPG for that matter.
I borrowed this game from a girl I liked (yes a girl that played FF back in the day), and instantly I was hooked.
From the characters to the story, this is one of the best RPGs ever.
Final Fantasy VI, VII, and IX really make you love and feel for the characters, and VIII is no exception. First time I played it took me 80 hours to complete, as I was searching for every GF and every secret in the game.
All in all, a game that is no shame to still play at this day and age, since the combination of graphics, the wonderful songs by Nobuo Uematsu, the story, the characters still remain one of the best today.