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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.

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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.."

Key Features

  • Magic Booster

    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.

  • Chocobo World

    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.

  • Battle Assistance

    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.

  • 9999

    Normal attacks, certain Limit Breaks, and certain G.F. attacks deal 9,999 damage.

  • AP MAX

    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.

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Square Enix
Square Enix PDD
Square Enix
Thursday, December 5, 2013
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
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Minimum Requirements
  • Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7/8 (32/64-bit)
  • 1Core CPU 2GHz or faster
  • 1024MB+ RAM
  • 3.52GB HD space
  • DirectX 9.0c compatible card
  • Integrated sound chip or more
  • directX 9.0c
Recommended Requirements
  • Microsoft Windows Vista/7/8 (32/64-bit)
  • Intel® Core™2 Duo CPU 3GHz or faster
  • 2GB+ RAM (4GB+ on 64-bit)
  • 3.52GB HD space
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT or faster
  • Integrated sound chip or more
  • directX 9.0c

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I already miss this game

The first Final Fantasy i ever completed, and it's my favorite. I've played many others but never completed them, this one personally took my attention the most. The protagonist of this one, named Squall Leonhart, (or Leon if you've played Kingdom Hearts) is a bit of a downer. He doesn't care about feelings too much, but this game sure has character development. All the characters and areas you visit are memorable, and the story is interesting. This game also offers "interesting" theories. Play the game to learn about them, this game is just an adventure. Just get it.

Eyes on me

After the 7th game of the franchise, fans wanted more or less the same game as a sequel and then came Final Fantasy 8. At the beginning of the game, you are a student at the university, this part is mostly the tutorial, you will learn how to play, what to do, where to go, you will discover the lore. FF7 already had the premise of FF8, there was already technology in FF7, a dense and complicated story, good characters, good villains, friendship. Final Fantasy 8 bring this further, the story is complicated, maybe too much, Squall and his friends are really well written, you will want to know more about them, Seifer and Ultimecia are as good for me as Sephiroth and Jenova, you will also travel in time to live the adventures of Laguna and his friends that will help you know more about this universe. Oh, and you will play Triple Triad, just for this you need to play this game, it's a really simple card game, but it is really addictive. I think of my two hundred hours playing this game I spent half of it playing Triple Triad, you will want to get all the cards, trust me you will. Final Fantasy 8 is like the uncle of the 10th, a different Final Fantasy but really a Final Fantasy, and a very good one.

Decent Final Fantasy, But Not Great

Final Fantasy 8 was a step back from Final Fantasy 7. It's still an excellent game and well worth playing, but it just didn't live up to the bar set by 7. The characters in this game are okay. I only really liked Squall though. I found the story a bit confusing too and not properly explained. There's 2 sets of characters in this game but unless it's just me, it's never really clear who the second set is, if it's time travel, or a parallel world, or whatever. Maybe I just missed something or wasn't paying enough attention. Anyway, the game is fun, the battle system is mostly good, and the world is huge. I wasn't crazy about the way you learn magic in this game. It reminded me of how poorly implemented the leveling up was done in Final Fantasy 2 when you had to beat up your own characters to properly level them. FF8 started great, but a lot of it became forgettable. I love FF games, but I spent far less time replaying this one than any other one. The mini games in this one are a little better than 7, but still not great. I did like the card game though once I got used to how to play it. Overall, if you like JRPG's and Final Fantasy, play this game, but there's much better FF games than this one if you are new to the franchise.

The perfect adolescent fantasy

12 year old me thought this was the coolest game ever. It's still pretty good, despite the weird combat system changes from VII and the broody protagonist. It's still fairly standard turn-based Final Fantasy gameplay aside from the new drawing system which is a bit odd to say the least. I wouldn't really recommend this as your first final fantasy game, but if you've gone through most the others this is definitely a solid choice.


This brought back a lot of memories. I loved the game back when I was younger and I am appreciative of the time and effort Square put into revamping this title. A great game!

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