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Final Fantasy VIII

An RPG video game released by Square (Playstation 1)

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A Quick Tip by TheJohn

  • Sep 26, 2010
This is where the FF game series went downhill for me, it's damn impressive PS1 graphics don't overlook the cornerstones of FF games to come, overly corny soap opera dialouge, lack of sense in the story, and WAY too much mixing of sci fi and fantasy.
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review by . July 15, 2011
posted in The Gaming Hub
The fact that Final Fantasy 8 looks really pretty is obvious is universally agreed upon. But once you get underneath the glamour and glitz of Squaresoft's multimillion-dollar blunder, you'll see that there is... Well, I want to say nothing, but that's not true. There's something under there, but it's bigger and much more confusing than your average rocket scientist or brain surgeon could handle. I shall try my best to explain it.    First I have to get the boring stuff - er, …
Quick Tip by . February 22, 2011
posted in Siliconera Bounce
If I remember correctly, I was even more impressed with VIII than VII. Squall was a much more interesting protagonist than Cloud, and everything that mattered just felt improved from VII, especially the battle system. It's also got Triple Triad, my favorite mini game in an FF. Sure, the romance went over head a bit at the time, but I was glad it went better than the last one.      EDIT: Was the story really that bad? I really need to replay this one...
Quick Tip by . February 21, 2011
posted in Siliconera Bounce
The game generally viewed by many as a radical departure from the tried and tested Final Fantasy formula is one of my favourite games of all time. The character designs are superb, the world is well versed in its own culture and the junction system is one of the more innovative ideas that Squaresoft experimented.    However, as many would say, the story is where this game falls to disgrace. There are several nice plot twists, but Squaresoft fails to implement a proper story to …
Quick Tip by . February 21, 2011
posted in Siliconera Bounce
My least favorite Final Fantasy. It had weird design choices that got annoying like the draw func. The story ...  Oh boy its spits you're face bad. I HATED the characters and the story is so poorly connected. There's no flow in it and no rhyme or reason behind why things happen. It felt like square just made a big list of cool plot twist/elements and THEN tried very lazily to connect them. Plot holes galore and just plain painful execution of ideas that seem like they would be interesting …
review by . September 02, 2009
posted in The Gaming Hub
When Final Fantasy VII debuted in 1997 it was hailed as the greatest of great RPGs. When Final Fantasy VIII came around in 1999, it had so much to live up to. So much hype that the bar was set too high, even for Final Fantasy VIII to hit. Almost ten years later, it's a little easier to look at Final Fantasy VIII with fondness. In part because that bar it had to reach is no longer there. The hype has settled. We can now look at Final Fantasy VIII for what it is. It's a great game to be sure, but …
review by . February 19, 2009
Following a legend is never easy.....especially when that legend is considered by many to be the greatest RPG of all time. Even today, nearly twelve years after its release, Final Fantasy VII still receives all the accolades.....but Final Fantasy VIII does a tremendous job escaping the shadow of its predecessor. Let us take a closer look at the eighth installment in this best-selling series.     Story:     The star of this installment is Squall Leonhart, a …
review by . July 02, 2001
posted in The Gaming Hub
When people play a Final Fantasy game they expect several things to come out of the finished game! For one thing a great story, great charicters, cool battle system, drama, comedy, and greatness, cool graphics, and overall a great game! That said and done Final Fantasy VIII is the worst example of how to make a great RPG! When a great RPG company like Squaresoft, who been making the best RPG's for years now, comes in and makes a game, people expect it to be great!!! Esspecally if it's a Final Fantasy …
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SquareSoft has always had a sure-fire hit when releasing any of theirFinal Fantasytitles, andFinal Fantasy VIIIshould be no exception. The basis of a good RPG (role-playing game) has always been the story; spectacular graphics are secondary.Final Fantasy VIII's involved and interesting story line is filled with great twists, well-developed characters, suspense, and romance. As an added bonus, the graphics are beautiful. Everything--from the low-lit jazz club to the steam-filled railroad tunnels--is gorgeous and perfectly sets the mood and tone of a scene.

The game mechanics are standard fare for an RPG: acquisition of items and spells, turn-based combat, experience points earned in combat allowing advances in levels. From exploration to battles to dialogue, Final Fantasy VIII has it all. However, Final Fantasy VIII falls to that great weakness of RPGs: random battles. While necessary for advancing in levels, the battles occur with such frequency that they can grow annoying, making for a tedious game experience.

The epic storyline spans four discs--over 40 hours of gameplay--and is based around a mercenary cadet who finds himself caught up with an underground rebel faction. He winds up in a plot to assassinate the sorceress who has just seized power from the president.

You could complain of limited replay value, but this gripe is of no consequence: the game is such a satisfying experience, it doesn't require replay. Final Fantasy VIII is easily worth both the hype ...

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ESRB: teen, T - (Teen)
Number of Players: 1
Publisher: Square
Developer: SquareSoft
Console: PlayStation 1 Games
Genre: RPG
Release Date: February 11, 1999
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