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  • Summary: Experience A Massive New World On Your PC. A member of an elite military team, Squall is forced into a conflict beyond imagination. To survive, he must contend with a desperate rival, a powerful sorceress, and his own mysterious dreams. Realistic, detailed characters and background graphics enhanced by a breathtaking musical score. An epic story based on the theme of love, set in massive new world. New Junction System allows characters to be customized with magic spells drawn from enemies. Nearly an hour of stunning motion-captured CG cinemas seamlessly integrated into gameplay. Collapse
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  1. Sep 13, 2010
    I agree with Xeneous, get the PS1 version
    All in all, my favorite Final Fantasy game, and i own every FF in the series. With a captivating
    storyline and a great junction system to power you up, and a scaling system which keeps the game at a somewhat difficult level, FF8 is amazing. If you have not played it, i would definitely recommend buying it. If you can't find a store that still sells ps1 games, it was big enough of a hit that it's now on playstation network to buy. Expand
  2. Sep 11, 2013
    It is odd how different this game is to the last one. Eveything the last game got right, this one got wrong. and everything the last game got wrong, this game got right. Funny.

    For me, FF 8 is one of my favorites. It has a strong story, beautiful graphics (for the time,) interesting and deep characters, and also a large colorful world to explore.

    Weapons and Magic on the other hand is rather poorly done in my opinion. Characters only have a small number to choose from and the magic system is almost pointless to use since your strongest spells are what you usually use to bolster your stats. ie you use magic, you get weaker. Not to mention the Draw system: I hated it! It felt SOOOOOO tedious and needless.

    But combat mechanics aside I still enjoyed it immensely. Battles are fun and engaging and the card game is incredibly fun and addictive to play (gotta-get-em-all.)

    FF8 is by far more flawed than the last game, but I felt it had more charm and characters that felt more real and down to earth (mostly.) Squall may be a d**k for the most part of the game, but hay! He's a teenager, it isn't really that far of stretch.

    Regardless of its flaws. I thought it was charming and a blast to play (even with the draw system.)
  3. Mar 18, 2014
    Cursed MIDI file music prevents a perfect score.
    I never ran into a single issue. Well, maybe it would have been nice if I could set it to
    tell me to use the Triangle, Square, Circle, and X instead of B1, B2, B3, B4. But beggers cant be choosers, anyone playing this title most likely remembers the controls and if you don't, your going back in time too far. Expand
  4. Apr 9, 2014
    This is a review of the 2013 PC re-release.

    Despite being a decent update to make the game compatible with modern machines, it's a painful
    reminder of why some good things are better left on the nostalgia shelf. This game was great for its time, but there are too many design decisions that stick out like a sore thumb and make it difficult to enjoy in modern day.

    Even with the improved 3D models, I would still suggest people who want to relive the FF8 experience find a PSX to play it on, as that's the way it was meant to be played. Even if you patch the PSX music into this game (that's right, SE did not update the re-release to use the much-superior PSX soundtrack), it's still a relic of an age past, and the best way to experience relics is to experience them in their original form. Which is on a PSX, with a PS1 controller, with disc swapping, and memory cards that you save your 40+ hour save files onto and live in fear of them randomly corrupting themselves, requiring you to start all over.

    This is a good attempt by Square-Enix to make even more profit off products they made in a time when making high-quality games seemed to come naturally to them, but the Square that exists is not the Square that made those games. I would much prefer to see them proving that they can *still* make quality games, as opposed to trying to remind everyone of how much better they used to be.

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