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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 graphicsExperience 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. Expand
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16
  1. Sep 13, 2010
    10
    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
    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.
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  2. Dec 6, 2020
    10
    Played it on ps1 till end , played it twice on pc over the years even and enjoyed it more with each playthru
  3. Nov 9, 2014
    9
    The three PS1 FF games are all amazing. I would consider this one the worst out of those 3, though... And no, it's not because of the JunctionThe three PS1 FF games are all amazing. I would consider this one the worst out of those 3, though... And no, it's not because of the Junction System. Overall, the story was pretty weird and the battles didn't feel as fun as it did in the previous game, FF VII... And a lot of the characters are ----- towards each other. Nevertheless, it's a great game and any FF fan or anyone who wants to try FF should definitely pick this one up sometime.

    *Yes, the MIDI sound files suck. There's a mod to fix it in the Steam version, though.
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  4. Sep 11, 2013
    8
    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 gotIt 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.

    Overall:
    Regardless of its flaws. I thought it was charming and a blast to play (even with the draw system.)
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  5. Mar 2, 2017
    8
    One thing I really admire about the FF franchise is how they change things up. This game has Guardian Forces (GF, which function like summons)One thing I really admire about the FF franchise is how they change things up. This game has Guardian Forces (GF, which function like summons) and magic. There's no armor and only a few different weapons. To improve your stats you "junction" a GF to your character, then "junction" magic to your stats. It's confusing at first, but once you figure it out it is very rewarding. Magic is more like an item in this game, you can collect up to 100 of each magic by "drawing" it from monsters, draw-points, or refining it from items.

    One strange feature of the game is the Triple Triad card game (mini-game), which is simple to play but the way rules are changed is utter chaos. You can get some good items and abilities from playing it, but I advise using a guide or skipping it if you aren't patient.

    The story is okay, somewhat of a romance, so that's different.

    The characters are lackluster and nowhere near as unique or interesting as the characters in FF7, but the graphics are more realistic.

    The game is very good and does not fall short of FF expectations. Bought for $6 on sale, played 70 hours, highly recommend.
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  6. Aug 18, 2022
    5
    I particularly dragged myself to the end of the game...
    I didn't like the evolution mechanics, nor the form of spells.
    I didn't like the
    I particularly dragged myself to the end of the game...
    I didn't like the evolution mechanics, nor the form of spells.
    I didn't like the attempt at realistic graphics, but they were bad, the 7's graphic for example bothers me less...
    But in my view, the worst thing is that at no time did I feel like I was playing final fantasy. I found the plot very superficial. This love story super commented by critics and players I found it super shallow, very forced. The love thing comes out of nowhere and goes nowhere... villains without charisma, without motivation... I expected much more from the game, after playing 7.
    There are times I think I played another game seeing the positive reviews of this game lol.

    For those who had already played and like it, it's cool, but if it's like me, who hadn't played on the ps1, it's bad lol.

    55 out of 100
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  7. Dec 23, 2015
    0
    Please. Please somebody explain to me why is this game considered as a "legendary game" if it is so boring and linear. Nowadays there arePlease. Please somebody explain to me why is this game considered as a "legendary game" if it is so boring and linear. Nowadays there are even better gameboy rpgs than this one! You dont have so much choice in what to do and when to do it or where to go. You always use the same weapons and the same attacks. I just finish the disc one by the way. So painful, boring and unnecesarily long. And predictable. Expand

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