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  • Summary: In a world where an ancient energy known as the Sorceress Power is passed down through generations, the peace of the realm is threatened when the evil Sorceress Edea takes power as ruler of the Galbadia Republic. Squall, a member of Balamb Garden Military Academy's elite mercenary forceIn a world where an ancient energy known as the Sorceress Power is passed down through generations, the peace of the realm is threatened when the evil Sorceress Edea takes power as ruler of the Galbadia Republic. Squall, a member of Balamb Garden Military Academy's elite mercenary force SeeD, other allies from the Garden, and Rinoa, a member of the resistance, join together on a journey to fight against Sorceress Edea, who shows hostility toward the Garden. [Square Enix] Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Oct 16, 2019
    85
    This remaster hits a few major points when it comes to refreshing an old game. But blurry, upscaled backgrounds and a missed opportunity to go from 4:3 to 16:9 aspect ratio, leave much to desire here. Yet, it is still as great game as it ever was. It's just easier to see it, this time around.
  2. Sep 7, 2019
    80
    Final Fantasy 8 Remastered keeps everything that made the original a classic, including its polarizing leveling system, the Triple Triad card game, and the ugly backgrounds. The game's ugly graphics outside of the character models makes it feel like a half measure at times, but regardless, Final Fantasy 8 Remastered is still the best way to experience the game today. Oh, and the soundtrack is still fantastic, too.
  3. Sep 3, 2019
    75
    The 20-year-old Final Fantasy VIII has been resurected by this Remastered with several really useful cheats. We appreciate the new 3D models but, once again, the 4/3 ratio, and some missing features that are standard on Zodiac Age, for example, feels a bit sad.
  4. Sep 30, 2019
    70
    Final Fantasy VIII is still a great game and if you’re playing it for the first time, I’d suggest getting this version. If you already have an earlier release however then it’s hard to justify the cost. A few graphical tweaks and some blurring isn’t worth the money for me: I could get a similar effect by taking off my glasses before playing and save myself 16 quid in the process. A poor remaster of a great game.
  5. Sep 25, 2019
    70
    While the game keeps several essential systems intact and improves on the character models, I would have like to see more visual improvements throughout the game.
  6. Dec 16, 2019
    60
    Final Fantasy 8 did not age well, and I would not recommend it as an introduction into JRPGs, but it does offer an interesting introspective at the history of this genre. Unfortunately, the remaster is quite shoddy, and there is no better official version than this.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 8 out of 9
  1. Sep 7, 2019
    10
    To the game's defense, i can only say that it looks and sounds absolutely the same, which is still delightful and still a little sad at theTo the game's defense, i can only say that it looks and sounds absolutely the same, which is still delightful and still a little sad at the same time.
    The cheats system propels you into battles and a new game cruise just for the heck of it without any further annoyances (must be my 20'th playthrough in history).
    The 3x action button makes it easy to run faster through places, and it's great.

    So i cannot simply say it's junk like the haters leaving bad marks here. I really have no clue what runs through their mind when they tag a 0 to this masterpiece. Their life must be frighteningly dark.

    But i digress, this amazing game needs a complete overhaul, new cinematics, enhanced action and extended adventure. I would LOVE a remake.

    God bless,
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  2. Sep 13, 2019
    4
    Having played the game for like 10 hours and helped others how to fix the black bars resolution problem, things started to go down hill prettyHaving played the game for like 10 hours and helped others how to fix the black bars resolution problem, things started to go down hill pretty fast. At first i thought i was in the clear and pretty much enjoying myself, when suddenly "unexpected exception" errors occurred causing the game to crash to desktop. Usually it helps to reload but only 10 minutes further in the game will crash again, and again.. For those wondering how to remove the black bars. Just set the ingame resolution to >1280x960< instead of 1920x1080 and above..
    So, i had to thumb it down on Steam afterwards which pretty sucks being a long time gamer and fan of the series.
    Hopefully someone (if not Square Enix) will be able to patch where most needed, because playing the game in this state is just not worth it for me personally.. A shame really...
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  3. Sep 3, 2019
    3
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Se nota que no ha sido una buena remasterizacion, el tiempo le pasó la cuenta . Sólo para nostálgicos y fanáticos Expand
  4. Sep 11, 2019
    0
    I love Final Fantasy 8 the most of all Final Fantasy games and ofcourse I was silliy enough to pre-order this game for PC and PS4. This gameI love Final Fantasy 8 the most of all Final Fantasy games and ofcourse I was silliy enough to pre-order this game for PC and PS4. This game is a joke and not a remaster. It is the worst Remaster I have ever played. Yes the character looks upgraded but all the rest is downgraded graphicaly. Everything is so blurry that it hurts my eyes to play the game. I have tested it around 20 minutes and have refunded it. The worst problem in the PS4 version is that you don't have the option to turn down the volume of music etc. It is just TO LOUD. Srsly I've written a review about the same issue in Star Ocean 3 Remaster where it was the same problem and what does SE do? The same stupid thing again. Srlsly this is just an horrible fail of the legendary FF8. Even some parts in the PS1 version looks better than this blurry mess.

    Do not buy this game. It should have been a DLC not a fully new game. Only better Character graphics and all the rest is even worse.

    Also not to forget the game is even CENSORED. Yes you read it correctly, SE has censored the game. Siren has been censored but not the GF Card itself.

    Oh and not to forget about cheat system they have put in to the game. If you want to cheat like you have done on your ps1 then forget about it. If you want to earn achievements, then you wont be able to get them as soon as you start cheating. Only 3x speed are ok to use but everything else will disable your achievements. Yeah it is a single player game sure but what ever, I have purchased the game and I want to do with the game what ever I want to just like in the stone age times where you even could purchase cheating CD's. I just write this cheating thingy for people who likes to cheat in their games. I would only use the 3x game speed boost and it would be more than enough for me just to play the game in tripple speed but it might be good to know for people who would like to use more than only 3x speed.

    PS: Just get the 2013 version and mod it, it'll look much much better than this mess and it's even free. The words about modder being the real devs become more and more true.
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  5. Sep 6, 2019
    0
    absolutely a joke, there are graphics mods that do better than this remastered, what were they thinking when they release this horribleabsolutely a joke, there are graphics mods that do better than this remastered, what were they thinking when they release this horrible so-called "remaster" Expand
  6. Sep 5, 2019
    0
    half-assed job. terrible "remaster". this is a disgrace on what was once a magnificent game.
  7. Sep 4, 2019
    0
    This looks god awful. I know they lost the original source code for the game but really they couldnt have an artist to draw new back grounds?This looks god awful. I know they lost the original source code for the game but really they couldnt have an artist to draw new back grounds? Remodelled the assets? I mean this is just a remaster but activision darth sidius of the gaming industry literally remade and not just remastered spyro. Why cant square do that. It wouldnt have been that expense even if they just remade parts of ff8. Fans literally have done better jobs with mods and we should applaud them more than this garbage that squarw has fartes out. Any modders reading this i just want to say you guys are amazing. To the square devs i feel your shame but the people to blame are your managers not you. Expand

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