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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: 25 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Sep 4, 2019
    100
    At least in the time that I’ve spent with it, I’ve not noticed any significant issues with sound, graphics and so on. It plays, looks, and sounds just like a remember it, with a new coat of paint tossed on top to make the overall look a little more appealing. There’s not a lot else to say about Final Fantasy VIII Remastered, other than you should absolutely pick this up when you have a chance, it’s easily the best version of the game available.
  2. 90
    As long as you can get the hang of the unique and intricate combat system, Final Fantasy VIII Remastered delivers one of the most enthralling narratives in the long running franchise that still holds up 20 years later.
  3. 85
    Final Fantasy VIII Remastered is the definitive version of this game. The core experience is still here, but with some added flourishes, mainly the beautiful character models. But other additions, like the “cheats,” can also add up to make this a much more inviting experience for all fans. Final Fantasy VIII is one of the strangest entries in the Final Fantasy pantheon, but that’s what makes it so special at the end of the day.
  4. Sep 2, 2019
    80
    Final Fantasy VIII Remastered is the best version of the game ever and is fantastic for the gamers with nostalgic feelings, but for newcomers the 20-year-old graphics and design take a while. Fortunately the gameplay is still great.
  5. Sep 3, 2019
    80
    It's easy to see why Final Fantasy VIII is considered one of the series' most divisive entries, but its story and gameplay systems remain unique 20 years after its original release. Final Fantasy VIII Remastered has its flaws -- the draw system is still a total pain in the arse -- but there's a magic and atmosphere to Squall's often mental adventure that's incredibly endearing. This is a PlayStation classic given a new lease of life, and it's still way more interesting than the majority of Japanese RPGs hitting our consoles today.
  6. Sep 4, 2019
    75
    All in all, Final Fantasy VIII: Remastered is a solid port. The new character models look nice, and the additional features are all welcome. At its core, it's still Final Fantasy 8, and almost nothing has changed about it. If you were a fan of the original, you'll like the remaster, and if you weren't, then it's unlikely this will change your mind. This is likely the definitive version of the game, blurry backgrounds and all, and it's well worth picking up for anyone who's looking to experience FF8 for the first time.
  7. Sep 2, 2019
    70
    Final Fantasy VIII Remastered is a prime example of how to do a remaster well. Improved graphics modernize the experience, and modifiers help alleviate the grind issues. That said, I’ve always felt FFVIII needed real gameplay changes. It won’t get that in a remaster, and as such, those who didn’t like the game before won’t like it now. If what you disliked in the original was the grind, put your eyes on this remaster. And if you loved FFVIII in the past or are a curious newcomer, this is the best version of the game by far.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 28
  2. Negative: 11 out of 28
  1. Oct 7, 2019
    10
    The story is fascinating, the setting of the world and the people in it are great, the characters themselves and the way they interact withThe story is fascinating, the setting of the world and the people in it are great, the characters themselves and the way they interact with each other, and their overall development as the story goes forward is nothing short of amazing. The combat is fun and with the times 3 speed it isn't so much a grind to get magic anymore. Expand
  2. Sep 3, 2019
    10
    Back to the old and good Final Fantasy Classics!!!! Nice way to remember all that hours of gaming in 1999 and in 2019 more and more hours ofBack to the old and good Final Fantasy Classics!!!! Nice way to remember all that hours of gaming in 1999 and in 2019 more and more hours of this Beatiful RPG!!!! Expand
  3. Sep 3, 2019
    10
    Honestly it is the game you originally loved or hated but with a new cote of paint. I'm happy to see 8 get a remake but if you loved or hatedHonestly it is the game you originally loved or hated but with a new cote of paint. I'm happy to see 8 get a remake but if you loved or hated it previously this will not change your mind. Expand
  4. Sep 17, 2019
    6
    ffvii was during my childhood my favorite ff then i reconsidered ix.anyway I was so excited to play this remastered waiting something biggerffvii was during my childhood my favorite ff then i reconsidered ix.anyway I was so excited to play this remastered waiting something bigger and better realized,instead it's the exact same game with just hd graphics and to a big prize. Expand
  5. Sep 4, 2019
    4
    Ужасный ремастер. Это даже скорее порт.
    1. Просадки ФПС из-за того что грузит только один поток. Причем что там может так жрать, непонятно.
    Ужасный ремастер. Это даже скорее порт.
    1. Просадки ФПС из-за того что грузит только один поток. Причем что там может так жрать, непонятно.
    2. Задники перерисовали не везде и много осталось оригинальных с ПС1. На широкоформатном мониторе выглядит как пипец.
    3. Текстурки тоже сменили далеко не везде. Я бы даже сказал мало где сменили. Так что ситуации, когда ваши "причесанные" герои общаются с гребенчатым и угловатым нечто, вполне обыденны. Очень вырвиглазный контраст.
    4. 4:3.
    5. Бои в 360р.
    Так цинично по губам сквары своим фанатам еще не водили.
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  6. Sep 16, 2019
    1
    Really Square? Really? You finally decided to make a ff8 "remaster" and you guys end up with this nonsense? And on top of that no physicalReally Square? Really? You finally decided to make a ff8 "remaster" and you guys end up with this nonsense? And on top of that no physical release either, guess you guys are getting on the bandwagon of selling us the same games over and over through digital means Expand
  7. 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. I can not understand any streamer talking or other people can not understand me talking just because SE is not smart enough to put a volume trigger into the game don't want to mention about the volume when you are trying to play the game while in ps4 party...... The music is like 5X louder than anything else. Srlsly this is just an horrible fail of the legendary FF8. Even some parts in the PS1 version looks better than this blurry mess.

    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.
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