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Final Fantasy VIII

by SquareSoft
Windows 98 / Me / 95
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)

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  • ASIN: B000040OEH
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: January 26, 2000
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,715 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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More than a sequel to the top-selling Final Fantasy 7, Final Fantasy 8 is an entirely new story, following the adventures of Squall, a young military cadet. Aided by an unusual group of allies, Squall must deal with a desperate rival, a powerful sorceress, and his strange dreams.

Set in a world where magic and technology coexist, Final Fantasy 8 provides players with a variety of weapon, magic, and transportation options as they explore the vast game world. Maintaining the best features of its predecessor, Final Fantasy 8 allows those familiar with previous games to easily adapt to the battle, menu, and exploration controls, while providing unique story-line elements, features, and minigames to make for a breathtaking new experience. Characters and backgrounds take on a much more detailed, realistic look through enhanced 3-D graphics and are seamlessly combined with nearly an hour of stunning computer-generated cinemas.


In early 1999, Final Fantasy VIII for the Sony PlayStation sold millions of copies within days of its release in Japan. Now, one year later, the epic role-playing game has become available for the PC with much less fanfare surrounding its publication, probably because most everyone who wanted to play Final Fantasy VIII already has. What's more, the PC version of Final Fantasy VIII seems hell-bent on completely alienating its audience of innocently curious computer gamers, as they'll likely end up utterly bewildered if they ever made the mistake of buying it. That's because Final Fantasy VIII for the PC is a completely inadequate conversion of the attractive yet problematic console role-playing game. Final Fantasy VIII would have looked and sounded much better if it were originally a PC game. It might look good on a television, but on the PC you'll immediately notice all the flaws in Final Fantasy VIII's graphics. The characters are made of simple polygonal shapes, and they're painted with blurry, low-resolution texture maps. The background scenery fares even worse; the game's characters look sharper and much more detailed compared with the washed-out settings throughout the game. This makes everything clash and makes the whole game look much worse than it should. You can tell Final Fantasy VIII is a beautiful game underneath it all; the composition and design of virtually every scene are of exceptional quality. The game has a cohesive cinematic appearance, consistently inventive artistic design, and remarkably high production values throughout, even though its appearance is mired under what seems like a coat of dust. That's the problem: Although Final Fantasy VIII looked stunning on the PlayStation, its visuals seem to lose far too much quality in translation to the PC. You'll frequently get frustrated looking for the hotspot to exit a screen; then again, you'll also frequently witness some of the most impressive computer-generated cinematic sequences ever made. The game's frame rate is fairly smooth during most gameplay sequences, but it slows to a crawl whenever you're traveling between destinations on the 3D map. Even its soundtrack suffers from the translation, because it was originally designed to be played through the PlayStation's proprietary music synthesizer; but on the PC, the game's epic score just sounds twangy and annoying, because most PC sound cards are ill equipped to emulate the PlayStation's electronic instruments. Fortunately, Final Fantasy VIII generally looks good enough that you could learn to tolerate the shortcomings of its translated graphics and sound; the characters may lack detail, but they're so vividly motion-captured that they'll captivate you anyway. But Final Fantasy VIII's greatest technical feat has to be how it manages to interpolate 3D characters onto static backgrounds that seamlessly shift into pre-rendered full motion video. There are several scenes throughout the game that blend gameplay sequences with cinematic cutscenes so seamlessly and so beautifully that it's impossible not to be impressed at the sight of them. Though it may take some effort on your part to put up with Final Fantasy VIII's muddled visual quality, it'll be even harder to deal with how the game plays. Final Fantasy VIII features a great story that uses some of the most common, most obvious plot devices - love, friendship, time travel - and somehow manages to make them interesting and complicated, yet completely accessible and even rather plausible. But to get to the heart of the story, you must wade through countless random monster encounters and other tedious gameplay sequences that will try your patience to the very limits. Worse yet, because the PC version is a straight port of the PlayStation game, you must navigate the game's complicated menus and controls using just a keyboard or a gamepad. Yet the game's most embarrassing throwback to its console roots has to be its save-game system, which reads your hard drive as though it were a PlayStation memory card. Even so, as with the ported graphics, you might grudgingly learn to deal with the console-style controls. Unfortunately, coping with the game's gaudy and far-too-slow combat sequences will probably take a lot more effort than the game is worth. --Greg Kasavin
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sets the standard August 16, 2000
Folks either love or hate this game, me.. I love it. I don't own a playstation so this was my only chance at playing this game which I'd been champing at the bit for since its release onto the PSX. Then it finally came out.
Every Final Fantasy game is different. They all take place in practically different worlds with different characters (except for a few recurring minor ones) but thet all have the same themes -- love, hope, destiny, and destruction. FFVIII follows the path of Squall, a young trainee trying to join SeeD, an elite mercenary fighting force.
The magic system is a bit difficult to master at first, but they help you as much as possible along the way and if it ever gets confusing you can always let the computer manage it for you. Spells no longer cost 'mana', and instead you simply draw a limited supply of them from points on the map or from monsters. New weapons are no longer purchased, but instead existing ones are upgrated with items you earn after battles or by stealing them from monsters.
My first impressions were that the polygon models looked a bit odd, and the characters were all very stereotyped. Squall was the grumpy quiet type, Zell was a hothead, Rinoa was the vunerable chick, Quistis was the bookworm, Irvine was the sentementalist, and Selphie was the ditz. But as I played through I found that the game only made me think that on the outside. These characters had desires, they had dreams, loves, and hidden secrets that made them what they were.
The game drew me in like a moth to a bulb. I wanted to find out what was going to happen next! I wanted my heros to win! I scrabbled along the numerous sub-quests and attacked every new plot thread that showed up.
Fourty hours or so later I finally emerged viceorious... and I wanted to play it again!
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good game March 17, 2000
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-CG Movies --its runs fine in Full Screen using low resolution but you would see pixelation. If you select the high resolution, you would get the fantastic animation but the sound would lag behind. So I guess if you want to play the game with high resolution movies, a Pentium II is necessary. The movies are just amazing to behold!
-Battle Screen: -on my machine the character animation is ok and the guardian forces is wonderful. The camera rotates flawlessly and appropriately. In the later part of the game the animation sequences just skips and stops due maybe because of my lack of memory of the 3d card that I have or the slow processor of my machine. Otherwise all the animation is perfect.
-Menu system: -well, I'm a bit disappointed. Its a bit slow. It takes about 2 to 3 seconds of response time after you hit the button to load the requested menu screen. Compared to FF7, this shouldn't be any problem because the graphics are loaded from memory not the CD-ROM! Electronic Arts didn't have time to bother to improve this interface. The setup is similar, I meant identical to the Playstation version and the colors are all washed out and the graphics are in low resolution. On top of that there is no 'quit' option. YOu have to press a combination of keys before you could reset or quit the game. Yechh!
-Music: -hey what happenned here! I could tolerate MIDI music but the composition and arrangements of the music doesn't compare to FF2,FF3(SNES) or FF7. The overworld music alone would want you to cover your ears and turn off your speakers. The most annoying thing though is when you try to move your characters around the room the music frequently skips.
-Sound: -with EAX on and 4 speakers, its awesome!
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing January 16, 2000
The graphics for this game are just too damn sweet!This is one thing you will hear alot about from this game,I recommend everyone who wants to buy an RPG for PC.
The only prob is that you need hella hardware just to get the damn thing working great.
Great Storyline and Gameplay make this a soild hit,please make sure you have alot of free time on your hands because this thing is Long as watching Private Ryan 30 times in a ROW! 90+ hours of great fun and excitement.
The only problem I have with it is that the backrounds are Pre Renered and are in LOW REZ,this would have made it A+ qaulity but the Lo Rez will get on your nerves.
A Sure Great a Solid Game,Your Money will worth it and Amazon.com has a great price for it too!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the money - a very good game! February 7, 2000
Before writing, I wanted to see how other reviewers liked this game. Most of the complaints are on hardware issues, the others are comparisons between the PC version and PSX (uh, why?) Anyways, I run this on a P266 with a Voodoo II just fine.
Basically, I spent most of this past weekend stuck in front of the computer thanks to this extremely addictive and involving game. I finally finished the first CD and am already giving this game a big thumbs up. Best part is I have three more CD's to go.
The game is *very* beautiful. The cutscenes are incredible and you jump in and out of movie scenes so much it's almost like it's part of the game. In fact, the last time I died was because I thought I was watching a cutscene when in fact it was part of the game.
The cons - music (ughhh...) a very important requirement for me personally. Lame midi music, just like the PC version of FF7. Almost bad enough for me to drop it to 4 stars. Also, the guardian force spells are beautiful to watch, but become tiring after the thousandth time. The problem is you have to summon these creatures over and over to defeat particularly difficult monsters. Gets tedious. Lastly, the help files and instruction manuals give you the basics, but don't get into the more advanced functions of the game. I'm still unsure what many of the spells and commands do.
However, these negatives don't take away from the fact that this game is as fun to watch as it is to play. Squaresoft really has developed a flagship title that is unique in many ways and has yet to be duplicated by any other maker. The game is actually very linear (think of Rebel Assault), yet for some reason it leaves the player feeling much more involved and satisfied at the results. Think of being part of an epic movie.
One CD down - 3 to go... can't wait!
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5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING GAME!!!!
One of the best games made. Beautiful story line.
Published 21 days ago by matt
3.0 out of 5 stars Um...yeah.
Well... What can I say except that I hate Rinoa like everyone else and Squall just annoys me.
The music is awesome sometimes and the graphics are better than FF7 but the story... Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. SU
5.0 out of 5 stars FF VIII and FFVII are the best RPG's ever made.
The game is great and essentially flawless in my opinion. Story line is great and the characters are even better. At the time these graphics were stunning, almost unbelievable. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Zach O'Donnell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Game
The game is a classic, the product is genuine. The discs are in almost perfect condition as well! Will buy from this seller again :)
The game needed a launcher patch so the... Read more
Published on September 8, 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Game
Wanted to play this game again but didn't have my playstation anymore. Bought it for computer, works great played game, beat game. Read more
Published on March 24, 2011 by Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars INCREDIBLE!
This game is simply amazing. There is no other way to describe it. Easily the best Final Fantasy game EVER!!!
Published on February 9, 2011 by Kimmy
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest game ever created.
I've pass every singal Final Fantasy game out their (besides ff I, II, V XII, XI)and none had the impact of ffVIII. I still today can play this game for hours. Read more
Published on May 31, 2008 by Kieon R. Whitford
5.0 out of 5 stars where did my family go?
granted... this was requested by my sister. But if I had found this by accident, it still would have been the best gift I gave this season! Read more
Published on January 3, 2007 by Debbi T. Gentry
4.0 out of 5 stars A True FF Title, But Not As Legendary
Final Fantasy VIII defintely has the look and feel of a true Final Fantasy title. The game plays well and tells a great story. Read more
Published on August 30, 2006 by Kevbo
5.0 out of 5 stars Time never ages this game
I played this game for the first time on the Playstation console. It was my starting point to the FF series. Read more
Published on August 2, 2006 by Quilnux
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