Final Fantasy VIII User Reviews

8.5

Eerily aware of its own incredibility

Summary:

Squall is nearing the end of his studies at Balamb Garden, a campus host to mercenary youths who study combat skills and magic as everyday course material. Here, girls can still be found gossiping in hallways, and boys picking fights over petty insecurities. For Squall, those childish urges leave him a scar, a nasty gash across the face from a rival classmate’s gunblade, the weapon itself a true representation of the bizarre balancing act that is Final Fantasy VIII. Where realistic and familiar components – a blade and revolver -- combine to make something new and incomprehensible.



In its at...

5.0

A waltz with one too many missteps

The good:

+Beautiful soundtrack by Nobuo Uematsu
+Striking CGI cut scenes
+Graphic Engine/Character artwork

The bad:

-Lackluster, muddled storyline
-Disastrous Junction system
-Blasé, cookie-cutter characters
-Quirky game play elements

(Warning: Review may contain various spoilers

(Warning: Review may contain various spoilers.)

Summary:

From the moment the game starts and sounds off with the epic and powerful score of "Liberi Fatali", I expected great things. The opening cut scene featuring the duel between the main characters, the ever-stoic Squall Leonheart and his narcissist, annoying rival Seifer Almasy. In this moment of powerful music and intense scene, I knew Square had made another masterpiece. Boy. I was wrong.

The game starts off well-enough. Many have found fault with the setting of this game. Final Fantasy VII and it's immediate predecessor, Final Fantasy VI (III in Japan), both had the steam-punk air to i...

9.0

Waltzing For The Moon

The good:

-Innovative Juntioning system to allow complete customization of characters strengths and weaknesses.
-Another beautiful score from Nobou Uematsu to create ambiance for the game's critical points.
-A fully customizable magic system allowing the player to give any character whatever magic they want.
-A cast of memorable characters who are easy to relate to, making the game seem more surreal.
-A brilliantly crafted world incorporating past Final Fantasy themes, and including new exclusive ones.
-A storyline that boasts character growth.
-Fun card game that will keep the player gaming for quite some time.

The bad:

-Repetitive Draw system, which makes stocking magic difficult.
-Characters seem to not be entirely fleshed out in back plot, and have been randomly thrown together.
-A few plot holes that leave the player wondering what really happened.

Summary:

I must start off this review by stating that this Final Fantasy title, whilst may not arguably be the best in the series, was one that really stole my heart in my younger gaming days when I would stay up for hours on end playing.

The graphics of this game, for it's time, are simply amazing and were a dramatic step from the blocky characters that the public were presented with in Final Fantasy VII. To compliment the more fleshed out characters, simple things such as picking up a glass of wine from a tray, or two characters hugging can be more accurately portrayed. The addition of resounding f...

9.2

FFVIII ~Showing the Love~

The good:

- Relatable characters
- Beautiful graphics
- The love story is one of, if not the best in the series thus far.
- The music
- Sidequests (especially Triple Triad)
- Guardian Forces
- Battle System/Junction System

The bad:

-The character development isn't always there.
- Potential was lost for some characters.
- Takes a while to get used to the Junctioning system.
- Needed a bit more back story.

Summary:

Graphics: 4.5
Final Fantasy VIII had beautiful graphics for its time. The FMV scenes were stunning and really showed off what the Playstation could do. In-game, the characters looked pretty good as well. The backgrounds and the surrounding areas where ever your characters traveled looked great. Things didn't look too grainy like in past FF games.


Squall and Rinoa = #1 Couple

Plot: 4.5
The plot was pretty solid in my opinion. The growth of Squall and Rinoa was amazing though. You really do see them grow into better characters. The love story is one of the best for sure! Though, towards the end o...

8.0

FFVIII- The Good, Bad, and Ugly

The good:

The Character Advancement System, consisting of 'Junctioning', 'Weapon Upgrades', 'Guardian Forces', and a wide range of 'Command Abilities'. The Plot is incredibly in-depth, and grips you with twists, inexplicable occurrences, and the mysterious connection between two young men striving to make a difference. The romance is , in my honest opinion, some of the best I have ever seen in any game, movie, or novel alike. Fun mini-games for when you feel a break from the main story/plot at hand is needed. A fully traversable World Map, which may be explored using a variety of different vehicles, such as Cars, a Hovercraft, the traditional 'Chocobo', and an Airship of legendary proportion.

The bad:

The Loading Intervals between battles and areas seem to lag quite bit, especially when the game has gripped you and you just wnat to get going with it. Some inexplicable occurances can make for decent discussion, but there are a set few that can eat at your mind. Character histories seem to be rather lacking in terms of storyline.

Summary:

Final Fantasy VIII is one of the most popular games in its series, and quite rightly so. A fully three dimensional World Map has many locations, all of which inhabit their own set of 'Monsters' (mystical creatures that make up the Random Encounters). Explore enough and you will eventually come across hidden locations, Draw Points (points at which characters may stock up on magic), and a surprise or two along the way (reference to Cactuar Island). There are 100+ monsters in the game, each forged with it's own characteristics, skills, and habitat. These monsters can range from feeble bugs,...

9.0

Lovely Story. Down-to-Earth Characters. Great Game.

The good:

- Great yet simple plot
- Use of Guardian Forces
- Music
- Graphics are amazing(for it's time)
- Character connection
- A challenge throughout

The bad:

- Backstory, history didn't feel complete
- Junction system isn't for everyone

Summary:

The story of FFVIII is arguably the best love story in an RPG to date. This game is the fastest selling Final Fantasy game for many reasons:


To quote Jim Carrey: "B-E-A-Utiful."

Graphics: 4.5/5 - The graphics for this time period were simply breathtaking. The leap from the 2D games FFI-FFVI, then the more human-sized characters and such difference from FFVII, it was very appealing. FMV sequences showed off the true power of the Playstation, without a doubt.


Battle system's looking pretty solid.

Gameplay: 4.0/5 - Like the previous Final Fantasy games, this one was a turn-based RPG, but with th...

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