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Final Fantasy VIII (PS)

by Sony
PlayStation
 Ages 12 and Over
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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  • Features an epic story line and a massive new world to explore
  • Dozens of hours of game play plus numerous side quests and mini-games
  • Improved graphics engine provides lifelike characters and motion-captured animation
  • All enemies can be attacked with beautifully animated Guardian Forces
  • Full support for the latest graphics and sound cards
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Game Information

  • Platform:   PlayStation
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 12 and Over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B00004SQO4
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 12.4 x 2.4 cm ; 259 g
  • Release Date: 29 Oct 1999
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,696 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Product Description

This instalment of the best-selling final fantasy series incorporates the theme of love into an RPG storyline of epic proportions. The Final Fantasy VIII world comes to life in a dazzling display of digital artistry as life-like characters and seamlessly integrated CG animation are enhanced with Dolby Surround Sound technology. With Analog Controller (DUAL SHOCK) and PocketStation compatibility. END

Amazon.co.uk Review

SquareSoft has always had a sure-fire hit when releasing any of their Final Fantasy titles, and Final Fantasy VIII should be no exception. The basis of a good RPG (role-playing game) has always been the story; spectacular graphics are secondary. Final Fantasy VIII's involved and interesting storyline is filled with great twists, well-developed characters, suspense, and romance. As an added bonus, the graphics are beautiful. Everything--from the low-lit jazz club to the steam-filled railroad tunnels--is gorgeous and perfectly sets the mood and tone of a scene.

The game mechanics are standard fare for an RPG: acquisition of items and spells, turn-based combat, experience points earned in combat allowing advances in levels. From exploration to battles to dialogue, Final Fantasy VIII has it all. However, Final Fantasy VIII falls to that great weakness of RPGs: random battles. While necessary for advancing in levels, the battles occur with such frequency that they can grow annoying, making for a tedious game experience.

The epic storyline spans four discs--over 40 hours of gameplay--and is based around a mercenary cadet who finds himself caught up with an underground rebel faction. He winds up in a plot to assassinate the sorceress who has just seized power from the president.

You could complain of limited replay value, but this gripe is of no consequence: the game is such a satisfying experience, it doesn't require replay. Final Fantasy VIII is easily worth both the hype and the wait. You can't buy a much better game. --John Cocking

    Pros:
  • A story to beat all stories
  • Characters worth caring about
  • Hey--it's from SquareSoft
  • Stunning animations
    Cons:
  • Too many random battles
  • Combat is, as always, turn-based and offers minimal excitement
  • Weak souls might give up after two or three discs of play

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars near perfection! 13 Jan 2006
First of all, oh my god what a game this is! About 6 years ago it was the game that got me into rpg's and I've never looked back since.
Many people will tell you that 8 isn't as good as 7 or 6, siting the more futuristic setting and battle system as there reasons, I have to say I think this is rubbish, I have bought this game 4 times to date, I currently have two copies, a platinum edition to play, and an original to keep pristine!
The storyline is excellent, watching as Squall turns from a bit of a git to a compassionate and emotional individual is a journey in itself, and you'll find yourself really caring about most of the characters in the game, even Seifer comes across as a confused and lost individual, though he is the main villain for the first few discs.
This is the main strength of the game, it's storyline and character development are the best I've experienced in any final fantasy, and I've played 8 of them! The combat system is also sturdy and runs in the vein of other playstation final fantasy games with a few exceptions, which are where the few flaws of the game are apparent.
Rather than having magic points, your characters draw spells from points scattered around the world and from enemies in battle. This soon becomes tedious as fights with easy enemies tend to degenerate into drawing magic from them for half an hour before killing them. Your weopons and stats don't get much better as you gain levels, instead magic is junctioned to various stats to increase them. This is a good idea, but means that you very rarely, if ever, use magic, as any spent spells drop your stats. This system is badly flawed, Square I think understood this and has dropped it in ff games since then.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still one of the greats! (warning for ps3) 10 Feb 2008
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Im not really good at reviews so this was more just a warning to buyers of this game, the ORIGINAL (picture disc) version of FFVIII does NOT work on PS3, i was gutted to find this out after waiting so long to play it again but other than that (Sony need to rectify this soon) this game cant get much better, only thing that i could criticise would be the graphics but wahat is to be expected from such an old title in todays market.
If u want great gameplay, great story, great action and a great RPG then this is definately the game for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't expect to sleep for at least a month... 24 July 2000
By A Customer
Where to start... this is without question the most complex game I've ever encountered... there's more levels to this thing than the Canary Wharf tower...
The other thing is this game is HUGE... four disks worth of what, in my case, stretched out to over 100 hours total play. The characters are generally likable, the plot twists like a mountain road and there's a lot to get you going... BUT... there's something about this game that is intrinsically unlikable... its all a little too flash, too serious, too polished, to the point where it feels more or less soulless...
Final Fantasy VII was a simpler game with simpler graphics, simpler story and whathaveyou, but it made you feel emotions that were simply lacking from this. Even some of the sprite-based games like Breath of Fire 3 or Grandia have more to offer in an empathic way. You felt you were actually in any of these games, rather than being what is, in effect, like a camera crew for Squall and party... I always felt detatched from this game, and know for a fact that I won't play it to completion again because I gained little from the experience (and I simply don't have that kind of time on my hands).
Sure, the game's good, and doubtlessly it will appeal to a great many people, particulaly those who like thier graphics, the more hardcore RPG players (by which I mean those who play the games for the story rather than the slick presentation) may feel in the end like I did, a little disappointed with the whole experience...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty damn good 8 Aug 2000
By A Customer
This game is really very good, BUT it just lacks the plot of the FFVII. The grafics are some of the best around especially in the fmv sequences which are truely brilliant. The crap with magic junctioning on the other hand is just to difficult. FFVII had the simple thing with magic points and matiria, this has junctioning magic to magic, only having a certain number of abilitys and having to basicly spend a lot of time working out how to work the crazy system. It isn't as pick up and play as the previous and the plot isn't as engrossing but it is still worth it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 15 Jan 2004
this game is absolutly amazing. it is by far the best game i have ever played on.It has amazing graphics and the gameplay is brilliant. it kept me busy for ages and i play it over and over again but i still enjoy it as much as when i bought it so it is for sure that you buy this game
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 6 Aug 2000
By FF4LIFE
This game is totally superb for rpg lovers and i think the story will make even people who dont like rpg's hooked for hours. This game is on 4 cd's about 100 hours gameplay (thats if you want to get everything, not nesessery if you dont want to)
This is a really good game but no games are perfect. I would given these scores to the different cathegories :
Graphics 4 of 5 The graphics is good, but it still could have been bether.
Presentation/FMW 5 of 5
The FMW are awasome, nothing more to say
Gameplay 5 of 5 It got people all over the world hooked for many many hours. Great story, the only bad thing is it will probably ruin your social life for a while...
Music 4,5 of 5 Really good music to be a game
Total : 5 of 5 I think gameplay is much more important than graphics, but there is no grafical problems here , the grafics is good to be on a playstation.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Yeah!
Had this game the first time around just wish i hadn't got rid of it but back to the start and get all the bits i missed the first time around
Published 16 days ago by Noel Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game, no need for meaningless comparisons.
Final Fantasy 8 is one of the best games I have ever played. When people compare it to FF7 and FF10 etc.. I find myself getting very irritated. That's like comparing Steak to Tuna. Read more
Published 8 months ago by James Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine game, but...
This game was fine, but was a massive disappointment. To be fair, FFVII was a hard act to follow, and Square made a noble effort with this, but I think it's testament to the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by L. Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Ever
It's only the greatest game ever made. Ever. On any console. Beats anything and everything else. Just perfect. Enough said.
Published 10 months ago by jmastoke92
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the grates
this game is one of the all time grates. it has made me laugh and cry. I love this game
Published 11 months ago by Mizz Amanda
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy, but not totally satisfied
the discs were slightly scratched which has caused 1 freeze and a slow load time when launching the game with average delivery time. Read more
Published 15 months ago by ajexmi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Game
Purchased this game for someone else. Delivery times were excellent and received on time. Must be a great game as the person I bought it for certainly enjoys it. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Kim
1.0 out of 5 stars Final Fantasy Review
I eagerly awaited the arrival of this game, one of my favourites from childhood. Unfortunately when it arrived it wouldn't even get past the first sequence. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Emma Lucy Fleming
2.0 out of 5 stars Not usable
Alot of scratches on the discs and freezes alot! The games not useable at all. Not happy with it and very disappointed.
Published 20 months ago by Jodie
4.0 out of 5 stars Great game
I got that nostalgic feeling and remembered I used to play this game a lot when I was younger still great but as with all retro games the flaws are now more and more apparent... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Andrew Boyd
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