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, 13 Jan. 2006
This review is from: Final Fantasy VIII (PS) (Video Game)
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.
However, despite these flaws, the game remains an epic story and entertaining for it's 70 hour lifetime, which is a crtedit to it, as the magic system would have spoilt a lesser game. And yes it is a bit easy, but Omega Weapon on the final disc is a fight thats harder than anything I have experienced on any other game, so there aqre fights to challenge even experienced rpg'ers.
So all in all, buy it and enjoy it, in my opinion this is the peek of the series from a storyline point of view, so be warned, once you start, you won't be putting this down.
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