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Final Fantasy VIII
- Features an epic story line and a massive new world to explore
- Dozens of hours of game play plus numerous side quests and minigames
- 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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More than a sequel to the top-selling Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VIII 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 co-exist, Final Fantasy VIII 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 VIII allows those familiar with previous games to easily adapt to the battle, menu, and exploration controls, while providing unique story-line elements, features, and mini-games 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.
SquareSoft has always had a surefire 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 CockingSee all Product description
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1. Very good cinematic graphics
2. Superb gripping storyline.
3. Very real-like characters
4. Exciting and plentiful Enemies
5. Different vehicles, from cars to mobile schools to spaceships
6. Very creative junction system, and frightening GF's!!
7. VERY long adventure-like gameplay.
8. Mysterious arch-enemies...
1. Could be a bit quicker on the world map.
2. *VERY* addictive...
This game is well worth getting, and worth every penny.
If your still reading this stop it. Just buy the game ..
First of all, the fact that all the characters are teenagers made me feel closer to them than any other characters of FF games. Squall is positively unique, having a personality and attitude that matches no other FF hero as of yet. Rinoa was the perfect ingredient to that attitude; you will feel sympathy for Quistis; find Zell hilarious in every aspect; want to jump up and down with the spunky Selphie; grin at Irvine's endless flirtations; wonder at the strange presence that is Laguna; and you'll even warm to Seifer by the end of it all.
What can I say about the PC version? Well, I used it on WindowsXP, and found the colours were poor as a result. Multicoloured characters were often annoying, but I still found the game magnificent to play. The numerous towns and cities are tremendous fun to explore and will give you hours of play. Random battles were tedious, yes, and irritating but that can soon be remedied by gaining a certain GF ability. Junctioning is also quite simple once you get the hang of it.
The FMV movies were my favourites - I can't deny that I loved every single one. The ending in particular, though, will leave you with your jaw hanging right open. Enjoy...
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