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Final Fantasy VIII

Platform : Windows 95, Windows 98
Rated: Unknown
4.7 out of 5 stars 41 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 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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  • Platform:   Windows 95 / 98
  • PEGI Rating: Unknown
  • Media: Video Game
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  • ASIN: B00004UC1H
  • Release Date: 20 July 2000
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,637 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)
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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.

Amazon.co.uk Review

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 Cocking

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