Final Fantasy VIII (1999)

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A group of students at a military academy rescue a mysterious girl, who some say is the sorceress who wants to govern the universe.




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22 September 2004 | BrokenNotesMusic
| A powerful masterpiece
Squaresoft's (now Square-Enix) highly anticipated "Final Fantasy VIII" released in February of 1999 in Japan, and later in September 1999 for the United States and Europe. It got mixed reviews, but one thing is for certain, it definitely was a starting map for the way games are done today.

The first time I played this game, I was totally blown away. It's also become one of my most treasured and beloved games of all time. The romantic and emotional storytelling the game presents is superb, and will definitely leave its mark on you forever. This game is so incredible, that you might actually break into tears at the end.

Telling the story of lone wolf Squall Leonhart, who is looking forward to joining an elite military organization named SeeD. His life takes a drastic change when he meets the warm-hearted and gentle Rinoa Heartilly. However, this developing friendship is attacked when an evil sorceress named Edea gets involved into the lives of The World, with her own plans that could shift the balance of power everywhere. SeeD is dispatched to eliminate her, which is where Final Fantasy VIII begins.

Featuring music by the astonishing and refreshing Nobou Uematsu, which will simply blow you out of your shoes. Adding to the game's soundtrack is Faye Wong's "Eyes On Me", which holds a special place in my heart and is the song which got me into Faye's music. An underrated Final Fantasy game, in which deserves a big round of applause. Two big thumbs up.

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Parasite Eve (VG) was the 'testing ground' for the cinematic graphics used in FFVIII.


Squall: I... sure have changed. I wonder what everyone's doing...? They're probably laughing at me. Or maybe they're angry...? What do you think? To tell you the truth... I worry too much about what other people think of me. I hate that side of me... That's...


When Squall, Zell, Quistis and Selphie go to the dance ballroom party, Squall is seen meeting Riona for the first time dancing with her and later talks to Quistis on the balcony. However once Squall leaves the ballroom dance party, he cannot revisit it until the end of the game in the credits. It's unknown where the ballroom party was at but it may have likely been located at the 2nd floor of Balamb Garden.

Crazy Credits

During the end first half of the end credits we see a few minutes of "handheld video camera footage" taken during a party after the team's victory over the sorceress. At the end, just before the camera's battery runs out we see Riona outside pointing towards the sky. After the credits are done there is an additional scene.

Alternate Versions

A PlayStation 2 re-release was rumored for a late 2001 release. It would contain enhanced graphics and sound. Rumor states additional enhancements, such as a simpler Juntioning system, would also be included. However, such a release did not occur, and Square made no formal announcements regarding one in the years before or since (this entry: 2004).


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Soprano: Matsue Hamauzu, Ayako Okada
Alto: Kyoko Arita, Chiharu Takahashi
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Bass: Tomo Matsubara, Takamaru Atsuta


Plot Summary


Adventure | Fantasy | Romance | Sci-Fi


Release Date:

9 September 1999


Japanese, English

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