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Um...What? - Final Fantasy VIII

On 07/22/2019 at 04:08 PM by Matt Snee

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I played Final Fantasy VIII when it came out. I was living in San Francisco at the time, and I spent most of my free moments playing the game. When I came to the last dungeon, I was sad I was nearing the end, and restarted the game to play through again. The second time I beat it. It was the first FF I beat - I hadn't beaten FF7 when I played it originally. 

At the time, the story made sense to me once it had finished, but in retrospect it seems like nonsense. Regardless, I loved the game. I treasured playing it. It would only be eclipsed by the next entry in the series, Final Fantasy IX (one of my favorite games of all time.) 

Of course, it's not without its flaws. The main character is terrible. And the magic drawing system is incredibly tedious. That being said, it's a pretty damn solid game, though not one of the best final fantasies of course. 

I'm looking forward to the upgraded version coming to Switch soon. That will be fun. 



Cary Woodham

07/22/2019 at 09:36 PM

After I beat FF7, I thought to myelf, "Well that was neat because it was so different, but I have no desire to play that again."  That's a total opposite from when I beat FF6, because right after that I started it up again, and FF6 became one of my top five favorite games of all time.

But after playing the FF8 demo that came with Brave Fencer Musashi (a great game), I discovered that the differences I didn't like in FF7 are what they focused on in FF8.  So when it came time for the game to come out, I didn't get it.  That was the first time I wasn't interested in a FF game anymore.  It felt so weird to me back then.

Of course that changed with FF9, which I loved.  FF9 is what FF7 and 8 should've been.

OK since I don't know anything else about FF8, you have to pick a character from that game that you think I would like. :)

Matt Snee Staff Writer

07/24/2019 at 09:16 AM

I think you would like Zell and Selphie. They are fun and optimistic. 


07/23/2019 at 04:03 AM

FF8 is a flawed game. That said, it occupies a special place in my heart among FF games in part because of the circumstances in my life when I got it - I was in the FF8 line on launch day; almost all of the customers at Electronics Boutique that day there were there for either FF8 or a Dreamcast - and for other reasons. Perhaps within the remastered version's launch window, which a few sources seem to suggest might be sooner rather than later, I will put out a blog detailing my experience with FF8.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

07/24/2019 at 09:16 AM

it IS flawed, but it occupies a place in my heart too. I am looking forward to the remaster. 


07/23/2019 at 09:16 AM

I never played it. I want to though. One of these days I'm going to do a FF run and play them all. I mean, I've played the first one, FFIV and a little bit of XII, but I'd love to do a deep dive on the series. 

Matt Snee Staff Writer

07/24/2019 at 09:17 AM

they are great games if you like that sort of thing. 


07/27/2019 at 08:58 PM

I really liked FF IV that I played on DS a while back. I didn't finish it though because I got stuck in the metal dungeon. Couldn't figure out what weapon would work in there. Stupid game. Loved everything else about it though. 


07/23/2019 at 04:20 PM

I thought the backgrounds and character animations, general art design was amazing when I first played it. Not sure how I feel about the game now. Main issue is the time it takes to load battles. Are the load times as bad as I remember? I was hoping for a remake but I'll take what I can get.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

07/24/2019 at 09:17 AM

I seem to recall that load times aren't as much of an issue with these remasters. And the revitalized graphics look great. 


07/31/2019 at 10:57 PM

Square Enix usually does good with the loading times on its remasters. Come to think of it, they were usually able to manage load times better than most other people on the PS1's double-speed CD-ROM drive.


07/24/2019 at 02:30 PM

Me too. I have the VII and IX ports on Switch and look forward to adding VIII as well. Which will be a good feeling to have the original PlayStation trilogy on a Nintendo console finally. 

Matt Snee Staff Writer

07/31/2019 at 10:59 PM

Yeah I’m really looking forward to it. Love that trilogy. 

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