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Final Fantasy VIII (PlayStation)

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Written by  :  Sam Tinianow (98)
Written on  :  Jun 05, 2001
Platform  :  PlayStation

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Summary

Possibly the most underrated game ever

The Good

There's Character development! YESSSSSS!!!!! That is, where as in most RPGs, the dialog of the characters and whatnot seems to pretty much the same for each one. In this game, however, they have very distinctive personalities. The graphics are much better than any of its predecessors (the characters have MOUTHS). Also, this game is a pleasant break from all the usual corny RPG stuff, like "chosen ones" and prophecies of great warriors who will save the World and crystals of elements and such. Of course, for those of us who really enjoy that, I hear that FF9 has plenty and spare. This is one of those games that I play for many reasons, but mostly to find out what happens next.

The Bad

The junction system is practically rocket science. Materia and espers were much easier. I also spent a good deal of time figuring out what makes your SeeD rank go up and down. I guess the worst part of this game is its complexity.

The Bottom Line

Imagine FF7 on steroids. This game is nothing like that, although thats probably what most people expected. This is a game with good graphics, an immense story line, and characters who behave in their own different ways. You know... like real people. But if you're stupid, then don't buy it. You'll melt your brains like cheese in a frying pan. ...Cheese in a frying pan?