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Final Fantasy VIII (Windows)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.8
MobyScore
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User Reviews

J-RPG's have a place in the PC platform John Franco (161) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
A definite game that marks a millennium. コナン (77432) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
The best game ever, Square did it again! esural (14) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
My review of FF8 Pablo Motta (2) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
Final Fantasy 8, Swell Game. New Age Gilgamesh (4) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
The Interactive movie no one understands Brian Clark (3) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
It doesn't do justice to its predecesors. jeremy strope (126) unrated
Good, but doesn't live up to the level of SquareSoft Excellence MadCat (55) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
A good old game! michael mccafferty (3) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.6
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.8
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.9
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.8
Overall MobyScore (142 votes) 3.8


The Press Says

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96
CyberJoy
Podsumowując. Pomimo kilku drobnych wad, Final Fantasy VIII stanowi nie lada atrakcje dla miłośników gatunku. Wspaniale wyglądająca grafika, cudownie brzmiący dźwięk oraz niesamowity klimat to zdecydowane plusy gry. Polecam!
92
Svenska PC Gamer
Final Fantasy VIII är inte så banbrytande som sin föregångare och därför inte felfritt. Trots det lyckas det med det som varje uppföljare borde innebära: en förbättring på i stort sett varje område jämfört med förra spelet. Enormt, utmanande, beroendeframkallande och ytterst engagerande. Detta är ett storstilat spel.
91
Game Over Online
So as not to get a lot of flack for this review, I've attempted to cover every possible angle of the game as well as a little history. Die hard FF fans will agree with me when I say that this title is spectacular, though it does have its own set of flaws, which as an FF fan, became rather apparent to me. These were mainly from an "innovation" stand-point than from a technical one. This section has been saved until the end since most readers would have skipped the whole review had I introduced the game as such. I must warn you though, you are entering my opinion area so don't let this reflect upon your purchasing of a great title. I was glad to see Cid reappear in this title (as headmaster of Balamb Garden) since he's been in just about every incarnation of FF.
90
Eurogamer.net (UK)
Final Fantasy VIII suffers from console-to-PC conversion issues and lacks finesse in many areas, and may alienate newcomers with its engrossing story driven gameplay and Japanese approach to role-playing. But it's still bigger and better than any of its predecessors. Once again Square are dominating the RPG stakes, and if you do persist with it, this one will never let you go. It grips you like a good book, and once you've finished it you feel more empty than when you began. Captivating.
90
RPGamer
Final Fantasy VIII provides a compelling story with engrossing visuals to portray it. It's a very good balance between content and eye candy. The characters are extremely easy to care about. What carried me from point to point was wanting to see how the cast would change. What actions they'd take and how they'd deal with situations. This feeling of closeness limits the game somewhat, giving it a more linear feel than some previous ones. The sacrifice of freedom for a deeper story was taken advantage of and I'm very glad Square choose to go that route. I enjoyed the game tremendously from beginning to end and it now proudly rests on the pedestal it stole from FF4 as my favorite in the series.
90
GameSpy
In conclusion, Final Fantasy VIII is a fun game, to be played solely for the cinematic experience more then anything else. The flawed combat system makes playing it a chore at times, but the beautiful movie sequences and graphics more than make up for it. Newcomers to the series might find lots to like, while veterans might get bored quickly. Speaking from a veteran's point of view, I enjoyed the game. While not the most innovative RPG, it's a well-polished product worthy of at least one time through.
88
Gamesmania
Ganz persönlich fand ich das einfachere Kampfsystem mit den Materia in Teil 7 etwas besser als die Guardian Forces in Teil 8, die damalige Story des übermächtigen Konzerns interessanter als die der durchgeknallten Hexe diesmal und gebe deshalb dem Vorgänger knapp den Vorzug - doch dafür geht der Oskar für die beste weibliche Hauptdarstellerin in einem Computerspiel klar an Final Fantasy VIII... Für beide Spiele gilt: Es sind seltene Perlen der Softwaregeschichte. Im Detail stecken sie voll kleiner Macken, aber das Kampfsystem ist eine Offenbarung, die Story konkurrenzlos, die Phantasie und die Grafik der Locations unerreicht, und das Aufpäppeln der Helden mit neuen, nützlichen Gegenständen, Zaubern, Guardian Forces und Fertigkeiten befriedigt Rollenspieleransprüche.
86
Gamer's Pulse
Overall I think that Final Fantasy 8 is an exceptional game, and well worth the purchase. Had more effort been put into the Graphics, and the PC user interface, this would be one of the best games of the year. I really think they lag behind on those areas. Even without these problems, I strongly suggest that any RPG fans check this game out. It’s hours of activity, that’ll keep you glued to your monitor. If you start to make any kind of action when the main character attacks, you know you’re hooked :-) One day I caught myself swinging my arm in time with the strikes. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
85
PC Player (Germany)
Final Fantasy 8 ist kein Durchbruch in neue Spielspaß-Dimensionen, wie man nach einem ersten Blick auf die konkurrenzlos guten Zwischensequenzen und die moderne Aufmachung gerne glauben möchte. Dafür besitzt es einfach zu viele kleine Durchhänger: Schäbige Grafik hier, etwas langatmiges Herumgelaufe in ein paar Labyrinthen dort und dann auch noch der an Adlib-Karten erinnernde Billigsound. Dass wir dem Spiel trotzdem noch einen Gold Player verleihen, hängt mit seinen ebenso deutlichen, unverkennbaren Stärken zusammen. An den Einbau so vieler Kampf-Möglichkeiten etwa wagen die Entwickler der meisten Rollenspiele nicht einmal nach intensivem Drogenkonsum zu denken. Wer sich an der kindlichen Aufmachung nicht stört, dem rufe ich immer noch entgegen: Holt's Euch!
85
GameStar (Germany)
Der neueste Teil der Final-Fantasy-Reihe hat mir besonders wegen der erstklassigen Story mehr Spaß gemacht als Teil 7. Klar, man kann die Romanze zwischen Squall und Rinoa kitschig nennen. Doch mir gefallen die Turteleien besser als das pseudo-coole Gehabe von 08/15-Helden alter Schule. Die tollen Rendersequenzen, vor allem die Ballszene, tun das ihre dazu, um mich bis zum dramatischen Ende bei der Stange zu halten. Was mich auf Dauer nervt, sind die viel zu langen Sequenzen der Guardian Forces. Hardcore-Fans werden zudem der lineare Spielverlauf und das spartanische Waffenund Rüstungsarsenal stören. Wenn Sie aber, wie ich, eine gute Geschichte den obskuren Detailfitzeleien vorziehen, sind Sie bei Final Fantasy 8 genau richtig.
84
PC Games (Germany)
Die Helden aus Final Fantasy scheinen endlich erwachsen geworden zu sein. Nachdem der letzte Teil mit seinen eher an mutierte Teletubbies erinnernden Helden viele potenzielle Fans verschreckt haben dürfte, setzt Squaresoft jetzt auf einen deutlich reiferen Look. Hauptfigur und Aushängeschild von Final Fantasy 8 ist Squall Leonhart, ein schweigsamer junger Mann, der auf einer Militärakademie namens Garden seine Ausbildung zum SEED absolviert.
83
Gaming Age
There is very little wrong with the gameplay elements that make up Final Fantasy VIII, and the story is much improved over Final Fantasy VII. Yet I have this nagging feeling Square knew this game would be coming to PC and probably could have gone all the way in converting this fantastic console RPG into a complete PC masterpiece. This isn't to say the title isn't worth your gaming dollar. As an RPG, Final Fantasy VIII is one great experience.
81
Gamezilla
If you are a fan of the series, you'll find plenty to like: a story as convoluted as ever, interesting characters (with slightly two dimensional personalities), gorgeous cinema scenes, breathtaking GF animation, and plenty of ways to customize your characters. If you were expected something completely new and different, or you are a PC owner spoiled by the latest in graphics and sound, you'll probably feel as I do, slightly disappointed.
80
Legendra
Un très bon Final Fantasy, avec une réalisation du tonnerre pour l'époque. Cependant malgré cela, le jeu a plus de défauts que son prédécesseur: son système de vol de magie un peu pénible, le scénario bon mais sans égaler celui des deux FF précédents. L'univers futuriste est tout de même très réussi, avec des passages grandioses. L'absence de réelle difficulté est aussi à blâmer (level 99 à la fin sans trop s'attarder). Cette version PC nous oblige à un petit temps d'adaptation pour les touches mais rien de particulier, sinon le jeu est inchangé.
80
Meristation
Imaginaros la mejor historia/ambientacion posible para una aventura, imaginaros jugar al mas puro estilo de los juegos de rol con ella. Añadirle gráficos y combates espectaculares con enemigos siniestros con un epopeya de amor digna de reyes.
80
incite PC Gaming
But in the end, Final Fantasy VIII is proof that a popular game can live up to its own hype. The naysayers and the nitpickers can focus on the tiny flaws that even the best games can't escape, but to say that Final Fantasy VIII is anything less than astounding would be like saying the Mona Lisa is merely "okay" because da Vinci forgot to give her eyebrows.
80
Absolute Games (AG.ru)
Удивительно, но на этот раз даже я со своим отчетливым нейтралитетом к аниме готов признать, что реализация Final Fantasy 8 оказалась на голову выше своих предшественников. Final Fantasy 7, Silver и Septerra Core могут спать спокойно и не возникать по пустякам, ибо на свет появился новый эталон для подражания. Конечно, уровень исполнения приставочной RPG на платформе PC все еще не дотягивает до родных компьютерных ролевых игр, но игры эти совершенно точно оформились в отдельный поджанр и развиваются очень бурно. Возможно, скоро они смогут в полной мере конкурировать с такими сериалами как Wizardry и Might&Magic.
80
Computer Games Magazine
All in all, Final Fantasy VIII is a wonderful gaming experience for adventure and console RPG fans alike, and is a great reminder that story-driven gaming is far from dead. Vive l'amour! Viva Squaresoft!
80
ActionTrip
Japanese-Manga style animation appears to be invading modern PC games. And why not? Manga animation is accepted and widely popular among console players throughout the world. Porting graphics was once the main problem when converting PlayStation games to PC, but with the appearance of 3D accelerator cards on the market, this problem is beyond our worries. Today, a bigger problem is how to adapt game controls to be used with PC. Along with clumsy current-position saving, these were the main problems with Final Fantasy VII for PC. Obviously, the creative team of SquareSoft hasn't learnt their lesson, so the latest Final Fantasy suffers from similar flaws. What's more, the porting from PSX to PC took them no less than five months. Don't hate me you loyal Final Fantasy fans for this kind of critical intro; I do agree that this is a top-notch game when it comes to the atmosphere and the design.
76
Power Play
FF VIII ist insgesamt ein gutes Spiel, das sich einer detailliert ausgearbeiteten Story erfreut. Leider sind aber auch klare Schwächen zu vermelden, die abgesehen von den bereits erwähnten Punkten, nicht zuletzt die nachlässige Umsetzung von der Playstation betreffen. Es dauert und dauert, wenn man nur das Menü aufrufen möchte, wer kein Pad hat, muß sich mit der gewöhnungsbedürftigen Tastatur begnügen (weil die Mausunterstützung wie beim Vorgänger fehlt), und außerdem hätte Squaresoft ruhig mal über eine höhere Auflösung nachdenken dürfen...
76
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Squaresoft heeft geprobeerd met een minimale inspanning op een maximale winst te bekomen. Op de Playstation is dat aardig gelukt, wand het spel maakt daar echt brokken. Maar om boven de middelmaat uit te komen op een PC moeten ze met groter geschut afkomen. En als je toch graag dit soort spel speelt, kijk dan eerst eens naar Septerra Core. Een spel met heel wat lagere ambities, maar dat veel gebalanceerder overkomt op de PC.
74
IGN
If you've seen the sort of stuff I review and enjoy, you know how much I love console games. It isn't with inbred FFVIII resentment that I criticize the game, it's with disappointment at knowing that this game will undoubtedly sell an incredible amount of copies with little effort on the development team's part. They could have made a few changes, taken a little more time, and really had a shining PC version that showed off the game's beauty, but instead it feels more like a matter of going the easy route. And the game suffers from it, so much so that I can't help but recommend that if gamers really want an authentic FF experience, they should play the much smoother, much prettier (gulp) PSX version instead.
70
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Although Final Fantasy VIII possesses its undeniable list of problems, it contains a very solid and engrossing experience for those willing to persist past its control difficulties and graphical aberrations. The game remains extremely faithful to the popular tenets of role-playing while introducing sufficient elements that spice things up for those who have become all too familiar with previous installments of the series. With its similarities both in plot and character to FF7, gamers might at first glance be inclined to pass this title up, but in so doing, would be sacrificing one of the better CRPGs we’ve had in a while.
70
RPGamer
While any given element of Final Fantasy VIII seems solid enough, the complete package seems somehow lacking. Perhaps it's the departure from the fantasy setting. Perhaps it's radical changes to all game mechanics. In any case, Final Fantasy VIII is a very good game which seems to have a deal of untapped potential. It does however pack in enough challenging side quests to keep RPGamers busy for quite some time.
67
GameSpot
You could speculate as to how much better the game could have been in any number of ways, not the least of which being if it actually took advantage of the modern PC's superior power. But as it stands, there's no reason anybody should opt for the PC version of Final Fantasy VIII over the original, if only because the PlayStation game looks and sounds so much better. And if you don't already have a PlayStation, then you shouldn't even bother with the game in the first place. Its interesting story and impressive visual design aren't enough to recommend it in the face of all its ill-conceived, tedious, and irritating gameplay conventions, which are essentially impossible to deal with if you're neither a longtime fan of the series nor an eternally patient player.
65
Jeuxvideo.com
Déception ! O cruelle déception ! Voici ce que vous déclamerez sur votre rocher après avoir goûté à la magie frelatée de FF8 sur PC. Quasiment tout a disparu et il ne reste plus que les vestiges de ce superbe jeu. Snif.
60
GamesFirst!
It was difficult to write a review of FFVIII without it coming off as a list of improvements that would make the next installment of this series a better as well as more commercially viable product in the PC gaming world. With so many great choices out there I don't feel that FFVIII is even near the top of my list; in fact, the advice I'd give is to either play it on the Playstation, or wait for the next conversion of this long-heralded mainstay of gaming. By the way, the Playstation version of FFVIII's graphics easily exceeds the competition and ensures its continued reign as one of the most respected series in console gaming. Don't expect the same on your PC.
40
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
No matter what your feelings are about FINAL FANTASY VIII as a game, with some minor and a few major tweaks, the PC version could at least have been a great reworking of the PlayStation original. Unfortunately, the released game is inarguable substandard because absolutely no effort has been made to add value to the initial product. And this from a company known for the quality of its work. Shame on you, SquareSoft.