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Junctioning GFs with teenage angst Unicorn Lynx (181476) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
It's a love/hate relationship. NatsFan (130) unrated
Not as Good as FF7 but still a good game. Attila (582) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Worst RPG I've ever played when I played it the first 4 times. Best RPG I've ever played after the 5th try... Indra was here (20887) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
Possibly the most underrated game ever Sam Tinianow (116) unrated
Like any true work of art...It only gets better with age. Edward Beezy (41) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Final Fantasy meets Dawson's Creek with 112471389 hours of non-interactive videos! DUCK AND COVER!!! Zovni (10633) 0.6 Stars0.6 Stars0.6 Stars0.6 Stars0.6 Stars
One of the best RPGs of the PlayStation. Everyone has their own opinion, but most (not all) who hate this game are just over-the-top! Reborn_Demon (136) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
Final Fantasy VIII is one of the best games I have ever seen Fading3 (21) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
All hype and all show, but at the expense of story and gameplay. saikofish (961) 2.2 Stars2.2 Stars2.2 Stars2.2 Stars2.2 Stars

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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.9
Graphics The visual quality of the game 4.3
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.2
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 3.9
Overall User Score (234 votes) 4.1

Critic Reviews

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Imperium Gier (Aug 30, 1999)
Ostatnie i najważniejsze. FF8 nie jest grą na dzień lub dwa. Aby ukończyć "siódemkę" bez żadnych subquestów, odnajdywania sekretów, nie wspominając o hodowli chocobosów, czy zabawie w Gold Saucer, potrzeba było około 30-40 godzin. Pełne ukończenie gry włącznie z pokonaniem Weaponów, zdobyciem złotego kurczęcia i trzech Master Materii, oraz odkryciem ostatnich limitów postaci, zdobyciem wszystkich Enemy Skillów i wszystkich amuletów czy materii, to co najmniej dwa razy tyle czasu wypełnionego masą przygód. Biorąc pod uwagę, że FF7 zajmowała "tylko" 3CD, nie uważam aby twórcy nie mieli zamiaru zaspokoić rozbudzonych apetytów swoich klientów i nie wypełnić najmniejszych drobin miejsca czymś, co pozwoli mnie (i innym) cieszyć się FF8 przez kolejne 500 godzin.
Legendra (Jul 25, 2010)
Il est des jeux qui transcendent le temps, l'univers et l'espace pour nous faire vivre des moments vidéo-ludiques inoubliables. Final Fantasy VIII est de ceux-là et se charge de vous emmener faire un tour du côté de la perfection. Émouvant, drôle et passionnant, c'est une expérience au-delà du commun des mortels qui est à votre portée. S'imposant par la même en tant que vitrine technique de la Playstation, Final Fantasy VIII a tout pour convaincre et ce, même après tant d'années.
While this title was in development it seemed like there was a large amount of apprehension running wild on the net. People were afraid that it wouldn’t be able to live up to all of the hype, or to the high standards set in Final Fantasy VII. Honestly, I was part of the camp that believed that there was no possible way it could live up to all of its promises. You can imagine how much joy I took in eating my words over the past few weeks. Final Fantasy VIII is everything we could have possibly hoped that it would be, and a more fulfilling gaming experience is hard to come by. If you don’t have a PlayStation yet, this is an even better reason to buy one than Final Fantasy VII was, and if you do own a PSX there is absolutely no reason not to own this game.
FiringSquad (Sep 07, 1999)
Buy it ASAP. Get it before someone ruins the story line for you! Square has done the impossible and followed up the best selling Final Fantasy 7 with a game that is better in just about every aspect (except being an easier game) while being original at the same time. I don't remember the last time I enjoyed a game this much. I really think that it's as close to a perfect RPG as an RPG gets. I have to scrounge just to find anything bad to say about this game. Just about everything I complained about is basically something I wouldn't touch on while reviewing another game because they'd have so many bigger flaws. The only huge difficulty I can foresee is new RPG players finding the game play a bit difficult and intense (I'd recommend Pokemon then). However, I think that most if not all RPG veterans will agree that Final Fantasy 8 is the ultimate RPG to this date, and even some non-hard core RPG fans will enjoy it greatly as well.
GamePro (US) (Nov 24, 2000)
If FF8 were a film it would win the best picture Oscar, if it were a book it would get a Pulitzer Prize, if it were a scientist it would get the Nobel Prize ? you get the idea. This game is a must for all RPG fans, and so brilliant that all gamers should take notice. Just make sure you have enough time set aside to make it worth your while.
GamesFirst! (Sep 25, 1999)
I don’t need to say that this is a must play, must own game. It seems to me that Final Fantasy VIII is the final hurrah for the PlayStation as we move into the next generation of consoles. It’s like a story book ending for the generation of PSX gaming. Squaresoft has taken the hardware to the limits, showing us that other developers out there haven’t been taking full advantage of the hardware at their fingertips. By far Final Fantasy VIII is this year’s reigning champion of RPGs, but it’s also the only game I’ve seen take full advantage of the PSX hardware. Go, young gunblade, and experience this RPG.
Even with its quirks, Final Fantasy VIII is one of the few games I would class as a masterpiece. Forget that it's an RPG - this is one of the most polished, vast and totally addictive games of any kind I have played in years. Square has somehow done it again.
Only a few games reach such lofty heights. This one is remarkable in most every way, and brilliantly executed.
PSX Extreme (Sep 08, 1999)
Here it is, the latest installment in the Final Fantasy series, the most awaited video game in history, and it's finally here. The Final Fantasy series was always the most dominant RPG series, mostly because SquareSoft is behind it. I really think Square has outdone themselves, mixing gorgeous graphics as well as killer gameplay they have delivered the game of the millennium.
Final Fantasy VIII…just typing those few words and that number is enough to send chills down my spine and fills my mind with wondrous expectations. The Final Fantasy series has become almost legendary in videogame circles with their incredible stories, innovative battle modes and gameplay. It can also be said that with the release of FFVII, RPG's were finally accepted in the US & Europe and have now become mainstream. With the 8th game in the series supposedly having a more "grown-up" look and feel to it, I was expecting a lot of good things with this title. Well, I was not disappointed!
Retroage (Nov 03, 2009)
Podsumowując, Final Fantasy VIII to kawał porządnego softu, jedna z najlepszych pozycji dostępnych na Szaraka. Godnie reprezentuje gatunek jRPG i jestem pewien, że wiele osób za sprawą tej produkcji w końcu przekona się do tego, jakże specyficznego, rodzaju gier. Zapewnia wiele godzin wyśmienitej rozrywki (pierwsze przejście wymaga ponad 60 godzin siedzenia przy konsoli) podczas to której będziemy świadkami kwitnącej miłości, rywalizacji, zacieśniania się przyjacielskich więzi, a to wszystko podane zostało w wyśmienitej oprawie audio-wizualnej. Brać w ciemno. Nie pożałujecie.
RPGFan (Jan 23, 2000)
Many people have made the judgment that Final Fantasy VIII's characters are two-dimensional and without depth. Some claim that the game is a failure because it strays too far from the standard series elements that made Final Fantasy what it is today. I disagree completely. While Squall is a typical loner, he undergoes a great transformation throughout the course of the game: he learns to love. He learns to find pleasure in life. This is something that must be experienced. Any gamer with open-minded capacity will agree and find the eighth installment of the most magnificent RPG series worthy of its name.
GameSurge (1999)
In the end, Final Fantasy VIII is a great game on so many levels. Personally, it was my favorite of the eight game series, and I found the characters and story in this game was far more developed and mature than the previous. Maybe I was just getting tired of the same old "hero" mumbo jumbo, but all and all, Final Fantasy VIII was fifty hours well spent.
NowGamer (Oct 27, 1999)
The RPG’s dull façade has been banished forever. Enemies leap from walls and walkways to do battle, accompanied by a thumping soundtrack. Spells are charged as hand-to-hand battles rage. Seamless FMV is blended into real-time graphics, whilst a magnificent plot embroils the player into the game. If you have a good command of written Japanese or access to a translation document, then this version is highly recommended. If not, the PAL version is released late Autumn. In either case, sell everything you own to purchase this – you won’t regret it!
Mega Fun (Oct, 1999)
Wahrlich, sich über Squaresofts neusten Meilenstein der Videospielegeschichte auszulassen würde bedeuten, stundenlang ein Loblied abzusingen. Ich kann allen Rollenspiel-Fans das Game nur ans Herz legen, denn alle Kenner der Serie werden sich sofort zurechtfinden. Square hat es verstanden, geballte Erfahrung mit Grafikzauber zu verschmelzen. Anfangs wird der Spieler zwar erst einmal von den ganzen Charaktermöglichkeiten, gerade bei den G.F.s, erschlagen, aber vorbildliche Onscreen-Erklärungen zum richtigen Zeitpunkt lassen niemanden im Stich. Rollenspieltypisch lernen nicht nur eure Charaktere dazu, auch Ihr setzt nach und nach geschickt euer Wissen ein, um alle Gegner zu bezwingen. Worauf wartet ihr überhaupt noch? Holt euch das Spiel und taucht ab!
Freak (Oct, 1999)
8 בהחלט ממצה את תקופת הפלייסטיישן. הוא מלוטש גרפית, מהפנט מוסיקלית, מבריק באופי משקו ובסיכומו של דבר, פשוט טוב.
Överlag är Final Fantasy VIII det mest avancerade spelet i serien. Hela Guardian Force-systemet gör det komplicerat att förse sina karaktärer med rätt styrkor och svagheter och även om man får mycket hjälp går det inte helt smidigt att navigera sig genom de otaliga menyerna. Men samtidigt ger alla dessa inslag Final Fantasy VIII ett enormt djup, och den som verkligen vill leva sig in i äventyret har näst intill oändliga möjligheter och en bra bit över 50 speltimmar framför sig.
Power Unlimited (Nov, 1999)
Ondanks dat de typisch Japanse dialogen af en toen een beetje vreemd overkomen, is Final Fantasy VIII een spel dat over de hele wereld zal worden gewaardeerd. Niet alleen de graphics en de soundtrack zijn schitterend maar ook het verhaal is uniek. Kortom, een meesterwerk!
Armchair Empire, The (Sep 01, 1999)
Final Fantasy VIII does a great job of adding some new gameplay features to the series with Junctions and the modifications to magic use and summoning. Coupled with great visuals and music, as well as an amazing cast of characters and story and this game’s fantastic.
Final Fantasy VIII may not be an exemplar of what it means to be a part of the Final Fantasy canon, but it's a great role-playing game regardless - despite Zell and Selphie.
RPGFan (Oct 01, 1999)
I'm sure there will be plenty of debates surrounding the quality of this game, simply because of its pedigree. Square seems to draw extremes of ire like garbage draws flies. All I can tell you is that I truly enjoyed this game. It is a masterpiece of design and attention to detail. Its minor flaws would probably be considered great innovations in other games. Is it the best made RPG I've ever played? Probably. Is it my favorite RPG ever? Not really, but it's damn close. It's an excellent game and every RPG fan should give it a try. Play it with an open mind and you may just surprise yourself.
AllRPG (2002)
Overall I don’t know if they come much better than Final Fantasy 8. It’s status in the series from many fan’s perspectives is that it was a failed experiment or something worse but not from this fan’s perspective. Sure, maybe the battle system wasn’t as flawless as one would have liked but the game achieves in its greatest challenge by successfully conveying its themes through its characters. I think that it shouldn’t really be put against the other Final Fantasies in the way of plot because it really wasn’t as good but the game belonged to its characters and it is artistically valuable for their quality. Plus, along the way, I had fun.
GameSpot (Feb 24, 1999)
Final Fantasy VIII combines a fantastic story, amazing visuals, and excellent sound with solid RPG gameplay, an eminently tweakable junction system, and scads of secrets and extras. After a string of visually stunning but uninspired games from Square, many gamers feared that Final Fantasy VIII would be more of the same. Cast all fears aside: the latest Final Fantasy is the greatest game ever to bear the name.
I have few things to complain about in Final Fantasy VIII. It is a solid game, with endlessly entertaining gameplay, and an incredibly griping story. It has surpassed FFVII in almost every way in my opinion, and is certainly one of the best games on the PlayStation. If you’re a traditional Final Fantasy guy, who likes MP and customizable armor, you might want to be weary when going into this game. However if you want to take a journey into the new yet familiar world of this epic RPG series, Final Fantasy VIII is a great way to turn.
Gaming Age (Sep 09, 1999)
Despite a few minor flaws, Final Fantasy VIII is one of the best games to be released this year. The story is so compelling, and all of the new gameplay aspects (Junctioning, The Card Game, etc.) make this a very deep Role Playing Adventure. If you're a fan of RPG's in general, I suggest rushing out and purchasing this game as soon as you can. However, let me warn you. If you didn't like FFVII because it wasn't enough like the previous FF's, then you'll more than likely dislike FFVIII. I suggest having an open mind, though, and giving this a shot no matter what. Even people who aren't fans of RPG's may get hooked enough on the story to keep going.
Game Revolution (Sep 01, 1999)
Final Fantasy 8 is a great game, but not a perfect one. The battles and junction system have their flaws. At times you'll be too powerful; at other times, you'll just be drawing spells to gain strength. But the long ending that waits in store will make up for most of the negatives. Overall, it plays and feels like a fleshed out Final Fantasy 7. While one can find similarities between the two in characters and ideas, you can really see how things really come together in number 8.
Video Games (Oct, 1999)
Trotzdem muß man neidlos eingestehen, daß diese Systeme, ob man sie nun mag oder nicht, nahezu perfekt durchdacht sind und sich der Spieler durch die recht einfache Handhabung voll auf die (natürlich je nach Geschmack) geniale Story konzentrieren kann. Mit dem salomonischen Urteil von 90% kann ich aber trotz meiner Kritikpunkte sehr gut leben. Für den deutschen Markt (und hey! Das ist nun mal ein PAL-Test!) stellt Squaresofts neuestes Epos eindeutig die Referenz dar (zählt ruhig noch ein paar Punkte zur Wertung dazu), für alle, die Xenogears, LSSSC und Co. kennen, wäre meine persönliche Wertung eines mittelprächtigen Achtzigers eher angemessen. FF VIII ist zweifellos genial - für mich persönlich wird aber, nun auch in nächster Zukunft, FF II nach wie vor den Höhepunkt der Serie darstellen.
Meristation (Oct 15, 1999)
Hasta hace poco existían siete grandes obras de arquitectura o estatuaria que por su grandiosidad y belleza se denominaban "Maravillas del Mundo", en el momento en que Square finalizó el último capítulo de su saga Final Fantasy, aun sin ser arquitectura o monumento, estas maravillas pasaron a ser 8.
TotalVideoGames (TVG) (Nov 30, 1999)
All In all, I think this game is the perfect Final Fantasy game to top off the Millennium. It has around 40 hours of game play, with much more including the mini-games, such as the card playing game you play all throughout the game. Itâll definitely keep us tied over until Final Fantasy IX. A must get for any serious RPG gamer. Looks great sitting next to Final Fantasy VII.
Overall, it is a worth successor to Final Fantasy VIII. Square has done a superb job in upping the ante with this game, and it'll be tough for other RPGs to top, or at least match the standard set by this massive game.
GameSpy (Feb 02, 2000)
The gameplay remains the same, just the story is different. Newcomers might not have a problem with this, especially if they missed playing VII. Hardcore gamers and action lovers however, might pass on it due to this lack of innovation. Finally, there's a serious lack of replay value, being pretty linear and rigid for an RPG. Unlike most RPG's, the Final Fantasy series is more like an interactive movie than a true RPG experience. Players used to journeying around fantasy worlds looking for quests and adventures should stick to titles like Baldur's Gate and Fallout.
90 (Nov 04, 1999)
Final Fantasy 8 remonte encore plus haut la barre des jeux de rôles sur Play en continuant à toiser ses concurrents de plusieurs kilomètres. Une vraie suite avec de nombreuses améliorations sous tous ses angles et en gardant l'esprit de la série.
What it all comes down to is that Final Fantasy VIII is THE must-have RPG for the PlayStation. Though complicated and with the occasional fault, it could be remembered as the greatest Final Fantasy game through the 32-bit era.
IGN (Sep 10, 1999)
Final Fantasy VIII pushes that envelope even further, and it would be wrong to say it's not the game that everyone expected. And for a lot of reasons that's a great blessing. It's also starting to become something of a curse, because if FFVIII shows anything, it's that RPGs have a little further to go.
En conclusión, Final Fantasy VIII es sin duda alguna un buen juego, pero a años luz de sus dos antecesores anteriores. Sin embargo, una historia un tanto superficial y un sonido algo pobre no implica de ninguna manera que sea un mal juego, pues aunque para muchos sea la peor entrega de la saga (Sin contar FFX-2, Mystic Quest, Crystal Chronicles y demás juegos llamados FF por las ventas) sigue siendo un juego excelente, aunque bastante por debajo de lo que se esperaba de él.
Just RPG (Oct 25, 2002)
Personally, I don't feel Final Fantasy VIII quite lived up to some of the previous Final Fantasy titles, but it's still one of the better RPGs around. The graphics will get you interested, the unique gameplay will keep you going, and the card game will get you addicted.
neXGam (1999)
Final Fantasy VIII überzeugt technisch wie spielerisch auf ganzer Linie und kann auch heute noch bedingungslos empfohlen werden. Mir persönlich gefällt vor allem die Story und das erwachsene Flair des Spiels, sowie der nicht so typische Hauptcharakter, der eine phantastische Entwicklung im Spielverlauf genießt ohne sich dabei zu gestellt oder abrupt zu verändern. Also jeder der den 8. Teil noch nicht gespielt hat: Kaufen! Zumal der Titel auch schon lange als günstige Platinumversion erschienen ist.
Retrogaming History (Dec 10, 2008)
Final Fantasy VIII è sicuramente un ottimo gioco, di molto superiore alla media, che però ha risentito un po’ troppo dell’enorme successo globale di quel capolavoro incontrastato quale è il suo predecessore. Rimane comunque un must per gli appassionati del genere.
Gamekult (Oct 28, 2000)
Final Fantasy VIII est un très bon jeu. Mais Squaresoft nous avait habitué à tant de merveilles qu'une certaine déception était à craindre. La cause ? Le manque cruel de profondeur. Peu de mini-quêtes, un manque de challenge évident mais aussi un jeu qui dérive d'un point de vue dramatique. Si le septième volet est moins réussi techniquement, il est clairement plus intéressant.
Game Critics (Oct 01, 1999)
FF8 has what it takes to knock FF7 from the memories of gamers. Its story is better developed, the characters are more interesting, and the graphics and music are twice as good and plays pretty darn well for much of the time. However, limitations of the hardware as well as art direction hamper the game too much in the end. It winds up being partly a graphical showcase and movie hybrid and partly a less than epic RPG (which was what it was billed to be). If Square doesn't give up on games and Sakaguchi doesn't abandon us for Hollywood, I'd like to see them come back to the table with another sequel that gets it right. Till then, as far as FF8 goes, what it has been most successful at doing is turning my PlayStation into a VCR.
Spel för Alla (Dec, 1999)
Final Fantasy – "världens bästa rollspel" – är tillbaka och miljontals fans världen över jublar. Är du ett av dem det bara att gratulera, några timmars förstklassig underhållning ligger framför dig. Om du är obekant med Final Fantasy kan du självklart ha kul med det här spelet också, även om du kommer att kastas in lite hastigt i en redan lång historia.
Thunderbolt Games (Nov 03, 2007)
Did Final Fantasy VIII live up to the hype? Not quite, but its prequel left some pretty humongous shoes to fill. Some great eye-candy (at the time) and an aurally pleasing RPG await the brave new traveller, but the battle system is skewered in places that should not have been touched; drawing and junctioning are great ideas that just didn’t turn out to be much fun. Moreover, the focus on a (confusing) friendship-driven story rather than the usual apocalypse now brings the pace of this saga to a crawl at times. I commend Final Fantasy VIII for tinkering with the original recipe to keep things fresh, but it probably bit off more than it could chew. As a result, it’s but a Tonberry to its Bahamut prequels; strikingly different, somewhat inferior, yet not without its own characteristic charm. That aside, there’s still a fair amount of enjoyment to draw out of this sucker.
I think only a person of 13 and above would understand the storyline just because I beat it when I was 11 and just saw it as a game nothing more, but I beat it recently and actually understood what was happening. There are some swear words and maybe some suggestive themes as in time space and evil moon (3rd and 4th disks) other than that its not to bad.
Netjak (Dec 17, 2002)
Final Fantasy 8 is a travesty. A mockery of the good name of Final Fantasy rivaled only by that awful Spirits Within movie. While the Final Fantasy series continues (deservedly) to dominate the RPG landscape, this is one title that deserves to be lost and forgotten. It’s a pseudo fantasy, and not worth your money. Should you download it for free, it’s not worth the 50 or 60 hours you’ll be investing it to reach the end.
Game Critics (Oct 01, 1999)
Compounding all this were the Guardian Force attack animations that grew excessive and tiresome, and the flashback sequences became more tedious and disruptive toward the overall flow of the game. I finally said, "enough is enough," and said "I dont care how popular the series is or how revered its creator Hironobu Sakaguchi is. This game sucks!"