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Alternative Names

ファイナルファンタジー VIII

Developer

SquareSoft

Genre

Role-Playing

Other Versions

PC, PSN

Release Dates

09/07/99 Square EA
02/11/99 Square
10/27/99 Square

Community Stats

Owners: 952
Tracked: 9
Wishlist: 6
Now Playing: 17

Summary

The FINAL FANTASY series has always set the benchmark for what Role-Playing Games should be and FINAL FANTASY VIII is no exception. A revolutionary new Battle System has been created to add more customization to your characters by way of the Junction System. The latest features such as Dolby Surround Sound, Pocket Station compatibility and CG movie integration have also been incorporated into this masterpiece, making this title a showcase in technological game advancements.

BATTLE SYSTEM

Junction System

The revolutionary new Junction System featured in FINAL FANTASY VIII provides an unprecedented level of control in character customizability. Based upon the powerful Guardian Forces from which the characters derive most of their power, the Junction System allows the player to modify character abilities, commands and even their attributes. Unlike previous games in the series, the magic in FINAL FANTASY VIII is not earned or purchased, but drawn from enemies in battle. Players can opt to cast the magic drawn from enemies right away, or store it as spells for later use. The usefulness of stored magic goes beyond merely casting it however; the Junction System lets the player attach the power of magic spells to attributes, enhancing character stats or special defenses that provide resistance to certain attacks.


Guardian Forces

The Guardian Forces that the characters must equip to use battle commands and earn special abilities, are themselves powerful attacks. Similar to the summoned monsters from previous games in the series, Guardian Forces "guard" characters with their own lives during the summoning process. When the summoning is complete, the powerful attack is truly a sight to behold.

GAME ADVANCES

Advanced 3D Graphics

Never before has the PlayStation experienced gameplay graphics as smooth and life-like as those present in FINAL FANTASY VIII. Utilizing the artistic talent that is a Square trademark, and a brand new 3D engine, FINAL FANTASY VIII will dazzle players with fully rendered backgrounds and ultra-detailed character models which move with astounding fluidity.

Seamless Movie Integration

With the new 3D engine capable of displaying highly detailed character models, FINAL FANTASY VIII showcases the latest advance in videogame animation, the seamless integration of Computer Graphic video with real-time gameplay scenes. The transition is such that many players may not notice when a static cinema sequence becomes active


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Sales History

Total Sales
3.63m
Japan
2.28m
NA
1.72m
Europe
0.23m
Others
7.86m
Total

Opinion (59)

StreaK posted 21/06/2015, 01:33
The ballroom dance scene will forever and FOREVER be the greatest FF moment of all-time for me. I never thought I'd ever witness anything so fancy and stylish in a video game before.
Music, world, characters, story...all so beautiful.
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think-man posted 11/12/2012, 03:23
Was my third favorite, this was actually the first ff I played but I like them in this order. 9, 7, 8, 10, 6, 4, 12, 5, 13.
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AceRandum posted 22/12/2011, 11:18
had the best music, no final fantasy has topped it yet
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NintendoFanDj posted 07/12/2011, 03:07
dont understand all the hate for this FF game this is my favorite and the best one. I played 1-10 and 13. FFVII isn't even in my top 5. FFVIII was great cause you don't need MP, GIL that much, you can get strong easily, best bosses, best music, and best scenes.
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Mordred11 posted 10/09/2011, 09:29
Pretty disappointing game for me.but only because VII was so amazing.
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Yamaneko22 posted 14/01/2011, 05:38
How can 8 million seller be underrated? >_>
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