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Final Fantasy VIII

 

 

SCORE: 65

Final Fantasy VIII 

 

How many gamers care about history? Probably not many. How many gamers care about video game history? Probably quite a few. Final Fantasy VIII on the Personal Computer is a piece of video game history. It is the beginning of Final Fantasy moving towards adults.

Before Squaresoft and Enix merged there was Final Fantasy VIII. I know some gamers think of Final Fantasy VII as the point where the franchise started to target adults. It was the first major commercial success of the role playing genre in the United States. Final Fantasy VIII did new things too. It was the first time a love story was told. Or at least they tried to tell a love story.

Modern Final Fantasy video games repeat many of the things in Final Fantasy VIII. Having a small group that is rebelling against a corrupt government is a central theme in almost every Final Fantasy game. The emotional aspects of Final Fantasy VIII showed the world role playing games can make you care about the characters.

The port of Final Fantasy VIII to the PC is the most definitive version of the home console video game thus far. So many of the screens bring back memories. Unfortunately the graphics in Final Fantasy VIII show their age. This was a Playstation video game. There is also role playing violence and enticement to lust issues in Final Fantasy VIII.

The music of Final Fantasy VIII, ah the music. It continues to be fantastic. It sticks in the brain. I welcome the return of the music of Final Fantasy VIII. The language is another story. I could have done without the bad language. The realistic looking characters exhibit their depth and many times attitudes. Players can make moral choices with a variety of questions from NPCs.

Magic is found in Final Fantasy VIII. For families that avoid magic, this is important to know. There are also creatures that can be summoned to fight for you. A card game is present, as well as Chocobos World. Characters can also junction their attacks, magic, and guardian forces.

Final Fantasy VIII is definitely retro. The Playstation 4 just launched so this was on three Sony home consoles back. It is neat to see this game port over to Steam. Families can learn history of the franchise and see what role playing was like back in 1999.
- RPG Master

 

Graphics: 55%
Sound: 55%
Replay/Extras: 85%
Gameplay: 75%
Family Friendly Factor: 55%

System: Personal Computer
Publisher: Square Enix
Rating: ‘T’  - Teen
{Mild Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence}
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