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Final Fantasy VIII (1999)

Fainaru fantajî VIII (original title)
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A group of mercenaries rescue a mysterious girl, who some say is the sorceress who wants to govern the universe.

Director:

Yoshinori Kitase

Writer:

Kazushige Nojima (screenplay)
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Storyline

Politics, magic, technology and pure human emotion fuel a quest for answers in this installment of the wildly popular Final Fantasy series. The hero of the story is Squall Leonhart, a somewhat troubled teen who is a student at the military academy known as Balamb Garden. As the game starts, the antisocial and introverted Squall is preparing to take the final steps to becoming a member of Garden's elite mercenary force called SeeD. During the required field exam, Squall's group (including his hated rival, the brash and arrogant Seifer Almasy) uncovers the beginnings of a plot by the nation of Galbadia, a global superpower with a tyrannical ruler. Squall and his comrades, Selphie Tilmitt and Zell Dincht, are SeeDs less than a day before being assigned to a mission in the Galbadian-occupied country of Timber. It is there that Squall meets Rinoa Heartilly, the young and passionate leader of a rebel faction. It is soon discovered that Galbadian President-for-Life Vinzer Deling has allied ... Written by Jessica White

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Official Sites:

Official Site [eu]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

9 September 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

FF8 See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Square Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Final Fantasy VIII has been excluded on the Playstation Classic mini console. See more »

Goofs

After the Battle of the Gardens with Balamb Garden and Galbadia Garden in disc 2, Galbadia Garden is never seen again for the remainder of the game. After Headmaster Martine is kicked out of Galbadia Garden and is living at Fisherman's Horizon. It's unknown what became of Galbadia Garden or if Headmaster Martine ever came back to the school. See more »

Quotes

Martine: Failure is not an option.
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Crazy Credits

During the end first half of the end credits we see a few minutes of "handheld video camera footage" taken during a party after the team's victory over the sorceress. At the end, just before the camera's battery runs out we see Riona outside pointing towards the sky. After the credits are done there is an additional scene. See more »

Alternate Versions

A PlayStation 2 re-release was rumored for a late 2001 release. It would contain enhanced graphics and sound. Rumor states additional enhancements, such as a simpler Juntioning system, would also be included. However, such a release did not occur, and Square made no formal announcements regarding one in the years before or since (this entry: 2004). See more »


Soundtracks

Liberi Fatali
Music Composed by Nobuo Uematsu
Lyrics by Kazushige Nojima
Latin Translation by Taro Yamashita
Orchestrations by Shiroh Hamaguchi (as Shirou Hamaguchi)
Conductor: Katsuaki Nakatani
Soprano: Komaki Miyabe, Matsue Hamauzu
Alto: Chie Sasakura, Hitomi Kaga
Tenor: Hirokazu Takiguchi, Jun Suzuki
Bass: Katsuyuki Nakanishi, Takeshi Yamagami
Recording & Mixing Engineer: Kenji Nagashima
Assistant Engineers: Yasuhiro Tsurusaki, Yasuo Iijimma
Recording Coordinator: Yuji Saito (as Yuji Saitou)
Recorded at Sound City, Tokyo
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One of the best RPGs ever
25 November 1999 | by 23skidoo-4See all my reviews

While some might bemoan the lack of traditional RPG cliches in FFVIII, I applaud the designers for taking this game one step higher. Gone are the stupid-looking cartoon characters that ruined much of FFVII for me - instead, we have well-rounded, interesting characters. This is almost more a movie (or perhaps mini-series) than a game, perhaps. But I felt rewarded by an entertaining and interesting story, interesting places to visit, and last but not least, beautifully rendered graphics. If this is the future of RPGs, then bring it on.


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