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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.


Yoshinori Kitase


Kazushige Nojima (screenplay)

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Release Date:

9 September 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The European release of the game saw a relatively large amount of merchandise being packaged together with the game for an initial run special release at no extra cost. These were all sold in a large rectangular box which contained a Final Fantasy VIII t-shirt, a PlayStation memory card and a selection of Final Fantasy VIII stickers to put on a PlayStation memory card. See more »


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 »


Irvine: So lie... Is it true that SeeDs aren't supposed to question their mission?
Squall's thoughts: There are times I'd like to know myself. Like... now for example. But...
Squall: What do you care
Irvine: So like... if you knew that your enemies were pure evil, you'd get more fired up to fight them, right?
Squall's thoughts: ...An enemy that is pure evil? Right and wrong are not what separate us and our enemies. It's different standpoints, our perspectives that separate us. Both sides blame one another. There's no good or bad side. Just 2 sides holding...
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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

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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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Bar none, the greatest video game of all time.
26 May 2005 | by TomiusJSee all my reviews

Final Fantasy VIII was regarded as "flawed" by many Final Fantasy fans upon release. The truth is, they were too busy re-playing Final Fantasy VII to realise exactly what had just be created.

Final Fantasy VIII is not only my favourite game of all time, it's probably the best. To try and explain it right now is very hard, not because of a complex plot or difficult scenario: but because whatever I say will not compare to how much of a masterpiece it really is.

I will however, point out some finer points: The characters are the most in-depth, perfect and different individuals you will ever meet in a video game. They're so developed, they seem real. They interact with each other based on their feelings, and you never for a minute feel like they're video game characters. Best of all, they're likable to a point in which you wish you were part of their gang. I cannot express my "true" thoughts on how much I worship the characters of Final Fantasy VIII: it would be impossible for me to comprehend.

The music is an absolute masterpiece. It's perfect and beautifully crafted. I purchased the soundtrack, and I listen to it on shuffle everyday for a few hours. It always suits the scene or setting, or builds up tension, suspense or just plain excitement. It's awesome.

The plot is not basic. It's complex. It's amazing. It's definitely un-flawed, and people are now starting to realise exactly what's so good about the 8th chapter in the Final Fantasy saga.

If you could have one game to play forever, I strongly recommend this. It's my choice, and I complete it at least 3 times a year to ensure I never forget about it: although that's not very likely.

Overall: The greatest game of all time, without a doubt. A definitive gaming masterpiece for FF fans alike. Pure perfection. (10/10)

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