- Platform: PlayStation
- ESRB Rating: Teen
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
Released in 1999, FF VIII was the next in a long line of FF games. It had a more futuristic setting than any FF before it, and Squaresoft was really looking to try something new. You no longer equip new armor or accessories to your characters; instead, there is something new and different called the "Junction system." You can Junction magic and GF's (Guardian Forces; the Summons in FF VIII) to your characters, which in turn will increase your stats and allow you to summon the GF's, which will teach skills. The GF's can level up as well.
This was really the first FF with a love story as the main theme of the game. Sure, earlier FF's hinted at it, but this one took it to the extreme with one of the greatest love stories in any video game. Most of the game revolves around Squall and Rinoa, and the story gets better as you go along.
Graphics and FMV's are top notch in FF VIII, too. The characters look very realistic, and the FMV's will keep you on the edge of your seat. Music isn't the best FF music; actually, it's below average when compared to other FF music, but it's still pretty good.
Side quests include the wonderful card game Triple Triad, optional bosses, optional GF's, the usual chocobo mini-game (it's average in this FF), and improving your weapons by refining certain items you win in battle, find, etc. This FF will take an average of 50-60 hours; more if you decide to finish everything (which includes leveling up everyone to level 100, which isn't really necessary since enemies level up along with you).Read more ›