Final Fantasy VIII - PlayStation

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Also for: PC
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Adventure: Role Playing
Arcade origin:No
Developer: Square Soft. Co.: Sony
Publishers: Sony (GB/GB/US/JP)
Released: 27 Oct 1999 (GB)
1999 (JP)
Unknown (US)
Ratings: 11+
Accessories: Memory Card, Dual Shock JoyPad


Like its predecessor, FFVII, Final Fantasy Eight is, at the time of release, the biggest game the world has ever seen. The beautifully rendered introductions scenes form the perfect start to a game which is vast and involving. With so many variables and sub-plots that it is unlikely that no-one will ever play it all, even if they do reach the end.

If Square continue to progress at this rate, it is likely that they will produce the World's first real interactive movie.

On the down side, it's all very very familiar. Sure, the scenery and effects are even more beautiful, and the control system is even more complex and sophisticated. But beyond this, FF8 is just another fantasy role playing game, very similar to FF7. If you like these kind of things, you'll love it passionately. That's not to say that if you aren't a Dungeons and Dragons fan that you won't like this game. It's so far from the seven-sided dice and turns-based board games from which it draws its historical roots that every one should try it. You very well might love it.

Possibly the best game ever released, as well as the biggest.