Excerpt: Final Fantasy VIII picked up a lot of love and hate. The game set out to break most of the usual RPG rules, and succeeded in accomplishing that task. It notably failed to make the new rules a lot of fun, and its attempted innovations have not been stolen by other developers over the years.
Excerpt: Final Fantasy VIII seems to be a love or hate experience. The game features some fundamental differences from others in the series that when understood make for a very enjoyable game. Perhaps the game's biggest failing is that these nonconformities are not highlighted well enough. On the surface, Final Fantasy VIII appears to be straightforward, but deep down is where the differences really shine... well, at least in terms of gameplay.
Excerpt: To many people, Final Fantasy VIII is something of an awkward little brother. It isn't that the game is poorly made. It has many fine qualities that still hold up well today after nearly ten years on the market.
Excerpt: There is a saying that everyone wants to be a filmmaker. And if you don't, then you probably want to be a writer. Okay, this doesn't apply to everyone, but I bet that in any given room, at any time, there's going to be at least one person there who is just dying to get in the movie business with "the" script hidden somewhere at home. Movies just seem to have this hook on people that makes them want to be involved in the industry some way, some how.
Excerpt: In a word: "overrated." Alongside games like Tomb Raider and Resident Evil , Final Fantasy VIII ( FF8 ) will go down in my book as one of the most overrated games of all-time. I'm convinced that if this role-playing game (RPG) did not bear the Final Fantasy moniker, it would have been universally panned as a poorly written obnoxious piece of CG fluff by the public and press alike. As far as I'm concerned, there isn't much that goes right with FF8 .
Excerpt: Yes I know this game is old and don't think that we at PSXextreme have just received this game because we've had it since it's release. Square has always been known for making quality RPG's, and they have struck gold yet again with FF7.
Excerpt: "And on the eighth day, God created the sequel." I read that advertisement in the back section of a gaming magazine in the summer of 1999, and it nailed the feeling most gamers had as the release of Final Fantasy VIII approached. Simply put, there was no way that Square's latest effort was going to meet expectations. Say what you will about VII, but it revolutionized the RPG (for better or worse) and single-handedly brought the genre into the mainstream.
Excerpt: The widespread success of Final Fantasy VII cannot be overstated. Though the backlash of hate against the game's popularity and its fanbase is notorious, it cannot halt the widespread love for the game. There are two points I'd like to make to demonstrate that FFVII, as its own franchise, is alive and well. First, of course, is the existence of "The Compilation of Final Fantasy VII.
Excerpt: Square is the graphics god. They own more SGI machines than anyone else in the planet, and my lord, they put them to good use. FF8 has some of the most gorgeous cutscenes in any game, ever. The dance scene will have your jaw on the floor. The character models themselves are much improved from the anime style of the FF7 characters in terms of both complexity and realism. The areas themselves are of the same quality as FF7 , which is superb.