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.
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.
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.
Excerpt: Review Date: October 25, 2002 Final Fantasy games have it pretty tough. They're often compared to other Final Fantasy games, which isn't an easy task for any game. A lot of fans, including me to some extent, found VIII a bit of a disappointment, but it's by no means a bad game.
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: Final Fantasy 7 tells the story of Cloud Strife, and Ex-Soldier who's helping out a resistance group by the name of Avalanche against the government/corporation Shin-Ra. Cloud begins out as a self-centered, apathetic gun for hire but becomes more entrapped in the story as both Shin-Ra and the evil...
Pros: Large, involving story, Excellent FMVs, Materia system allows for a lot of customization
Cons: Inconsistent graphics, Plot seems to have some holes in it
Excerpt: FF8 is a shockingly different version of the Final Fantasy formula. Instead of castles and knights, FF8's world is filled with neo-futuristic villages, space ships and soldiers. What starts off as a small exercise by the Garden, leads Squall and his allies into a deeper plot started by the sorceress...
Pros: Grand FMVs, Junction/Draw system is a great change of pace, Card Game is addictive
Cons: Drawing magic gets a bit tedious, Maybe too many menus
Excerpt: There has never been a game that has had such a hard time proving it self to fans of its series than Final Fantasy VIII does. This game has the most mixed emotions about its appeal then any other RPG known to man. So saying all that, this review is done on a completely unbiased fashion….
Excerpt: This is being written to fill the large void left by our original review of Final Fantasy VIII . The review did take on a fairly unbiased angle, but it did not fully plead the case of those who did not enjoy the game.
Excerpt: From the opening CG movie to the incredible in-game graphics, it was obvious that, at least graphically, Final Fantasy VIII had raised the bar once again. The movies within Final Fantasy VIII were simply the best available on the Playstation at the time.