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. It's probably the most innovative of all the Final Fantasy games, and it's so different that it's likely going to take some getting used to.
Excerpt: A steaming locomotive comes to a grinding halt within a colossal Shinra Mako Reactor. As Cloud Strife – ex-SOLDIER extraordinaire – flips off the roof of one of its many carriages, he not only marks the beginning of an epic quest for truth and discovery, but sows the seeds of an incredible legacy to follow.
Excerpt: The release of Final Fantasy VII on the Sony PlayStation rocked the world with 3D graphics never before seen in any Final Fantasy title, mind-blowing cinematic summons and an epic story with a spiky haired protagonist that one could never forget. Two years later, Square has taken it a step further with itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s latest installment in the infamous role playing series, Final Fantasy VIII.
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.
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: 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 Edea. During this, Squall, despite his better judgement, falls in love with Rinoa.
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: Since just about all of you reading this review are pretty familiar with RPGs, I donâ€™t feel that I need to go into great detail about the big transformation for RPGâ€™s. The â€œbig transformationâ€� being the shift from 2D graphics to the world of three dimensions. The first RPG to truly represent this shift in gaming was, of course, Final Fantasy VII . For the first time, we were able to see the Final Fantasy style world map realized with new, breathtaking visuals.
Excerpt: Once in a very long while a game comes along and pushes the capabilities of a home gaming console beyond everything that has come before. Even more surprising is when that game is on the oldest console that still has a heartbeat, the Sony PlayStation. It's not surprising however that this game is Squaresoft's highly anticipated, epic new RPG Final Fantasy VIII.