Final Fantasy VIII


Following a group of students from the paramilitary academy known as Balamb Garden, Final Fantasy VIII explores a world of both machinery and magic. Players take control of Squall Leonhart, a young mercenary of Balamb prone to brooding, whose missions lead him to aid Rinoa Heartilly, the leader of a resistance group called the Forest Owls fighting for independence against the oppressive Galbadian government.

Battles utilize the ATB system common to Final Fantasy games at the time, wherein players enter combat and wait for meters to fill in order to execute attacks. The unique mechanics of Final Fantasy VIII include having to acquire magic from enemies using the “Draw” command, which in turn makes certain attacks more powerful and allows players to use spells. The game also gave the characters more realistic proportions and featured a number of cutscenes where the transition from gameplay to cinema was nearly seamless.

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Game Reviews

Review Author Platform Score
Final Fantasy VIII Cameron Hamm Sony PlayStation
Final Fantasy VIII Esque Sony PlayStation
Final Fantasy VIII Ken Chu Sony PlayStation
Final Fantasy VIII Robert Steinman Sony PlayStation 3
Final Fantasy VIII Ryan Mattich Sony PlayStation

Music Reviews

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20020220 music from Final Fantasy Liz Maas May 9, 2002
A New World: intimate music from Final Fantasy Brigid Choi August 22, 2014
Battle SQ Stephen Meyerink July 4, 2012
Benyamin Nuss Plays Uematsu Patrick Gann September 17, 2010
BRA★BRA FINAL FANTASY BRASS de BRAVO Brigid Choi March 4, 2015
BRA★BRA FINAL FANTASY BRASS de BRAVO 2 Ronald Buie March 23, 2016
Buried in the Snow: A Melancholy Tribute to Final Fantasy VII, VIII and IX Kyle E. Miller September 30, 2013
Compi de Chocobo Neal Chandran September 21, 2013
Distant Worlds II: more music from Final Fantasy Patrick Gann June 1, 2010
Distant Worlds VI: more music from Final Fantasy Patrick Gann August 21, 2023
Distant Worlds: music from Final Fantasy Patrick Gann December 4, 2007
Distant Worlds: music from Final Fantasy Returning Home Stephen Meyerink January 19, 2011
Final Fantasy Remix Patrick Gann August 6, 2008
Final Fantasy S Generation: Official Best Collection Lucy Rzeminski October 22, 2001
Final Fantasy Series Acoustic Arrangements Greg Delmage February 22, 2023
Final Fantasy Solo Guitar Collections Jerry Williams April 2, 2010
Final Fantasy Solo Guitar Collections Vol.2 Jerry Williams January 18, 2011
Final Fantasy Solo Guitar Collections Vol.3 Jerry Williams July 20, 2012
Final Fantasy Song Book “mahoroba” Patrick Gann March 10, 2004
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Final Fantasy Triple Triad – Final Fantasy Remixes From VI VII VIII Patrick Gann July 2, 2013
Final Fantasy VIII Chips Jerry Williams September 19, 2012
Final Fantasy VIII Music Collection Musashi January 1, 2000
Final Fantasy VIII Original Soundtrack ArchAngel March 1, 1999
Final Fantasy VIII Original Soundtrack Ben Schweitzer March 1, 1999
Final Fantasy Vocal Collection Neal Chandran January 30, 2013
Final Symphony II – music from Final Fantasy V, VIII, IX and XIII Patrick Gann August 4, 2023
Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec: Final Fantasy VIII Neal Chandran November 20, 1999
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