Final Fantasy VIII

released on Feb 11, 1999

Final Fantasy VIII is the eighth main installment in the Final Fantasy series. The gameplay makes a departure from many series standards. While it still uses the Active Time Battle system, it deviates from the series' traditional means of boosting a character's power via leveling, although levels are not completely abandoned as they were in Final Fantasy II. In addition, it does not have a Magic Point-based system for spell-casting. Instead, magic is collected, drawn, and created from items, and is used to power up the characters via the junction system.

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How much you get out of this game is going to heavily depend on if you can meet it on its own terms.
Both the cast and the gameplay are...not easy to get behind at first glance, but if you can put yourself in their shoes and figure out how to make the systems work for you (hint: draw and card everything, you want AP not experience) what you end up with is an incredible journey of acceptance and self-discovery

A game that deserves a retranslation because Squall is more interesting than what Western audiences give him credit for.
It's somehow both a 7/10 and 9/10, because while it's really fun to break once you know the mechanics, it also isn't really beginner friendly gameplay wise and/or story wise, guaranteeing confusion somewhere.
On one hand the junction system naturally gets in the way of wanting to cast magic, and the enemy level scaling system isn't fun. On the other hand, grinding for magic and cards and know what magic to use while staying low level makes the game a lot more interesting. In a certain sense, this style goes well with the story, a story about choosing your fights, or choosing to fight at all.
The world map music makes me sink into the floor. There is a certain dreariness to the game's atmosphere, design, and music. But, there's interesting stuff throughout the game.
Fan community was fun. Not game related, just thought I'd throw that out there.

My favorite Final Fantasy and one of my favorite games of all time. Great characters, interesting world, good music and very unique battle system. The story kind of falls apart halfway through, but everything else is so good that I don't even care.

I was playing this game's OST on a car ride and the guy in front of me was jamming out.

One day I've gotta finish this gane