Final Fantasy VIII 20th Anniversary

Nov 2, 2017
709
Really sad there hasnt been anything with 8 proper for a long time.

Gotta say though Squalls part in KH3 went in a direction I didn't expect at all.




Nomura truly is a madman
 
Dec 19, 2017
3,411
I think I played FF 8, Metal Gear Solid and Silent Hill all in the space of one year. 1999 was incredible, not just for cinema.

This game still has one of the best opening cinematics in video game history.
 
A legendary thread.

Like Artpop, Final Fantasy could mean anything. In the case of Final Fantasy 8, it means:

- A genre defining RPG, yet to be outclassed.

- A phenomenal, customizable battle system that can be avoided entirely (wow @ choosing your own play style!).

- Critical acclaim! FF8 joins the elite 90 + group on Metacritic, most of the other girls can't relate.



- Incredible graphics, yet to be matched in terms of art style and setting.

- The best soundtrack in a game this side of Chrono Cross.

- A movie and BOOK quality story.

- Remember when Final Fantasy 9 and Lost Odyssey tried it?



- The best, most addictive and WORTHWHILE mini-game ever seen in Triple Triad. Better than any real life card game!

- LGBTQIA icon Zell. His obsession with stuffing his mouth with hot dogs and COMPLETE dismissal of that female library flop, in 1999 no less! FF8 battling homophobia, what were the other RPGs or games in general doing?

- The best romance in a game. Squall & Rinoa have yet to be outclassed (and Squall is still the series' best lead). Who doesn't tear up @ the ending when Rinoa repeats her "one dance" gesture from the beginning of the game?



Unlike Artpop, which I spent 3 years pretending I liked, FF8 has been a top favorite of mine since its iconic release 20 years ago. I've yet to meet an unattractive or stupid-ass FF8 fan, they are ALWAYS hot and smart! An intelligent fan base that comes up with amazing theories like Squall = dead (disagree) and Rinoa = Ultimecia (disagree).

Wig @ Final Fantasy 8's lasting impact and the fact that, tied with Chrono Trigger, it's still the best game this medium has to offer.

 
Oct 28, 2017
11,493
Great game. I appreciate it more and more over the years. One of the JRPGs that is genuine and earnest telling a story about teenagers from their point of view.
 
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Wazzy
Oct 25, 2017
2,204
Thanks for posting a bunch of the backgrounds signal! Here is a twitter that is posting a bunch of HQ shots of the backgrounds.

Reflect on your... Childhood...
Your sensation... Your words... Your emotions...
Time, it will not wait...
No matter how hard you hold on...it escapes you.
And...
I seriously love this quote. It makes Ultimecia more human.
 
Oct 25, 2017
2,695
UK
A legendary thread.

Like Artpop, Final Fantasy could mean anything. In the case of Final Fantasy 8, it means:

- A genre defining RPG, yet to be outclassed.

- A phenomenal, customizable battle system that can be avoided entirely (wow @ choosing your own play style!).

- Critical acclaim! FF8 joins the elite 90 + group on Metacritic, most of the other girls can't relate.



- Incredible graphics, yet to be matched in terms of art style and setting.

- The best soundtrack in a game this side of Chrono Cross.

- A movie and BOOK quality story.

- Remember when Final Fantasy 9 and Lost Odyssey tried it?



- The best, most addictive and WORTHWHILE mini-game ever seen in Triple Triad. Better than any real life card game!

- LGBTQIA icon Zell. His obsession with stuffing his mouth with hot dogs and COMPLETE dismissal of that female library flop, in 1999 no less! FF8 battling homophobia, what were the other RPGs or games in general doing?

- The best romance in a game. Squall & Rinoa have yet to be outclassed (and Squall is still the series' best lead). Who doesn't tear up @ the ending when Rinoa repeats her "one dance" gesture from the beginning of the game?



Unlike Artpop, which I spent 3 years pretending I liked, FF8 has been a top favorite of mine since its iconic release 20 years ago. I've yet to meet an unattractive or stupid-ass FF8 fan, they are ALWAYS hot and smart! An intelligent fan base that comes up with amazing theories like Squall = dead (disagree) and Rinoa = Ultimecia (disagree).

Wig @ Final Fantasy 8's lasting impact and the fact that, tied with Chrono Trigger, it's still the best game this medium has to offer.

A legendary post from one of the most legendary VIII stans!
 
Feb 15, 2018
398
The environments are some of the most imaginative and beautiful in a video game. Timber and its sequence was for reasons I can not put my finger on very unnerving.

Everything else was a failure of differing proportions. Particularly painful was the lolly scramble story.
 
Dec 24, 2017
114
This game is iconic and much more interesting that 99% of the jrpgs that came after it. Girl you know the developers had balls when they released a game THIS crazy and messy after their most successful project. very rock and roll. Square Enix of 2019 can't relate.
 
Oct 25, 2017
4,565
I remember not liking the Demo so much and by the time Dreamcast came out I just skipped the game all togther.

Luckily I still went back and played 9.
 
Oct 27, 2017
1,235
Square is doing a disservice by not putting this game on modern consoles. The PC version already exist and every other FF game is on them.
 
Oct 27, 2017
21
California
The only reason I love FF8 is because of Laguna. I’m not sure what exactly it was or where I was in my life at the moment, but Laguna as a character just stuck with me & ultimately I look back fondly at FF8 because of him. FF8 also gave me an appreciation for FF games including FF7, which I played for the first time a few months prior and hate it. Now I love it just not as much as FF8. I played both these games for the first time in 2013 on PC lol

Also quoting this because Laguna is the best
Great thread!

Laguna is absolutely my favorite Final Fantasy character, and easily the best in VIII:

- a soldier who wants to be a traveling writer
- so cool he has his own theme song
- has two fiercely loyal best bros
- his leg cramps around beautiful women
- he moonlights as a screen actor and the president of the most technologically advanced nation on the planet
- was elected president because tripped a sorceress into a time stasis machine, and then launched her into space
- carries around a copy of his son’s collectible trading card, which probably wasn’t easy to come by
- Moombas love him
 
Oct 28, 2017
2,973
Missouri
Friendly reminder that the background art is currently being remastered in ESRGN and is available now but still in rough beta mode.

Here are some screenshots I've taken - it is still in a rough stage (some black lines and some unfinished areas) but looks great:





 
Oct 25, 2017
4,045
Friendly reminder that the background art is currently being remastered in ESRGN and is available now but still in rough beta mode.

Here are some screenshots I've taken - it is still in a rough stage (some black lines and some unfinished areas) but looks great:





Those character models need replacing. Pronto.

In this case the animations would actually work, unlike the character replacement in FFVII.

I mean I'd just stick to the PS1 version if that was the case
It looks even worse, though. Doubly so for FMV which are half the resolution than the PC version (small mercy).

At the time I was appalled that the prerendered backgrounds were upscales of the PSX images. Japanese development studios were such pieces of shit back then.
 
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