Final Fantasy VIII Remastered |OT| You're The Best Looking Remaster Here

Which platform are you playing the Remaster on?

  • Switch

    Votes: 526 43.4%
  • PS4

    Votes: 442 36.5%
  • Steam

    Votes: 192 15.9%
  • Xbox One

    Votes: 51 4.2%

  • Total voters
    1,211

Wazzy

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Oct 25, 2017
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Q: Does the Remaster have the music bug?
A: No it doesn't however there is a unique music bug that happens when saving, exiting, watching the credits and then loading back your file.
*UPDATE 11/14/19: Patch released that fixed the music error for The Landing. Overture now lines up properly with credits and other bugs were fixed as well.

Q: Does the game use the MIDI soundtrack from the PC version?
A: Nope! It will use the original PS1 soundtrack

Q: Is there any design changes?
A: Yes! Siren has been given a feather skirt that is a much better design choice and Triple Triad cards now use zoomed out shots of GF on the card similar to JP.

Q: Does the game have full analog controls?
A: The game does not.

Q: Are the backgrounds updated with the models?
A: Unfortunately not. I heavily recommend Steam version if this bothers you.

Q: Is there a physical version?
A: As the image at the very top says, this is currently Digital Only.

Q: Is there any achievement guides?
A: There is for the 2013 PC port on Steam. It covers all the achievements that are appearing in the Remaster. Steam Achievement guide and here is the guide that focuses on the Missables for Achievements.

Q: Is Chocobo World in this version?
A: No it isn't but the items have been added into the game via Angelo Search. Here is a guide for using the best possible method to acquire all newly added items: Angelo Search Trick *updated 9/10/19

*credit to FantasticMrFoxdie for OT title!
 
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Wazzy

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Oct 25, 2017
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Now it's time to announce the winners for the Remaster Giveaway. I want to say thank you again to everyone who contributed and hope that even if you didn't win you'll still consider picking up VIII Remastered.

With that said here we go. Angelo will be digging up the winners!




The first winner is.....





DoradoWinston!



I hope you're ready to play the Remaster!


Now let's see what who Angelo dug up for the second winner!



The second winner is....



Trieu!



Get ready for some fun times with the VIII Remaster!

For the specialty draw which was new players only, we had the awesome generosity of Scotia who donated a Steam copy.

Time for Angelo to pull the final winner:



The final winner is....


Out_Of_Ammo!



Congratulations to all winners! You will be receiving a PM from us to go over the codes. If you don't receive a PM immediately do not worry we will make sure it's sent sometime later today. :)
 

DoradoWinston

Member
Apr 9, 2019
2,021
Now it's time to announce the winners for the Remaster Giveaway. I want to say thank you again to everyone who contributed and hope that even if you didn't win you'll still consider picking up VIII Remastered.

With that said here we go. Angelo will be digging up the winners!




The first winner is.....





DoradoWinston!



I hope you're ready to play the Remaster!


Now let's see what who Angelo dug up for the second winner!



The second winner is....



Trieu!



Get ready for some fun times with the VIII Remaster!

For the specialty draw which was new players only, we had the awesome generosity of Scotia who donated a Steam copy.

Time for Angelo to pull the final winner:



The final winner is....


Out_Of_Ammo!



Congratulations to all winners! You will be receiving a PM from us to go over the codes. If you don't receive a PM immediately do not worry we will make sure it's sent sometime later today. :)
Holy!

Thanks so much! Im excited to join everyone on the excitment over Final Fantasy VIII :D
 

Nemesis_

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Oct 27, 2017
1,114
Keen to try this again now that I'm a bit older and will probably understand the Junction system a bit better. It's probably my least revisited Final Fantasy.
 

Luminaire

Member
Oct 25, 2017
2,223
Beautiful OT and perfect title Wazzy !

I haven't done a full replay of VIII in many years, so I'm eagerly awaiting Tuesday.
 

AstronaughtE

Member
Nov 26, 2017
2,051
I can probably give up on checking for switch pre-loads huh?

I think I've checked the store every 8 hours.
 
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Oct 25, 2017
12,027
I love the art for this game. Yeah Zell has a face tattoo and Squall has too many belts but I think FF7, FF8 and Parasite Eve were the peak of Nomura’s creativity when it came to designing characters.

I wish I had the money to play this.
 

Hamchan

The Fallen
Oct 25, 2017
3,785
I remember when this came out on PS1 and I was sorta disappointed in this game as a follow up to 7.

What I wouldn’t give to have single player FF return to this level of quality. I replayed it a few years back and now think it’s an outstanding game. Totally ready to replay it again.
 

Ka Cho

The Fallen
May 22, 2018
1,524
Nice OT, still undecided with what system I want to get it for but really excited to jump back in again.

Also, congrats to the winners.
 
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Wazzy

Wazzy

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Oct 25, 2017
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I'll be adding it to OT later but here is the controls for PS4:



3 DAYS UNTIL WE ARE GRACED WITH VIII
 

ZeroX

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Oct 25, 2017
11,844
Speed Force
Oh yeah I'm gonna put these really quick tips here because I know it's gonna get asked so many times in this thread:

JUNCTIONING >>> LEVELING UP
Leveling up is largely useless as enemies scale with your level, avoid grinding combat and focus on Junctioning spells to increase stats. The differences are huge. Feel free to turn off encounters. Junctioning can let you build any character however you want, explore and learn the -J GF abilities to get even higher stats. If you learn Str-J from Ifrit and Junction strong magic to it, you'll have a physical attacker that's much stronger and faster than summoning GFs over and over.

GF ABILITIES >>> DRAWING
While it doesn't hurt to Draw, don't go out of your way to do it. Don't wait for draw points to restock or sit around drawing from enemies non-stop (except make sure to Draw from bosses as they might have new GFs for you). Instead learn the Refine (-RF) GF abilities to turn items/cards/magic into magic.

For an easy example, Draw Siren from early boss Elvoret. Learn her L Mag-RF ability. This will let you turn 1x Tent into 10x Curaga. Junction 100x Curaga to HP. Be amazed.

Recommended early abilities: Card, Card Mod, anything with -RF or -J.

TRIPLE TRIAD >>> EVERYTHING
Play against everyone. Cards are great for refining into Magic. If you want to get crazy with it, you can get Squall's best weapon very early in the game through cards. Not recommended for first timers though.
 

JCal

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Oct 27, 2017
2,246
Los Alfheim
Amazing OT and I can't wait for Tuesday.

I did a low lvl run this past May, so I'm thinking about what I want to do here. Too bad Sept is crazy jam packed otherwise I might have tried a no/limited junction run. Don't think I want to commit that much time.
 

Maxina

Avenger
Oct 28, 2017
2,895
It’s a bit hard to trust SE with remasters, especially when the old final fantasy games are concerned. I’ll wait until reviews/impressions hit before buying, but i’m looking forward to it because it’s one of the 2 classic FF’s i never played(4 being the other).
 

Quinton

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Oct 25, 2017
9,529
The Research Triangle
Wazzy, this OP is gorgeous! It really inspires. And once again, thank you for running that contest! I know I didn’t win, but who cares? You rock for doing it!

Now let’s all shuffle or boogie.
 

painey

Member
Oct 27, 2017
938
There's no chance of Limited Run ever doing such a big game like this, is there? I don't want this digitally :(
 

AstronaughtE

Member
Nov 26, 2017
2,051
While reminiscing about what to write in that giveaway thread, I remembered a few of the different crazy places the story goes. I can't wait to see what I've forgotten.

I was unexpectedly given Wednesday off, and don't go back till late Thursday so I'm going to rage like Fujin.
 

Moppy

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Oct 27, 2017
1,655
Actually kind of want to play this version, even though I haven't played it since it first came out. Really like the visual updates they've done. Looks sharp.
 

Crumpo

Member
Oct 28, 2017
711
Bournemouth, UK
Oh yeah I'm gonna put these really quick tips here because I know it's gonna get asked so many times in this thread:

JUNCTIONING >>> LEVELING UP

GF ABILITIES >>> DRAWING

TRIPLE TRIAD >>> EVERYTHING
Thanks! I was pretty young on my first play through and didn't know these things so gave up early into esthar as it got super hard, probably due to my grinding out levels on disc one!

Questions:
1. I got junctioning before but you usually need to unlock the junction skills via AP(?), which your GF only gets through battle. so you have to fight just enough to unlock all the junction GF abilities and then turn encounters off?
2. So there's no point in unlocking any other GF abilities (except Card)?
3. Is there a handy online guide to Triple Triad that's easy to read? I remember getting beat down and losing my best cards, then it was impossible to win again :(
 
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Wazzy

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Oct 25, 2017
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Thanks! I was pretty young on my first play through and didn't know these things so gave up early into esthar as it got super hard, probably due to my grinding out levels on disc one!

Questions:
1. I got junctioning before but you usually need to unlock the junction skills via AP(?), which your GF only gets through battle. so you have to fight just enough to unlock all the junction GF abilities and then turn encounters off?
2. So there's no point in unlocking any other GF abilities (except Card)?
3. Is there a handy online guide to Triple Triad that's easy to read? I remember getting beat down and losing my best cards, then it was impossible to win again :(
1. Bosses don't give experience so you can get AP through them as long as you are setting the proper abilities to learn. A little bit of battling won't cause scaling as it's determined by the parties average level. Most refine abilities can be learned quickly and with No Encountees being a booster you can stop random encounters right from the beginning.

2. Some abilities are worth grabbing. They offer stat boosts such as HP Str+40% or HP+40% and other useful abilities like auto-haste/auto-potion.

3. I'll look for something that can explain easier but my tip for Triple Triad is:

ALWAYS save before challenging someone. It's the best way to avoid losing a rare card and the annoyance of winning it back. The other reason is to make sure you spread or stop the spreading of rules you dislike.

The game at it's simplest is just higher numbers will beat lower. So if you put a card with 7(up) 2(right) 9(left) 4(down) next to a card with 8(up) 6 (left) 4(right) 8(down) the second card wins because the 6 left was higher than 2 right.
 

BadWolf

Banned
Oct 25, 2017
7,081
Oh yeah I'm gonna put these really quick tips here because I know it's gonna get asked so many times in this thread:

JUNCTIONING >>> LEVELING UP
Leveling up is largely useless as enemies scale with your level, avoid grinding combat and focus on Junctioning spells to increase stats. The differences are huge. Feel free to turn off encounters. Junctioning can let you build any character however you want, explore and learn the -J GF abilities to get even higher stats. If you learn Str-J from Ifrit and Junction strong magic to it, you'll have a physical attacker that's much stronger and faster than summoning GFs over and over.

GF ABILITIES >>> DRAWING
While it doesn't hurt to Draw, don't go out of your way to do it. Don't wait for draw points to restock or sit around drawing from enemies non-stop (except make sure to Draw from bosses as they might have new GFs for you). Instead learn the Refine (-RF) GF abilities to turn items/cards/magic into magic.

For an easy example, Draw Siren from early boss Elvoret. Learn her L Mag-RF ability. This will let you turn 1x Tent into 10x Curaga. Junction 100x Curaga to HP. Be amazed.

Recommended early abilities: Card, Card Mod, anything with -RF or -J.

TRIPLE TRIAD >>> EVERYTHING
Play against everyone. Cards are great for refining into Magic. If you want to get crazy with it, you can get Squall's best weapon very early in the game through cards. Not recommended for first timers though.
1. Bosses don't give experience so you can get AP through them as long as you are setting the proper abilities to learn. A little bit of battling won't cause scaling as it's determined by the parties average level. Most refine abilities can be learned quickly and with No Encountees being a booster you can stop random encounters right from the beginning.

2. Some abilities are worth grabbing. They offer stat boosts such as HP Str+40% or HP+40% and other useful abilities like auto-haste/auto-potion.

3. I'll look for something that can explain easier but my tip for Triple Triad is:

ALWAYS save before challenging someone. It's the best way to avoid losing a rare card and the annoyance of winning it back. The other reason is to make sure you spread or stop the spreading of rules you dislike.

The game at it's simplest is just higher numbers will beat lower. So if you put a card with 7(up) 2(right) 9(left) 4(down) next to a card with 8(up) 6 (left) 4(right) 8(down) the second card wins because the 6 left was higher than 2 right.
Thanks for these, I mostly just played and finished it like a normal JRPG back in the day so this way I'll get to play it like a whole new game. Pretty cool.
 

ZeroX

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Oct 25, 2017
11,844
Speed Force
Questions:
1. I got junctioning before but you usually need to unlock the junction skills via AP(?), which your GF only gets through battle. so you have to fight just enough to unlock all the junction GF abilities and then turn encounters off?
2. So there's no point in unlocking any other GF abilities (except Card)?
3. Is there a handy online guide to Triple Triad that's easy to read? I remember getting beat down and losing my best cards, then it was impossible to win again :(
Go with Wazzy's answers above, but I'll add a little tip for AP grinding:

For easy early game AP, Fastitocalon-F found on beaches, the beach near Balamb exclusively has them. Low exp and 3AP each (and they come in groups of 2-3). Also, if you kill enemies with Card, they don't give you EXP, only AP. It's not necessary, but super handy if you're going for a no level run.

Almost every GF ability has some use, but I would focus on Card/Card Mod first and then prioritize the -RF or -J abilities and %Stat increases are good too as Wazzy mentioned.
 
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BadWolf

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Oct 25, 2017
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Go with Wazzy's answers above, but I'll add a little tip for AP grinding:

For easy early game AP, Fastitocalon-F found on beaches, the beach near Balamb exclusively has them. Low exp and 3AP each (and they come in groups of 2-3). Also, if you kill enemies with Card, they don't give you AP. It's not necessary, but super handy if you're going for a no level run.

Almost every GF ability has some use, but I would focus on Card/Card Mod first and then prioritize the -RF or -J abilities and %Stat increases are good too as Wazzy mentioned.
Since you are leveling up through the roof via junctioning etc. and the enemy isn't keeping up because they are scaling with your level (which you are not leveling up), is the game still fun or does it become too easy fast?
 

yunbuns

The Fallen
Oct 25, 2017
1,175
Utlimecia's Castle
Really wished this had come out on Friday because of the three day weekend here in the US but oh well. Anyway, great OT wazzy. I'm glad it all ended up coming together! The use of the CG promotional art was a good choice. Congrats to the winners as well! Can't wait to go on a nostalgia trip this week!
 

anderedna

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Oct 25, 2017
459
So digital only release. Was hoping there's physical one based from the rumours before. Also, is there platinum trophy and how hard to get it?

Well, I got $20 in my PSN wallet. Time to buy it :)
 

beelulzebub

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Oct 25, 2017
994
Didn’t realize this was out. Ready to spend way too much money to hate-play this fucking thing.

I owned a Sega Saturn as a child, and choosing to buy this instead of a Dreamcast on 9/9/99 felt like a bold act of defiance. It’s one of my biggest gaming regrets to this day.

Objectively the best Final Fantasy Uematsu soundtrack though.
 
Oct 30, 2017
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Great OT.. well done it’s very beautiful and elegant :-)

Two more days till I dive back again to my favorite gaming world, super needed and super excited.

I miss the world of FFVIII so much it has been years since my last replay!