Five things that still annoy me about Final Fantasy VIII

HD: "While people are going crazy over Destiny, I’ve been replaying Final Fantasy VIII, via a PSN download. The PSN port has all the failings of the original (which I still own, I just don’t want to be digging out my PS2 to give it a whirl). I have played this game most of the way through more than ten times and it is one of my favourite videogames of all time. However, I do feel that the original has some flaws that should never have been there in the first place, and have only been partially addressed in the recent PC/Steam release."

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1496d ago Replies(4)
TongkatAli1496d ago (Edited 1496d ago )

I get defensive with this game, so many articles trash its storyline, Rinoa is the best.

Trophy patch would be awesome.

Articuno761496d ago

How about the weird battle system where you expend all your effort stealing the enemies' magic, items, trousers/underpants only to run away (lest you anger the game balance gods by accidentally levelling up)?

I don't think I've played an RPG that discourages you from actually fighting quite the way FF8 does. You're either running or looting.

Dasteru1496d ago (Edited 1496d ago )

The problem is alot of people still haven't figured that part out yet. They grind like crazy early, thinking they will get stronger and then just assume that it is the hardest of all FF games. Only like 1/10 people who have beaten the game know that you are much better off by staying at base level. Even the article writer doesn't seem to know much about the system beyond the fact that enemies scale.

"having to quickly bolster the levels of a character that should have been kick-ass was a pain."

Nerdmaster1496d ago

You're basically confirming Articuno76's claim that the game discourages you from fighting. It's not a very fun concept.

Dasteru1494d ago (Edited 1494d ago )

That was the idea. I agreed with him. It actually can be fun in its own way, it is just very different. Alot of early focus on leveling GFs with Seifer, then later on with Edea, and loads of drawing and setting up characters. It is certainly a unique play style. Learning the details of the system and how to play it is half the fun.

hkgamer1496d ago

i think the only places you needed to draw magic were dollet part at seeD test, diablo and other rare magic that comes along.

you could also fk up the balance of the whole game at the beginning when you are at dollet. all you had to do was kill squall and zell, use seifer to gain ap and draw magic. convert lvl1 magic to lvl 2 (thunder to thundara etc.) rinse and repeat until you have a good amount of skils built up on the 3 gf's. carry on game, seifer will leave so get the 4th gf and gat as much ap as possible by beating spider robot until its down forever. you will now be overpowered and can wait until you have control of edea and use the same tactics to gain ap for other GF's. this way your permanent party members are still min level.


i think thats the beauty of ff8. theres so many ways to play it. use gfs 100% of the time. draw magic like theres no tomorrow, card every enemy and convert to magic, play card games and then convert.

the biggest complaint came from drawing magic, but i think that was due to people not understand the succesion rates of draw. if you had higher magic stats then its easier and quicker to draw magic until you reach 100.

jambola1496d ago

I don't think it discourages you from fighting, never stopped me anyway.
Just don't grind too much and you're fine,

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