6 Reasons Final Fantasy VIII Remaster Deserves Your Attention

Here's Rob gushing over why you should give the Final Fantasy VIII Remaster your attention.

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Teflon021862d ago

personally hated the battle system of 8. Especially the fact that the active prompts forced active mode into a semi active mode that's pure garbage when you play games like FFIX and VII in active mode. It's really a big difference once you get further into the games. Especially IX since it doesn't go into wait during summons etc.

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FalconofLucis981862d ago

Actually I'd say X had the best battle system.

lellkay1862d ago

I enjoy pretty much everything in 8, i just feel like when you get to a certain point the game just degrades into absolute nonsense and all the remaining content just feels like a utter waste of time. The story starts intriguing but again that just degrades into something I couldn't care less about. I've tried multiple times to plough through the game, but everytime I even manage to get to Ultamecias castle i'm truly done before I could care about the final stretch.

JokerBoy4221862d ago

I could be wrong but I feel like almost every Final Fantasy after 7 felt rushed. I mean with all those games the early game is really fleshed out. It's when you get somewhere between the middle and endgame that everything is a train wreck. By that point the story gets super convoluted and doesnt make sense. I know they like to make the franchise very detail oriented and I'm guessing they end up having to rush the end of the game to make up for spending so much time on the early parts. With all the 3D games the stories all make complete sense, until you hit the last stretch or last disc lol.

-Foxtrot1862d ago (Edited 1862d ago )

Nonsense? You mean like every other FF game? That’s how crazy their stories are why is VIII nitpicked for that.

TricksterArrow1862d ago (Edited 1862d ago )

I think FF8 gets more flak because of underdeveloped side-characters. While FF6, 7, 9, 10, etc. Has character-centric missions or episodes developing them dramatically, FF8 just neatly tied all of them in some weird orphanage plot that somehow one of them remembers but chooses to "look cool" and not say anything, while all the others forget because of GF usage, which is a plot element that serves no other purpose than this. It's kind of poor when you compare to something like Yuffie in Wutai, Red XIII in Cosmo Canyon, Barret in Corel Town, Tifa and Cloud in Nibelheim, etc...

-Foxtrot1862d ago

But there's plenty of mentions during the course of the game before that point, when talking to characters in towns about GF making you forget things. It's not huge but it does lead up to that moment in the Orphanage.

TricksterArrow1862d ago (Edited 1862d ago )

I'm not arguing this. I'm arguing that it's a poor twist altogether. It oversimplifies every single side-character by giving them all the same backstory. And when there is *some* margin for conflict or development such as Quistis having some feelings for Squall or even sharing how she was adopted but it didn't work out, it goes nowhere. Why it didn't work out? Who were her adoptive parents? Did Quistis ever get jealous of Rinoa? Maybe that's why she loses her temper with her in Caraway Mansion? We don't know, she is just there along for the ride. As are the others.

We literally visit all of FF8's world. Why not a scene of Quistis reminiscing her childhood with her adoptive parents, maybe in Deling? Maybe even visiting them? Telling us the whole story? A lot of missed opportunities, IMO. Still a great game.

Rynxie1862d ago

Because final fantasy 7 fanboys can't get over the fact that 7 is overrated.

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Pozzle1862d ago

But the nonsense is part of the game's fun. The story takes a sudden turn into batshit insane territory in disc 2, and it gets more and more insane as the story goes on. I love it.

Though I will say that you missed out on a great finale if you got as far as Ultimecia's castle. I think the castle is one of the best 'dungeons' in the series, and fighting Ultimecia is one of my favorite final boss battles in any FF game.

Master of Unlocking1862d ago

Is it that part where you're with the airship, and you have to fly into some black megalith thing?Cause that's precisely where I stopped playing over 20 years ago. Everything else in the game had me pretty hooked up to that point, and it really felt like I was playing a big AAA hit with tremendous production value (at least relatively to the PS1), but as I was making my way inside that dungeon to what I think was the second fight against that lady, I quit playing as I didn't like the game as much as the beginning part. Now I'll finally resume my playthrough... without a game save, but with that perk to accelerate the game X3 I should get to that point where I left off 20 years ago pretty fast, lol

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Juusterey1859d ago

I'd say in terms of unexpected games, yeah definitely my most excited moment

TricksterArrow1862d ago (Edited 1862d ago )

Only thing I don't like is the change to Squall's design. The original matches CG Squall perfectly, the remastered one has much wilder hair and is much more younger looking. Modders might fix this, though. All else is great.

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Final Fantasy Games That Deserve the Remake Treatment

Final Fantasy has a long running history with numerous numbered titles and spin-offs, but which games stand to benefit from a remake?

gold_drake212d ago

i feel like all of them.
well except 2 haha.

shinoff2183212d ago

Agreed. Ff2 though can be made better, so it's not entirely a lost cause. Ff8 will gets its time. I do wish they'd do the old ones. From ff10 and up those ones still hold up pretty well.

kevco33211d ago

Honestly, I've always felt that VII and up 'hold up well' in that regard. The early 3D games just needed a cosmetic update. But the FFVII Remake is so different to the original in execution that a lot of games could be done in a similar fashion and feel far more modern.

I'm not saying that's a good or bad thing (that depends on your personal preference!), just that they could feel very different.

shinoff2183211d ago

Kevco I liked remake but I think your right. Idda been happy with a 1 to 1 remake that looked like ever crisis to. Or both

I'd just love I square would one day give us a turned based one with today's graphics. I can't really think of a jrpg that does that.