I have complicated feelings about Final Fantasy VIII Remastered

RPS writes: "I understand now why Square Enix largely focused on the game’s battle scenes and FMV sequences in that initial Remastered trailer, because holy moly it’s a bit of a shock when you actually clap eyes on the rest of it. Don’t get me wrong. The character models are gorgeous. You only need to look at the transformation between Squall’s original, puffy-cheeked appearance and his new, pretty anime body above to see how much they’ve improved. Those pre-rendered backgrounds behind him, though? Those are a different story."

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bluefox755690d ago

So disappointed that there's no physical copy, not sure if I'll get this or not.

JokerBoy422690d ago

Cant be worse than the FF9 remaster. Prerendered backgrounds in that game now looks like bad digitized water coloring.

Teflon02690d ago

Actually ffix is probably better. Ffix was made at a higher resolution than ffviii so it would be easier for it to just upscale if they didn't redo the textures. FF9 backgrounds aren't that bad though. It's not good but it's not horrible now. Just noticeable if you're trying to notice. FFVIIs is alot worse

JokerBoy422689d ago

I thought FFVII's looked better personally. Higher res and smoothed out where it helped. FFIX, to me, looked like they upped the resolution but forgot to smooth things out where needed. Maybe it depends what you play on as I've been using a PS4 Pro...

CrimsonWing69690d ago

I’ll say this, there’s always going to be people that will never be happy with anything. For me, I’ve been wanting to play FF8 for a long time and this gives us trophies and updated character models. It’s the same game other than that and some really stupid censorship.

I fired it up following a guide to 100% it and to make an overpowered character and I am absolutely loving everything about the game. Say, what you will about the junctioning system but I find it really fun trying to apply spells to make my character a beast. I spent a good 2 hours building up my card deck and then playing people for rare cards.

This reminded me of how fun Final Fantasy games used to be. Yea it’s easy to say “they could’ve” and “they didn’t”, but I’m grateful Square even did anything at all and the game isn’t expensive. If you’re interested I strongly encourage you to give this version a try.

kayoss690d ago

I agree with you that people will never be happy with anything. But this shouldnt be called a "remastered' its more like a re-digitized version of the game. I played this game when it first came out and honestly, they could have done a better job "remastering" this. This looks like someone stuck this game into Photoshop and all they used was the "Skin tone Smoothing" tool throughout the game.

whitbyfox689d ago

Then you haven’t seen the remastered character models.

Sirk7x689d ago

The customization in FF8 is fantastic. You can progress through the game as you wish as far as character stat development, and completely break it.

Nacho_Z690d ago

It's always a shame when a remaster of a genuine classic falls short. Some of the mods I've seen for improving the graphics of FF9 put this effort to shame and those were probably just done by one or two people.

Still a great game but next time I play it I'll probably just stick with the original, it might be lacking a few upgraded character models but it's got more charm.


FF8 was my favourite FF back in the day and I’d been hoping for a full remaster but I’m sorry, leaving the pre-rendered backgrounds as they were is such a lazy and disrespectful move that it borders on false-advertising to call this release a remaster. They’ve only done half the work and it’s a HUGE disappointment. As some have already mentioned, it doesn’t take too much manpower or time to get an AI upscaling algorithm to create beautiful crisp 4K upscales of PS1 pre-rendered backgrounds. It’s POSSIBLE and you would think a company with the funds and resources of S-E would put the care and attention needed into doing this at the very least. I feel I’m not in a minority of FF8 fans who are probably going to pass on this release because of this egregious oversight. I look forward to fans in the modding community eventually creating and adding their own new 3D models to fix the ugliness of the world map and the backgrounds.

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