Final Fantasy VIII: Yoshinori Kitase on taking the series in a bold new direction

As Final Fantasy VIII Remastered comes to PlayStation Now, the Director of the original game explains the approach taken for the game.

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Knightofelemia692d ago

Still one of my favorite FF games next to FFX.

Sonic-and-Crash691d ago (Edited 691d ago )

very good change of theme and concept art after FF 7...Is my second best (first is FF7)

-Foxtrot691d ago

"We often receive such Easter egg requests from Hollywood for Final Fantasy VIII – it seems to be a favourite amongst young filmmakers for some reason!"

Really? That's neat

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Pancit_Canton691d ago

Probably the most underrated FF ever. This game deserves a remake treatment.

-Foxtrot691d ago

Seeing the Garden Battle expanded upon and done in HD would be fantastic

leahcim691d ago (Edited 691d ago )

One of its most genious innovation was the card game. It was so fun.
The guardian force system.
The love story.
The Music.
Laguna Loire!
A masterpiece.

Godmars290691d ago (Edited 691d ago )

Where proper story telling, narrative, went to die.

I mean, liked the game, but they really could have done it better.

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Final Fantasy VIII: The big game-changer of the entire series

Few people really know how important Final Fantasy VIII is to the series as a whole and why it is so different from the games that the series itself presents to us. That's what Final Fantasy Crystal is going to bring here in this special. A real research into the development of Final Fantasy VIII.

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Knightofelemia640d ago

My second favorite Final Fantasy entry next to Final Fantasy X always had fun playing the card game, loved going into space and rescue Rinoa. The way they added game sprites to the FMV was awesome always loved the intro the Guardian Forces had. I think Parasite Eve uses the same engine as Final Fantasy 8 which is another favorite of mine. I love Eyes On Me song. I just imported the PS4 port of Final Fantasy 8 and I also have Final Fantasy 7 and Final Fantasy 8 cartridge for my Switch. I even bought the Final Fantasy 8 Sound track off a buddy near mint condition only used three times.

celohill640d ago

It's everyone who really play through the story of Final Fantasy VIII and they don't know how incredible this story is. Final Fantasy Crystal will launch soon an special talking every single detail in story of Final Fantasy VIII to create a nostalgia place. Final Fantasy VIII story is beautiful. Some people think that's is about love, but it's not. It is about what happen after you fall in love. Is just fantastic.

CrimsonWing69640d ago

Can you explain further what you mean about the story not being about love?

My interpretation was it was absolutely a romance story. You have someone who was an introverted loner who discovers that people in his life matter and learning the value of someone you love and then not wanting to lose that person and be alone again.

got_dam640d ago

It's about love. But not just romance. It's about learning to love yourself, and learning to accept the love of others. It's the kind of story that wouldn't have worked as well if the main cast wasn't mostly teenagers. It's my favorite in the series. The game has all kinds of warts to he sure but I love it. The junction system was broken but still very compelling. I've never played a game that you can break so thoroughly. By the time I reach disc 2 it's already a massive power fantasy. Not the first time I played it, but I got more and more familiar with the possibilities with each playthrough.

Michiel1989640d ago

FF8 is my favorite, but i really wasnt a big fan of the space rescue mission, or how they handled the latter part of the story at all. basically once you are 80% through the game, they introduce the real plot, it felt a bit cheap and rushed. The rest of the game made up for that tenfold over though, it has my favorite OST, triple triad, the junction system (yeah when you cheese it, its not great) and amazing visuals.

Would love to see a remake of it at some point, but i guess thats wishful thinking.

masterfox640d ago

FFVII and FVIII are my legendary Final Fantasy games of all time, played 9 and 10 , great FF games but not Legendary status as 7 and 8 imo, FFVIII card game so addictive got collect them all for super powerful spells, epic soundtrack , still remember Laguna's epic battle theme, or how about last boss theme with Ultimecia?, I really thought Sephiroth's battle themes couldn't be surpass, but oh man!, still not sure it surpass it but the music in FF VIII is up there with same high quality as VII. If there is a old past FF games I would love to play or have it remade is FF VI just because this amazing intro, something tells me this is an epic adventure as well like 7 and 8.

CrimsonWing69640d ago

FF6 through 9 are the best FF games for me, we’ll go ahead and lump FF7 Remake into the mix. Like each one was incredible in their own way. After that it just hasn’t been the same to me.

thejigisup640d ago

Final fantasy on the PsOne was always very good. The draw system was interesting, broken but interesting. Final fantasy 9 was also really good. Wish we could return to that Era, just briefly.