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Final Fantasy VIII (1999)

Fainaru fantajî VIII (original title)
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A group of students at a military academy rescue a mysterious girl, who some say is the sorceress who wants to govern the universe.


Yoshinori Kitase


Kazushige Nojima (screenplay)
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Politics, magic, technology and pure human emotion fuel a quest for answers in this installment of the wildly popular Final Fantasy series. The hero of the story is Squall Leonhart, a somewhat troubled teen who is a student at the military academy known as Balamb Garden. As the game starts, the antisocial and introverted Squall is preparing to take the final steps to becoming a member of Garden's elite mercenary force called SeeD. During the required field exam, Squall's group (including his hated rival, the brash and arrogant Seifer Almasy) uncovers the beginnings of a plot by the nation of Galbadia, a global superpower with a tyrannical ruler. Squall and his comrades, Selphie Tilmitt and Zell Dincht, are SeeDs less than a day before being assigned to a mission in the Galbadian-occupied country of Timber. It is there that Squall meets Rinoa Heartilly, the young and passionate leader of a rebel faction. It is soon discovered that Galbadian President-for-Life Vinzer Deling has allied ... Written by Jessica White

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The chequered destiny of two men who continuously plunge their mighty souls into battle... See more »


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All the GFs that have to be drawn from bosses in the game can also be drawn from the monsters in Ultimecia's Castle. See more »


Later on in the game in disc 2, the party visits what's left of Trabia Garden in ruins and the student and teacher survivors trying to rebuild the school. But after the Time Compression event in disc 4 and defeating Sorceress Ultimecia. The fate of Trabia Garden and the student and teacher survivors is unknown whether Trabia Garden has been rebuilt or if it's still in ruins. See more »


Quistis Trepe: They told me that I failed as an instructor. Basically, that I lacked leadership qualities. I was a SeeD by the age of 15, got my instructor licence at 17... It's only been a year since I got it... I wonder where I went wrong... I did my best... Are you listening?
Squall: Are you done yet...? I don't want to talk about it. What am I supposed to say about other people's problems?
Quistis Trepe: I'm not asking you to say anything. I just want you to listen.
Squall: Then go talk to a wall.
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Crazy Credits

During the end first half of the end credits we see a few minutes of "handheld video camera footage" taken during a party after the team's victory over the sorceress. At the end, just before the camera's battery runs out we see Riona outside pointing towards the sky. After the credits are done there is an additional scene. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the Playable demo of Final Fantasy VIII, there were several changes, including new music through the scene, altered dialogue, and a few errors, such as abilities that the characters could not have at that point in the full game. See more »


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Liberi Fatali
Music Composed by Nobuo Uematsu
Lyrics by Kazushige Nojima
Latin Translation by Taro Yamashita
Orchestrations by Shiroh Hamaguchi (as Shirou Hamaguchi)
Conductor: Katsuaki Nakatani
Soprano: Komaki Miyabe, Matsue Hamauzu
Alto: Chie Sasakura, Hitomi Kaga
Tenor: Hirokazu Takiguchi, Jun Suzuki
Bass: Katsuyuki Nakanishi, Takeshi Yamagami
Recording & Mixing Engineer: Kenji Nagashima
Assistant Engineers: Yasuhiro Tsurusaki, Yasuo Iijimma
Recording Coordinator: Yuji Saito (as Yuji Saitou)
Recorded at Sound City, Tokyo
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And now comments from a *non* Gamer...
11 April 2000 | by MoryssaSee all my reviews

I've grown up wanting to play other people... to slip into their lives and see how they're different-- and similar-- to myself. I didn't actually get involved in pen-and-paper RPG's until I graduated from college, and haven't found many computer or console games that have been of any interest to me...

That is, until I played one of the Final Fantasy games. The first game I played was FFVI (which was, what, III in Japan?) and I was hooked. I loved the characters, and I was annoyed when the couples at the end didn't work out the way I wanted them to. ;) But I loved the way everything meshed together, and it wasn't simply a matter of running from point a to point b and beating up anything that got in your way.

Then I started playing FF8, and I was completely blown away. Just the opening graphics stunned me, and I hadn't even *started* the game itself yet. I haven't quite finished the game yet (I started over 'cause I got confused over an aspect of the Guardian Forces, so I got to a battle that was impossible for me to win, and I couldn't get away from it.) but I've made it through 3/4 of it, and all I can say is that I've *NEVER* seen a video game that made me cry... but this one accomplished it.

I look at the game as an outsider to the industry... I hate the fighting games where you do nothing but face off against an opponent in the ring. I see no point to them. The run-around-with-big-guns-and-blow-things-up games do nothing for me either. I like the games that are more like puzzles and that make you think about what you're doing (like Tetris, Mah Jong, things like that). However, FF8 gets the highest rating I can give a game, because I find it fascinating and beautifully made. Others who have played bazillions of other games find things wrong with FF8 left and right, because it's different from what they're used to... Since I went into it with an open mind of sorts, however, all I can see is the overpowering beauty and emotion of the characters, animation, and design.

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9 September 1999 (USA) See more »

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