Final Fantasy VIII Is Coming To PC With High Resolution Graphics

By Spencer . May 17, 2013 . 11:02am


Square Enix announced they will release a PC version of Final Fantasy VIII, but it won’t be the same game released over a decade ago. Final Fantasy VIII for PC will have high resolution graphics, Famitsu reports.


The website also says if additional features other than the graphical upgrade are in the game or not is yet to be determined. The PC version mad the Chocobo World mini-RPG more accessible since you didn’t need the Japan-only PocketStation to play it. The monochrome mini-RPG powers up Boku’s attack and rewards players with extra items.





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  • Ava1on

    Will this also not be re-downloadable 30 days after purchase? …

    • CirnoLakes

      This is just one reason they need Steam.

      Square Enix, what are you thinking?

      At least with Steam I can download the games I own years after I bought them.

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    “High resolution”
    Lemme not get excited at all. Nope.

  • Famitsu says High Resolution, not High Textures. :D

    • That’s what Mods are for!

      • Mimi

        and Im expecting YOU to make some! :-)

  • Luis Camargo

    Please, launch on Steam or PSN.

    • Tom_Phoenix

      We need this on GOG as well.

      Unfortunately, based on what Square Enix did with VII, they will most likely only release it on their online store.

      • Rune

        Yeah, considering you have a limited download period plus SecuROM attached to it, S-E’s site just seems like the last place I’d buy any PC download from :(

        • CirnoLakes

          Yeah, that’s a part of why we need a Steam release.

          Steamworks is okay. Securom is an abomination.

          This game it so old they ought to just put it on Good old Games DRM free anyway. Square Enix has been doing so bizarrely bad things in recent year that don’t make sense.

          Aside from the Securom and such, though, it seems like a good movement for the industry. Heck, this was reported in Famitsu. The PC gaming industry in Japan definitely seems like it is growing. I really like the news of Japanese games getting PC releases again.

      • Crerc

        At least VII is on steam now!

    • CirnoLakes

      Steam, yes.

      PSN, what? Isn’t this game already on the PlayStation Network?

  • ronin4life

    “You’re all getting Pc Ports!!”

    ~Japanese games industry Adressing Their games library for 2013 forecast.

    • Pfantzypantz

      The more the merrier dawg

    • CirnoLakes

      The PC game industry in Japan could be improving.

      I couldn’t ask for more.

      I blame Touhou.

  • Keima88

    *SE brings FF8 in high resolution to pc*


    Just meh.

    *SE brings lord of vermillion over to the west on ??? platform.*

    ^ cant comment due passing out of happines. (A man can dream right?)

  • Ethan_Twain

    Cool! I imagine that a PC release will definitely be released in the west, just because of the larger PC market here. Releasing a Japan PC exclusive just isn’t often done. And I care about this because I never owned a PS1 and FF VIII is one of the PS1 games I would love to track down and play some day.

    This may well be my chance.

  • DesmaX

    Yeah, the was Mods that let you play the PC version in High Resolution. It looked quite nice

  • Muhammad Haris

    wasnt FFVIII released on PC decade ago?
    if it’s just like FFVII rerelease that you made recently,
    forget it SE.
    i still have working psx version than i can play on emulator with high resolution graphic.
    but if it’s a remake, you can have my money SE.

    • MrRobbyM

      Remake? Hahaha. No. Remaster? Maybe so. Straight up digital/steam version of the PC version? Most likely.

      It could also be something in between a digital version and a remaster.

      • Muhammad Haris

        i think so.
        i just hope SE make a crazy move to remake FF VIII on PC which will never happen. LOL

        • MrRobbyM

          A VIII is actually more likely than a VII remake, actually. But it would piss off a LOT of people lol.

          I’d much rather have a VIII remake over a VII anyways. I love VII but I could never get into VIII. Battle system always threw me off and never felt right.

          • Testsubject909

            Oh hai Robby, haven’t seen you in a while.

            8 is just plain easy though if you want to abuse the system… Just… Put yourself in yellow/critical status. Refresh until you limit break. Limit break every turn. Win every battle with ease.

            Not sure if it would be good if they fixed that or not…

          • MrRobbyM

            Ohay testy!

            So I’ve heard! Besides being broken as hell, I the draw system is the main reason why I couldn’t get into it.

            I even have a new, unplayed copy looking at me right now.

          • Testsubject909

            What was your PSN again? I forget…

            Anyway. The Draw System was broken in it’s own way too.

          • MrRobbyM

            It’s robbyam. These days I’m replying Demon’s Souls and Sonic All Stars Racing. The first one.

          • Testsubject909

            Mkay. I’ll make some space in my friend’s list and start adding later tonight.

  • kenshee

    Well that’s … vague :/

    Are the backgrounds re-rendered, the cgi scenes, the textures, … ?
    Will the 3d models get an upgrade at all? (like ff X HD?)

    Actually, this game would look really nice if everything is nice and high res. But only if the 3d models get a massive improvement as well. Bad 3d stands out, the pre-rendered backgrounds (aside from their resolution) are pretty timeless.

    Anyways, this is good news, I have both the old pc version and the ps1 version, but I never finished the game on either. This might finally be the time to push through and see the final part of the game :)

    • DesmaX

      It will be the same treatment as the FF VII PC on sale on Square page

  • Textures?

    • neocatzon

      Just hi-res :< Damn FFVIII textures really awful, doesn't age well.

      • I have played VII,VIII and IX for the first time last year(I wasn’t old enough when they came out)..VIII looked and played the best out of all three.

        • neocatzon

          For me VII, VIII, and IX doesn’t age too well. Graphically of course, the gameplay still rocks. The still young polygon style is to take the blame.

          • IX battles and animations were excruciatingly slow…They MUST fix that problem with the game because ,other than that, its a great game.

          • neocatzon

            With current SE, it’s a fleeting wish.. Mods are maybe our only hope.

  • Lazulis

    I still have the original FF8 for PC…the first FF I ever played…

    If this get’s released in the states (Steam plz?!), will they fix some of Squall’s lines? He didn’t say “whatever” that much in the original version right?

    Man with a Machine Gun is now stuck in my head…

    • CirnoLakes

      Yeah, they need to get both this and Final Fantasy VII on Steam with Steamworks rather than whatever they’re using now. I don’t know what DRM they’re using, but it is definitely worse than Steamworks.

      They need to release these games on Steam.

      The first Final Fantasy I ever played? That would be Final Fantasy IV. I rented it from a local rental store when those were still a thing. I fell in love with RPGs because of the SNES.

      • Morricane

        “The first Final Fantasy I ever played? That would be Final Fantasy IV. I
        rented it from a local rental store when those were still a thing.”
        That sounds eerily familiar…:)

        • CirnoLakes

          “That sounds eerily familiar…:)”
          What are you talking about?! Stalker! Stalker! Aaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

          • Morricane


            Nah, I just did exactly the same xD

  • This was one of my top FF games

  • Tom

    I don’t know about you guys, but I played FF8 first on PC and I think it was exactly like this. Maybe the type font face is a bit sharper but nothing else. They didn’t re-render the cutscenes, didn’t re-render the background images and as it seems they don’t have them in higher resolution backup from them. Even though I love FF8, I found this just another shameless cash-in on an old game.

    • D H

      And this is all based on 3 screen shots? The article states it is NOT the same version of VIII that was released on PC before. So, I’m kind of curious how you know what they have and have not done based on, again, these 3 screen shots?

      • Testsubject909

        You’re online.

        People will judge things based on one single word or just the font style if they need to.

        Edit: PS. This is a general statement here.

    • CirnoLakes

      Eh, these games deserved a solid re-release. The first port of these games was pretty shoddy. The old Windows copies of these games weren’t that common, anyway.

      Re-releasing a game isn’t a shameless cash in. It is something that game companies should do. Think about how long people have been asking for this sort of thing for Earthbound. Why is it a godsend if Nintendo re-releases a game people have been begging for forever, but if Square Enix re-releases one of their classic games, it is a shameless cash in?

      Re-releases are a good thing. Games should not be hard to get a hold of. In fact, if this does well enough, they might even consider working on PC ports again. I’d like to see them release Final Fantasy IX for the PC, a game that never did get a PC release to begin with.

      I’m glad that Windows 7/8 users will be able to get a hold of this game again without any trouble.

      • Tom

        FF8 was available for the PC before, it’s not like with FF9. Maybe they could release a patch for PC to be able to play it on newer operation systems. I bought my FF8 from eBay, it’s not that hard to come by. About Earthbound, I don’t really know what’s going around it, sorry. Earthbound was never released in EU, but I think that’s a whole different story.

      • Drani

        Square Enix is re-releasing stuff for pure profit that’s why. Nintendo is doing well and they re-release games people want because they WANT to. Not because they HAVE to, to make some type of profit to stay a float.

        • CirnoLakes

          Well, that’s kind of the point of a business.

          What’s your point? Whether it makes money for Square Enix is not, I fail to see how this is anything other than good for the consumer.

          • Drani

            The point of a business is to make profit and to entice the consumer to spend more money by providing quality goods that have them returning more and more. I am simply saying Square Enix is only doing the seventh release of all these old FF games because they need the money to keep the lights on at the place. Not because they want to make the consumer happy or entice them to buy more of their games. Obviously by their products nowadays you’d have to be brain dead to see its not about what the consumer wants. And don’t waste your time replying. I’m a stubborn person who will be too stubborn to see your point of view.

  • hmm I wonder who is more interested in a tweaked version of FFVIII…PC gamers or PSN gamers AHHH!! Square drives me crazy!

    • CirnoLakes

      PC gamers.

      That’s a part of what PC gaming is about. Playing the games the way you want to play them. Low resolution, high resolution, any graphical settings you want. Mods, no mods. Whatever controller you see fit.

  • Prithivi

    high res chars, what’s the point? They’ll feel even more out of place in the backgrounds now… Or is SE working on the backgrounds too?

    hah, good one!

    • CirnoLakes

      It is a matter of personal taste. Some people hate the idea of high resolution 3D textures on pixelated 2D backgrounds. This being the PlayStation One era, they were still using a mixture of both for most games.

      That being said, not everybody finds it jarring. I personally like the ultra-smooth, high resolution, anti-aliased low polygon textures from the 32-bit era, even when contrasted by pixelated 2D textures. Because at least one of these two things look really nice.

      And I think low polygon 3D looks nice in high resolutions because I don’t care much about hyper-realism. Low polygon 3D in high resolution and AA looks good in a similar way that cel shading looks good. It may not be realistic, it may be low polygon, but it has a cartoony charm in the same way that cell shaded modern games do.

  • Just Tim

    Being a fan of the Junction System, I embrace this with open arms.

    Less “OH MY GOD! THEY KILLED AERIS!” “YOU BASTARD!!”, more evasion of “Squall, Laguna is your daddy.” xD

    • Testsubject909

      I’m not too big on the Junction System, but I do admit that it’s an interesting concept that’s worth ironing out and polishing…

      As it stands though… Paired with the draw system, while yes i know you can convert to make magic and etc…

      It was a lot of busywork that just felt a bit tacked on… The idea of junctioning magic unto yourself to empower your body? Great idea…. Execution overall… Flawed…

  • Sure Quistis is my favorite of the three FFVIII girls but here she looks like a freaking China doll.

  • Raoni Marques

    Nothing a good emulator can’t do

    • Mimi

      except modding it

    • CirnoLakes

      But emulators aren’t the way you’re supposed to play the game.

      Emulators exist because there’s a lot of good games you can’t play otherwise. PC ports are what we should hope for game so we don’t have to use emulators.

      Think, why do emulators exist? It is because there is a huge library of games that deserve a PC port. Technically, this game already has a PC port. But an updated PC port will make the game more available.

      And here’s what PlayStation emulators aren’t doing, taking as few resources as a native Windows port. Sure, you could play this game on an emulator, but you will be far more limited. You won’t have mods. Settings will be trickier. And the same amount of fidelity will take far more resources.

      Having a good PC port is always better for PC play than emulation.

      • Hraesvelgr

        I… don’t think that’s why emulators exist, actually. Not that it’s a bad sentiment, though.

  • ShindoW

    Definetly getting this.

  • HerosLight

    Laguna is the best, now we can see him get leg cramps in High Resolution.

    (Insert The Man With The Machine Gun Theme)

    • Testsubject909

      Is it wrong that I always preferred playing with Laguna and crew then I did with the lead cast?

      Edit: … I think pacing might have had a large hand to play in this…

      • CirnoLakes

        Laguna was actually a fun human being with a reasonably nice personality.

    • yellowmage

      Except we already did (well, in higher resolution than the original game) in Dissidia 012.

      • HerosLight

        True true, but this time in the RPG, not the fighting game.

        • Testsubject909

          …. Still, I’d like Dissidia on PS3.

          • HerosLight

            Would be everyone’s dream.

            Mines included :(

      • JustThisOne

        Yeah, but these were the days where leg cramps didn’t produce electric shocks. :P

  • I’m cautiously optimistic about this release. Not the complete remake I would have loved, but I”ll deal. This is one of my favorites of the series, after all.

    • CirnoLakes

      Eh, all I need to hope for is a better port than the original PC release of the game.

      And an eventual Steam release with Steamworks.

      You don’t need high hopes, it’s just a port.

  • Crimson_Cloud

    One of my personal favorites. The Garden battle on disk 2 was one of my favorite and atmospheric parts to this day. ^^

  • MrSirFeatherFang

    What about the music? Hopefully they will change it back to the original OST version

  • wyrdwad

    Oh boy, now you can play the beginning of Square’s fall from grace in stunning HD! ;)

    • Bite your tongue! FFVIII tried to be a love story, which is something very few RPGs do, even now. It was a product of its time, and it was a great game back when it was released. :P

      (Although, once you grow out of your teens, Squall is rather intolerable to play as.)

      • D H

        Really? I’m 25 and 10 months, and I still find Squall a rather enjoyable character. Much more so than anyone from IX, at least. He’s a much more flawed character, someone who isn’t, shall we say, a clean-cut main character that can adapt easily to any situation. Rather, he’s much more an everyday man who just happens to be stuck in a position where he has to save the world.

        • I think it’s a matter of perspective. Squall can get incredibly annoying with his indifferent nature.

          I mean, a lot of people think that’s a “cool” thing to do when you’re in your teens, and I think we’ve all gone through that phase at some point, but once you get older, you start to realize how rare genuinely good friends and the experiences you share with them can be, so Squall’s “Eh, whatever” approach to everything in light of that makes him come off as incredibly immature.

          • prinnywin

            Then you have missed a majority of Squall’s inner monologues. Squall was one of the only characters in JRPGs to have constant thoughts in his heads being reflected to us, the viewers.

            Simply because he was mostly putting an indifferent front to the other characters does not mean that’s all his character was, especially when we were given context of his thoughts.
            He also has some of the best and mature lines out of any FF protag. “Right and wrong are not what separate us and our enemies. It’s our different standpoints, our perspectives that separate us.”

            Funny, it’s only when I grew out of my teens did I actually start to appreciate FF8 and Squall’s character even more, so please, leave out the “it’s so cool to be an uncaring teen” thing out.
            Just as an ending note, I never once thought it’s cool to be uncaring even as a teen and such reasons are far from why I like Squall’s character.

          • No, I didn’t miss Squall’s monologues. At the time, it was part of why I liked the game and him. Just that, as I grew up, I started to subscribe to the idea of “do as you say,” which is where Squall began to lose a lot of his appeal to me. I guess as I got older, I started to see maturity as being able to be oneself both on the inside and outside, which Squall didn’t really do for a lot of the game.

          • prinnywin

            Oh that’s a good idea, but I subscribed to another one as well, “Actions speak louder than words.” You don’t always have to spell it out that you care for people and that your actions mean good. Just saying, this is less about FF8 now.

            Back to FF8, Squall’s difference in the way he expresses himself and the way he thinks is part of his character, part of his appeal, part of his DEVELOPMENT. In fact, he becomes a more honest person at the end of it and admits his flaws in the game as well. He even admits about how he worried too much about other people’s perception of him to Rinoa.

            Again, you’re constantly implying that Squall’s character somehow only appeals to teens and I completely reject such a notion.
            Among other events in the game, there is one which Squall’s character shines through.
            During the encounter with Bahamut, you have several dialogue choices to pick from.
            One of the last question Bahamut asks is why humans fight. There were choices such as wanting to protect others etc. The right choice to proceed was Squall thinking to himself that ‘It’s our nature. There is no real reason…maybe we were born…only to fight…’

            That, in my opinion, showcases the depth of thought of Squall. Conflict is ‘hardwired’ into our brains, after all.

            I don’t think I really need to carry on this conversation, Squall is one of my favourite characters, and people disliking him is fine. But disliking him because they misunderstand the character is not.

          • But Squall is a teen so it shouldn’t be something that annoying I think? And his introversion has an explainable reason.

      • wyrdwad

        People keep saying that FF8 tried to be a love story, but if so, it failed miserably IMHO. Final Fantasies 6, 7 and 9 all had better romantic subplots than FF8, where there was simply NO chemistry whatsoever between Squall and Rinoa. Not that there easily could be, given how little actual character development Rinoa received — no personality, no spark, after all.

        I also played it back when it was released, and I’ve never been more disappointed in a video game in my entire life. It took everything I loved about FF7, threw it out the window and replaced it with an abysmal battle system, terribly-designed characters with little to no subtlety or depth to them, and a story with more plot holes in it than swiss cheese. I liked almost nothing about the game, then OR now, save for its graphical fidelity and the majority of its soundtrack.

        Different strokes for different folks, though!

        • Testsubject909

          You forgot Final Fantasy 4.

          And Final Fantasy 4 had romance splattered across here and there. Our Spoony Bard’s tragic moment that led to the tension between him and Tellah, Cecil our lead protagonist and his love with Rosa, Rydia herself and her alien upbringing as a ninja king fell in love with her, Cain, if I remember well enough, forming a love triangle…

          Final Fantasy 4 had MUCH more defined theme of Love within it.

          Final Fantasy 8 wanted to do the Boy meets Girl thing, I get that though.

          • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

            And the thing is, FFIX did a far better job of “Boy meets girl” with characters that didn’t look half as serious as FFVIII’s. Ironically, the best characters of FFVIII are the ones that are left completely in the background (Irvine and Quistis)~.

          • Testsubject909

            I liked Irvine well enough, despite the whole “Come on man, you’re a master sniper. Just shoot your bullet already and stop stalling!”

          • SunOatBoatMatadorQuattro

            The romance from FF4 was really vague. I mean Cecil has about three caring lines with Rosa and Kain’s jealousy really makes him dumb since he sides with the bad guy just for attention (almost like Seifer). Rydia also completely ignores Edge most of the time.

          • Testsubject909

            Vague doesn’t necessarily bad, if the scene has proper gravitas, it can follow through for a long period of time, plus keep in mind the time period. The theme of romance and love was very clear and the repeat situations kept it in the mind of those who played it.

            Now FF8’s romance…. I’ll need to replay FF8. But all I remember was “Eh… it’s there… Don’t care…”

            And I love romance stories so… I need to figure out exactly what details made it that I just didn’t give a fuck.

          • CirnoLakes

            True, it was pretty vague. In Final Fantasy IV it was more about war and discovery than love. Honestly, most Final Fantasy games and really most jRPGs have some kind of romantic subtext.

            Final Fantasy VIII was one of the few things that went for romance as an actual focus. Why am I talking so much about Final Fantasy. I don’t even like that franchise much anymore.:/

          • Testsubject909

            Because you’re in a Final Fantasy article. It’s inevitable.

            Also, putting a love story as the focal point is fine and all. But if the love story in itself isn’t all that interesting or motivating or compelling.

            It won’t make for that good a story so… Still not sure if it was pacing issues… Damnit, I need to go play FF8 again to solidify exactly what it was about the game’s story that just felt so off.

          • CirnoLakes

            It was PC gaming that brought me here. Haha.

            My PC needs Japanese RPGs very badly. I’ll buy any and every Japanese RPG that comes out for the PC. I’ve been emulating Japanese RPGs on the PC since before the year 2000. And I’m getting tired of it. After more than 13 years of emulating I was some more legitimate PC releases. My PCs have been begging for it for over a decade.

            You’re right, a love story is one thing. But one should want an actually good love story. I’m still happy that someone at least tried.

            The problem with Squall and Rinoa’s love story is that its development could have been handled better. Sure, Squall is supposed to be a standoffish person, but it leaves them little time to actually have any real bonding moments of any sort. You don’t get much real backstory of why Rinoa was into Seifer, why she’s okay with breaking up with him, and what she finds attractive in Squall instead.

            For much of the game I was left wondering what Rinoa found attractive about either of these guys. First she falls for a violent macho jerk who harasses guys like Squall and Zell for no good reason, and they she falls for a guy who doesn’t seem to even want to talk to her. With no explanation whatsoever.

            The whole relationship and why it formed seems to be more about Squall’s needs, desires, and character development, rather than Rinoa. What’s most tragic about Final Fantasy VIII, is that why it was awesome and bold to write a story focused on romance, is that it failed at actually flesh out that love story properly.

            It feels like the “epic plot” was shoehorned in for the sake of making the game a Final Fantasy game, as not to alienate the audience who wanted Final Fantasy and not a dating sim. But subsequently feels rushed and weaker than that of previous Final Fantasy plots. And the romance story feels like it was cut short and poorly fleshed out for the sake of shoehorning in that epic Final Fantasy plot. As a result, both the romance and where the political plot ultimate leads suffers tremendously.

            Ultimately making Final Fantasy VIII a decent but flawed experience where neither the epic/political plots or romantic plots live up to their full potential. Though it is still a game worth buying for the PC and I’d buy a copy on Steam in a heartbeat. Not just because I really want to support Japanese RPGs on the PC, but because it has its own charm in some ways, if you’re willing to look past its flaws.

            The thing I can’t stand most about Final Fantasy VIII would, more than anything, but the fact of people who like it for its modern and realistic look. Heck, Final Fantasy Tactics is a far more well written story than Final Fantasy VIII. In fact, in just about every conceivable way, Final Fantasy Tactics is better than Final Fantasy VIII.

            I’ll take Grandia and Tales of Eternia anyday. Modern graphics and aesthetics are not a virtue.

          • @Freesun4:disqus @CirnoLakes:disqus My first time playing FFIV was actually the Nintendo DS remake, which I adore and will defend to death as the best version of the game. Some of the real-time cutscenes and what Square managed to achieve on that hardware were nothing short of incredible.

            This scene always makes me tear up a little bit:


            IMO, the DS version conveys the love story aspect of IV better than any other version of the game does, because the 3D models can do these really subtle animations and expressions that weren’t possible with sprites. The camera angles are great, too.

          • SunOatBoatMatadorQuattro

            I thought this was about love story as the plot’s focus like you said in the the reply to wyrdwad. I like Cecil and Rosa’s relationship but the latter character was kind of underdeveloped for a Final Fantasy character.

          • CirnoLakes

            I feel like Final Fantasy IV is such an underrated Final Fantasy.

            Everyone always lists either Final Fantasy VII or Final Fantasy VI as their favourite Final Fantasy. While everyone complains about Final Fantasy IV being “that one Final Fantasy game that nobody likes yet gets all these ports”. I like Final Fantasy IV, in fact I think it is likely my favourite Final Fantasy game, despite any flaws that it might have.

            Who likes Final Fantasy IV? I do. I think it deserves all of the ports that it gets. Sure, I may be annoyed by the fact they play the Damsel in Distress trope with Rosa. And I’m also annoyed that they specifically pushed the female characters out of the infantry in Fabul. But aside from a couple moments like that in which I didn’t enjoy the gender representation, the game is a masterpiece in my opinion. Probably my favourite Final Fantasy. I also really miss the fantasy settings of games like Final Fantasy IV.

            Despite being very tragic just like Final Fantasy VI, the world just seemed more light hearted and fun in comparison to Final Fantasy VI. I miss very Fantasy settings like that of Final Fantasy IV.

            By the way, being a bigger fan of Final Fantasy IV than most modern Final Fantasy games does not make me a big Final Fantasy fan. I like the Tales franchise much better than Final Fantasy. That doesn’t mean I don’t have my favourites. And which Final Fantasy games you like most have nothing to do with how big of a fan you are. Or whether you’re a “true fan”. I heard someone one time say I was trying to be a “true fan” or a “fanboy/fangirl” for Final Fantasy by liking the older ones better.

            Oh please, I’m not even a big Final Fantasy fan. To me, Final Fantasy is just another jRPG franchise. If anyone is a “true fan” it is those Final Fantasy fans who buy up every modern iteration of Final Fantasy without complaints. I hardly even pay attention to what Square Enix does anymore when I have Nippon Ichi, Atlus, and Bandai Namco. Square was good back in the 16-bit era in my opinion, but there are better options now. Don’t deride me as being a “true fan” for having old school Final Fantasy as my favourite.

          • Testsubject909

            Some FF6 spoilers towards the end.

            Square was good when it was Squaresoft you mean.

            I always enjoy pointing out the difference in feel and pacing between Kingdom Heart 1 and Kingdom Heart 2 to point out some subtle differences between SquareSoft and SquareEnix. (Because if you didn’t catch on. Kingdom Heart 1, made when it was still Squaresoft. Kingdom Heart 2, made when the company is now as it is known. Squeenix).

            Final Fantasy 4 is a great game, but I could understand the fatigue from the constant ports.

            Even though we did miss out on Final Fantasy 2, 3 and 5. I still feel Final Fantasy 1 to 3 (NA) makes for a fine trilogy with a very finite feel.

            And I do stress Finite, Final. Final Fantasy 6 certainly kept that promise from within it’s title. Where Final Fantasy 4 was strongest in Fantasy, Final Fantasy 6 was strongest in being Final.

            I’m redundant, sorry.

            But thinking about the ending… And that godly cast listing. And the epic music to send you off right after the longest and most complex final boss theme in existence (Hell there’s a whole essay that does a very lengthy analytical breakdown of Dancing Mad and it is nothing short of genius).

            It’s quite easy to understand why some would say that Final Fantasy ended after Final Fantasy 6. Even without keeping in mind Final Fantasy 7 and every other Final Fantasy game that came afterwards.

            In Final Fantasy 6. Fantasy died, so that hope, life, joy would remain alive. It was tragic in it’s own right, but it was a glorious and uplifting sendoff. An end of an era.

          • CirnoLakes

            You’re right, I think that Final Fantasy IV does Fantasy better, while Final Fantasy VI does Final better.

            I guess that’s also why I liked games like Final Fantasy IV better than VI. I like Final Fantasy VI better for having more of a female main protagonist. But what I didn’t like was how constantly dark and moody the game was.

            I probably didn’t mind the lack of “Final” in IV in comparison to VI because I never cared about the finale in Japanese RPGs as much as the journey. I do like a good ending. But to me the most enjoyable part is going on a journey and making friends.

            Cecil’s journey to become a Paladin really resonated with me. The game also had an air of mystery and journey that Final Fantasy VI didn’t. To me it seemed like Final Fantasy IV started dark, and then shifted from dark to light throughout the whole game. Kept me peppy and interested. With Final Fantasy VI, it kept feeling dark to the point of lethargy.

            I like whimsical fantasy more than just about anything in RPGs. To me, it should be a balanced meal of dark tension and lighthearted whimsy of silly comedy and friendmaking and so forth.

            Final Fantasy VI didn’t have enough “Fat Chocobo” moments for my liking.

            I think that is a part of why my tastes quickly switched to the Tales franchise. While Final Fantasy was getting darker and more moody, and more modern. Tales still had that anime fantasy feel. Square came out with Final Fantasy X, but Tales of Symphonia was far more relevant to my interests.

            Tales was already growing on me thanks to “new” RPGs to me on the PlayStation. Games like Grandia, Tales of Destiny, and Tales of Eternia. I had also discovered games like Tales of Phantasia, Star Ocean and Seiken Densetsu 3 thanks to emulators around that time.

            I think by around the time Tales of Symphonia was released I had decided for certain I was a really big Tales fan, moreso than most other franchises. At least in the PlayStation I really also liked games such as Grandia, Final Fantasy IX, and so forth. And it was really hard for me to say for certain I was really a big into Tales. During the 32-bit era, Tales of Destiny was just another great RPG for me like Grandia. And Tales of Phantasia to me was just another great piece in the amazing library of RPGs the Super Nintendo had. Or rather, Super Famicom RPGs I was discovering through emulation that had never been officially brought over.

            I actually never was the hugest Final Fantasy fan. While I loved the heck out of Final Fantasy IV, one of my first RPG games, unlike many Westerners, Final Fantasy was never the “big RPG to have” for me. A lot of people in my country seemed to think that Final Fantasy was the be all end all RPG to have. I didn’t. And in the 16-bit era, I was equally as impressed by games like Secret of Mana, Chrono Trigger, and Super Mario RPG.

            Final Fantasy IV is actually one of the few Final Fantasy games to really resonate with me and dig itself into my heart. I would just assume play Grandia or Tales of Destiny as Final Fantasy. I’m also a pretty big Dragon Quest fan. Tales of Eternia was every bit a magical experience for me as playing Final Fantasy VII, if not much moreso.

            I always like Fantasy, not Final, in Final Fantasy. So my incredibly lengthy explanation, perhaps that is why I abandoned Final Fantasy and took to franchises like Tales so quickly. I like Fantasy jRPGs with a good sense of humor and comedy to go along with an epic plot. Perhaps that is why I like games like Final Fantasy IV better than Final Fantasy VI, Final Fantasy IX better than Final Fantasy VIII, Tales of Symphonia better than Final Fantasy X, and so on and so forth.

            Or at least a part of why. I certainly can enjoy games like Persona 4. But I long for that “anime fantasy” sort of feel.

        • The only real love stories I’ve identified with across FF’s history are IV (still the most convincing one, I think), VIII and X. Yeah, I guess this is one of those things where it’s very much dependent on personal preferences and experiences.

          I played VIII when I was 17 or so, and while I 100% agree that it was nowhere near as good as VII, I did like a lot of things about it. As always, it felt like a very different game from the one that came before it, and I guess I liked the journey it took you on.

          To me, FFVII was about a mystery, whereas VIII was about fulfilling a mission and finding someone you care about along the way.

        • SunOatBoatMatadorQuattro

          FF6 had no love stories unless you count Locke’s comatose girlfriend as part of a couple.

          • Testsubject909

            Edit: Spoilers aplenty.

            Terra’s inability to love from her broken emotions from having worn the slave crown for so long, hers is more of awakening to motherly love rather then romantic love.

            Celes has clear intent towards Locke and they have a few scenes that cements the couple together. Locke does have a tragic romantic backstory.

            Cyan loses his family, his wife and son and has a whole quest centered around his haunting feelings of not just failing his kingdom but losing his loved one with the desire to just drift into death to join them.

            Cyan again is connected to a love story between NPCs.

            Terra’s own birth is a whole love story in the form of a playable flashback.

            Eh… do I need to go on?

            It’s usually kinda fun to prove people wrong but. Sometimes it really feels like a drag.

          • SunOatBoatMatadorQuattro

            Yeah but that’s just exploiting 2 lines of dialogue and say that the romance is complex. The romance in that game was just used as a plot device to motivate the characters. Terra’s story arc was pretty boring in my opinion. She simply asked “What is love?” like a Disney princess sometimes and she never said anything important.

            Also nothing is known about Terra’s dad. Maybe he just lost a bet and had to date a human as far as I know.

          • Testsubject909

            “exploiting two lines of dialogue” lovely…

            Well, that dismissive bit aside. There’s also setting the scene, musical queues, dramatic pauses and whatnot that helps to cement these. Games are, like movies, not limited to just dialogue to convey emotions and romance.

            As for Terra’s story arc of “What is love”. When did I bring up Leo? When did I bring up Leo… When did I bring up Leo?

            ….When… Did I… Bring up… Leo…

            Leo was not a romantic interest. Leo was just a sympathetic person and an admirable person as he displayed a clear sense of right and wrong every time we saw him and admirable loyalty… But never romance. We never saw Romance from him…

            Note… I said. Motherly. Love.

            This is post the-world-gets-fucked. This is a different form of Love I’m talking about… And THEN I proceeded to talk about other types of love stories.

            Which you have completely ignored just to focus on an event with a person I didn’t mention at all…

            Aaaaaand. To counter.

            I could say “Eh, Squall figured he couldn’t get better and decided why not, I’ll do Rinoa. Maybe it’ll spite Seifer” to counter your “Maybe Terra’s dad lost a bet”.

          • *Ahem*

            But yeah, not exactly the main focus of the game.

          • Testsubject909

            If we stretch the definition and aim not for romantic love, but just love in general.

            -Sabin and Edgar: Brotherly Love
            -Gau: Longing for Fatherly Love
            -Celes and Locke: Struggling budding new love
            -Locke and his comatose fiance: Bittersweet Lost Love
            -Cyan and his wife: Tragic Love
            -Cyan and the NPC couple: Kinship in those in need of Love.
            -Terra: Motherly Love (Again. NOT Leo. NADA to do with Leo) and the quest to regain her emotions and the feelings of Love.
            -Terra’s Parents: Forbidden Love
            -Strago and Relm: Family
            -Celes and Cid: Family again

            PS. Again. All of these. Straaaaight out of the top of my head. The theme of love, not just romantic love, was spread across Final Fantasy 6 like sweet sugary glazing to a depressing world ending fair. To blatantly ignore it requires you to Willingly ignore it.

          • We are talking of romantic love focus here.

          • Testsubject909


            The TL;DR of Romantic Love in FF6 off the top of my head, redux:

            Celes + Locke
            Locke + His Ex
            Cyan + His Wife
            Terra’s Parents

            The Mail Quest (NPCs in love)

            One-way debatable:
            Setzer to Maria
            Edgar to Terra

            But Edgar’s a womanizer.

          • wyrdwad

            Locke and Celes, yo! May not have been the most fleshed-out love story, but those two had exponentially more chemistry than emo-boy Squall and “my dog is more interesting than I am” Rinoa. ;)

      • Testsubject909

        I’ll still argue whether or not it was a “great” game… I’d agree with good. But “Great” is far more debatable… Comparing the experience I had when I first played it when it first came out with more recent attempts at playing it doesn’t change much of my personal opinion or my own personal, again stressing the word attempted as any fully objective opinion without any taint from your subconscious is extremely difficult, attempted objective analysis of it…

        Great is still in the debatable grey area to me…

        But then I’m also a bit nitpicky so.

        • I have no idea what you just said.

          • Testsubject909

            Sorry. Sorry. I get that sometimes.

            Let me just dig into my brain and see if I can organize the mess.

            “I’d argue that it’s more of a Good game than a Great game. And both my personal experiences with the game when it was first released and in more recent times pushes me towards the opinion that the game is simply Good on the initial judgement I would give it right off the top of my brain.”

            Or something of the sort…

      • Juan Andrés Valencia

        To be fair… the love story is great while the gameplay is frustrating beyond belief. The magic system is almost as bad as the entire combat mechanics of II or XIII (At least XIII is pretty).

        It’s far from the best FF game but the story is great, if only you could skip the combat…

        • Testsubject909

          As someone who in his youth absolutely loved romance stories.

          Final Fantasy 8’s romance story never… really clicked with me. Don’t know why… Again maybe pacing issues… I’d really need to replay Final Fantasy 8 to get it all back. I just clearly remember being underwhelmed by absolutely everything in the game outside of the graphics back in the day and the kickass opening sequence.

          • MrSirFeatherFang

            There are better hentai doujins out there with better love stories amirite?

          • Juan Andrés Valencia

            Does Ef count?

          • MrSirFeatherFang

            Isn’t that a visual novel eroge? Well anyways I am pretty sure the romance in that/those games are pretty good, so Ef doujins? yeah why not

          • Testsubject909

            I can say a definitive yes actually.

            But there’s also a lot of crap doujins with a lot of crap stories or just thinly veiled excuse for ze hentai to happen.

            Though that’s to be expected…

        • You know, I’m probably the only person in the world that likes the Draw system, hahaha. Maybe I wouldn’t today, but back when I played FFVIII, I was on Summer vacation from high school and pretty much had nothing else to do with my time. :P

          • Juan Andrés Valencia

            Under that context is understandable. Now I did play it back to back with VII and IV so maybe I was way too nitpicky but I felt it was a terrible way to extend the length of the game.

        • Herok♞

          The combat mechanics of XIII were fine though

      • CirnoLakes

        That was undeniably my favourite thing about Final Fantasy VIII.

        I don’t like much else. But once you start to look at is as more of a schoolyard j-drama formed into a RPG, it is easier to appreciate it for what it is.

        And that’s exactly what Final Fantasy VIII is, a romance j-drama in RPG form.

        Admittedly, the development of Squall and Rinoa’s relationship is a little bit wonky and the tone shift from the end of first disc onward is a little bit jarring. But at least it tried. I would like to see more video games focused on romance. Video games need more themes about romance, and actually maturely dealt with, rather than all of the violent themes.

        Heck, with all of the ultra-violent shooting games nowadays, they are every bit as obnoxiously pandering to violent desires as many jRPGs are pandering to sexual desires. I want some semblance of real heart and human condition rather than big explosions and violence for the sake of violence in my video games.

        • Testsubject909

          You know what JRPG back in the PS1 days was a really nice heartwarming love story to me?

          Lunar 2.

          • CirnoLakes

            I miss old GameArts. There was a time when something like Tales of Eternia and Grandia near equally impressed me.

            Then Grandia III came out and I lost another franchise I respected. I love the older Lunar games. I miss old, good, GameArts games like Lunar and Grandia.

            I also miss Breath of Fire. I also miss Lufia. I also miss Suikoden. Sigh.

    • prinnywin

      Oh boy, another unneeded comment among all the unnecessary hate that FF8 gets!

  • I’m not sure there’s much of a reason to be upset nor excited about this. Square only announced that they will be re-releasing the PC version. They never made any promises for a remake/remaster. It’s most likely has to do with reviving the out of print catalogue number so the product is still in circulation.

  • D H

    Gotta love all the comments. Bascially “they didn’t change anything/remake anything, this is stupid, I don’t care, burn SE.” I much rather look at this as “hey, now more people can enjoy a fantastic game on a system more and more people are playing on with a version that has some updates and works on modern day gaming systems as easily as saying run!”… Not every version of every game needs to be a remake people…

  • Firekitty

    Online Triple Triad, Squeenix. Make it happen.

    A revised translation would also be awesome.

    • Testsubject909

      *points at his smartphone*
      I downloaded a free Triple Triad game on my android phone a looong time ago…

      Edit: *Raises a finger* eh…

      You know what, I’ll just keep to the original message.

      There’s a Triple Triad game you can get on the Android Market. Check it out.

      • Firekitty

        Except I want to be able to use the cards I busted my butt to collect in the game. I know there are several options for unofficial online versions, but it’s kinda a drag to have to play with the stock cards, or start a deck from scratch.

  • Sardorim

    Squall has so much swag that even his teacher wants a piece of him.

  • Dagobert

    Best FF game ever, and I don’t care about people bitching about the combat system. It was awesome.

    • Testsubject909

      You know… If there is a debate to be had about an element of the game that a large amount of people considers flawed.

      It’s hard to uphold the idea that it’s theoretically the “best”, objectively speaking.

      Subjectively speaking… Your own personal opinion, sure. Just don’t attempt to push it down as an objective truthful statement. Because that’s when it stats rubbing people the wrong way… Because those who see the flaws and don’t turn a blind eye to it… they’ll want to object because it, objectively, goes counter to the truth.

      Edit: Hell, discussing which is the “Best” Final Fantasy is a whoooole week long argument. ESPECIALLY if you include every, and I mean, EVERY game that has the name Final Fantasy in it… You’ll have Crystal Chronicles fan coming out, Chocobo Dungeon fans popping, Tactics fanatics coming by.

    • Eilanzer

      herrr….i will try not to say “play a lil FF6″…oh damn i said…

      • Testsubject909

        Edit 2: Ah yes… And the downvote starts because I point out that you cannot objectively state as truth that FF8 is undeniably the best.

        How lovely. Let me applaud you.

        (Edit: TL;DR: (Despite my own preference towards FF6) Really there’s too many FF to just boldly proclaim that one is the absolute best FF… And anyone who truly believes that needs to play a LOT of Final Fantasy games to better readjust their views, or alternatively, they better have a damn convincing essay.)

        Final Fantasy 4, Final Fantasy 5, Final Fantasy 6.

        If you want to see an interesting quick shift, Final Fantasy 1 and 2 will show you drastic alterations that back in the day was ambitious innovation and to some standards is still today.

        Final Fantasy 7 is overrated but there is still good reason why it’s beloved.

        Final Fantasy 9. My personal bone to pick with it aside, Final Fantasy X. Other people’s personal bones to pick with it aside Final Fantasy X-2. Controversial at the time of it’s release but if you ignore Vaan, Final Fantasy XII.


        If you feel lazy, Mystic Quest.

        If you want strategy. Tactics… Or Advanced Tactics pending your tastes.

        If you like multiplayer Crystal Chronicles…

        If you like dungeon crawlers Chocobo Dungeon… If you like racing games Chocobo Racer (I think was the title)…

      • Dagobert

        Already did.

    • Morricane

      The only thing I really want to bitch about is why levels every random monster with you, but the bosses don’t?
      That was ridiculous.

    • eilegz

      agree its the best for me….

    • eilegz

      agree its the best for me….

  • So, uhm, any chance we’ll be getting this in NA? Because FF8 is actually my favorite. It was my first FF, so I’m sort of biased towards it. :P

    • Testsubject909

      As someone who started with Final Fantasy 1 and played tons of JRPGs prior to eventually getting to Final Fantasy 7 and not experiencing the same overwhelming sensation a lot of newcomers had, and the same deal with Final Fantasy 8.

      …. Eh… Final Fantasy 8 is kinda boring, it slows down to a grinding halt in the second disc and there are better stories.

      But that’s probably nothing you haven’t heard before. We’ve all got our own personal bias. My own personal opinion and my own personal attempted objective analysis aside, if you personally enjoy it, that’s fine. Everyone is entitled to like what they want.

      I like Ephemeral Fantasia, and that game is a mess of load-times and dumbass easy difficulty. Love the game still.

      • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

        Even though opinions about the story are strictly personal (and I think it was garbage), if there was one thing about FFVIII that made it forgettable was the obnoxious system of magic / drawing. Having to draw ad nauseum certain spells from enemies (at a 1 ~ 3 ratio per draw) was a chore and completely destroyed the pace / rhythm of the game for me~.

        • Testsubject909

          You had ways to accelerate drawing by converting.

          That said though, the whole draw/convert magic system was…. kinda broken and easily abused.

          Which made making overpowered characters very easy too…

          Which made the already not-that-challenging-Final-Fantasy series… easy as hell.

          Then you had the limit break trick…

          Edit: Also there are ways to do an analytical breakdown of the story to do as best a job as you can to determine it’s worth as objectively as possible. Doing so though requires you to note down what sort of people would, according to your estimates, enjoy or not enjoy this or that aspect. It’s very not personal in that way but then what ends up happening is that you’ll be tearing down plot holes, inconsistencies and just generally weak or overused tropes and story elements or setups.

          And I can honestly see a high possibility of someone ripping Final Fantasy 8’s story apart by doing that. But it’ll need to be a very distanced analysis. Passionate? Sure, but distanced from your own personal take, whether you like or hate it.

      • Not to be rude bro but, what are you doing here if you clearly don’t like VIII and nor you seem interested in finding some love to it or discuss it’s positive aspects? Are you attempting to discourage them to keep liking it/ scare away new fans interested in it? I think as for new fans you should let them gather their own conclusions and as for old fans you won’t make them change their mind, they’re either nostalgic bias or they really liked the concept behind it.

        • Testsubject909

          My initial idea was to just give contrast.

          The original poster’s statement was “This was my first FF so I’m probably biased in this way”.

          To which my answer is “Well, I started on FF 1 so I’m biased in this way.”

          I ended on as positive a note as I could though. Despite my own take on FF8 and what I feel about it without any rose colored glasses of nostalgia that. Hey, if you like it. All the power to you.

          Nothing wrong with liking games that aren’t exactly the greatest things ever. Hell, I also like games that aren’t the greatest things ever. Now I could argue and act like it is, but honestly I know better.

          It’s probably the order in which I stated things or how I voiced it, but I was hoping that the fans would do more then just downvote me silently.

          But hey. Understandable situation. Whatever makes em happy.

          Edit: As for new fans. I didn’t think about it but if I do.

          Then I’m giving them a favor. Jumping into any FF thinking “THIS IS GOING TO BE TEH BEST FF EVAR” isn’t healthy. Going in with a grain of salt is always best. I’d suggest going into FF6, my own personal favorite FF, with a grain of salt, would also be good because I know it’s not suited to everyone’s tastes.

          And if someone said something bad about FF6… I’d ask them to explain why. But I certainly wouldn’t just blindly downvote them.

          Or are the downvoters just incapable of expressing themselves appropriately…

          Edit 2: I also shouldn’t be posting while I have Egoraptor in the brain.

          • I was talking for your comments here in general.

            So basically you want people to start with your favourites and what you consider best? Eh…….

          • Testsubject909

            (Edit: Also since you were confused… I’ll attempt a rewording… If someone new arrives, I want them to have something to Compare and Contrast. The views of someone who is biased towards. And the views of someone who isn’t biased towards. This in no way dictates them to play one game or another. It just provides two different statements from which to gather details for them to form their own opinion.)

            Since when did I say they should start with what I wanted?

            Also I’d think my general attitude here was, while yes I don’t look at FF8 in a positive light. I still perceive elements in FF8 that were good and made for a good game despite certain flaws.

            And I am discussing other matters outside of that…

            But I don’t see where you get the impression that I’m saying “Play the FFs I like”.

            I’m just expressing… This is where I started with FF…These are the FF I like. This is why I don’t like FF8. This is what I like about FF8…

            And in some other posts “You cannot objectively state FF8 to be the best nor claim it to be the truth” Because that’s actually quite impossible at the moment. Hell in the mood I’m currently in, if someone came up to me and said FF6 is the best FF ever. I’d actually have a fun argument with them.

            I’m in mental sandbox mode.

            But that’s behind the scene stuff… Doesn’t really affect how people will be affected by what I say, just how I’ll react to people.

            Always have to be extra careful with my wording don’t I? Even when I think my wording is passably alright to get my point across I seem to get confusion. PS. Not blaming others, this is obviously a problem on my end.

          • Your edit pretty much implies it.

            Yeeah anywaay.

      • No, no. I can complete understand why a majority of people thought FF8 was a let down. But it came along at the right time in my life where I pretty much connected with Squall on a personal level. I think that helped it out a little. Even though I’m no longer in that depressive anti-social “just leave me the hell alone” state anymore, I still enjoy his character. Though I find myself liking Laguna more now.

        The story really was kind of a mess, but I just blame that on the fact that they kind of rushed it and stole money from Xenosaga and had no idea what the hell to do halfway through it and kind of just said “whatever ,man” and created one weird ass game. I think what I remember most fondly is wasting hours away on that damn card game. I had to get every card! Mainly to refine the magic and stuff. I actually found it fun.

        That said, I still enjoy most of the other FFs I played, and will even admit most of them are ‘better’ than FF8. But still, FF8 holds a special and dear place in my heart. Kind of like Power Rangers and Garfield. Ah, nostalgia. Ain’t it grand?

    • Wasn’t my first, but I loved breaking the game. Quite fun.

  • Warboss Aohd

    dere needz ta be an’ HD Version o’ da best FF game, FF9.

    • Testsubject909

      Now don’t start using the word “best” here.

      Not unless you’re prepared.

      • MrSirFeatherFang

        which is the most dere dere Final Fantasy?

        • Testsubject909


          I feel like saying Mystic Quest for shits n giggles but no, that wouldn’t be an appropriate answer.

          Edit: To be more accurate, I feel like answering Mystic Quest to a lot of questions as a jokeful answer every now and again when things come to Final Fantasy.

          • Hound

            Mystic Quest was great. It was actiony like the later Lufia 2, battles were as 2D as Phantasy Star 1 or Dragon Quest 2, and it had some of the most random “hurry up and continue this ‘plot’ ” moments out there. Spamming the jump button is fun too. And even though you can become immune to everything if you bother getting all equipment, the large number of status effects and the “retry” system were great. Defend actually had one character defend another from damage (even against AoE spells.) And it had an AI system system for your partner similar to MegaTen games that you could turn on and off. Static monsters instead of random encounters was a nice breather as well.

            A lot of the nicer features in Mystic Quest are just now being re-introduced into RPGs.

    • CirnoLakes

      I like your taste.

      Final Fantasy IX is my favourite 32-bit generation Final Fantasy game.

      • Testsubject909

        With joyous themes such as genocide.

        Though to be fair, just about every Final Fantasy games has a theme of genocide.

        • CirnoLakes

          It was great.

          It managed to be dark without being mopey and moody. I hate superficially dark “mature” stuff.

          Final Fantasy IX managed to be legimiately dark, mature, and use violent themes, possibly moreso than Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VIII, all while looking superficially kiddy to those who judge kiddy by superficial means.

          Final Fantasy IX was the mature Final Fantasy for those who didn’t think mature meant dark and angsty.

          I like Final Fantasy IX because it wasn’t afraid to be both. Light hearted and whimsical, and extremely dark and “mature”. It did extremes of both worlds and did them both exceptionally well. Despite all the tragedy, you were still able to crack a laugh at Vivi and Quina marrying. And you were able to understand the existential motivations of both the protagonists and antagonists better than just about any Final Fantasy game. You could equally feel both joy and sorrow in this game.

          I respect Final Fantasy IX as a game being able to evoke such a wide variety of emotions on a constant basis.

          • Testsubject909

            Final Fantasy 9 is the first Final Fantasy game a friend of mine played and is still to this day his favorite.

            *looks around* I noticed I just suddenly got quite a few downvotes. It’s putting me in my playful find-out-if-the-downvoter’s-just-downvoting-without-thinking mode.

            It’s amusing because my neutral comments are getting downvoted. So I’m wondering if my positive ones are also going to get downvoted.

            By the way, know what was my favorite thing about FF8? Triple Triad.

            FF8 is the Final Fantasy that made me wish there was a Card Game mini-game in every Final Fantasy games as it makes for a nice side distraction and brings a pick-up-and-play quality to what would otherwise be a more heavy commitment game.

          • And then Tetra Master happened in IX and… and… I had no idea what I was doing and it drag me down on a certain part of the story cheering up a certain monkey popular among lolis.

          • Morricane

            And unfortunately, unlike Triple Triad, Tetra Master didn’t give you anything usable in return for the time spent on it. So I basically never played it.

          • Warboss Aohd

            also Vivi iz one o’ da best written characterz in any video game.

  • CirnoLakes

    I get on Siliconera today. And PC, PC, PC!

    I like! My Steam is ready.

    • Testsubject909

      Who said it was coming to Steam?

      • CirnoLakes

        Nobody. But it needs to.

        By the way, I take “nobody” back. Kind of in a way. Several people commenting on the fact that Final Fantasy VIII has been updated in the Steam database a lot lately.

        It has been rumored that this game would be re-released on the PC long before the Famitsu report because those snooping through the Steam database have found that Final Fantasy VIII has been updated several times recently.

        And it would be an awfully big waste for Square Enix to go to that trouble without releasing the game on Steam after all.

        • Testsubject909

          Well… Steam or GOG.

          • CirnoLakes

            Yeah, Good old Games would be great, too.

            While Steam is sort of the place to be for PC games, a DRM free Good old Games version would be awfully nice.

        • DesmaX

          They released FF VII PC only on their Square Shop, actually

          • CirnoLakes

            Yes, I am are of that.

            That doesn’t mean that a Steam release is impossible, however. They are surely, hopefully updating the Steam database entry for a reason.

            I think you might have misunderstood what I said. I definitely didn’t say anything that contradicts the fact that they’ve only released the game on their own store thus far.

        • Testsubject909

          Huh. Interesting tidbit of info (Edit: The whole Steam Database thing.) and I understand why I get the downvotes on my negative and neutral comments because I rubbed some people who don’t want to bother explaining, chatting or discussinng wrong.

          But you?

          You’re showing immediately and direct positive support towards FF8… Not sure why you got downvoted…

          • CirnoLakes

            I wouldn’t be surprised. I’m probably more negative toward the game here than you. Also against Final Fantasy in general. I’ve stated multiple times here I like Tales better than Final Fantasy, it is possible there’s a Final Fantasy fan downvoting all of my posts. I also did quite a bit of criticism towards the romantic aspect of Final Fantasy VIII.

            This post in particular seems a strange one to downvote, though, because all I’m doing here mostly is describing how people have been talking rumors about the Steam database entry for a while.

            People have been rumoring that Final Fantasy VIII would get a re-release because of the Steam database for a while now. This Famitsu article just confirms things.

            That isn’t an opinion. That’s just a fact. It seems strange to downvote someone just for stating a fact.

            Perhaps it is my opinion that Steam would be good or someone who just likes downvoting me in general? I guess there might be some people around here who hate Steam. Though I have no idea why, perhaps Steam for some people represents a part of the gaming industry and culture that they don’t like?

          • Probly Kefka made a Disqus account lol.

  • Demeanor

    Oh my, didn’t know his original name was “Skoor…” O_O

  • AndreasStalin

    that trippy fourth disc – now in glorious HD….

  • Göran Isacson

    Man, I’m kinda curious as to how much HD will do for a PSX era game… like, how much can you really polish polygons and models like those?

  • Jordan

    Makes me wounder if they could make PC HD version of FF9.

    • Testsubject909

      Of course they could.

      Will they?

      • Jordan

        IF they could. Many days, weeks will be spent on the game. Because its my all time favorite FF game.

  • Weee~ Some FFVIII love <3

    • Testsubject909

      Every FF game needs a bit of loving.

      *grabs stopwatch* I’m curious to see if the random downvoter hater(s) is going to downvote me or if s/he/they’s going to be confused and wonder if I’m contradicting myself…

      And if they honestly think I’m contradicting myself. They didn’t understand a single thing about my intent. Don’t blame em though, I’m confusing sometimes.

      • Yeah, all of them need some loving. Now gimme V and VI non iOS remakes/remaster Square-Enix, I want 3ds or Vita or anything with buttons! (Ok, I don’t have a Vita but it’d be one hell of an incentive)

        Probly you forgot to give the Magic Pot an elixir!

  • Ni

    Best FF of all imo. I’m glad that VIII is getting more love. If this come to the west I would buy since my PS1 copy stopped working last month

    • Niermyico

      More like a little love. More love would be what they’re doing to X and X-2.

  • NinetynineAlmaceBLU

    YES! One of my favs of all time. I am glad I just stopped right before Galbadia Garden. I will buy this in japanese if they don’t bring it to the states.

  • Bear Negishi


    • Chow

  • Wiccan1109

    This is the only game that i could never actually stray from the PS version for. Playing the game without debugging Seifer back in is unfathomable to me lol. If they still had the debug mode on the PC i’d go for it.

  • Red Veron


  • If there’s a US release, they automatically have my money.

  • Adriaan den Ouden

    Wow, that actually looks fantastic. I would kill a moogle to get FF9 done up like this.

  • Jason Kim

    Will this work with my Riva TNT2?
    Don’t have enough cash for Geforce 256 :C

  • It looks exactly the same, just with filters applied.

  • Aristides

    Port to Vita! lol

  • eilegz

    FF VIII on pc was a decent port compared to VII, i remember that the graphics looked better and you have the tamagotchi stuff incluced. hopefully there are always an improvement

  • This is cool to hear!!!

  • The “high definition” part got me immediately thinking “huh, you mean Square actually re-rendered hundreds upon hundreds of CGI backgrounds – as well as the FMV sequences – in actual high definition? Do they even even have the original assets to do such a thing? Surely you jest.”

    ….aaaand after seeing the screenshots, I can say for sure they did nothing to the actual graphics. That’s no High Definition, it’s just the original game upscaled to resolutions it wasn’t originaly intended to be displayed at – resulting in sharp but blurry 3D models clashing horribly against extremely pixelated backgrounds. It completely destroys the look of the game. That’s an issue with many PSX games which relied on prerendered backgrounds – it looked marvelous back then but they never look good on modern displays.

    • Mister Spooks

      Are these actual official screen shots, or just stock images dragged up for the article? I can’t tell.

    • Petros L. Ioannou

      You realise those aren’t screenshots from the new PC port right? Those are just the original game.

      • Pokahontas McGuigan

        they are new screenshots.

    • Pokahontas McGuigan

      they didnt re render anything, its a high definition port, not a high def remake. they use all the same textures and 3d models from the original ps1 game except now its clear and dosent look fuzzy like its being run off of a ps1.

  • Hound

    Final Fantasy VIII was the Final Fantasy for cowboys. Take your revolver sword and “DRAW!!”
    Later, go Rifling as a guy in a cowboy hat or have fisticuffs as a saloon-style brawler.

  • then we need VII

  • Guest

    “Square Enix announced they will release a PC version of Final Fantasy VIII, but it won’t be the same game released over a decade ago. Final Fantasy VIII for PC will have high resolution graphics”

    Because upgrading the graphics make it a completely different game, right?

    • Mr_DJ

      OF COURSE!

  • So if FF9 is next in the list…

    …and FF9 was one of the games that you could pair up two PS controllers for two people to play the game through at once, similar to FF5 and FF6…

    …will there be an FF9 HD and with it online support?

    Because if there will be…I will buy the crap out of it.

  • Universe

    I’m fine with better compatibility, higher resolution support and achievements. It’s better than emulate the PS1 version and get those annoying and ugly looking shaky polygons that all 3D PS1 games have.

  • NimbusStev

    Yeeeah no thanks. This is one of my favorite games of all time, but seriously what is the point? You can get it looking nearly as good as that with a PSX emulator. Heck FF8 was already released on PC back in the day and with the right tweaking you can change the resolution yourself. This is just another lazy cash grab by Square to get its nostalgiac fans to re-buy a game they already own.

  • $27964684

    GIVE ME NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • SOLOmio

    they should have done a game like crisis core for FFvIII! create a new plot and i still like ultimecia though she’s a psycho

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