Final Fantasy VIII Out On PC Via Steam Today, Has New Features

By Ishaan . December 5, 2013 . 9:15am


Final Fantasy VIII is available on PC via Steam today, Square Enix announced this morning. The game costs $11.99.


The PC version includes new features such as a Magic Booster that allows you to power up your spells, Steam cloud support, 45 achievements, and the Chocobo World minigame, which was previously unavailable to western players in the original release.


Square Enix say that Final Fantasy VIII has sold over 8.5 million copies worldwide to date. You can watch a trailer for the game above.

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  • meiam

    Nice SE, now start putting your portable game on there too, which one? All of them!

    • Kaetsu

      I want Square Enix to bring one(or more) of the tactics games on PC since we probably won’t see another one.

  • Nanaki

    Whoo!!! Thanks for the heads up, Ishaan.

  • NickyArmstrong


    • SMT


    • Vash bane

      lmao wow I didn’t know he was that much of a jerk

    • Samsara09

      man,that was brutal.Oh well,considering what he does for her sake later,I would say he is excused.

    • Barrylocke89

      For the record of those who don’t know, that “screenshot” is a parody. Hilarious, but a parody.

  • Dissidia on steam asap

    • If Duodecim showed up on Steam I’d be happy as a clam at high tide.


  • Eilanzer

    What enhancements? hd?! Decent gamepad configuration?!

    • Zeonsilt

      No,emulator still provide a much better graphics,filtering and stuff.

  • Crimson_Cloud

    Man, the intro song really does it for me. The best opening of all FF games. FFVIII may be rough on some edges but it is enjoyable as hell.. Wish there was an device in order for me to forget one game so I can experience it again for the first time. ˇˇ

    • Suriel Cruz

      Agree.! I get jealous when some of my friends play games, that I’ve already finished, for the first time. xD

      The first time playing and awesome game is unique, because later playthroughs, you’ll be waiting for some events only.

    • Eilanzer

      No way man…FF6 opening is MUCH much deeper…that tananana~ Tananana~ in the snow with the magitec armor ;o


    • Michael Martin

      Hopefully the modding community gives this game treatment similar to FFVII on PC. With updated models and textures, it looks pretty damn good.

      • Stuart Nisbet

        they even have the dissidia model, so there’s not really an excuse. pretty sure there are several dissidia fanmodels for rinoa too. the only thing is that the animations are a little bit more elaborate in 8 than 7.

      • Yan Zhao

        Its kind of sad when the Modding community can do this for free, but SE couldn’t bother to update the models.

      • Spicydicey

        Could you give a link? I’d be interested to see it.

        • Michael Martin

          I don’t have a specific link. There’s a bunch of videos of various packages on YouTube.

    • fairysun

      Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

      • Samsara09

        indeed,it looks like a work of art from the Renaissance.I didn’t think it was like this in the original.

    • Musashi234


  • MrRobbyM

    I love when trailers don’t show a bit of gameplay. Don’t you?

    • Marcelo Gouvêa

      Ah~ just like it was back in the PlayStation era. Feels nostalgic!

  • Kango234

    Eh I don’t really ca–
    “includes the chocobo world mingame”
    Welp there goes $12.

    • InfectedAI

      Wasn’t that included in the original PC release?

  • Impressionnant

    Isn’t this the final fantasy that everybody hated, yet now loves? Time, man.

    • No one loves or hates Final Fantasy VIII. All they really feel about this game is a simple feeling of… whatever.

      • Syn

        lol, i see what you did there hahahahaha… But I agree, nowadays the hate is XIII, before it was XII which I think was amazing, but whatever, I love my FF VII,VIII,X,XII, XIV, VI,V,IV, III….cant love them all, thats just bot possible, I do like all the heroes tho, even lightning, my fav is Squall, has the most imaginative weapon..freaking gunblade.

      • Cloud: “Don’t really care.”

    • I think it’s backwards or at least for me, in the past everyone used to go apeshit at VII and VIII. Nowadays a good bunch of people (Mostly from interwebs) throw crap at VIII, sometimes VII and glorify IX.

      Personally I loved VIII back then and I still love it now and daaamn now I need 12 bucks for that Chocobo World thingy, never tried that one!

      Well, the PSOne entries are my nostalgic favourites on a general picture!

    • Just Tim

      That supposed hate came from FFVII lovers *coughcriticscough*.

      • *coughSpoonycough*

        • Just Tim

          Glad to know there is no Spoony bard in FFVIII.

      • Nice Boat Quatro

        Actually most FF7 fans I know tend to like it. The ones who hate it are the fans of pre-FF7 games due to the jump of generations.

    • Sean ‘Geg’ Reddie

      After a new Final Fantasy comes out, its cool to hate on it until the next game comes out. I’ve noticed this with 8, 9 and 12. lol.
      I wonder how many people will start saying XIII wasn’t that bad when XV comes out.

    • Emsa

      I never hated it, more like…. whatever. But seriously, it’s low on my top FF list, far down along with FFX-2, FFXII, and the FFXIII series.

    • Vash bane

      really? huh I didn’t know that. at the time I loved this game….and spamming ifrit every chance I got lol….I really liked his attack back then….might still do XD

      • That’s what ruined it for me, was having to sit through the summon animations over and over and over. Apparently I’ve been told I was playing it wrong and shouldn’t need to use summons, but sheesh. I also hated micromanaging all those damn spells (draw system or whatever it was). Other than that, really enjoyed the whole thing!

    • Rytan

      I always loved it. But it was also my first Final Fantasy, so that probably explains it. I admit it had… a lot of faults. But it spoke to me during my angsty teen days and actually helped me understand some of what was going on with me and probably helped make me a better person. So thanks, FF8. You may be the red-headed stepchild of the FF mainline, but I still love you.

    • MoriyaMug

      I’ve played the series since FF1 NES first came out, and I ALWAYS preferred it over VI and VII.

    • fayt255

      FF8 has always been my favorite FF. I mean for me it really helped me in a time of need.

  • OathkeeperSoraXIII

    I’ve been playing this recently from the PS store, I’m up to the ‘assassinating the sorceress’ part and the character’s are driving me insane. I like the story, but the characters want to make me tear my hair out atm. Will they get better as the game goes on? I’ll still play it regardless because I like where the story’s going

    • Squall: “… whatever.”

    • … Well, Squall goes from Grump to Not so grump, the rest stay pretty much same old, same old lol. Laguna awaits with a twist.

    • Rytan

      Rinoa and Squall are the only real characters to get any development, and it… doesn’t really change them that much.

  • Ric Vazquez

    One of the best games, ever.

  • Masa

    For a ps1 game it sure had pretty cgi and man that music sure does make me feel all nostalgic, not played the game since it first came out all those years ago.

  • “which was previously unavailable to western players in the original release” – this is not true. I owned the original FFVIII PC release, UK release in its giant box, and that had the chocobo world minigame included.

    • InfectedAI

      Still have the sleeve with the discs in it, pretty sure it had it.

  • Chip

    De-ja-vu again. Remember the PS1 era games that showed nothing but FMVs, and almost no gameplay? KInd of sneaky marketing.

  • fairysun

    This is the command that you will use the most. Not attack.

    • WHich amounts to this games version of grinding levels.

      I for one actually ddin’t mind this method (probably one of the few XD)

      SInce the monsters/game scaled to the average( key word there,) level of your entire team, the game was pretty much a measure of your skill to balance drawing and actual fighting throughout the story. This is one of the reasons why the Diabolos fight is easier the sooner you fight him upon getting his quest active without lvling and just draw a few spells from mobs here and there.

      But yeah, if you really wanted to and are real dedicated, the game allows for a monotonous amount of ‘grinding’ via drawing and summon affinity/juctioning to really overpower yourself and beat the game with ease, Just like any other FF game, except this one took a different approach that I will assume, people weren’t accustomed to which lead to the ‘hate’ it received back then.

      I mean, it was SO different from the Materia system from 7 that im sure materia lovers were the first and foremost “wtf this aint like 7, fuk dis sht.” >.<

      What a shame, truly one of my faves :)

      • Strange, I liked the Materia system and VII was my first FF but when I tried VIII sometime later I also liked the Junction system, just figured then that the series have a different way to handle the combat system per entry and I liked that lol :P

    • I used Draw a lot when I played the game for the first time, and it bored me out of my mind XD However, in my playthroughs that followed, I discovered the ability to refine magic from items, and since then, I mostly use the draw command to draw GFs from bosses.

    • The first time yes.

      Second replays I only used Magic refinery and else was like a normal battle.

    • new_tradition

      For me, I just drew once per battle, so I didn’t find it too tedious.

  • harmonyworld

    My favorite FF game!!

  • Chocobo World was actually included in the previous PC version.

  • Junko Enoshima

    Why boost your magic when you can do 7000+ damage with regular attacks and kill enemies instantly with limit breaks?

  • Despite its faults when it comes to the story and the pacing, I love this game to bits. One of my favorite FF settings, the customization and the card game were pretty addictive and Squall was a pretty interesting character and not an emo. He was just a stoic who liked to keep to himself and the only place he whined was inside his head.

  • Sakurazaki

    That trailer made me realize just how much I loved XIII. So much [pretty] stuff happening everywhere.

  • Tom

    “and the Chocobo World minigame, which was previously unavailable to western players in the original release.” – WRONG! I totally played that mini game, infact, the PlayStation version is also having that mini game but you need the pocket station for it and THAT was not available in the west.

  • Tom_Phoenix

    That’s good. Hopefully, though, we will see VII and VIII on GOG as well (not that I’m counting on it).

  • NimbusStev

    Pretty much my favorite game of all time. Shame that they didn’t really bother fixing this up at all. Plus the game has the same always-online DRM that the internet community was so ecstatic about in Sim City. I think I’ll pass on this and just stick with my original PS1 copy.

  • Rytan

    triple triad here i come

  • Oscar Alberto Abrego Suarez

    Sadly i have beaten this game 5 times already. cant double dip. My favorite FF no contest.

  • Warboss Aohd

    Spoony will LOVE ta hear dis.

    • Still waiting that XIII-2 review lol.

      • Warboss Aohd

        think he woz busy wit’ da Richard Garriot Videos.

  • Dagobert

    O LAWD O LAWD! My favorite game after the MGS series and favorite FF game. I played this game every summer for years and would 100% the game with all characters maxed level. If only achievements existed back then…

    I either buy the game on Steam now and no life it or beat Ellen Page’s roleplaying game, The Last of Us, Nier and a shit ton of other games I need to beat. Damn it!

  • Happy Gamer

    LMAO @ all the jokes here I genuinely laughed out loud in real life

  • xe7en

    I miss this game a lot. The card game on this is addicting; much better than triad system on ff9 imo. You can say that the game is on the easy side gameplay wise. A bit on the grinding side, but that’s just my cup of tea. :)

    While Cloud can be the apathetic hero, Squall is more like the tsundere hero.

  • Seven of The Scions

    In my opinion, this is the most memorable,meaningful, best design and the best story of all FF.

    Thank you Sakaguchi-san for making this wonderful game:)

  • Codex

    “Previously unreleased chocobo world” wat. I’ve got a pocketstation at home with chocobo world cranking from my PAL version of FF8 for ps1… what part of that is unreleased :S

  • CirnoLakes

    My favourite Final Fantasy games on the PlayStation are Final Fantasy IX and Final Fantasy Tactics, not Final Fantasy VII or Final Fantasy VIII. Still, this is great news and I bought the game.

    It looks like they’re getting better with their ports. I hope this and Final Fantasy VII sell well, so that we can get more Square Enix games on the PC.

    It’s really good of them to include the Chocobo World game. That gives me confidence in the improving quality of their ports.

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