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Final Fantasy VIII (1999)

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



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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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9 September 1999 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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During production of the game, there were plans to originally call the Rinoa character "Lenore" See more »


Rinoa: We're gonna make it home, right?
Squall: We can only hope.
Rinoa: When we get back... We won't be able to stay together, huh?
Squall: ...Maybe. No one can predict the future, there are no guarantees. Those were your words, Rinoa.
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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 »


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Liberi Fatali
Music Composed by Nobuo Uematsu
Lyrics by Kazushige Nojima
Latin Translation by Taro Yamashita
Orchestrations by Shiro 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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Square does it again!
30 January 2000 | by (Froland, Norway) – See all my reviews

Final Fantasy VIII is the eargely awaited sequel to the massive FF7. Has Square managed to surpass their previous masterpiece? Yes and no. The graphics have been improved, and the characters look a lot more realistic know. Square has decided to make the characters look realistic, instead of the manga-look of the previous Final Fantasy. The movie-clips are also improved. However, the story is not quite up to the standards set by FF7. The story is excellent, but not as interesting as in the predecessor. FF8 is still one of the greatest games ever created, and you would be quite insane if you refuse to buy this classic. 10/10

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