A group of mercenaries rescue a mysterious girl, who some say is the sorceress who wants to govern the universe.



(scenario director)
4 wins. See more awards »


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


The last great love story of the 20th century. See more »


T | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:




Release Date:

9 September 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

FF8  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


'Eyes On Me' sold over 400,000 copies in Japan making it the best selling video game disc released in that country until the release of 'Hikari' from Kingdom Hearts. 'Liberi Fatali' was played during the women's synchronized swimming event at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. See more »


After Squall is dressed up in his uniform, he leaves his dormitory room located in the North area first floor of Balamb Garden and he leaves the North area. But when Quisits calls for Squall at the First Floor Lobby. Squall approaches from the South as though he's entering the school from the front gate. See more »


[Squall finds Irvine's magazine lying on the ground]
Squall's thoughts: This looks like the place Irvine was talking about.
Rinoa: Ohh, a naughty magazine.
Squall's thoughts: [silently groaning] I thought he was kidding.
See more »

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 »


Referenced in Honest Game Trailers: Final Fantasy VII (2014) See more »


Eyes On Me
Performed by Faye Wong
Music Composed by Nobuo Uematsu
Lyrics by Kazumi Someya
Orchestrations by Shiro Hamaguchi (as Shirou Hamaguchi)
Synthesizer: Programmer: Keiji Kawamori
Recording & Mixing Engineer: Kenji Nagashima
Assistant Engineer: Noriko Miwa
Vocal Recording Producer: Alvin Leong
Vocal Recording Engineer: Simon Li
Artist Manager: Katie Chang
Recording Coordinators: Yuji Saito, Naoto Echizen
Recorded at Sound City, Tokyo
Recorded at AVON Recording Studios Hong Kong, China
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

A Convincing Tale About Courage, Trust, Friendship, and Love
4 October 2000 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Squall Leonhart, a courageous young man, who gets his training skills at the Balamb Garden. Because of his lack of trust in anyone, Squall isolates himself from everyone in the Garden. His excellent fighting skills soon makes him a SeeD, an organization who goes against the sorceress, who soon comes into the picture and tries to destory and take over the world. Now it's up to Squall and his new friends to try to stop the sorceress from destroying the world. Yet that's not all - soon Squall learns the meaning of true friendship and surprisingly - LOVE. And who is Laguna Loire and Ellone?

Joining Squall in his great adventure are:

- Quistis Trepe - the SeeD instructor who, like Squall, suffers from loneliness, and becomes an older-sister figure to Squall and the other SeeDs

- Zell Dincht - a fun-loving SeeD who loves wild and risky adventures, and is one of the best fighters in the Balamb Garden.

- Selphie Tilmitt - a SeeD with a cheerful, spunky, and bouyant attitude who also has great fighting skills like Squall and Zell.

- Irvine Kinneas - a ladies man originally from Galabia Garden (Balamb Garden's rival Garden), and sharpshooter who soon has a thing for Selphie, yet secretly has a sensitive and caring nature.

- Rinoa Heartilly - the princess of the Timber Owls, an anti-government orginazation who calls for the Seeds for help, who at first had a brief fling with Balamb Garden bully, Seifer Almasy, but soon falls helplessly in love with Seifer's arch rival, Squall.

All I can say about this game is "WOW!"

Can you believe the life-like graphics and animation on this game? Some say that "Final Fantasy VIII" is the weakest of the sagas (because of it's storyline), but I loved the storyline! The storyline is mostly, I think, based on life...explaining how a gifted lonewolf like Squall could learn to open up to his friends and the girl of his dreams especially. This story a long life lesson for all loners who feel isolated, and Squall's personality is an important part in the story and how his attitude changes, is even more important.

As you read the dialogue, you can easily see what each of the characters are feeling...whether it's love (i.e. Squall and Rinoa), fear, courage, hopefulness (i.e. Zell and Quistis), sorrow, or happiness (i.e. Irvine and Selphie).

Not to mention, the dialogue can also be pretty hilarious. Seifer's comment on Zell and Squall for example:

"This is great! I have a chicken-wuss and a guy who just reached puberty in my squad!"

"Final Fantasy VIII" is the first FF game I ever played, but on the other hand, it's very easy to. A LOT easier than "Final Fantasy VII". I even beat the Omega Weapon, which is the toughest monster on the game. Plus, the plot and storyline isn't as difficult as the 7th.

Final Fantasy VIII has the best animation and kind of crosses over into new technology for video games and even Japanese Animation! :)

TIPS: **Squall and Zell are the strongest fighters in the game** and **Squall, Zell, and Rinoa have the best limit breaks** And DON'T FORGET to get **AURA** magic, and DO NOT spend it all in one battle - or you'll be SORRY!!!!

22 of 25 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page