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


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Trivia

The PuPu card is the only normal monster card to have an "A" on it. See more »

Quotes

Laguna: Ultimecia's inside Adel. Exactly as she wanted. Ok, this is the showdown folks! Time compression is about to begin. 'Love, friendship, and courage'! Show 'em what you got!
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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 »

Connections

Followed by Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

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Soprano: Matsue Hamauzu, Ayako Okada
Alto: Kyoko Arita, Chiharu Takahashi
Tenor: Daisuke Hara, Toru Tabei
Bass: Tomo Matsubara, Takamaru Atsuta
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One of the best RPGs ever
25 November 1999 | by (Calgary, Canada) – See all my reviews

While some might bemoan the lack of traditional RPG cliches in FFVIII, I applaud the designers for taking this game one step higher. Gone are the stupid-looking cartoon characters that ruined much of FFVII for me - instead, we have well-rounded, interesting characters. This is almost more a movie (or perhaps mini-series) than a game, perhaps. But I felt rewarded by an entertaining and interesting story, interesting places to visit, and last but not least, beautifully rendered graphics. If this is the future of RPGs, then bring it on.


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