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?


Once the player gets to the end of disc 3 and onto disc 4, the player cannot enter into any of the towns as they are sealed off by the time compression spell. It is however possible to go shop for items and weapon upgrades at the Ragnarok airship or use Tonberry's call shop feature to go online shopping or ride chocobos at the forests, or visit the Deep Sea Research Center, and Ultimecia's Castle for the rest of disc 4. Also you can still play the card game with the Queen of Hearts at the crash site. Or play against the players on the Ragnarok airship. 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 »


Zell: My first real battle... I'm gettin' pretty nervous.
Seifer: Better not piss in your pants.
Zell: Hah? You talkin' to me?
Seifer: Heh heh...
Zell: ...Bastard.
Quistis Trepe: Ok, enough talk. We'll be landing pretty soon. Get ready.
Zell: Roger.
Squall: Alright. Yeah, yeah... Well then, Squall. Go see what's going on outside.
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 »


Follows Fainaru fantajî V (1992) See more »


Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec
Soprano: Matsue Hamauzu, Ayako Okada
Alto: Kyoko Arita, Chiharu Takahashi
Tenor: Daisuke Hara, Toru Tabei
Bass: Tomo Matsubara, Takamaru Atsuta
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

A powerful masterpiece
22 September 2004 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Squaresoft's (now Square-Enix) highly anticipated "Final Fantasy VIII" released in February of 1999 in Japan, and later in September 1999 for the United States and Europe. It got mixed reviews, but one thing is for certain, it definitely was a starting map for the way games are done today.

The first time I played this game, I was totally blown away. It's also become one of my most treasured and beloved games of all time. The romantic and emotional storytelling the game presents is superb, and will definitely leave its mark on you forever. This game is so incredible, that you might actually break into tears at the end.

Telling the story of lone wolf Squall Leonhart, who is looking forward to joining an elite military organization named SeeD. His life takes a drastic change when he meets the warm-hearted and gentle Rinoa Heartilly. However, this developing friendship is attacked when an evil sorceress named Edea gets involved into the lives of The World, with her own plans that could shift the balance of power everywhere. SeeD is dispatched to eliminate her, which is where Final Fantasy VIII begins.

Featuring music by the astonishing and refreshing Nobou Uematsu, which will simply blow you out of your shoes. Adding to the game's soundtrack is Faye Wong's "Eyes On Me", which holds a special place in my heart and is the song which got me into Faye's music. An underrated Final Fantasy game, in which deserves a big round of applause. Two big thumbs up.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page