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 ...
The last great love story of the 20th century.
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200 -250 polygons were used for the in-game character models. See more
After the Battle of the Gardens with Balamb Garden and Galbadia Garden in disc 2, Galbadia Garden is never seen again for the remainder of the game. After Headmaster Martine is kicked out of Galbadia Garden and is living at Fisherman's Horizon. It's unknown what became of Galbadia Garden or if Headmaster Martine ever came back to the school. See more
[at Edea's House
What'll become of me?
Don't worry about it. There've been many good sorceresses. Edea was one. You can be like her.
But Edea's still... I can't guarantee anything, either, if Ultimecia possesses me again... You saw me. She controlled me in outer space and made me break Adel's seal. What might happen next time? What will I end up doing? Will I end up fighting everyone?... Scary thought, isn't it?
[to himself, in his thoughts
Rinoa... Even if you end up as the world's enemy... ...
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
In the Playable demo of Final Fantasy VIII, there were several changes, including new music through the scene, altered dialogue, and a few errors, such as abilities that the characters could not have at that point in the full game. See more
Referenced in Parasite Eve II
Music Composed by Nobuo Uematsu
Lyrics by Kazumi Someya
Orchestrations by Shiroh Hamaguchi
(as Shirou Hamaguchi)
Conductor: Koji Hajima
(as Koji Haijima)
Performed by Faye Wong
Recording & Mixing Engineer: Kenji Nagashima
Assistant Engineer: Kazuhiro Koyama
Vocal Recording Producer: Alvin Leong
Vocal Recording Engineer: Simon Li
Artist Manager: Katie Chan
Recording Coordinators: Yuji Saito
, Naoto Echizen
Recorded at Sound City, Tokyo
Recorded at AVON Recording Studios Hong Kong, China See more