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Final Fantasy VIII for PlayStation Reviews - Metacritic

Final Fantasy VIII

PlayStation Metascore 90

Universal acclaim - based on 24 Critics What's this?

User Score 8.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 870 Ratings

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User Score 8.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 870 Ratings

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  • Summary: The next chapter in Final Fantasy takes the series to the next level. Final Fantasy VIII combines an epic storyline with dynamic role-playing elements, breathtaking music, and well-defined characters. The world of Final Fantasy VIII comes to life in a dazzling display of digital artistryThe next chapter in Final Fantasy takes the series to the next level. Final Fantasy VIII combines an epic storyline with dynamic role-playing elements, breathtaking music, and well-defined characters. The world of Final Fantasy VIII comes to life in a dazzling display of digital artistry that spans four CDs. With the addition of an hour worth of CG animation, a new "Junction" system, and compatibility with the Dual Shock Analog Controller, Final Fantasy VIII is a breathtaking addition to the series.… Expand
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Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 24
  2. Mixed: 1 out of 24
  3. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. GamePro 100 Involving and exciting characters, storylines, and battles keep you glued to your seat - and keep you from noticing the many hours you spend playing this amazing game.
  2. Absolute Playstation 98 Spanning four discs, this is a massive RPG. You can try and skate through it in 50 hours but can easily spend over a 100 hours playing if you decide to take on all of the side games, collect all of the Cards and experience all there is to experience from this game.
  3. Armchair Empire 95 Between the story, the beautiful graphics, music score, and the insanely enthralling card game mini-game, Final Fantasy VIII does the series proud.
  4. Hot Games 90 The game's major weakness is in the combat system - there's too many loopholes that can be exploited with the Draw technique, making combat tedious and mundane after a while.
  5. GMR Magazine 90 Things were more "real" this time around. [Feb 2003, p.97] All this publication's reviews
  6. Gamezilla! 86 I just can't say enough about the graphics in this game either. After you play all the way throuugh this game, you will not be able to say that you did not get your money's worth.
  7. netjak 49 A travesty. A mockery of the good name of Final Fantasy. All this publication's reviews

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  1. Positive: 127 out of 152
  2. Mixed: 16 out of 152
  3. Negative: 9 out of 152
  1. NaomiM. Nov 4, 2004 10 This game is not a mockery, i really like it and the story, yeah, its got some problems, but they all do! This is one of the best! Better than 7!
  2. Nelson93 Aug 15, 2011 10 A simple masterpiece to the fullest extent.
    Everything in is game is carefully crafted and so much care is taken to make a connection withA simple masterpiece to the fullest extent.
    Everything in is game is carefully crafted and so much care is taken to make a connection with these characters and their epic struggle to save the world.
    Easily my favorite game and would highly recommend this to fans of Final Fantasy 7!… Expand
  3. GreenSkullRider Jan 29, 2017 10 Mientras el mundo alaba lo que fue final fantasy 7 terminan omitiendo lo que significo final fantasy 8. para mi y muchos el mejor FinalMientras el mundo alaba lo que fue final fantasy 7 terminan omitiendo lo que significo final fantasy 8. para mi y muchos el mejor Final Fantasy de todos los tiempos, la historia de Squall, Rinoa, Zell, Irvine, Quistis, Selfie, Laguna, Seifer, etc etc es una oda grandiosa a las grandes novelas, una historia apasionante, de amor, venganza, olvido, de todo. las cinematicas de los G.F. Son brutales, o acaso alguien ha olvidado a Diablo? no. un juego que necesita un remake para que las nuevas generaciones disfruten de la mejor aventura de Square.… Expand
  4. Cidmusky Dec 30, 2012 10 Amazing game, full of original ideas for its time, epic story line with loads of side quests and hidden bosses. Would love a graphicallyAmazing game, full of original ideas for its time, epic story line with loads of side quests and hidden bosses. Would love a graphically updated re-release :)… Expand
  5. DaveW. Aug 25, 2007 9 FFVIII is ofen over shadowed by it's direct predecessor in the series. The story here is very deep and intricate compared to the vast FFVIII is ofen over shadowed by it's direct predecessor in the series. The story here is very deep and intricate compared to the vast majority of games. The world is well crafted. The only niggles that hold me back from rating this a 10 are minor issues with the difficulty pacing, possibly leading players into boss fights they do not have the braun to win in areas they cannot rectify the issue in (disc 4 first boss, exp is 1 a fight in this area, and it's easy to reach this point massivly under-powered if you're a fast player). It is also possible to max your character and GF levels out on the first disc extremely quickly by exploiting certain easy to defeat monsters in very early areas of the world map.… Expand
  6. ArkonBlade Dec 30, 2010 8 this is the RPG that proves if you got a great story and solid charicters it can still be a damn good RPG despite some glaring flaws. biggestthis is the RPG that proves if you got a great story and solid charicters it can still be a damn good RPG despite some glaring flaws. biggest problem with this game is the combat and junction system and the draw system which all suck hard . you would almost think that would break this game but its story and charicters are very well done and keot me very intrested and allowed me to plow through that crap . the final boss battle is much better done then FF7's which now feels abit more like a challange . the ending was also pretty good. a worthy RPG that will warrent your time as long as you are a story driven RPG gamer.… Expand
  7. NeoCrimson Jul 14, 2018 0 Hay dos cosas en que el juego falla. La primera es la historia y la segunda la jugabilidad. La historia de romance no está bien desarrollada.Hay dos cosas en que el juego falla. La primera es la historia y la segunda la jugabilidad. La historia de romance no está bien desarrollada. En la jugabilidad la habilidad del GF Eden que es Engullir es realmente disgustante, esta habilidad deberia de haber sido removida del juego.… Expand

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8 #8 Best PS1 Game of 1999 1 #1 Most Discussed PS1 Game of 1999 3 #3 Most Shared PS1 Game of 1999