Parents' Guide to

Final Fantasy VIII: Remastered

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Classic tale with fantasy violence and themes of friendship.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 8+

get this game bro

This game is AWESOME. it is not that violent and nothing bad exept for one or 2 curses that are in the game. f your kid is age 10 or up they should have lots of fun and not see or hear anything that bad.
age 12+

If you've never played 8 before, buy it.

But if you already have an older version, the improvements aren't really worth buying it again. The older Steam version can be modded to an even better state than this somewhat lazy cash grab.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

Little has been done to modernize this classic role-playing game (RPG), which will delight some gamers and frustrate others. Beyond the slightly improved character models, Final Fantasy VIII Remastered looks just as it originally did in 1999. That means blurry, static backgrounds, fixed camera angles, confusing abbreviations in menus, and even a 4:3 aspect ratio presentation, which almost makes it look quaint on modern widescreen TVs. Even with a handful of additions meant to make it more appealing to today's players -- including the ability to turn off battle encounters and speed up play -- people looking for a modern RPG experience won't find it here. That said, this was a deeply innovative game for its time, and discerning players will be able to see why. During several dramatic scenes, those blurry backgrounds suddenly come to life while players still have control over their character, creating a startling sense of immersion. It's an effect that no one in 1999 had ever seen before that remains as effective today as it did then. And the accompanying soundtrack is loaded with memorable melodies -- both in and out of combat -- that are bound to keep players humming for weeks.

The real stars of the show, though, are the characters that prove both engaging and dynamic, despite communicating by text rather than voice actors. It's delightfully easy to get caught up in their melodrama, to feel what they're feeling, and root for them even when you recognize the mistakes they make. Even the Guardian Forces, which have no real personality beyond what's seen when they're summoned to attack, are easy to grow attached to, thanks largely to their terrific animations and tendency to save your party's bacon when the chips are down. And the world is filled with striking and iconic locations, including bustling cities, detailed ruins, and broad expanses of nature teeming with monsters. Exploring these areas in hopes of finding everything from key ingredients to a rare Guardian Force for your party is one of the many draws that will keep players coming back for the scores of hours it takes to finish this fantastic retro role-playing game. Final Fantasy VIII Remastered likely won't find traction with players looking for the latest, glossiest RPGs, but it will prove a treat for anyone interested in revisiting a true classic of the genre.

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