Damn this game is stylish.

#1 Posted by kashif1 (1428 posts) -

That's the one thing that stands out to me, playing it for the first time. The game isn't balance very well but it still hold up just because of how cool the whole experience is.

#2 Posted by laserbolts (5331 posts) -

I'm just curious what you mean by it not being balanced very well.

#3 Posted by Spoonman671 (4694 posts) -

It's definitely my favorite Final Fantasy world, and probably my favorite Final Fantasy.  The music gives it a great atmosphere.

#4 Posted by fuzzypumpkin (384 posts) -

such a good gaaaaaaaaaaaaaame

#5 Posted by JasonR86 (9742 posts) -

I really dislike FF8. I also have no idea how it could be considered 'stylish'.

#6 Posted by killacam (1284 posts) -

gunbllaaaades yea!

#7 Posted by frankfartmouth (1018 posts) -

I hope you like it, it's probably the most divisive of all the Final Fantasy games, with about equal people hating and loving it. But no matter what anyone says, there's no doubting that it had great production values and a good story. The battle system splits the room though.

#8 Edited by xaLieNxGrEyx (2605 posts) -

Every Final Fantasy in the main series holds up just fine, if you disagree the games just aren't for you.

You can exclude FFII I suppose before videogameking gets in here and corrects me.

You can argue all day that Final Fantasy stories are immature and poorly written or aren't well told, but in the end they're extremely memorable, great experiences and have something that even some of the best fantasy stories can't hold up to - imagination. Final Fantasy is filled with imagination and fully realizes its world and mythos. Also the music... the music is just... phenomenal It's truly one of kind.

I'm not saying its the greatest shit ever made, or that it's all perfection, but I never have and never will understand the hate some people have towards Final Fantasy or other comparable series. Chrono Trigger/Cross is just a thing of genius and I'll stand by that until the day I die.

The online entires and XIII are rare exceptions.

#9 Posted by BoG (5191 posts) -

@frankfartmouth said:

I hope you like it, it's probably the most divisive of all the Final Fantasy games, with about equal people hating and loving it. But no matter what anyone says, there's no doubting that it had great production values and a good story. The battle system splits the room though.

Funny, as you said, an equal number of people probably both love and hate this game. I find that equal parts of my own self love and hate this game more than any other Final Fantasy.

I really hope you enjoy it, because I really do love the game. But seriously, I want to go back and rewrite the story past disc 1.

#10 Posted by kashif1 (1428 posts) -

@laserbolts said:

I'm just curious what you mean by it not being balanced very well.

So far I've been using summons over and over again, its either I dominate a battle with summons or lose it when I can't and the area I'm in now has a massive difficulty jump for that reason. There is also the upgrade system which I really do not understand, I might restart the game while following a guide because right now, about 15 hours in, I'm really confused and feel like I've screwed my self over.

I still really like the game and its worth more than the ten dollars I've spent on it.

#11 Posted by Brodehouse (10071 posts) -
@laserbolts The character progression in that game is kind of messed up. Level doesn't really matter, it's more the collection (laboriously Drawing from enemies) of magic spells and applying them to your base stats. Enemies scale to your level, but you can wind up in situations where your protagonist (who you can't kick from the party) is level 65 and everyone else is 25... Forcing you to fight level 50 enemies and getting annihilated.

We complain about games being 'samey' with their mechanics, but there's a good reason why you need to be careful when overhauling them.
#12 Posted by TobbRobb (4732 posts) -

I personally really dislike both the style and gameplay of VIII, I wouldn't neccessarily shit all over it though, I know there's definitely an audience for it. That's just not me.

And yeah, as @xaLieNxGrEyx: said. Pretty much all FFs hold up in their own way. They can differ wildly in style, so there is probably a final fantasy experience for everyone.

#13 Posted by kashif1 (1428 posts) -

@xaLieNxGrEyx said:

The online entires and XIII are rare exceptions.

About FF13, I'm about a third of the way through that and really enjoying it, if I've enjoyed it so far is something later in the game gonna change that?

#14 Posted by Morningstar (2187 posts) -

Awwww, now you made me want to go play final fantasy VIII again!

#15 Posted by IBurningStar (2185 posts) -
@kashif1 said:

@laserbolts said:

I'm just curious what you mean by it not being balanced very well.

So far I've been using summons over and over again, its either I dominate a battle with summons or lose it when I can't and the area I'm in now has a massive difficulty jump for that reason. There is also the upgrade system which I really do not understand, I might restart the game while following a guide because right now, about 15 hours in, I'm really confused and feel like I've screwed my self over.

I still really like the game and its worth more than the ten dollars I've spent on it.

You can use GFs to practically brute force your way through most the game without much thought at all. The junction system is also extremely easy to abuse and your characters can become overpowered very early in the game.
 
I'm also of the opinion that the mechanics are bit too entwined for their own good. You spend time grinding up skills for GFs so you can equip spells on to the different unlocked stats and slots. The spells can only be acquired from the very time consuming process of drawing them from enemies. The more you have a spell the better the stat boost. So it is in your best interest to keep all your spells stocked as high as possible, sadly actually using said spells cause your stats to decrease so you constantly run the risk of maybe forcing yourself to spend time draw farming. And I don't know about you guys, but this encouraged me to ignore spells and just spam the hell out of GFs.
#16 Posted by Quarters (1748 posts) -

Still the only one I like of the series. Severely underappreciated. Though I do admit, a lot of the gameplay mechanics are super weird/janky. Still not a big fan of junctions.

#17 Posted by RVonE (4660 posts) -

I absolutely love the environments in this game. Combined with some fantastic music it's all very atmospheric.

#18 Posted by EuanDewar (5029 posts) -

It's my favourite in a series I don't like.

#19 Posted by AlexW00d (6302 posts) -

@kashif1 said:

@xaLieNxGrEyx said:

The online entires and XIII are rare exceptions.

About FF13, I'm about a third of the way through that and really enjoying it, if I've enjoyed it so far is something later in the game gonna change that?

If you enjoyed the beginning of the game you'll be fine. It's the beginning half that's awful. When it opens up it gets better.

#20 Posted by BoG (5191 posts) -

@AlexW00d said:

@kashif1 said:

@xaLieNxGrEyx said:

The online entires and XIII are rare exceptions.

About FF13, I'm about a third of the way through that and really enjoying it, if I've enjoyed it so far is something later in the game gonna change that?

If you enjoyed the beginning of the game you'll be fine. It's the beginning half that's awful. When it opens up it gets better.

Now, the majority of players say this, and I'm going to admit upfront that my opinion is not the most common, but I really disagree. Most people told me that the game opened up and got better at chapter 11, but I felt that it was still pretty weak. This may have been my least favorite part of the game. Yes, you're not running in a straight line, but aside from that the game is exactly the same. The missions are all uninspired monster hunts, and it's a pain to travel around. I was actually happy to get back on rails.

On the other hand, just about every piece of music in chapter 11 is absolutely amazing.

#21 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

Yea, this could be developed a bit more.

#22 Posted by SmilingPig (1340 posts) -

If you like cutting yourself, holding your breath until you pass out or feeling the burn of an open flame on your arm, than yes FF8 is for you.

#23 Posted by DrDarkStryfe (1139 posts) -

I love the title, even though it kinda falls apart in the final act. The Junctioning system was a fun idea, but really easy to abuse. I also found it funny that you can get Squall's ultimate weapon before the end of the second act, less than half way through the game.

#24 Posted by joshthebear (2700 posts) -

Good god do I hate this game. The characters always seemed bad and I could never stand the mechanics.

#25 Posted by Gravier251 (217 posts) -

Yeah, the mechanics with it are pretty easy to abuse/break. And the draw system did get fairly tedious. With 99 of certain spells junctioned to the right stats they vastly increase in power. Then for the most part you can keep someone like Squall low on health and just spam circle of whatever it was that skipped between party members. The way they handled limit breaks means that you can just flick through everyone till one triggers then use it. There is even a spell later (Aura if I recall right) that induces you into a state that constantly grants limit breaks. That coupled with junctioning and getting ultimate weapons like Lionheart means you can just cull bosses in next to no time.

I recall running into trouble just using GFs the first time I played the game with them not hitting as hard as characters potentially can and having longer animations to go through. I also vaguely recall you get penalised for using them? Might just be that they drop your SeeD rank and paycheck or something.

Really enjoyed the game back in the day, though in retrospect the mechanics and draw system especially were quite painful.

#26 Posted by laserbolts (5331 posts) -

@kashif1 said:

@laserbolts said:

I'm just curious what you mean by it not being balanced very well.

So far I've been using summons over and over again, its either I dominate a battle with summons or lose it when I can't and the area I'm in now has a massive difficulty jump for that reason. There is also the upgrade system which I really do not understand, I might restart the game while following a guide because right now, about 15 hours in, I'm really confused and feel like I've screwed my self over.

I still really like the game and its worth more than the ten dollars I've spent on it.

Ahh yes I forgot all about that stuff. It's been years since I played it and I couldn't remember it being that bad but I guess it is.

#27 Edited by xyzygy (10028 posts) -

XIII and VIII are both the best in the series IMO. They both did so many things differently and I love them for that. (From the ones I've played so far)

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