Final Fantasy VIII, better known as that oddball one with the biggest emotional dunce in history as a protagonist, has followed in the footsteps of its predecessors and has secured a release on Steam.
$11.99 is all you need now to experience Squall and his comrade’s story of forgotten childhoods, teenage romance, boys being boys with gun-swords, dream-walking father-figures, and evil sorceresses who turn out to be not so bad in the end. What exactly was Final Fantasy VIII about anyway?
It proved popular enough back in 1999 when it was released, becoming the fastest selling in the series with the shadow of Final Fantasy VII not yet totally receded. Today, it enjoys an oddball reputation and is probably the most polarizing in the series. Some call it the best in a stale franchise of repetitive RPG mechanics, and others calling it pure rubbish with the broken mechanics and story telling capacity of a catfish.
Of course, there is no time like the present to pick the game up and play it for yourself if you’re just coming of age and missed the golden era of this fantastic series. While its quality often creates digital fist-fights of epic proportions, no one will say that it isn’t experimental and thus not the best place to cut your teeth on the Final Fantasy name brand.
Give Final Fantasy VII a try first, or better yet, hope that Square Enix comes around and releases Final Fantasy IX on Steam as well. Then, if you want, you can spend time with Squall and his friends.