It was developed for the PlayStation and it had the same graphics capabilities yet it featured much more realistic graphics when compared to the more cartoonish appearances of characters in Final Fantasy VII. Production for the game began in and it took two years to complete before being released in The game follows the story of Squall and his team as they quest to stop a sorceress from the future named Ultimecia from compressing time. The game uses a system of summons similar to previous Final Fantasy games which are referred to as Guardian Forces. In addition to being a source of some of the most lethal attacks, Guardian Forces also provide the ability to junction magics to specific stats and abilities allowing characters to grow. Unlike many of the other games in the series, the cast of characters were designed to appear more realistic.

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Not sure how well the meditation served as a spiritual purpose, it did sure as hell take me on a ride through the opening cinematic though. During the same session I realized the tremendous impact this game has had on my life. Which is weird to say for video games and the stories they tell.

And its not weird to say. Most of the games I played, the shows I watched, the music I listened to and the books I read wiggled their way into my unconscious and conscious in some form or another. For better or worse most Final Fantasy games have left their mark on me.

So, why the guidebook? Never quite the same without the music. All Final Fantasy games have beautiful, varied music that adds a depth beyond words. The games carry a spirit that goes beyond what words can convey.

My review for the guidebook is way too close to my feelings for the game. The immutable feelings that shape my own little world. I love it all. Clearly that means the guidebook as well. Again, these strategy guides are of a bygone era. Any online aid is superior, in fact, I think I still consulted online walkthroughs and resources even with the strategy guide on hand. Some more in-depth, others more specialized, and some more entertaining.

They all have ups and downs. And while online walkthroughs are still quite prominent, I have not seen nearly as many physical copies of strategy guides like this one as there once were. Lots of easy money for art books, chronicles and whatever the hell people can sell. Enough of that ranting young one. Pretty sure I spent a good amount of time watching my brothers play.

Little did I realize the mentoring process underway as I studied the best methods playing vicariously through them. And not much else can compare sharing some screen time with your best friends. Yeah, that about does it for this review.


Final Fantasy VIII Official Strategy Guide



Final Fantasy VIII - Official Strategy Guide


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