Final Fantasy VIII Remastered

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Final Fantasy VIII Remastered is ranked in the 90th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 45 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

83

Top Critic Average

87%

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Based on 45 critic reviews

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Digitally Downloaded
Sep 3, 2019

Final Fantasy VIII is a masterpiece, and I’m glad that it’s now properly accessible on newer consoles. Hopefully a new generation of players can now discover it.

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NintendoWorldReport
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Sep 2, 2019

Square Enix has struggled in the past with its previous ports of the Final Fantasy franchise, but may finally be hitting its stride. All of the improvements and enhancements give Final Fantasy VIII a much more modern feel without sacrificing any of its soul. As a lifelong fan of the Final Fantasy franchise and VIII in particular, I couldn't be happier with this remaster and look forward to hours of enjoyment wherever I go.

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Use a Potion
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Sep 8, 2019

There’s a reason that Final Fantasy VIII was remastered, and that’s because it was a masterpiece in its own time that many people loved. You can add me to that list of people too, as I firmly believe that this is one of Square Enix’s finer outings in a long history of RPG excellence. With its updated and beautifully rendered new character models and environments, its enhanced FMVs, and added game features, you can be sure that whether this a return to a classic or a new beginning in the world of Final Fantasy VIII, it’ll be a defining experience that will stick with you for years to come.

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PlayStation Universe
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Sep 2, 2019

Final Fantasy VIII Remastered is nothing more or less than a must buy. The graphical updates aren't perfect, but the story, setting, and soundtrack remain as enchanting as ever. More importantly, Final Fantasy VIII Remastered's watertight combat mechanics and progression system still feel as revolutionary now as they did back in 1999; pushing the limits of the traditional JRPG to produce something that manages to feel wholly unique within an ever crowded genre.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Sep 12, 2019

As long as you can get the hang of the unique and intricate combat system, Final Fantasy VIII Remastered delivers one of the most enthralling narratives in the long running franchise that still holds up 20 years later.

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Digital Chumps
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 26, 2017

Final Fantasy spent a decade constructing idols and Final Fantasy VIII demolished every one of them. Its elaborate, extravagant, and chaotic parade of ideas marched toward an evolutionary dead end and ensured there would never be another game like Final Fantasy VIII. Even by Remastered's distressing modernization, Final Fantasy VIII's paradigm shifting idiosyncrasies still showcase one of the most fearless and contemplative models of its medium. Final Fantasy VIII is a classic for people immune to the charms of classics.

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Nintendo Times
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 3, 2019

EXCELLENT - Final Fantasy VIII Remastered is the best way to experience the classic adventure and it’s perfect for the Switch on the go. It’s finally the best looking guy in the room.

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Windows Central
Windows Central
James Bricknell

Top Critic

Sep 3, 2019

This is the game I love, on a console I love, and every happy day I've spent playing Final Fantasy VIII comes back to visit me when I play the Remaster.

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Just Push Start
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Sep 2, 2019

Two decades following its original release, playing Final Fantasy VIII again in its remastered visuals and gameplay enhancements bring all the nostalgia and made me remember once again why it's considered as one of the best Final Fantasy titles to date. Sure, it is dated, especially with the battle system and gameplay, but what holds up until now is the story and the characters that made this game a classic masterpiece.

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Impulsegamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Sep 10, 2019

One of the most underrated games in the Final Fantasy series gets the remaster treatment.

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Paste Magazine
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2019

There's no "best Final Fantasy game" because Final Fantasy has become largely indefinable—something most franchises can only dream of. Maybe, no matter the feats this incredible series continues to achieve, Final Fantasy VIII is the lighthouse to which the series should constantly look back to. It'll always be there, waiting, serving as a reminder that Final Fantasy can tread new grounds while maintaining the brilliance that has made it one of the most influential series to exist.

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DualShockers
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 3, 2019

Final Fantasy VIII Remastered finally gives Squall the good looking face he deserves.

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PowerUp!
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Sep 2, 2019

Final Fantasy 8 Remastered is exactly what it is supposed to be; a great updated release of a classic JRPG with a unique battle system that will please old fans and hopefully create a whole lot of new ones.

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LevelUp
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Sep 11, 2019

The return of Final Fantasy VIII is a cause for celebration. The work of DotEmu is worthy of admiration because they have delivered what can easily be the best of the remastering of the Final Fantasy games of that time.

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Nintendo Enthusiast
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 13, 2019

Ultimately, the visual upgrades and additional options make this version the best way to play the game. FFVIII fans won’t be disappointed.

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Cerealkillerz
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 2, 2019

Final Fantasy VIII Remastered does the job it was set out to do - updating the graphics, adding 'boosting options' and little else. Some additional content would have been nice, but even with that being the case, FF VIII is still the outstanding RPG it was twenty years ago.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 3, 2019

At the end of the day, Final Fantasy VIII Remastered is the definitive version of this game. The core experience is still here, but with some added flourishes, mainly the beautiful character models. But other additions, like the "cheats," can also add up to make this a much more inviting experience for all fans. Final Fantasy VIII is one of the strangest entries in the Final Fantasy pantheon, but that's what makes it so special at the end of the day.

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PowerUp!
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2019

Remnant: From the Ashes is all about decisions, as a result, Remnant is a very rewarding and enjoyable game

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GamingTrend
85 / 100
GamingTrend
David Flynn

Top Critic

85 / 100
Sep 2, 2019

Final Fantasy VIII Remastered is the perfect way to revisit this classic or experience it for the first time. Its themes are more relevant than ever, and its battle system, while flawed in some aspects, is weird, fun, and encourages creativity.

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Gaming Nexus
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 2, 2019

A wonderful story that is now supported by great looking characters and backgrounds, Final Fantasy VIII is worth the pickup twenty years after it's initial launch.

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COGconnected
85 / 100
85 / 100
Sep 2, 2019

If you’re a Final Fantasy VIII fanatic like myself, or just simply a Final Fantasy fan, this is a must pick up.

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Hobby Consolas
82 / 100
82 / 100
Sep 6, 2019

Final Fantasy VIII it's one of the all-time best J-RPG created by Square Enix, modern or classic. It showed an amazing courage to make things different, with it's own visual style, a wonderful OST... There are lots of things that make this a truly classics, all present in the remaster, even if some, like backgrounds, deserved a better treatment.

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GearNuke
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 13, 2019

Going all the way back to the golden age of JRPGs, Final Fantasy VIII Remastered is one of the more admirable efforts by Square Enix to bring their classic games lineup to a modern platform. Minor issues aside, it is not a bad way to experience this gem.

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GamingBolt
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 2, 2019

Final Fantasy VIII Remastered still has many of the same design flaws as the original release, but new visuals and gameplay tweaks make this the best version of a beloved classic.

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The Games Machine
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 2, 2019

Nothing new in this remaster of Final Fantasy VIII, but even after twenty years, the title remains a great game, to discover and play again.

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GameSkinny
Sep 2, 2019

Final Fantasy VIII is one of the most divisive entries in the series, but this remaster does an admirable job of updating the classic for modern audiences.

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Game Revolution
Sep 2, 2019

Simply put, Final Fantasy 8 Remastered is the definitive way to play the RPG classic

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Niche Gamer
8 / 10.0
Niche Gamer
Allen Watts

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Aug 29, 2019

If you’re looking to relive a classic or catch up on one of the PS1’s greatest RPGs you missed I would recommend picking up Final Fantasy VIII Remastered without a doubt.

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MMORPG.com
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2019

We finally have the remastered Final Fantasy VIII fans have been waiting for. They gameplay is there exactly as it was previously and it’s a fun trip through a crazy timey-wimey story. But how does the remaster hold up decades later?

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Screen Rant
Sep 2, 2019

FF8 Remastered finally returns Squall and crew to the spotlight, and they're right at home on the Nintendo Switch as a mobile masterpiece.

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Push Square
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 3, 2019

It's easy to see why Final Fantasy VIII is considered one of the series' most divisive entries, but its story and gameplay systems remain unique 20 years after its original release. Final Fantasy VIII Remastered has its flaws -- the draw system is still a total pain in the arse -- but there's a magic and atmosphere to Squall's often mental adventure that's incredibly endearing. This is a PlayStation classic given a new lease of life, and it's still way more interesting than the majority of Japanese RPGs hitting our consoles today.

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MonsterVine
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Sep 6, 2019

Final Fantasy VIII Remastered is the best version of one of the most divisive entries in the series. Though the base game has its flaws, the world of Final Fantasy VIII is as intriguing as ever, and the Junction system is still one of the most unique mechanics in the series’s history. The ability to fast-forward makes slow animations a non-problem, while the other mods make it easier than ever for newcomers to try out the maverick Final Fantasy installment.

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Saudi Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Sep 9, 2019

It might not have the effect of 7 nor the love of 9, but this divisive entry is one of the most ambitious and important, and this release is a decent way to try it.

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Gameblog
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 3, 2019

Released long after the successive reissues of the other two Final Fantasy of the PlayStation, Final Fantasy VIII Remastered does not suffer from the defects found in these different versions (loop music, mobile interface of bad taste ...) and therefore legitimately bears his name. Nothing extraordinary compared to the original game, no additional content offered to fans for example, but a new quality varnish that enhances the original experience and allows you to dive in the best way possible.

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Gamefa
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 8, 2019

If you bring lower your expectations from Graphics improvements a remaster game should have seen, then Final Fantasy VIII Remastered is still the same amazing game that every fan of JRPG loves so much. Beautiful story, lovable characters and some new gameplay elements, made Final Fantasy VIII Remastered a unique and enjoyable game. Even after 3 generations, it is still one of the best JRPGs you can play. After all it is Final Fantasy VIII! You should definitely try it .

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Spaziogames
8 / 10.0
Spaziogames

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Sep 2, 2019

Final Fantasy VIII Remastered is a nice occasion to revisit Rinoa and Squall's adventure for those who've already played the original, albeit more could have been done to make the game more appealing for modern audiences.

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WellPlayed
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 1, 2019

While it might not do everything in its power to earn that 'Remastered' title, this port still offers some compelling reasons to replay the best Final Fantasy game of all time

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TrustedReviews
Sep 13, 2019

Final Fantasy 8 Remastered is a patchy but ultimately solid port of a classic JRPG. If you haven't played it before, you’ve no excuse not to become acquainted with the world of FF8, even if the game is at times hard to look at on a 16:9 display.

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Nintendo Wire
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 3, 2019

By and large, Final Fantasy VIII Remastered looks and feels a heck of a lot like the PlayStation classic I know and love — and even with the minimal changes, it's still worth a pickup for newcomers and veterans alike.

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Worth Playing
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2019

All in all, Final Fantasy VIII: Remastered is a solid port. The new character models look nice, and the additional features are all welcome. At its core, it's still Final Fantasy 8, and almost nothing has changed about it. If you were a fan of the original, you'll like the remaster, and if you weren't, then it's unlikely this will change your mind. This is likely the definitive version of the game, blurry backgrounds and all, and it's well worth picking up for anyone who's looking to experience FF8 for the first time.

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Atomix
75 / 100
Atomix
Sebastian Quiroz

Top Critic

75 / 100
Sep 3, 2019

Final Fantasy VIII Remastered reintroduces this iconic RPG from the 90's to the present, accompanied by beautiful graphics that will stand the test of time. However, the original problems with the gameplay continued in this version

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Everyeye.it
7.2 / 10.0
Everyeye.it

Top Critic

7.2 / 10.0
Sep 2, 2019

The essence of Final Fantasy VIII is all there is, and every element of the game is there in its place like two decades ago, but the aspect with which it presents itself highlights the little care dedicated to the graphics sector.

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GotGame
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2019

When it comes down to it, Final Fantasy VIII Remastered is still a great game. It has some flaws that bog down the experience from the original release, but it still has some great enhancements.

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Cultured Vultures
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 10, 2019

You will only need to play Final Fantasy VIII for its innovative battle system. Though a HD remaster worthy of your time, its confusing, messy narrative may drive away some players looking to get into the Final Fantasy franchise where far better examples exist.

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Nintendo Life
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 2, 2019

This is easily the most skippable entry of all the mainline Final Fantasy games on the Switch right now, but if you find yourself to be a fan of either the Final Fantasy series or the JRPG genre, Final Fantasy VIII Remastered proves to be a release that’s certainly worth your time

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