Everyone likes to make fun of the one that’s different, mildly obnoxious, and riddled with angst, but Final Fantasy VIII was a treasure and it’s getting the remaster I’ve been grumbling after for years.
FFVIII originally came out in 1999 (on four discs so you knew it was something special) and was the first in the series to have realistically proportioned characters, add guns to swords, and include the weirdly fun Triple Triad card game, but it also changed up the magic system and had a plot that you either loved or hated. There was also a Chocobo World mini-game that could actually help you gather items for the real game, with a theme tune that will be forever embedded in my brain.
I loved it, so that little corner of my soul reserved for nostalgia is all a-flutter with teenage glee after Square Enix’s E3 2019 press conference. Will I be annoyed by having to Draw magic spells from every enemy I encounter? Probably. Will my nostalgia-based expectations lead me to disappointment? Almost certainly. Did I Google that FFVIII music video set to Donna Lewis and Richard Marx’s At the Beginning immediately after writing this? Yes. Shut up.
The Final Fantasy VIII remaster will be available for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch at some point this year.