“Demo Disk” – Final Fantasy VIII Remastered (2019) [Switch]



Demo Disk is a series of 1st impressions posts for new releases and rapid opinions.

Square’s ultimate black sheep gets some lovin’ at final.
Right after enduring tales of lost supply codes, absences from announcements alongside the re-releases of its peers, and the continual nagging of anti-fans about how a lot they hated the teeny-bop VIII, fans of the game and new players get to expertise it with the brand new remaster on contemporary consoles. But was it worth the wait?
Final Fantasy VIII Remastered (hereafter FF8R simply because my fingers are currently tired) did get a facelift but it may perhaps not be adequate to win each and every heart. The remastering was applied luxuriously to a handful of factors, however there are other individuals which appear practically untouched. For instance, the new character models are crisp, displaying brand new information that had been fully unintelligible in any visual sense back on the PS1. The GFs appear definitely exceptional in this remaster! The reconstructed cast of characters are dolls, even though, total with blank stares. A handful of expressions was perhaps also a lot to ask for.
A different degree of sharpening is notable in the game’s cutscenes, which looked like pixelated soup on occasion back in the late ’90s.


Even so, the overworld map, the battle settings, the pre-rendered backgrounds seem practically untouched. Offered a small clarity, probably, but not a lot was performed in this location. I have a tendency to believe of that as a missed chance. Positive, the pre-rendered backgrounds had been generally gorgeously detailed, and they undoubtedly didn’t need to have to be fully remade, but if they received any TLC at all, it is subtle. This remaster is related to the version of FFIX offered on contemporary consoles appropriate now, which I played on Switch not also extended ago.
Perhaps this is an instance of a remaster that could’ve employed just a small far more time in the oven. Complete analog stick assistance alternatively of what now appears like clunky eight-way directional movement, an auto-save function, factors like this would have been good additions, probably, but the largest disappointment to me is the apparent lack of the Chocobo Planet game. Players in the West, such as myself, in no way got our hands on the Pocketstation game and so missed out on the chocobo mini-gaming compatibility constructed into the original 1999 version of FFVIII. One particular of the factors I looked forward to most was experiencing this for the 1st time, however it was not incorporated in this remaster (all things and rewards from the mini-game can be obtained in other strategies). Perhaps someday we’ll get a bloated, episodic remake that consists of it as nicely as all-new, fancy, unnecessary story components.
Anyway, that is obtaining the negatives out of the way.

The remaster consists of a speed-up function, the capability to turn off random battles, and a battle-help help that heals up your celebration and switches on their limit breaks. Offered the original game was spread out across 4 discs, it is effortless to abuse the speed-up function. A person like myself who played by means of the original game a couple of instances will be glad to have it. It particularly tends to make spamming Draw to get magic from enemies a cinch (as you may perhaps recall, it is effortless to break this game, even much easier now).
The true miracle of FF8R, even though, is the capability to lastly play it across contemporary consoles. What you get is a core Final Fantasy game which I believe is equal components misunderstood, unfairly maligned, not the greatest in the series, experimental, and superficially trendy. That is a lot of components. FFVIII is what it is, really like it or hate it. I believe the pendulum is swinging toward the constructive in well-liked opinion as the years have gone on, and for me, it remains an enjoyable game to play, even though it is not my favored.
It is lastly much easier to get a hold of and play for your self.
So what’s your take on FF8R? Did you choose up a copy? Is VIII toward the leading of your favorites or no?


-The Properly-Red Mage

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