The final hole in the somewhat-modern Final Fantasy lineup has been filled. Final Fantasy 8 was skipped over when the PS1 and PS2-era FFs were ported to Switch and XBox earlier this year. Before that, they were released on the PS4’s digital storefront….again missing FF8.
Square has still not publicly revealed what the holdup was about, but it’s over now…as of today, Final Fantasy 8 has been rereleased for the first time on consoles since its original publication in 1999. Modern consumers can now thrill to the epic love story of a brooding, muttering sourpuss and the perky Asian girl who forcibly attaches herself to him for unclear reasons.
But that’s not all! You also get a shadowboxing hot dog addict with a Mike Tyson face tattoo, an airhead with the hilarious-in-hindsight name of “Selphie,” and some guy in a cowboy hat. The Remastered version not only has touched-up textures on the character models, but these built-in cheats for when you just want to get through the Leon parts as quickly as possible:
- Battle Assist: The ability to always have maxed out HP and ATB, and trigger Limit Breaks at any time.
- No Encounters: An enemy encounter option that allows players to enjoy the storyline uninterrupted. While enemy encounters are turned off, players can still enjoy the story’s event battles.
- 3x Speed Boost: Play through the game with three times the speed.
- The STEAM version will also receive additional functions, including All Items (possess all items except for a few certain items), All Abilities, GF Max Level, Max Gil, Max Magic, All Limit Breaks, and All Cards (possess max number of Triple Triad® Cards except for Rare Cards).
Enlist as a SEEd today on Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PC via Steam. Final Fantasy 8 is available now.