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It just gets better the older you get
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It’s very much a teen’s game.
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>>9280497
I can confirm since I played it in my senior year of high school and beat the game for the first time under a very awkward living situation with a girl I was having a long distance relationship with but then broke up with her cause I found a GF at school but broke up w/ that girl and the first girl ended up still flying down to visit me for New Years Eve week. She found a new boyfriend so it made things extra awkward so I spent a lot of time just sitting in my room playing FF8 sometimes she'd come in and just watch with me. She even watched me beat it.

Probably why it's my favorite FF because it's the most personal to me.
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>>9280510
>I found a GF at school
We get it, you attended Galbadia and acquired Cerberus.
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>>9280492
This is very true.
>>9280497
And so is this.

For all it's problems, the Squall/Laguna dynamic hits on a lot of the themes that resonate with people at two completely different stages of their life. Playing the game again in your 30s and suddenly you "get" Laguna in a way that you may not have at 15. People want to talk nostalgia? Laguna and Raine's backstory functions as an analysis of nostalgia as a concept and the bittersweet nature of the passage of time. You feel it in your fucking chest. ...And you just don't get it the first time you play if you were still in high school. FFVIII does that thing Pixar movies are famous for where you start to question if it's actually meant for kids because it's suspiciously tailored to making you reflect on things that a kid wouldn't yet have experienced. As a whole the game has serious pacing problems and a few major instances of plot points that rely on characters being idiots. But a good bit of the game, and everything about Laguna, is shockingly well written for a PS1 RPG.
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>>9280492
Nostalgic from day 1; Balamb/Balamb Garden themes perfectly conjure the feeling of hanging out at school after hours in early summer, literally playing cards in the cafeteria.

Furthermore, a brilliant juxtaposition where the school's top students are also the nerds and misfits. Makes me think the haters are the preppy normal kids desu.
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>>9281914

Kind of unrelated but I feel the same way about Kingdom Hearts too. (But I guess FF8 and Pixar are in it.) Winnie the Pooh levels especially hit hard. Not retro but 3 put you in limbo where you watched 11 hearts pass on. And it's shit like a mother who died when her child was still a newborn and a small kid who thought she was playing hide and go seek with her dad.

Being older makes you understand how shitty the sorceress war must have been if it caused that many orphans.
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>>9280492
My favorite JRPG. And I'd agree it get better. Some of that is personal memories though.
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>>9280492
>already thought it was great when I was 14 and it came out
feels good to have always been more mature for my age
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>>9282002
>Being older makes you understand how shitty the sorceress war must have been
The world has obviously been decimated in a MAD-level Lunatic Pandora event.
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>>9280492
its not just the best final fantasy
its not just the best role playing game
its the best videogame of all time, ever made
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>>9283240
This but unironically
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>>9280492
It's a good example that writers can produce kino without fully understanding what they are doing evinced by the story of R=U.
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It's funny how FF8fags say their game is the most intelligent game ever created but the threads are always an IQ-decreasing shitshow. Meanwhile all other threads about other FFs are heaven in comparison.
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>>9280492
For some reason, liking this game induces extreme mental illness and sperging from other people. I just think the game is really interesting, it's like the developers had a million ideas and rejected none of them, it's like they just found ways to make whatever crazy shit someone pitched work.
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>>9283596
If people actually cared about FF gameplay, there would be a weekly FFV thread, but we're in hell.
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>>9283596
FF8fags aren't the problem, it's that the unhinged rants almost always come from the haters.
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>>9283608
sure
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>>9283596
>FF8fags say their game is the most intelligent game ever created
headcanon
>threads degenerate at a rate disproportionate to my favorite gaem
more headcanon
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Did you know?

Squall is Jotaro Kujo.
Laguna is Joseph Joestar.
Adel is Kars.
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>>9283614
funny, fans of VIII are the masters of headcanons.
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>>9283642
touche
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One thing I like about ff8 is the world itself. Its so mysterious, probably by accident. There are hints of a lost golden age with large statues of sorceress' from the past, the deep sea research center and the Garden technology. But it's so obscure it may not be there at all.
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How tight was Rinoa though?
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I'm on disc 2 just after the missile base, at what point does it start being worth it to do things OTHER than spamming GFs? Even with 99 fire junctioned to strength my attacks do dick-all damage in comparison
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>>9284550
If I recall, this changes when you can junction the really powerful magic (like Ultima, etc.). Then you can arrive at kino mash x to win most battles.
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I recently played it with a fan rewrite mod. He removed the whole superfluous amnesia thing and adjusted the story for that. The dialog is also way less... juvenile? At least it felt like the characters were real people. It was pretty good. Unfortunately, my gaming station died just when Lunatic Pandora hit. I still highly recommend it though. It's called Succession Mod.
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>>9284550
>missile base
>99 fire junctioned to strength
Anon, that's a starter magic. Convert that shit to Firaga at least.
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>>9284607
> fan rewrite mod.
>removed amnesia

I don't think that's a fan rewrite mod, more like a hater rewrite mode
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>>9284614
is there a GF ability to upgrade magic or do i need to specifically farm firaga from enemies?
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>>9280492
I love this game so much bros
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>>9284620
Yes. If you just want to convert fire elemental magic, I think Ifrit has it. Shiva has ice and so on. Ideally, you want to convert cards into items and items into high level magic instead.

I remember when I first played it in high school and having lots of high level magic before I even got to assault the sorceress but that was because I was having fun with the game a lot and accidentally unlocked the other GF abilities.

Anyways, missile base had a boss with meltdown and aura as drawable magic if I recall. Meltdown makes this easy game to very easy imo
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A masterpiece, not everyone was graced with discernment.
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>>9280497
Teen games are tight!
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>>9280492
I've enjoyed it more and more each time I've experienced it.
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It sucks because it doesn't have Blitzball!
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>>9281860
>Galbadia and acquired Cerberus GF.
kek. i got that reference
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>>9287302
You have to be at least 30 to post here.
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>>9280492
The Draw System is still the dumbest system implemented in a jrpg ever.

>"What's that? You have Firaga? Are you fucking retard?" :::DRAWLOLOL::: *BOOOOOM*

It makes the idea of carrying spells around stupid.
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It was great until Squall died at the end of disc one [_spoiler]
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>>9287397
This is one of the dumbest things I have ever read. You could tell me that this was written by an 80 IQ amerimutt and I would believe it.
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>>9280492
>It just gets better the older you get
Yeah the schoolgirls look even juicier now
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>>9284634
Meltdown is arguably the most broken thing in FF8.
>Inflicts a status effect that reduces Physical Defence to zero
>Also reduces Magic Defence, despite this not being mentioned anywhere
>There is zero immunity to this status effect, for both the player and the AI
>Only a small handful of enemies use it, whereas the player can easily spam it against every enemy from Disc 2 onwards
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>>9280492
true
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>>9287397
>It makes the idea of carrying spells around stupid.
I've never done a no-junction playthrough but saw a streamer do it up to the final boss. It can be done but you're relying on RNG a lot and hoping Ultimecia doesn't cast apocalypse on you.
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Bumping so they'll bite for the Disciplinary Committee
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>>9283240
agreed
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>>9284607
Thanks for the heads-up I'll be glad if it removes a few of the "whatever"s
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>>9289553
I didn't know that was in the game. Dollet was a weird town I keep feeling I'm missing something in it.
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>>9280492
Based. Best prerendered backgrounds of all the PS1 games.
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>>9290325
>Best prerendered backgrounds of all the PS1 games.
FF was pretty good about that.
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>>9289553
Based Japs dunking on troons
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>>9287407
based squall is dead believer
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>>9290325
What game has better cut scenes as well? Or a better sound track?
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>>9280497
It's very much a card game


I'd buy every final fantasy if they all had triple triad...
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>>9284607
Dope no way the amnesia stupidity is what tmade me feel the need to quit. It just felt lazy story writing for a final fantasy tier experience.
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>>9287397
I liked sucking out the magic out of my enemies until I was full manually.



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