The best Final Fantasy is out now in Remastered form.
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Square Enix has released Final Fantasy VIII Remastered today. This release updates the game's visuals. While this isn't a full remake, the update to the visuals means that some memes may finally be put to rest. In addition to the bump in visuals, the game also boasts some gameplay boosts that will benefit both new players and veterans alike.

This release coincides with the 20th anniversary of the game's original launch on the PlayStation. It tells the story of SeeD recruit Squall Leonhart. At his side is resistance fighter Rinoa Heartilly. Together, along with a large cast of characters, they will try to save the world from the military nation of Galbadia.

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You can pick up Final Fantasy VIII Remastered on the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam. The game is available for $19.99 (USD). It seems as though the non-remastered version is also still available on Steam if you'd prefer that one.



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The remastered version includes the following boosts to enhance the experience:
  • 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).