Final Fantasy VIII is undoubtedly the most polarizing entry in the long-running series of games. I was a 16-year-old teenager when this game was released on 9.9.99 and was able to play the game a week early due to my part-time job at a video store. I instantly fell in love with the story, but many of my friends were confused about the sequel. Some of the most common comments were, “Where is Cloud and Tifa?” or “What happened to Midgar?”. I fought many battles championing what was great about the game, but many of my friends didn’t care.

It was 20 years ago when I finished Final Fantasy VIII, and despite the continued bashing of the game from the game community, I always wanted to revisit it. That time finally came this month with the release of Final Fantasy VIII Remastered. I downloaded the game as soon as it launched on the Nintendo Switch eShop and started my walk down memory lane. Does the game still hold up? Watch my video and find out!

Mike Mertes Mike Mertes (84 Posts)

From the moment he touched an Intellivision controller in 1985, Mike knew that he had experienced something incredible in the world of video games that would shape him for the rest of his life. From that point forward, he would make it his mission to experience video games from every console generation going forward. Eventually, he would become obsessed with magazines that wrote about the games he loved, and it would inspire him to start writing about games himself in 1998 for various local media outlets. Always looking for an opportunity to branch out, Mike eventually coded the foundation of a website that would ultimately morph into Gamer Logic Dot Net, an independent video game site that continues to cover modern and classic video game today. Additional, Mike composes music for indie games under his other alias "Unleaded Logic"