Final Fantasy VIII deserves to be celebrated for its worldbuilding – Destructoid

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For one brief second, let’s forget both the monumental juggernaut that will be Final Fantasy VII RebirthYou can wish for anything Final Fantasy VIIIIt’s a well-deserved Happy 25th birthday. You’re reading that right. Exactly 25 years ago, hundreds of thousands of Japanese players got to discover what was beyond that still amazing-looking beach (sorry, US fans, your anniversary isn’t until September).

The Junction system made us way too strong. Sure, the monsters’ level scaling system was dumb as hell. Yes, its story sometimes went too wild for our ’90s minds. It’s true that the main character can be difficult to like. But only if you stop playing before the magic of character development begins.

But the worst crime of all was it’s a You can also find out more about the different kinds ofPlay the game Final Fantasy VII. Still, I’d argue that it features some of the slickest worldbuilding I’ve ever seen in a game.

I will show you a movie as proof

Twitter mocked an individual for calling a woman a sexist. The Last Of Us Part IIThe following are some of the ways to get in touch with us. Schindler’s ListGaming is a popular pastime.Neil Druckmann was then mocked. TLOU’sYou are a director who is trying to hold onto that piece of praise at all costs. It was beautiful.

Comparing video games to films as a positive devalues this media, as it portrays the power of film to be something that only a handful of miraculous games can hope for.

But if there’s one game we should compare to a great movie, it’s Final Fantasy VIIIThe movie is a great one. The Godfather Part II. The obvious reason is because both franchises had to fill the biggest shoes. But more importantly, let’s look at how they both treat their narratives. While FFVIII’sThe way the plot is told should not divide fans of the show.

Squall Corleone

The Godfather Part IIIt is hailed as not only one of the best films of all time, but also one of the few sequels to a film that could surpass the original. However, at the release of the film, Part II didn’t fare that well with some criticsThe film was criticized for its unconventional narrative style, which many viewed as “incohesive.”

The Godfather is an linear story that tells the story of Don Victorio Corleone passing the torch to his son Michael Corleone. Part II continues to follow Michael’s life but also weaves in a series of flashbacks telling how Don Vito began his crime family. This story of the two Corleones is a play on words for “Lionheart”) is one of the first prequels in the history of cinema and arguably still one of its best.

Similarly, Final Fantasy VIII follows child soldier Squall Leonhart (whose name is English wordplay for…well, you get it) and, through a clever plot device, has Squall reliving key moments in the life of a man named Laguna.

Many fans didn’t care for the constant jumping between these two characters and their respective times. The Laguna flashbacks are a great way to show the world and not tell it. The game is always flawless in this respect.

Though most Laguna flashbacks show you something interesting about the world of this game, it’s hard not to highlight one where a dubious movie production has him playing the role of the Sorceress’ Knight, which culminates in an accidental fight with a real dragon.

These events inform Squall about Laguna, but they also show players about the world and some of the game’s most important storytelling beats of other similarly secretive characters. Yeah, the dragon fight plays out like a gag, but eagle-eyed fans will realize Laguna’s movie role inspires Seifer, Squall’s rival, to join SeeD and aspire to become a knight in his own regard.

Even more importantly, we learn from early on that Squall’s reluctance to get along with others comes from the fact that he was left alone as a child. Squall’s meeting with Laguna later on is an important moment. He now knows that Laguna was his father. Instead of an angry outburst or a tear-jerking scene, Squall just doesn’t think much of him.

Squall can easily take on a real dragon by himself, while the man in front of him is a coward who has never been able to raise children. Luckily, the flashbacks show us and Squall that the game’s ultimate mission – stopping a sorceress from the future who’s about to destroy the world – is something Laguna had accomplished back in his day only through the use of his wits.

Whereas most other games would have players go through a reunion scene that would leave players with a sense of closure, Laguna and Squall’s final in-game encounter leaves players wondering about the future between these two.

And that’s great! By then, players will already know everything they need to. Squall deserves privacy to make. What are you waiting for?He can make any choice he likes about this issue.

Final Fantasy VIII Remastered is available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch. It can also be played on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.

Tiago Manuel

Tiago used to be a freelancer and write about video games, video game cults and cults. He now writes on Destructoid, in an effort to be on the right side of the robot uprising.


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