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Final Fantasy 8 story...Houston, weve got a problem... *Spoiler Warning*

by Lisa Kerbes

I grew up with Nintendo, saving my pennies for every RPG. I then saved babysitting money to but a SNES and bought the new Final Fantasy games as soon as they hit the shelves. I am an avid fan of RPGs especially Final Fantasy. I can honestly say this is truthful criticism.

I do not think Fantasy 8 all that great as compared with the sheer fun and broader storyline of its predecessors. I have been questioning a lot of the storyline, and game play of Final Fantasy 8

To start, what is UP with Balamb Garden? They are wacked out! Cid: "Um let me see, my wife is an evil sorceress and I really don't know how to run a garden, but I will promote a 17 yr. old to my place because I had a mid-life crisis and I just want to be home with my teddy bear, but hey-- I can still be a good leader."I think Squaresoft must have been out to lunch with the whole Cid/ Balamb garden story. How did they ever put Edea with Cid in the first place?

Speaking if Edea, how can it be that Squall, who won't trust the girl of his dreams with his thoughts will trust an apparently schizophrenic evil sorceress to join his party right after she practically killed his party and got hold of all the power? Oh.. this makes perfect sense.

The whole orphanage thing is also stupid. How can they all have been from the same orphanage at the same time, and be different ages, have separated from each other, and if Squall is such a "promising student" how come Quistis got to be the instructor? Speaking of which, what kind of high-tech, state-of-the-art training garden would allow so young a girl to teach others her own age?

OK, now I pose the question, is it just me, or does anyone else get bored with the whole army thing, fighting thing, faction thing?! I would just like to take time out in the game and not fight anyone for 2 hours of good gameplay and not feel guilty for straying from the quest of saving world, or getting SeeD points deducted! Maybe Squaresoft could have integrated some main storyline non-fighting things to do.

All right, I'll admit that FF8 is pretty fun, and I enjoy knowing that any minute a video will come up and enhance the really cool parts, like falling off of cliffs and seeing Esthar for the first time. But isnt there some way to improve Rinoa's legs so they dont look like toothpicks in the meantime? I mean, Im a girl you see, and I just cant see Rinoa fighting in dresses. Why dont they doan the girls in more practical battle wear? I guess THAT's a question for the ages...

Well, to be nice I guess parts of the story are well done but Squaresoft...I can give you the names of 10 people who can translate and script-write 1000 times better than the ones you are currently employing. This MIGHT even improve the game a little bit...

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