Final Fantasy 8 comes to Steam PC, adds achievements

This PC port of the most divisive entry in the Final Fantasy canon adds new Steam achievements as well as a Chocobo World minigame and a Magic Booster ability.

Square Enix released the PC version of Final Fantasy VIII today on Steam for $12.

While it doesn't include updated visuals, this version does add three things not found in PS1 version. As listed on the Steam store:

  • Magic Booster: When Magic Booster is used, the player’s inventory of the following spells is increased by 100: Cure, Cura, Curaga, Fire, Fira, Blizzard, Blizzara, Thunder, Thundara, Sleep, Blind, Silence, Berserk, Bio, Esuna, Aero, Confuse, Break, Zombie
  • This feature can be used from the launcher.
  • Chocobo World: The full game released as a separate application for previous versions. It is possible to play “Chocobo World” directly from the launcher after booting up FFVIII and by fulfilling certain specific conditions in the main game you will also be able to synch data between the two games.
  • Steam Achievements: 45 total

One of those achievements, "Contrived Finish," requires that you "Finish the game with Squall's initial level." Good luck with that one.

Users on the game's forum have pointed out that, while you can play in offline mode, setting up the game and using Cloud saves require that you sign in with a Square Enix account. And, as a PC port, the game uses the PC version's music rather than the original PlayStation soundtrack.

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Discussion

241 comments
icejet87
icejet87

can you not use a keyboard to play this on the computer?

icejet87
icejet87

so do you need a controller to play in on your computer?


kallumsmarties
kallumsmarties

Does it matter if there is a magic booster? Don't use it then. I just wanna play the game because it is a fantastic classic of my childhood! :')

robertxtm
robertxtm

Finish the game with Squall's initial level. I can finish the game without everyone leveling up. Yes its possible except for Siefer and Edea.

Chatch09
Chatch09

Magic Booster? FF8 was already the easiest FF there is....

Mega_Skrull
Mega_Skrull

What's the point of that magic booster thing? Sound like a pretty big cheat code more than a feature

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

"One of those achievements, "Contrived Finish," requires that you "Finish the game with Squall's initial level." Good luck with that one."

The enemies level up with you, it's actually easier to finish at lvl 1.

D3dr0_0
D3dr0_0

Gotta play that Triple Triad.

DarkNeoBahamut
DarkNeoBahamut

"Finish the game with Squall's initial level.". Only Squall? piece of cake, just keep him dead, you can survive with the others two, Plus everyone knows the enemy level is similar to your party level.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

And has incredibly bad controls and requires third party add-ons to get working with any modern controllers.

drybones41
drybones41

Never played this one, it's time too then i guess. I'll see everyone in a few weeks.

Apastron
Apastron

"Time...it will not wait...No matter...how hard you hold on. It escapes you..."


14 years!  I feel old.

SphinxDemon
SphinxDemon

Haha I remember playing the demo for this game on the old playstation. I was a kid then so I couldn't go out and buy it myself. I ended up playing the demo over and over, wishing I could play the rest. I'm definitely giving this a go now :)

hebrux
hebrux

They need to recreate more Final Fantasy games to the PC! I would love to have Final Fantasy X on the PC!!

Jebril
Jebril

Why is this 12 dollars? Seriously it's 15 years old, you would think they would just give it away for 2 bucks or something. So dumb.

Rusmurf
Rusmurf

Great game, but needs resoloution update....

sigmact
sigmact

i have to admit, i miss this kind of games nowdays... wonder why square-enix cant make a new game with this formula?

whocaresrly
whocaresrly

Now all they need to do is put the last good Final Fantasy on there, FF9.

jophy
jophy

please release all pass Final fantasy games and add all these new features. I love to relive that age of legendary jrpg era. the music by nobou uematsu and when the game focus more on gameplay than graphics.

Rennik_Repotsir
Rennik_Repotsir

When I saw "Magic Booster" in the headline; for some reason I thought it was to make the all available spells stronger. That way, they would be strong enough to make using them debatable with the stat decrease...


Oh well...

gameroutlawzz
gameroutlawzz

Cant stand RPGs that use a card system. But I gotta say those were Square Enix greatest times.  Anyone who likes squares and JRPG  should dl an emulator and play Super Mario RPG: Legend of the seven stars on SNES. Seriously one of the greatest games ever and its also from Square.

Bhemont
Bhemont

@JimmeyBurrows Squall doesn't start at level 1 though.  And how is it easier? 


Teach me master, because you need to draw from enemies to get more powerful, correct? 

ssvegeta555
ssvegeta555

If FF9 comes to PC, my life would be complete. :D

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@ladies_man_xxx Scratch that. Bring out all of the SNES remakes as well. I played some of them over the summer and they were frigging awesome.

metroidhunterx
metroidhunterx

@Grenadeh Oops!  I guess My Logitech PC controller forgot to read the memo, as it works just fine.

natethegreat235
natethegreat235

Not true. My x-box controller works just fine with FF7.

mitchburns13
mitchburns13

Alternative FFX and X-2 are coming out in a HD bundle and it looks awesome

archav3n
archav3n

good luck hoping. sony won't abandon their exclusives for PC.

Simsyas
Simsyas

Square Enix tax bro, it's for every platform.

Mac8457
Mac8457

I hear ya. Thats why I bought FF7 when it was on sale for 4 bucks and started playing that.

gameroutlawzz
gameroutlawzz

@sigmact Sell-outs. Rather make a uncharted game with Tomb Raiders skin.  Their TR game felt so shallow and dull I could never finish it.

D3dr0_0
D3dr0_0

@whocaresrly I really liked XII out of the PS2 Final Fantasies and X was good too. The biggest downside was how linear it was.

natethegreat235
natethegreat235

SMRPG is a QUALITY GAME. Easily the best of the last set of games released on the SNES.

DeadorRock
DeadorRock

It doesn't, the card game is a 100% optional and works more like a sidequest.

mitchburns13
mitchburns13

@xXl_z3r0_lXx Jerk... 

Sphinx Demon, my most fond memories were playing ff8 whilst my parents went through divorce among other problems. LOVED  THIS GAME and is well worth it for a classic the price on steam. The Intro rocks and DEMO. To quote a review that I cant remember exactly where. FF8 does a lot wrong but even more right, THAT IS PERFECTLY worded. There is also a great deal to the story that people miss and on forums I've had to explain to others (like squall parents and the story around that). There is a lot more to the game then some realize. It is also one of the last ffs that the game design and coding can be exploited in so may ways to the player advantage. Second play -through grind early for a challenge.

xXl_z3r0_lXx try to be a bit more open minded whats sad is a troll looking for posts to put-down. You didn't even mention anything of the game.

SphincDemon BUY AND ENJOY  I have played the game in excess of 20 times (no exaggeration) Now that IS SAD

DeadorRock
DeadorRock

I know right? PCSX2 is very high quality emulator. Everyone can play their original PS2 copy of FFX in HD just fine with it. There's even a mod to enable widescreen rendering, which I must say, looks pretty good!

sigmact
sigmact

@gameroutlawzz @sigmact i did, just for morbid curiosity...


dont know the rest, but me, i´ve looking for a rpg like 7th saga and final fantasy kind of games even on flash. still wondering if turn-based RPGs dont belong to this age or gamers/programmers dont want another game trend

DeadorRock
DeadorRock

Yeah.... Tidus is annoying, but FFX is awesome either way.

Bhemont
Bhemont

@DeadorRock Not to mention, you can actually play it with Japanese voice actors, get rid of that Tidus whining little brat makes the game tolerable at least. 

finalkain
finalkain

X was awesome and it doesnt matter, VI > All