Final Fantasy VIII arises on PSN

PlayStation Store Update: Square Enix's classic JRPG joins Puzzlegeddon on PS3 store, while PSP gets MGS: Portable Ops, Buzz! Quiz World, more.

Square Enix hasn't given gamers much of a heads-up about Final Fantasy VIII's arrival on the PlayStation Network. With initial word buried in a PlayStation newsletter earlier this week, the Japanese role-playing game is now available for both the PlayStation 3 and PSP as a PSone Classic for $9.99.

Elsewhere on the PlayStation Store for the PS3, Pieces Interactive has released Puzzlegeddon for $9.99. A matching puzzle game, Puzzlegeddon offers single- and multiplayer action, as gamers move tiles to form chains of like colors to deal damage to their opponents.

The PSP's downloadable library also sees a significant infusion of new content this week. With Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker now carrying a May 25 release date, Konami has added Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops and the multiplayer-centric Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Plus to the PSP's online store for $14.99 and $9.99, respectively. MGS-enthused gamers can also pick up the Metal Gear Solid Digital Graphic Novel for $9.99 this week.

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A trifecta of racing games heads to the PSP this week, as Sega Rally Revo ($15.99), F1 2009 ($39.99), and Ridge Racer ($14.99) are all now available. Lastly, Buzz! Quiz World, which lets gamers connect to the PS Store to download new quizzes and other content, is available for $19.99.

A full list of the week's new PlayStation Store content, including themes, wallpapers, demos, and add-on content, is available on the official PlayStation Blog.

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253 comments
Lykanthropie
Lykanthropie

is there a way to play the old PS RPGs on PS3 from the original CDs? If the PS3 could play it via downloaded content it may also play the original with a special fix or so? i know its possible for PSP. if someone knows please send me a message.

zelosphia_8
zelosphia_8

Xenogears, Chrono Cross, and Galerians please. I don't want to go on eBay only to have them released a few months later.

ejay_kain
ejay_kain

@stryker521 My hero! boy that's sounds cheesy, anyway thanx bro

meltedwater
meltedwater

I will be getting FF8. It is the first FFgame I played, and to me, it is better than FF7.

cloud121
cloud121

im getting ff8 pretty soon 8) ff8 is a great final fantasy game . i hope they get chrono cross and chrono trigger on ps store and also parasite eve2.

Stryker521
Stryker521

As is the case with Ejay_Kain, I can't find FF8 on my PSN either. I can only see the FF7 full game for $15.95 (US or AU?) and a whole heap of free FF13 and FF14 trailers. Wth?

ashkantb
ashkantb

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doraemon1987
doraemon1987

@ DDR_Midian ty for that information, i do have a US account but i wasn't aware of that method....def gonna try that out cos tbh the EU store is a joke

ejay_kain
ejay_kain

that's weird i cant find FF8 :( i only see FF7, does the release also count for the european psn? bummer, i looked everywhere.

Abecale
Abecale

By far my most favorite Final fantasy, and favorite RPG game. Glad to see this on PSN, have my old hard copy of the game for ages but new-comers enjoy the pinnacle of Final fantasies prime =)

cridant
cridant

Well this is by far my favourite ps1 game so i am happy :)

tmthywtsn
tmthywtsn

Wow, too bad I recently picked up a greatest hits copy. I should have waited for this because I'm sure they sharpened up the picture quality removing lots of graininess.

Spider-Jim
Spider-Jim

"TC_Squared FFX's system is the only one that I had to down-right cheat and use action replay codes (giving me a max supply of stat spheres) in order to enjoy it. That way, any time I got to a blank sphere on the grid I could fill it with what the characters need (Auron: Accuracy, Wakka: Strength, etc.) This imbalance in the battle system caused some features to be pointless... Such as Lulu having a weapon that inflicts death upon an enemy. Her accuracy is so terrible that there were barely any enemies that it worked on. To top it off, I was able to kill the Omega Weapon of this game in two moves. Anyway, my point is that people who insult the FFVIII battle-system but not the one in FFX (and many people have done that) are hypocrites. The Omega Weapon in FFVIII still held up a fight." Now try the actual hard boss fights, was the final one called Nemesis? I can't remember. Anyway the point is Omega in X is not the hardest!!!

FlashCharge
FlashCharge

Glad to see some attention finally coming to the psp.

bn2114rec
bn2114rec

It was nice to have FFVIII available just like FFVII was and hope to see the others follow in their footsteps to be available in the near future for the PSP. Even though I've enjoyed playing these titles over-and-over again, it makes it even more exciting now that my kids get to enjoy my addiction with Final Fantasy titles.

Archideas
Archideas

I hope they also put FFIX up on the PSN store in the near future. That game was awesome.

megazel
megazel

I guess it's about time for me to buy a new psp so I can download and play my favorite FF series.

Zain-Midori
Zain-Midori

Bout time ! all i need now is mi chrono cross

calebcop
calebcop

Once I've got the cash, I'm gonna download that.

ratamahat
ratamahat

In the international original, there was no way of getting a 100% at this game, as one of the collector's cards could only be found if you completed the (ridiculous) chocobo sidequest that required the "pocket station" in the end. I wonder how this works in the download version...

dexter_safe
dexter_safe

i loved ff10, i filled all the empty spaces on the normal sphere grid x.x. for sum reason i couldn't find luck spheres, prolly just me and bad luck >.>

tonyleo01
tonyleo01

I almost bought VIII on PSN until i looked over to the bookshelf and saw the game sitting there pretty along with FFVII, FFIX, FFtactics, Vagrant Story, Xenogears, DQVII, Grandia, Suikoden II and so on. Oh man, RPGs on psone were the bomb and Squaresoft could never do wrong...

TC_Squared
TC_Squared

fluerxx, Yes, you do get to move into other characters' sphere grids...when you're about 2/3 of the way through the game. I'm not saying that FFX was a bad game. I lost count of how many times I've played through it. I'm just saying that it had the most unbalanced battle-system of any FF game I've played (4-12). And the fact that I was able to beat the Omega Weapon with Kimahri using lancet once, then Yuna using Bahamut's Overdrive once proves it. Also, I clearly didn't suck at the game, like you said, because I'm complaining about it being too easy.

fluerxx
fluerxx

@TC_Squared. Evidently, you just sucked at the game. It's strange you whine about real class making, needing the right character for the right enemy. Auron fought the strongest of enemies, and he got some Blitzball player to take out the weedy birds. PS, Sup Customize weapons and moving onto another persons sphere grid.

DDR_Midian
DDR_Midian

@tom_cat_01 @doraemon1987 Just get yourselves a US account and buy PSN cards on eBay, I'm in the UK but all of my PSOne classics (about 8 of them) were bought from the US store. Search eBay for sbblair, I know a bunch of people who buy from this guy, fast code delivery via email.

Hayasmez
Hayasmez

Great, i lost disc one now i'm a happy bunny.

TC_Squared
TC_Squared

FFX's system is the only one that I had to down-right cheat and use action replay codes (giving me a max supply of stat spheres) in order to enjoy it. That way, any time I got to a blank sphere on the grid I could fill it with what the characters need (Auron: Accuracy, Wakka: Strength, etc.) This imbalance in the battle system caused some features to be pointless... Such as Lulu having a weapon that inflicts death upon an enemy. Her accuracy is so terrible that there were barely any enemies that it worked on. To top it off, I was able to kill the Omega Weapon of this game in two moves. Anyway, my point is that people who insult the FFVIII battle-system but not the one in FFX (and many people have done that) are hypocrites. The Omega Weapon in FFVIII still held up a fight.

TC_Squared
TC_Squared

I actually found FFX to have the most broken system. Not the concept of it; the sphere grid was a great idea. How it was actually laid out, however, kind of sucked. 1/4 of the spheres are blank, intended for the player to fill it with whatever sphere upgrade they want. The problem is that you barely recieve any of the items you need to do just that, so most of the blank spheres on the grid are left blank. Additionally, the characters' stats are so rediculously low that they couldn't defend themselves. Wakka could kill the fast flying birds, but is too weak to harm the slow amored enemies. Auron could kill the slow, armored enemies but will miss the fast flying ones. I found it kind of stupid that Auron, the greatest Guardian in the land, couldn't even hold up against a bird. To top it off, the Aeons were way too powerful. The boss fights were hardly boss fights when an Aeon was summoned. The Knight/Mage abilities have been a long time tradition of FF games, but Cecil and Zidane could still defend themselves in a battle against mages without having to call in Tellah or Vivi to save them. You have 6 guardians on your team, meant to protect the summoner, but the summoner is actually the only character that could defend herself in random battles.

TC_Squared
TC_Squared

Why do so many people complain about the battle-system in this game? Every FF has a system with it's pros and cons, and one can usually find a way to work around what they may not like. For example, if you don't like drawing magic from enemies, then use the GF abilities to turn items into magic--it's quicker anyway. I agree that drawing magic from enemies can get boring after a while, which is exactly why I do what I just said in the previous sentance.

yixingtpot
yixingtpot

I'm waiting for Xenogears, Parasite Eve 1&2.

Sir_Hobo
Sir_Hobo

I'm glad I held off on buying it physically for $30 last month, instead choosing to buy FF9.

tom_cat_01
tom_cat_01

Awww, why oh why is it not on the UK PSN ?

solidsnake8282
solidsnake8282

BEST. FF.EVER.... way better than the much overrated FFVII

Bradley_d23
Bradley_d23

Finaly Fantasy 7 and 8 or good, but I absolutely love the story and gameplay of 8 so much better. I feel like that game changed me somehow.

Land-0-Funk
Land-0-Funk

Pass..Never played IX though...I'll buy that Sony/Square.

TC_Squared
TC_Squared

kingsi7e, PS3--all versions of it--are backwards compatible with PS1 games. This is not a scam. It's for people who no longer have the games but want them. I personally favor it, because I sold FFVII for $50 then bought it on PSN for $10, and sold FFVIII for $30 then bought it on PSN for $10.

sorotsorot
sorotsorot

Shall I be the one for you Who pinches you softly but sure If frown is shown then I will know that you are no dreamer

doraemon1987
doraemon1987

@tom_cat_01, Europe ? don't u kno they dont really give a sh*t bout us, our psn and its content ? itl b ready wen they can be arsed i spos......sad

tom_cat_01
tom_cat_01

When is this coming to Europe PSN? Anybody know?

halo4xbox720
halo4xbox720

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halo4xbox720
halo4xbox720

@ Kingsi7e At this rate we'll get FFX when PS4 is revealed, most likely ensuring cross-support. I am glad to see MGS:PO on here, where I live every store has been sold out for the last 2 years.

AngelCage-2
AngelCage-2

since i don't have it for Ps1 and i don't have a ps1 neither and i have played it and i loved it but i din't finish it and as a matter of fact i just played it a little bit: i will buy this for my PSP!!!! FFVIII baby, sony/square manages to get some money out of my pocket.... again xD

kingsi7e
kingsi7e

yah, arguably the best FF out there (I respectfully disagree). too bad that we gotta buy them again. I bet that PS4 will not have PS3 network compatibility and we will have to buy all that stuff again.

Ashman555
Ashman555

is this for christmas friday?, because i noticed new mgs peace walker demo but no ff8 on psn :/

StSk8ter29
StSk8ter29

Great game, but one of the worst endings to a Final Fantasy game ever. Really? I spent FOUR disks playing this game for THAT!?!

RicardoZagada
RicardoZagada

Only if you want to play it anywhere... what is also a good point of having a copy on the psp.