The Starlight Megaphone is pleased to present our Autumn 2011 feature: School Days: A Final Fantasy VIII playthrough.
Released for the PlayStation in Japan and America in 1999, for Microsoft Windows in early 2000, and on the PlayStation Network in 2009, Final Fantasy VIII was a critical and commerical success. It sold lots of copies and got pretty good reviews from just about everyone who reviewed things in 1999.
Following the adventures of Squall Leonhart and his loveable band of misfit companions, the plot of Final Fantasy VIII revolves around a formidable sorceress who is seeking to undo the very fabric of temporal existence. Leaping into the fray, Squall and company do their level best, whilst simultaneously coping with severe psychosis, leading to bizarre and disconcerting dreams in which they believe themselves to be blithering idiots.
With a soundtrack reportedly composed by Nobuo Uematsu, and with a script based on School Days, and purportedly written by the unholy trinity of Nomura, Kitase, and Nojima, Final Fantasy VIII may well stand as one of the towering pinnacles of gaming, etc.
This is the final week of our playthrough, in which we will aim to complete this giant and triumphant tour de force. Use the comments thread to discuss where you are, strategies for battles, and your opinions about how things have changed in JRPGs since the original release thirteen years ago.
So, now we invite you to join The Starlight Megaphone as we go back to school and join the student body at BALAMB GARDEN. Welcome to Final Fantasy VIII!