Final Fantasy VIII (2013)

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Final Fantasy VIII (2013)
Final Fantasy VIII (2013) cover
Developers
Square Enix
Windows DotEmu
Publishers
Square Enix
Release dates
Windows December 5, 2013
Final Fantasy
Final Fantasy VII 1998
Final Fantasy VIII 2000
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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn 2013
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Final Fantasy XIII-2 2014
Final Fantasy IV: The After Years 2015
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD‎ 2015
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Final Fantasy IX 2016
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster 2016
Mobius Final Fantasy 2017
Final Fantasy Type-0 Online TBA

This page is for the 2013 re-release. For the original 2000 version, see Final Fantasy VIII.

Key points

This is a re-release of the 2000 PC port of the PlayStation version updated with compatibility with modern operating systems along with additional new features. (Click first ref to see.)[1][2]
Slightly better models with more polygons (togglable).
Unfavorable to the PlayStation version in areas
While the PlayStation version ran at 60 FPS, excluding menu screens the PC frame rate is capped at 30 FPS, 15 FPS during combat and FMVs.[3]

General information

Steam Community Discussions
Qhimm Final Fantasy Mod Forums

Availability[edit]

All versions require Steam DRM.

Essential improvements[edit]

Better Music Mod[edit]

Replaces the default MIDI music with higher-quality tracks, similar to the PlayStation version. If you want orchestral music remixes, use Roses and Wine. If you want it true to the PS1 version, this also works.

FMV Replacement Pack[edit]

Replaces the blurry FMVs with better encoded versions based on the original PC release coupled with the uncompressed PlayStation audio.

Quezacotl sound fix[edit]

Fixes the incorrect sounds during the GF Quezacotl's summoning animation.

Graphical enhancements[edit]

  • Tonberry Enhanced - Adds external texture support (WARNING: This may cause issues with the Steam Overlay and the game may crash. Disable the Steam Overlay).
  • Project Eden - Filters and upscales the pixelated backgrounds. Please note that some backgrounds are not perfect and have some graphic problems.
  • Tripod - Adds HD Triple Triad card game.
  • SeeD Reborn - Updates many elements of the HUD such as the title screen, font, textboxes, character art and battle/menu icons.
Textbox color can be changed in the "ic" folder by editing both of the middle bars in "iconfl00_14" in the "iconfl00" folder, and "iconfl01_14" in the "iconf001" folder.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Square Enix\FINAL FANTASY VIII Steam

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Square Enix\FINAL FANTASY VIII Steam

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

FMVs from the original PC release were re-encoded from 480p Bink format (with tons of macroblocking) to 720p VP8/OGG with additional post-processing resulting in a blurrier look.[4] See FMV Replacement Pack for a fix.
Video settings.
Video settings.
Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution
Pillarboxed or stretched only.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
Menu screens are capped at 60 FPS, combat and FMVs are capped at 15 FPS, and everything else is capped at 30 FPS.[3]
120+ FPS
Color blind mode

Input settings[edit]

Does not support XInput.
To run from battle, hold L3 and R3 (analog sticks).
Ctrl+R resets the game to the title screen.
Button prompts are B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, etc. Use Button prompts mod for Xbox/DualShock buttons.
Input settings.
Input settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse support in launcher only.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Movement restricted to first two axes.
Full controller support
Launcher has no controller navigation support.
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Other
Touchscreen optimised
Additional information
Button prompts Input settings icon - Generic Controller.svg
Use Button prompts mod for Xbox/DualShock buttons.
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Entire game pauses when put in background. Can turn on/off.

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English
French
Italian
German
Spanish

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7, 8 Vista, 7, 8
Processor (CPU) 2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 3 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4 GB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 9.0c compatible NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT
DirectX 9.0c compatible

References

  1. New features accessible by pressing F1 through F5 (more information in manual in the launcher):
    • High Speed Mode, which increases the game speed by about 5x. F1
    • Battle Assistance, which always keeps the ATB bar full, makes Limit Breaks always available, prevents status ailment damage, keeps HP full, and prevents damage from enemies. F2
    • 9999, which makes all player dealt damage and healing do the maximum 9999 amount. F3
    • AP MAX, which sets all currently learned GF abilities to their max level. F4
    • Magic and Gil MAX, which sets all acquired magic spells to 100 and Gil to its maximum limit. F5
    • Magic Booster, which increases the inventory of various spells by 100.
    • Chocobo World, a mini-game previously found in the Pocket station port of the game.
    • Steam cloud and achievement functionality.
  2. Steam Forums :: Non steam Version or Steam Version
  3. 3.0 3.1 Steam Forums :: Frame limit - any chance of getting rid of it?
  4. Steam Forums :: FMVs are WORSE quality than the original version :(