Final Fantasy 8 is on Steam for $11.99. How awesome is this game? It was released 15 years ago, on the first Playstation, and it’s still going for $11.99. That’s test of time. Halo 4, last year’s mega-hit, won’t be going for $11.99 in 2027.
What other notable games came out in 1999?
Grand Theft Auto 2
Heroes of Might and Magic 3
Age of Empires 2
Medal of Honor
All good games, but nowhere in the same league as FF8. It had the epic story, the soundtrack, the characters you develop a deep bond with, and oh yeah, it’s a really fun video game. The main campaign, the side missions, even the in-game card game, Triple Triad, is awesome. You get to drive a big floating school, ride trains, and then fly a spaceship. The final battle is epic with a great payoff. Even completing Squall’s gunblade is in itself an endeavor. I don’t know how many hours I spent on one of those remote islands looking for that final component to finish it.
Then there’s the score. There have been concerts of the music featuring big-time orchestras. The song, “Eyes on Me,” won main-stream awards. The cut scenes alone are worth replaying the entire game for.
There are also the quirky Asian-drama-like moments, which I love: the shy dude who can’t approach the girl he likes, awkward embarrassing moments, the guy with the diarrhea problem who likes porn, and of course, all the crazy hair.
A great game start to finish.