Steam is a great application. For a PC Gamer, it is often toted as the ultimate place to discover and purchase games. However, for the JRPG fan, the choice was…lacking, for want of a better word. It was a shame too, since many of these titles are truly great and I honestly believe that every gamer should have a crack at them. Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy VII, Persona 3 – those are just to name a few. Thankfully, however, it is now possible for you can get some of these great titles direct to your PC from Steam – which is particularly good news if you never got around to them. Just a few months ago, SquareEnix released Final Fantasy VII, and today, we see Final Fantasy VIII added to the collection.
If you played Final Fantasy VIII on the PS One and you boot up the Steam version, you’ll notice a few changes. Higher visual fidelity is one such change, with SE making adjustments here and there for this remastered version of the game, and its a welcome addition. Check out the image below to see what I mean.
They’ve also added a few extra gameplay related goodies:
- Magic Booster: An option that can be activated from the launcher that grants the player of casts of Cure, Cura, Curaga, Fire, Fira, Blizzard, Blizzara, Thunder, Thundara, Sleep, Blind, Silence, Berserk, Bio, Esuna, Aero, Confuse, Break, and Zombie.
- ChocoboWorld: Originally a PocketStation Memory card peripheral (remember those?) add-on mini-game of sorts that never saw the light outside of Japan.
Magic Booster is an option that they added to increase the pace of the game and make it a tiny bit easier. If you played the original, you probably remember grinding the hours away not just leveling your characters but finding magic for the Junction system. I’ll be glad not to have to do that again.
Chocobo World, as I mentioned earlier, was never released outside of Japan, and when I tried playing it, it wasn’t anything special. It’s a bit boring and you need to make it to a certain point in the game to even access it but I’d rather they added features than remove them.