A row of Final Fantasy
VIII demos were playable at the showing, in which a large number of audience
were constantly crowded around.
Square also released their FFVIII background story as follows:
Final Fantasy VIII
is scheduled for release in this winter.
Ehrgeiz was playable with
all the characters available including the hidden- Kouji Masuda, Clair
Andrews, Cloud Stryfe, Tifa Lockhart, Vincent Valentine, Yuffie Kisaragi
and Sephiroth. While the game apparently was not finished (no victory music,
missing stages), the characters seemed very much complete.
Ehrgeiz is scheduled for release in December 17.
was shown for the first time.
The mascot characters of Final Fantasy such as Moogle, White Magitian and Goblin, battle their way through the races using their unique cars, special abilities and Magi stones.
The Final Fantasy VIII Movie
The movie was coordinated
Shots of the FFVIII world, characters including Edea comes out, then the Edea parade with Seifer on the side is shown-- all under 15 seconds up to this point. Then the Squall vs Seifer battle comes up, fairly much like a recollection of the past.
The quality of Square's movie
has been getting much better through every game, and FF7 cannot compare
to the Quality of FFVIII-- I hope that the promotional movie of Squall
VS Seifer becomes public very soon since a picture is worth a thousand
words, but a movie is worth a million.
I was playing with all the
new characters except for Yoyo-Yoko's Father: Masuda.
While the game did not seem "Arcade perfect" at the moment, it was playable enough and even if ti does not result arcade perfect in the finished product, I think that the extra additions will more than make up for it. The Quest mode was interesting-- seeing Tifa with a Sword and Shield was very.. funny. However since it is hard to die away in the Quest mode, I am sure that people were waiting a hellish amount of time on the waiting line for others to finish.
A totally new original character. She seems to be very skinny, definitely a speed & combo type as opposed to slow & power type.
Clair can do mad rushes, and has many kick combos going up and down reminding me of Baek from Tekken 2.
In her normal special, she goes flying head first with into the opponent like Vega/Bison's Psycho crusher attack from Capcom's Street Fighter2 series.
In her super special, she spins around with daggers in both hands like Zangief from Capcom's Street Fighter2 Series, and is also controllable in direction.
Same good cloud as the arcade, he has his nice big sword and his special sword slash combo DM.
We can re-dramatize Sephiroth's death with the move once again on a fighting game.
Madman(Henry Moriarty)'s top Fav' character.
Again, same nice Tifa from the arcade. Her skirt seems to look more natural now when doing moves thanks to Playstation transparencies.
... .. ... . ...No "wobble" effect like the arcades, yet so far.
I know of one definite fan who is dying to use her... ol E*su, the maintainer of the Yuffie Shrine.
Very nicely created. Her face looks a bit more grown up than the FFVII original, but otherwise she looks very identical except more detailed.
Yuffie attacks with her fists, legs and most of all her Ninja star, which is very well rendered and leaves nice colorful shadows when she flings it around- and it isn't even a special move. She goes out of balance after winning matches, very cute and FFVII- like.
Yuffie throws around her ninja star instead of flinging it when she does her special move. It seems like the difference between her normal and super special is the size of the star and damage.
Looks very cool.. and tall.
Vincent's main weapon is not in fact his gun- he only uses it in his special. His usual weapon is-- remember that he has a claw attached on his hand? Well he punches and slashes with it very often. Vincent seems to have many combos consisting of punches and kicks. He seems to be somewhere in-between a power and speed fighter, but pretty strong overall. He does not seem to be able to morph, however.
Vincent's normal special is his gun, which shoots at a very fast speed. His super special is multiple shots of his gun simultaneously, which not only is fast but homes into the opponent.
The character most FFVII fan has been waiting for... and yes, he looks nice and plays strong.
Sephiroth normally attacks with his bare fists and legs and still has good power and reach. He can do a number of tricky combos, but Sephiroth is just his FFVII self without using his sword. And yes it can be used by pressing the special attack button. Very much like Cloud, by pressing the special attack button Sephiroth take out his sword- press it again, and he puts it back. While Sephiroth has his sword out, his normal attacks all use swords and he can do different combos and advanced moves from the usual. And even more particularly, his attacks cannot be guarded. However Sephiroth seems to go into a Samurai Showdown Ukyo-like pose when he take out his sword, meaning he has it slanted to his back and he walks very, very slow.
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The background image was
drawn by Tetsuya Nomura for FFVIII.
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