I disagree with Spoony, FF8 is not a piece of crap.
Good things first. I really like the character design, in that they do look like real people. The FMV scenes are gorgeous! The scenery is too, for the most part. Most of the time I could make out what was what.
The story ain’t that bad, although the 3rd and 4th disc feels odd. I mean like the story pulls a drag and slows down considerably. It’s like they put all the good shit in disc 1 & 2 and didn’t have much left for the 2 other discs. Same can be said about FF7, but that’s for another day.
The battle system, & magic drawing system for that part, has its flaws but are overall fun. I still prefer the regular level up system better though. Drawing is tedious as hell, especially in the beginning when you have crappy magic stats.
The encounter-none ability from the devil (Diablos) saved my sanity. The flying garden is cool, but is unfortunately a piece of crap when it comes to traveling the globe. The card mini-game Triple Triad can kiss my ass, because I never bothered with it. Moon-pimples are not cool, at all. Was Adel a transsexual amazon?
I tried two times to beat Omega Weapon, the lack of a decent reward kept me from trying further. Music isn’t as good as previous games, but the boss theme kicks ass. Saw way too little of Esthar. How did Seifer raise the Lunatic Pandora? Ultimecia’s, despite her ridiculous name, final form was disgustingly awesome.
Believe it or not, this is only the second Final Fantasy game I’ve finished fully. This and Mystic Quest (lol). FF games I have almost finished though are IV, VI, VII, XII: Revenant Wings.
So that’s about what I can think up, for now.