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I liked 8 alot more then, and still do. i still think about the characters, i still love the trppy vibe of the world, the scene where the SEED academy is being invaded makes me want to go replay this again right now. if there were a version with trophies id have litterally no excuses left not to buy again. (i still have my guide somewhere)


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Loved the reveal of the FF8 Remaster, but sadly it looks like they've only updated character models while ignoring the backgrounds.

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"Remaster" just updates character models and blurs the original backgrounds. As a result:

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Looks very weird seeing blurry Cid amongst sharp Squall and Quistis

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The remaster with updated character models really makes it apparent which characters are actually there and which are just drawn on the background as they remain very low quality and blurred.

But the new models do look much nicer:
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1 hour ago, PhantomKnight said:

Just downloaded my copy of FF8, it will be my first time playing it

I played FF8 quite a bit back on the PS1.

 

Bought the Remaster on Steam, but I intend to apply some fan mods to improve backgrounds and such once they're out.

 

I played about 30 minutes of the remaster just to get a feel of how much different it was. Quite a bit of NPCs were apparently just drawn on the backgrounds so they're just a blurry mess. The backgrounds just had a Gaussian blur effect applied to them to get rid of the pixelation and choppiness, but it still looks very choppy in places where the character goes behind a small portion of the background where angles are involved.

 

Game seemed stable for me though. No crashes or bugs cropped up and the menus, loader, and configuration were all capable of being done with a controller, so controller support has definitely improved over the original Steam release. Also unlike the old one, the Remaster does not require a Square Enix account to play. Also saves from the original can be copied over to the game folder and work fine.

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A lot of fan mods just dropped for the "Remaster" in order to update the game further graphically.

 

Here is some comparisons between the official remaster as-is and the fan mods created for it.

 

some enemy battle models

official (before) vs. fan mods (after):

https://imgsli.com/MTYyODU

https://imgsli.com/MTYyNjk

https://imgsli.com/MTYyNjY

click the link and use the slider to go back n forth... fan mod is extremely more detailed.

 

and then some background comparisons

official:

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fan mod:

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official:

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fan mod:

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official:

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fan mod:

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Full size them of course to fully see the difference.

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2 hours ago, Ashven288 said:

Could you provide a link to that mod.

Final Fantasy 7, 8, 8 Remastered, and 9 mods can all be found on Qhimm's forum.

But for 8 Remastered exclusively, you can find most of the mods linked on this thread.

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