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Final Fantasy VIII
isn't exactly an obscure game. As my personal favorite of the franchise, Squaresoft's (now Square Enix's) 1999 PlayStation entry in the series maintains the sci-fi stylings of the arguably more popular Final Fantasy VII
while improving CG techniques to make it prettier. The game is also four discs long, which still kind of amazes me.
A few interesting facts about the game can be found on its still-operating official site
. Namely, a Nazi-styled uniform was removed
when the game was localized to European territories, and it cost 3 billion yen to develop. The site still has "coming soon" labels for its strategy guide and hints sections, but we wouldn't hold our breath on that ever coming to life.