Started playing Final Fantasy 8 once I finished up 7. I’ve played for about 3 hours and have already found the obligatory Wedge, Biggs, and Cid. In case you’ve never played the Final Fantasy Series, ever since 4 (I think – but definitely 6) there have always been some characters named Biggs, Wedge, and Cid. Cid is usually a mechanic or inventor or something scientific. In 8 he’s the headmaster of a training school for mercenaries. Biggs and Wedge (after who my brother names a lot of his online personas) are like the people who wear the red shirts in Star Trek, they show up for a little while and then are killed. They usually provide some comic relief, although it’s not a requirement.
Although I’m not a big fan of the Anime/Mange Naruto, I’ve seen a few episodes under the demands of my younger brothers. The plot of Naruto and FF8 seem a bit similar. In both stories, the main characters are in school and are hired by outsiders to protect them or fight for them. When Naruto graduates he’ll be a full-fledged Ninja. When the FF8 characters graduate, they’ll be full-fledged mercenaries.
The graphics are beautiful, especially in the CG movies. What a leap was made in technology from FF7 to FF8. I can’t wait to see 9 and then 10, where voice has finally been added thanks to the use of a DVD medium in Playstation 2. I can only imagine what types of effects will occur on the first game for PS3 since it’s supposed to use one of the blue ray DVD technologies.