Fans of Final Fantasy VIII got a surprise today when Square Enix announced a collection of brand new features have been added to the PC version of Final Fantasy VIII. The new features come in the way of 5 new game boosters that players may activate to lessen the difficulty of the game.
High Speed Mode – Speedrunner special! This mode allows you to speed up certain parts of the game (cutscenes, movies, battles and more) by up to five times the regular speed!
Battle Assistance – Great for final boss battles or for taking on Ultima/Omega Weapon again, this booster grants you an always full ATB gauge, always full HP as well as making Limit Breaks always available. It’s almost like cheating, except that your characters will still die if the damage they suffer from one hit is greater than their HP levels.
9999 – Pretty self-explanatory! Your normal attacks, certain limit breaks and some Guardian Force (G.F.) attacks will always deal the maximum 9,999 damage.
AP Max – Ability Points (AP) are used to teach your G.F. new abilities. This booster therefore allows your G.F. to max out their APs when you’re on the world map. This should also help those of you attempting the No-Level challenge!
Magic and Gil Max – The magic booster, as before will give you 100 of each acquired magic spell, but this booster now also allows you to give yourself the maximum limit of Gil.
While hardcore players might find these new game boosters to be glorified cheat codes, High Speed Mode could prove useful and challenging for veteran players looking to go through the game again.
If you already own Final Fantasy VIII on Steam you should already have the new features with the latest update to the game. If you’d like to purchase Final Fantasy VIII, it’s currently on sale for 40% off during the Steam Summer Sale at http://store.steampowered.com/app/39150/.