Final Fantasy 8 Remastered gameplay by Revu Philippines

Watch: First 12 minutes of Final Fantasy 8 for Android/iOS

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The latest addition to Square Enix’s sprawling list of Final Fantasy games for mobile is now available on the Google Play Store and App Store. You can now buy and download Final Fantasy VIII Remastered on your Android or iOS device.

This is great news for fans who have been waiting on the eight main installment of the franchise to release on mobile platforms. Assuming, of course, they don’t own the original or remaster on console. Either way, it’s worth adding to any digital Final Fantasy collection, if only because it’s the best-looking version of the classic turn-based Japanese RPG.

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The original Final Fantasy VIII was released in February 1999 for the PlayStation and has since been re-released on other platforms including PC and Nintendo Switch, selling more than 9.6 million copies worldwide. It was the first game in the series to feature realistically proportioned characters. While it used the Active Time Battle system that debuted in the fourth game of the franchise, Final Fantasy VIII introduced a new system for spell-casting, among other deviations and improvements.

Android users in the Philippines can purchase Final Fantasy VIII at a discounted price of P849 (around $17.49 converted), while those with U.S.-based Google Play Store accounts are getting it for $16.99 (P825), down from $20.99 ($1,019) until April 4.

Getting it?

The Android and iOS versions are actually ports of Final Fantasy VIII Remastered for PC, so the download will take up a bit of space — approximately 2.59GB — on your smartphone or tablet.

The remaster, in case you’re not familiar, offers better-looking graphics and additional features, such as Battle Assist (essentially god mode in the game), as well as No Encounters and 3x Speed, which are self-explanatory. Cloud save and controller support will be added in a future software update.

Check out our gameplay footage of Final Fantasy VIII Remastered for Android and iOS running on our OPPO Find X3 Pro. Just look at the first few minutes of the game, and you’ll immediately notice how much better the revamped character models look compared to the original.

Our gameplay footage

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Reviews editor: Ramon "Monch" Lopez has 16 years of professional experience creating and editing content for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. He headed the gadgets-merchandising division of one of the Philippines’ largest retail operators somewhere in between.