Is Final Fantasy 8 worth playing?
Maybe I am a bit biased but... play this game! Without looking up anything.
Aura is a magic you dont find until much later in the game. And if you keep yourself at low life to get your limit break I wouldnt be surprised if you ended up dying quite a bit. Alot of people jump straight to Aura and say its broken but even if do you spam limit breaks on certain bosses, you can get flat out rolled by being too aggressive unless you have Holy War active.
Depends on where you look. I found Aura quite early on last time I played. Just have that item->magic ability and you'll be set for most any spell, especially if you combine it with card->item and enemy->card. Oh and I did beat every single boss in the game with Limit Breaks (except maybe Adel), and never used Holy War. Just have Quistis around to use White Wind when you're down and Big Guard when you're not.
GFs are the worst part of the game but having said that some of them are pretty cool! I enjoy most of them and you don't have to use them as meat shields. They can be strong early game, they just arent as good later in the game.
Using them as meat shields is even quite bad. The true worth is having loads of GFs so you can junction magic to every stat. And their insane abilities. Again, enemy->card, card->item, item->magic. It really, really gives you an early edge.
Lastly, I dont use magic much in the first place but even when I do its not like its hard to draw out 10 of X magic from Y Monster. I personally think you are stressing things a bit too much. There are plenty of annoying things in every battle system. If you have 99 or 97 of a particular magic its not the end of the world, nor does it mean that your junctioning is astronomically different. Furthermore, I think you are wrong in thinking that you are being "punished" for using magic you have junctioned.
Yeah, who draws magic? Only time you're supposed to do that is when there's a GF or a magic that you don't have. It isn't broken that you can draw any amount of magic, nobody wants to do that in the first place. What's more broken (and enjoyable, still, IMO), is playing a lot of cards early on and then running around with endgame magic and weapons.
Never mind :(
If you liked the other FF games, then I would definitely recommend FF VIII. It is one of my favourites in the series, among my top five FF games in fact. The best thing to do is just to try it out for yourself and see how you like it.
I think people bag on ffviii because it changed things up from what vi and vii were system wise.
Lvs have the same exp requirment, enhancing attributes relies on a junctioning system that if unfamiliar with at first can seem cumbersome but is actually rather simple when you get the hang of it (could say the same about spheregrid from ffx).
Gil was made not by defeating enemies but earning a salary at different intervals in the game which could be offputting to some (fxiii abolished gil obtained from battles and I hated that, could only get from spheres and selling credit chips and junk. Sucked cause you needed to buy a lot of components).
No matter your level enemies always got tougher. For some this keeps the game fresh for others they feel like leveling doesn't make them feel any more powerful (this is what the junctioning system suplements however).
The story was increasingly reality based in theme and presentation and could be called more sci-fi then fantasy some would argue. This trend started with vi and vii but I think fans feel ffviii took it to far. This I theorize is why square went retro fantasy style on ffix but with ffx, fxii, and xiii more sucessfully blends its modern/future/retro hybrid look.
The story is great imo, however it does wander down some possibly confusing territory with time paradoxes/loops and even I had some huh? Moments but it's really the character development that makes it good. I think squares intention was have your start off not really liking the main character and then you grow to like him just as he grows.
It might not be your favorite ff game but if your a fan of final fantasy then definately buy this. Its like what 10 bucks on psn? And to me it fits in perfectly with vii and ix as a must play playstation one ff trilogy.