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Retro Vault: Final Fantasy VIII, MK Double Dash, Bruce Lee

Plus: The 32X and the Earthworm Jim cartoon

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February 1999 - Final Fantasy VIII character art

Warning: Final Fantasy VIII spoilers follow!

The enormous worldwide of success of Final Fantasy VII meant the name of its successor's title song - All Eyes On Me - was appropriately named.

Thankfully, Final Fantasy VIII more than met expectations, delivering a similarly massive and engaging RPG adventure. While its realistic art style divided fans of the series, there was still no denying its quality.

Although the game initially begins with six main protagonists - Squall, Rinoa, Irvine, Zell, Quistis and Selphie - a total of eleven different characters are playable throughout the course of the adventure.

Its twist-filled plot meant that some characters changed allegiances as the player progressed. Whereas Squall's classmate Seifer is playable early in the game, he later becomes one of the main enemies. Inversely, while the sorceress Edea initially appears to be a major villain, she later escapes the spell she's under and becomes playable for a while.

The official character artwork above shows all eleven characters that are playable at one point or another over the course of the game's four discs.

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