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'Final Fantasy VIII': Squall Leonhart and the Art of Growth
Final Fantasy VIII is an excellent entry in the long-running franchise, if not the most polarizing. One of the most compelling aspects of the game is its main lead, Squall Leonhart. Though he isn’t a complete departure of the tortured protagonist mold that Final Fantasy has been known for since IV, Squall perhaps has the most “human core” depth within a lead character since Cecil Harvey. That may seem a little controversial, as the reception of Ol’ Leon has always been incredibly divisive, but it does stand to reason that the polarization is what makes him so compelling, to begin with. It isn’t so