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Final Fantasy 8 remaster sneak peek revives a classic meme

Squall is finally the best looking guy here

Hero character Squall stands in front of a red background in a screenshot from Final Fantasy 8 Square Enix
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Square Enix’s Final Fantasy 8 remaster will bring the classic (and frequently overlooked) role-playing game to modern platforms later this year, giving the game a fresh, high-definition coat of paint.

To drill that point home, on Tuesday, Square Enix gave Final Fantasy fans a little taste of what to expect with Final Fantasy 8 Remastered — and breathed new life into a classic FF8 meme in the process.

That brief video is, of course, a reference to the “You’re the best looking guy here” meme that pokes fun at Squall’s low-res representation in the PlayStation original. The meme contrasts protagonist Rinoa Heartily telling Squall Leonhart how handsome he is, and a close-up of our hero’s extremely distorted mess of a pixelated face.

Two images from Final Fantasy 8 stitched together, featuring Rinoa telling Squall “You’re the best looking guy here.” and a close-up of Squall’s heavily pixelated head. Square Enix

Final Fantasy 8 tells the story of a military invasion of the Dukedom of Dollet and the mercenary force SeeD that’s hired to defend it. SeeD soldier Squall, resistance fighter Rinoa, and their friends are pulled into war and must ultimately save the world. It gets pretty weird from there.

Final Fantasy 8 Remastered will be released for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC and Xbox One in 2019. The remaster was officially announced at E3 2019.