Irvine Kinneas is one of the main playable characters of Final Fantasy VIII. A trained sharp-shooter from Galbadia Garden, Irvine is the last member to join your group and the only character to exclusively use guns in the game. Irvine is a self-proclaimed ladies man and a loner. Brought up in an orphanage, he has fond memories of his childhood friends, particularly a certain 'Sefie', his best friend. An interesting character, Irvine prefers to keep himself to himself, not talking of his experiences or memories to anyone. He does occasionally show signs of worry and regret, although he soon hides these with a smile and a smooth line. Perhaps he's not as shallow as he seems. Since the SeeD exam can only be taken in Balamb Garden, Irvine is not a qualified SeeD. He is however, fully trained, and a useful ally. His Limit Break, 'Shot' allows the player to select a type of bullet (depending on your inventory) and shoot them by pressing R1 as fast as possible. Many people find 'Quick Shot', using fast ammo, useful throughout the game, while AP Ammo (armour piercing) and Pulse Ammo are useful against tougher enemies, due to the high damage dealt.
|"Selphie, Rinoa, Quistis... I don't know which one to choose..."|
|"Someone might not be there. Someone you love may disappear before your very eyes. It's tough when you live your life thinking that way. But that's why I fight..."|
|Final Fantasy VIII Characters|
| Squall | Rinoa | Zell | Quistis | Selphie | Irvine |
Laguna | Kiros | Ward | Seifer | Edea | Ultimecia | Adel
Angelo | Biggs | Cid | Dr. Kadowaki | Dr. Odine | Ellone | Fujin | General Caraway | Julia Heartilly | Ma Dincht | Mayor Dobe | NORG | Raijin | Raine | Vinzer Deling | Watts | Wedge | Xu | Zone