As the title suggests, [[ ''The Altimate Rewrite'']] by Albert is a retelling of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' through a combination of text and edited game screenshots. The work is notable primarily for its BroadStrokes approach to the source material: unlike a standard {{Novelization}} or LetsPlay, it makes extensive alterations to setting, backstory, characterization, and plotline, with a large amount of original material worked in.

Fan response is [[LoveItOrHateIt strongly divided]]. Those who like it embrace the many changes as improvements on the original game; those who dislike it find it ''too'' removed from the original to the point of being ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' InNameOnly.

As of June 2012, it is over 200 pages in length and is still ongoing, making it a LongRunner of the fanfic world.
Last update was 05-11-2012, may be a DeadFic

%%Please limit trope examples to those present in the rewrite. Tropes related to Final Fantasy VIII should go on the game's page.%%

!! This work provides examples of:

* BatmanGambit
* {{Chessmaster}}: Cid, to the point where even people who know what he's up to, like Martine and Laguna, are appalled at how good he is at it.
* GroundhogDayLoop: [[spoiler:In place of the StableTimeLoop of the original. Ultimecia remembers every iteration, and Cid/Odine find out through Thay's diary. So far, they're about 200,000 times through the loop, to the point where Cid's given up on breaking it, and is merely attempting to make each pass through as bearable as possible.]]
* HeyYou: [[spoiler:The source of the name "Thay."]]
* MildlyMilitary: Averted.
* MindScrew: Your brain will be tied into knots.
* OnlySaneMan: Thay regards himself as this, to the point of [[TheNicknamer assigning the other SeeDs uncomplimentary nicknames in his head]]. Later on, he's rather chagrined to find that Irvine does exactly the same thing.
* ScheduleSlip: When Albert lost his saves, he decided to grind back up to max stats. This has caused no small delay in between entries.
* ScrapbookStory: The rewrite is told out through Thay's officer diary (with a few entries from the rest of the party). [[spoiler: It ends up becoming far more relevant after TheReveal, where we learn that Cid is using past versions of the diary to predict how the latest time around the time loop will go.]]
* SickeninglySweethearts: Thay and Rinoa.
* TimeyWimeyBall
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Mostly averted between Thay and Rinoa. They do have a major falling out on the Ragnarok, however, [[spoiler: when Rinoa is not flattered by Thay's willingness to forsake the world just for them.]]
* WildMassGuessing: The story has been subject to countless pages worth of speculation on the real identity of [[spoiler: Ultimecia]] and just what the heck is going on. Fans periodically PM Albert with their guesses, to which he is fairly responsive. The content of these private exchanges has largely been kept secret, and the mystery hasn't been spoiled yet.