A Final Fantasy (et al) post to welcome you to the glory of Friday (if you don’t have weekends off then may this hopefully brighten the midst of your work week) with more located here!
Final Fantasy is world renown for its music, which I’ve covered here, here, here, and many other places. The title is a bit misleading as this is open for both battle and boss music, but not final boss music (we’ve already discussed that in a prior post).
This is another tough one for me. So tough that I need to abscond to YouTube to listen to a sample of each.
I’m torn between IV and IX for the Battle Music. They’re both so epic and reflect the more fantasy nature of their games. I love that “uplifting” phrase in IV and the strings in IX (forgive me for my lack in music terms. I’ve sung for many years, but was piss poor at theory).
I’m even more capricious on the Boss Battle Themes. IV wins again though with the continuation of the fantasy theme in its music.
But I also love VII’s more rock/metal-esque sound, which fits perfectly with the game’s aesthetic.
It would seem this should be the end of the debate, bur Final Fantasy is always complicated and has more than just the standard Battle and Boss (and Final Boss). It would be a travesty to leave them out as some of these selections are the best music the series has ever given us. One of them is the music played during the battle with the Atma Weapon in Final Fantasy VI
…and the other is Jenova’s Theme. I abhor and fear that abomination with a passion, but there’s no doubt its music is brilliant. There are at least three melodies going on at once, and it twists your mind in knots trying to divine and unwind them. Nobuo Uematsu is a master of the meta in music whether he realizes it or not.
If I ever listen to the above song while driving, I somehow find myself going at least 80 mph, as if I”m trying to outrun something…
Note: The same thing happens during One Winged Angel, especially the Advent version, but that’s because that song kicks ass.
So I suck at answering questions. If I had to pick a Battle Theme, it would be Final Fantasy IV, and if I had to pick a (regular) Boss Theme, it would be have to be FFIV as well. VII is a very close second.
Hopefully, you can be more…decisive than I am 😉