Best Final Fantasy soundtrack?

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#1 Posted by GreySeal9 (24518 posts) -

And why (list some tracks while you're at it)?

My choice for best OST is FFX's soundtrack and I honestly don't think it's even a contest.

First of all, the sound quality is better than the games that came before it, so that makes a big difference. In FFX, you're getting a far "fuller" sound than its predecessors. However, it's not sound quality alone that makes it the best. After all, XII and XIII have better sound quality, but their soundtracks are far more forgettable.

The main reason I think FFX's soundtrack is the best is because it's exotic. I credit this to the fact that it wasn't just Nobou Uematsu working on the music for this game. There were three composers and as a result there seems to be more sonic variety on display here. Not to mention that the locales had more of a South East Asian feel to them, which had to be worked into the music. The previous FF's had a more European atmosphere to them.

I also think that FFX's soundtrack has more sonic texture. There is more atmosphere and ambience than in previous soundtracks, but the melodies are still memorable, unlike FFXIII, which felt like it erred too much on the side of ambience.

As for some examples of the best I think the soundtrack has to offer:

Someday The Dream Will End. This lush orchestration of one of the game's main musical motifs is stunning. It starts out really gentle and dreamy, but it builds up to the point that the dreamy melody floats above a more more forceful, monolithic sound that matches the sort of ancient largeness of the Zanarkand ruins.

Besaid Island. Another really lush track whose purpose is to communicate the feel of a lush island paradise. They could have just went with some generic island music, but this track is really interesting. Listen to the bells in the background, that pulsating synth sound in the back (which kind of reminds me of the rhythm of the tides going in and out), the interesting use of snare drum. All of this combines to form something really peaceful but also exotic.

The Sight of Spira. This is a really gorgeous acoustic track that really gives the villages in Spira a really lived-in feel. The ambient and rather "cavernous" use of aucoustic guitar is really brilliant and again, there's something exotic about this track. The periodic knocking on wood and the somewhat discordant part where the guitarist seems to "mess up" intentionally really make the song interesting and gives it a bit of grittiness, which matches the sort of low-tech lifestyle of Besaid and Kilika.

Wandering Flame. This is probably the most beautiful "ambient" track that I've heard in an RPG. It gives a distinct feeling of loneliness and mystery, but there's a really subtle jazzy undercurrent that's irresistable.

Blitzball Gamblers. This track is really moving because it feels like pure triumph. You can feel the adrenaline in the drums, horns, and strings. It's a really bright, triumphant track, but it's not at all cheesy.

Silence Before The Storm. One of the most atmopsheric songs on the OST. It has a really pleasant sound to it, but for all its dreamy beauty, there is something really mysterious about it. Something that kind of reminds one of unsettling creatures in a forest labyrinth. Another song that gives me this same feeling is Saria's Song from LOZ: Ocarina of Time.

Thunder Plains. This one has a kind of hypnotic quality to it, starting from the metronome in the beginning. The music is alot more gentle than you would think it would be for a setting based on thunder, but the choppy, rolling piano still communicates that feel in a rather unorthodox way. This track is a really good example of what I mean by exotic. There's a certain strangeness to this track that makes it stand out.

Luca. This song has alot of what I love about the Besaid Island song, but there's a more frantic sound to it that really suits Luca's hectic mercantile atmosphere. There is sort of a seafaring undercurrent to it that I really like. You can imagine people carrying stuff through crowded streets.

Phantoms. This song has crystalline quality to it that sounds like ice and snow and what not. But at the same time, it has the sort of driving monolithicness to it that Someday the Dream Will End does. This song really reminds me of that one in many ways, except this one has a more arctic feel to it and isn't as melodic.

I love the main theme (To Zanarkand) as well, but I feel its kind of played out and tho it has a moving melody, I feel it's not quite as interesting as the tracks I've listed, probably because it's not as dense.

There are tons more songs I wanted to list, so my post is only scratching the surface, but this post is all ready too long as it is.

I know I've used the word exotic too much, but it really describes FFX's OST very well. There's a more feminine feel to this game's music than in the other games, but there's alot of grit to the music as well. It really gives off a mysterious, lush, and ancient feeling that is evident in so much of the game's visual design.

Also, the vocal track in FFX is alot less cheesy than Melodies of Life and Eyes on Me from FFIX and FFVIII. I still like those songs alot because they have strong melodies, but they are pretty cheesy. Suteki da ne is not really cheesy at all. I think it's a Japanese folk song, tho I could be wrong.

Anyway, I've talked way too much. What is your favorite soundtrack and why?

#2 Posted by MirkoS77 (7642 posts) -
VII was the last I played all they way through so I can't really say, but VI is easily my favorite.
#3 Posted by Kats_RK (2080 posts) -

FFX and FFIV are my favorite.My all time favorite soundtrack is Theme of Love.

#4 Posted by Metamania (12018 posts) -

Final Fantasy IV has the best soundtrack of them all and it's also my favorite Final Fantasy. But there have been some memorable tracks within the series, even from the one I hate the most, which is Final Fantasy VIII. Hell, that's the only good thing about Final Fantasy VIII!

#5 Posted by zeppelin03 (1 posts) -

It would be FF X for me as well. I have only played the games since X though. Played a few minutes of some of the old ones, but havent had a chance to run through them.

X was an experience for me. I had not played RPGs much before this game. Morrowind and soon after FF X gave me an appreciation for the genre. The music held the mood of the game in between cut scenes very well. Each track had the right tempo and feel. For me it set the bar high and has yet to be matched. That is why I buy a PS2 every few years and replay it.

#6 Posted by Ilovegames1992 (14221 posts) -

FF IX has my favourite soundtrack. FF VIII has a very good soundtrack also.

And Sunleth Waterscape from FF XIII is one of my favourite songs in gaming, regardless of how much i hate the game.

#7 Posted by JML897 (33125 posts) -

My choice for best OST is FFX's soundtrack and I honestly don't think it's even a contest.

GreySeal9

Couldn't agree more. It's also my favorite video game soundtrack in general. As great as the earlier FF soundtracks are, I feel like they still sound a little too "video gamey". That's not a problem for a big portion of the FFX soundtrack.

#8 Posted by bowserjr123 (1624 posts) -

I've only played I, IV, VI, and IX and out of those, VI takes the cake. It has so many memorable pieces like Dancing Mad, the regular and boss battle themes, and the different character themes.

#9 Posted by MLBknights58 (5015 posts) -

Probably Final Fantasy X with FF XIII behind it for me.

#10 Posted by Seabas989 (10417 posts) -

My favorite was VI.

EDIT: All of them are amazing except XII.

#11 Posted by GreySeal9 (24518 posts) -

[QUOTE="GreySeal9"]

My choice for best OST is FFX's soundtrack and I honestly don't think it's even a contest.

JML897

Couldn't agree more. It's also my favorite video game soundtrack in general. As great as the earlier FF soundtracks are, I feel like they still sound a little too "video gamey". That's not a problem for a big portion of the FFX soundtrack.

Yeah, I think the earlier soundtracks sound much more gamey as well. And tho FFXII and FFXIII don't sound gamey, the material is simply not as strong as that in FFX.

#12 Posted by Eikichi-Onizuka (8041 posts) -
FFX is my favorite, with FFVI and XIII being others that stand out for me.
#13 Posted by TheLoneMortal (820 posts) -

I'll join the crowd and say FFX is my favorite, I listen to a good amount of the track while on the internet. 4, 6, 12(might be the only one here that really liked it lol), and 13 are notable ones for me.

EDIT: Tactics had some quality tracks as well.

#14 Posted by Aero5555 (1330 posts) -

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#15 Posted by dbz987 (3717 posts) -

I go with IX then X

#16 Posted by Valknut4 (392 posts) -

You don't beat FF6 -= Dancing Mad =- son, it beats you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5ADPB5NrZw

If that guitar solo doesn't make you feel awesome, you have no soul.

Runner up would be FF4 -= Zeromus =-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_VFCPZG-co

That opening, that bass that just walks into the fight, that builds up to that epic rift. God damn its like wriiten pron.

Honerable mentions, an I know your all gonna **** bricks.

FF Mystic Quest -= Dark King =-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73HHNOc667k

Its like sex for my ears, in fact listening to all of these made me come, like 4 times.

Well yes these are not the original versions, the orignal version in MIDI form still stomp everything else out like the little *****s they are.

#17 Posted by DealRogers (4569 posts) -

Very hard to chose between FFX and IX, but I have to go with IX... I was hearing these themes some days ago.

#18 Posted by N8A (18602 posts) -
I voted 6 since its the only one i currently have in my car. I find it to be relaxing on long traffic filled commutes.
#19 Posted by Ilovegames1992 (14221 posts) -

My 4 favourite tracks from FF games. All from different entries funnily enough.

The Legendary Beast

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbmJosFyG6k

Ukelele de Chocobo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7J-xUx5jO4

One Winged Angel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_MW65XxS7s

The Sight of Spira

#20 Posted by benleslie5 (7879 posts) -

I want to say FF IX but FF X also had a great soundtrack too

#21 Posted by Ilovegames1992 (14221 posts) -

totally forgot a quality tune from FF VIII, Shuffle or Boogie.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJWhJKhimCU

#22 Posted by AsadMahdi59 (6555 posts) -

in addition to what you put in the op, there's auron's theme, the music from the anima temple, the cloister of trials

I have only played 2 FF games, but I don't imagine anything could come to close to FFX for me

#23 Posted by Jag85 (4630 posts) -

Final Fantasy VII

Prelude

Shinra Corporation

Main Theme

Ahead On Our Way

Farm Boy

JENOVA

Cosmo Canyon

Aerith's Theme

Buried in the Snow

Reunion

Judgement Day

Jenova Absolute

One Winged Angel

#24 Posted by D3dr0_0 (3495 posts) -

Hmm I'd say FFVIII had the best soundtrack out of the series. That said the rest also had great themes in them.

#25 Posted by riou7 (10833 posts) -

I like all the soundtracks from FFVII Crisis Core

#26 Posted by Legend002 (7221 posts) -

FFIV gets my vote.

#27 Posted by Valknut4 (392 posts) -

FFIV gets my vote.

Legend002

Man I forgot one of the best tracks from FF4.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WIf8Auzj4Y

Within the giant

#28 Posted by Jag85 (4630 posts) -

Where are the options for the other FF games? Aren't there ten slots available for polls like these? It would have been better to list it like this:

  • III
  • IV
  • V
  • VI
  • VII
  • VIII
  • IX
  • X
  • XII
  • Other
#29 Posted by GreySeal9 (24518 posts) -

Where are the options for the other FF games? Aren't there ten slots available for polls like these? It would have been better to list it like this:

  • III
  • IV
  • V
  • VI
  • VII
  • VIII
  • IX
  • X
  • XII
  • Other

Jag85

There's only five slots avaliable.

#30 Posted by Jag85 (4630 posts) -

There's only five slots avaliable.

GreySeal9
That sucks.
#31 Posted by Blueresident87 (5339 posts) -

VI has the best soundtrack.

#32 Posted by Shinobi-Neo (249 posts) -

final fantasy viii has the best soundtrack to me, I still listen to it often,

#33 Posted by onixring (4 posts) -
FFX is my favourte theme but the games them selfs i dont know
#34 Posted by GreySeal9 (24518 posts) -

totally forgot a quality tune from FF VIII, Shuffle or Boogie.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJWhJKhimCU

Ilovegames1992

Mario Paint is so bad ass.