Hey all! As the resident FF nerd of the bunch, I am going to be the one starting off this awesome segment! I am going to start this off by saying I had a REALLY hard time picking out my favorites. I love the music in almost every game and there are quite a few songs that I would throw on this list if I could. It also made it harder on me being able to choose only one song per game. However! I am excited I could put my list together. Going back and listening to some of my old favorites makes me remember how much I really do love these games. Final Fantasy games are probably the ones that I can say I am the most fond of out of any games that have come out on the market. Of course, I do not like some of the installments as much as others, but without Final Fantasy I probably would not have become a gamer at all. That being said, I hope you all like my list and please comment, like, or whatever it is you people do. Enjoy!
5. Vamo’ Alla Flamenco – Final Fantasy IX
I adore this song. It is so upbeat and made me excited to play the game the first time I heard it. It also makes me feel like I should be getting up and dancing everytime I hear it somewhere. I think it is a fitting song to play during the “mini battle” between Blank and Zidane during the performance in the game. For some reason, it just fits perfectly as a theme for these two putting on this fake battle in front of all of Alexandria. There may be plenty of other songs that do a better job of stirring up emotions in players or readying them for a major boss battle, but this song will always be special to me for its ability to make my day instantly a little better.
4. The Promise – Final Fantasy XIII
Final Fantasy XIII is definitely not one of my favorite of the genre. To be honest, I did not even really enjoy it that much because I think it was too much of a far cry from the things that I loved about all of the prior entries in the series. However, I did think the music was beautiful. I am sucker for piano pieces and FFXIII’s The Promise is a beautiful one. It is one of those songs that is both sad and hopeful at the same time and when I first heard it during the opening of the game, I knew that it would be one of my favorite songs.
3. One Winged Angel – Final Fantasy VII
When you ask most people what their favorite song from Final Fantasy VII is you are most likely going to get one of two answers. Either this gem right here or Aerith’s theme. While I am partial to both, One Winged Angel is easily my favorite from this game. To start with, Sephiroth is simply awesome. He is an amazing villain and one of the most heartless characters to ever step into the Final Fantasy universe. This song fits him so well it is amazing. I have never both loved and hated a character as much as Sephiroth and part of it is because of this theme. You hear the song and you think that you want to hate him because the song sounds so evil and crazy yet between the guitar rifts and the outstanding orchestra in the background it is hard to not love this song and the character himself. This song is far and away one of the most easily recognizable songs of the series and for good reason. One Winged Angel is the most b******(edited for the protection of young ears and eyes) boss battle theme out there.
2. To Zanarkand- Final Fantasy X
This song and my number song were the hardest for me to choose. Final Fantasy X and my number one choice of song’s game are by far the ones whose music I enjoy the most. I absolutely adore Otherworld, Suteki Da Ne, and this song, but this song barely pulls out the win for me. Before you even know anything about these characters or their world you are greeted by this overwhelming heartbreaking masterpiece. To Zanarkand is the kind of song that makes me want to cry everytime I hear it. Partially because I know the story behind Tidus, Yuna, and the others and why this song fits their stories so well and partially because this song draws me in without letting go. This song is haunting. When I saw the opening credits for this game and heard this song it made me want to know more and that is exactly what a song should do. While this may not be my favorite game of the series nor my number one pick for best song, I will always love this song because it makes me remember that playing a game is supposed to make you feel something and this song did just that for me.
1. Liberi Fatali- Final Fantasy VIII
As many of you know, Final Fantasy VIII is my favorite game of the series. While this may somewhat influence my decision, even standing alone this song is absolutely amazing. Fisherman’s Horizon and Eyes on Me are other great pieces from this game, but this one will always be my favorite. The opening sequence to Final Fantasy VIII is, in my opinion, the best of the series. It is fast paced and full of action and sets the tone for the rest of the game. It also gives you a good idea of how good versus evil stacks up in this title. Part of the reason this opening was so good was the influence of this song. It gives me chills everytime I hear it. I am not entirely sure whether it is the demanding tone of the Latin being sung throughout or the fantastic orchestral score but this song will always stand out in my mind as a piece of perfection. Every sequence of this theme fits in exactly with what is going on in the opening sequence and makes it that much more exciting. This song is the definition of a masterpiece to me. It brings together everything people have learned to love from the series; the intensity of battle and the promise of an alluring storyline to come. I had the pleasure of singing this song with my high school choir and I am so glad that I got to learn this wonderful piece. Without a shadow of a doubt, whether it be a song from the past, present, or future of Final Fantasy, Liberi Fatali will always be my number one.
Well, that is my list for you all, I hope you liked it! Stay tuned for the other three writers takes on what their favorite songs are. Also, please leave a comment! Let me know if you liked my choices or not, what your favorites are, or anything else that you have to say about the Final Fantasy series. Until next time!
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