Hey you! Want a good way to die a horrible, painful death? Enter into any geek domain and put down the music of the Final Fantasy series. Do it. I double-dog dare
you. Even scrubs who couldn't identify a single other composer or notable video game soundtrack will leap to the defense of One-Winged Angel.
While I generally do like the Final Fantasy tunes, especially the earlier 8-bit era stuff and Final Fantasy IX
, I haven't seen it as an infallible series in regard to its music. I think along the way Nobuo Uematsu's
become this person who can Do No Wrong in the gaming community, which has stifled an honest look at both the highs and lows of his soundtracks.
I don't want to be all about hero worship or mindless bashing today; I want to examine a fairly good but not perfect soundtrack that represented Final Fantasy's first foray into MMOs. Along with Uematsu, Naoshi Mizuta
and Kumi Tanioka
shared composing duties on this project. There's some terrific stuff here that you'll listen to after the jump, but there are a lot more completely forgettable (and sometimes annoying!) tracks that have been shoehorned into FFXI's
expansive game. So let's come down to earth and see what Final Fantasy XI
has in store for us.