With one article left and a many possible video games left to go, which could it be? There have been many possible considerations for this soundtrack, but there’s one that has stood the test of time. If you were thinking it was Final Fantasy… then you’re completely right. Mitsuda, Kondo, Shimomura, and Wise have all had their place and Uematsu has been absent other than through an assisting role. Now of course, which game is it?
So far we have had:
10. Breath of Fire
8. Sonic 3 & Knuckles
7. Donkey Kong Country 2
6. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
5. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
4. Ninja Gaiden (NES)
3. Chrono Trigger
and now it’s up to the final one, and how fitting because it’s:
1. Final Fantasy VI
Now I could have made a decent case for Final Fantasy VII here, but I think Final Fantasy VI is the greatest soundtrack ever made. It truly is a collection of fantastic original compositions that have yet to be rivaled. The best quote I’ve heard about this soundtrack is, “Yeah, Uematsu was drinking Win when he wrote it.” I agree.
And honestly, who could resist this face? 😀
But back to the music: I’ll just pick and choose some of the fantastic pieces from this soundtrack because every track is worth a listen. Area maps, Character Themes, Openings, Endings, and Interludes, it’s all brilliant and magical.
First off I’ll start with the Opening Theme, which has different sections of it based off the cinematics, and each of these parts is mirrored in later tracks.
Next up is Lock’s Theme, a marching ballad style song driven by drums and strings.
And what is a game without a solid battle theme? Final Fantasy delivers here to full effect.
Next up is another character theme, Edgar and Sabin. This theme is very regal and moving, and not unlike the Guardia Castle theme from Chrono Trigger.
Now Uematsu delivers on a very nefarious and evil theme for a clown like man that the song fits the bill: Kefka.
Shadow’s Theme is another excellent song and it shows Uematsu’s diversity as he switches to a western tone.
Phantom Forest is easily one of the most haunting and enchanting tracks from the soundtrack, and it really leaves the listener ensconced.
Following right after Phantom Forest is the very final and chilling Mystery Train.
Another character theme that definitely cannot be ignored is Cele’s Theme. It has a very sad and yet inspiring tone to it.
Uematsu goes above and beyond the minimum and makes an excellent boss battle theme also: The Decisive Battle. This is one track from the bass line is put to full effect and it makes a killer pair with the organ.
Terra’s Theme – yet another fantastic character theme – is one that cannot be passed up, and the style of it seems like a blend of Lock’s and Edgar and Sabin’s Themes.
Coin Song (Coin of Fate) is a more subdued and calm song – Like Kids Run Through the City Corner than most of the soundtrack, but it’s still a very strong track.
Every Final Fantasy game needs a Chocobo theme so Uematsu gives us a nice techno one: Techno de Chocobo.
Next up is a very sad ballad for a person lost in Lock’s past: Forever Rachel.
Next up is Aria di Mezzo Carattere, which re-arranges Cele’s Theme to great effect.
Here’s one track in the game that has a Celtic styling and an overall peaceful tone: Relm.
Another strong theme from the soundtrack, Searching for Friends, that features a slightly quiet but still very strong bass line, and the strings and flute make a lead beautiful melody.
Here is a beautiful and peaceful song that features an awesome classical guitar line along with what I suspect to be a dulcimer: Epitaph.
Dancing Mad, easily one of the most paramount and epic tracks in the game, and of course, it’s about 18 minutes long.
Now here it comes, the best track from the game, and, in my opinion, the greatest ending theme ever composed. This End Theme is 20 minutes long plus the Final Fantasy Prelude that it closes with. I wont say anything about this theme other than: if you listen to anything from this list, listen to the entire end theme.
Thanks for reading my countdown and Happy New Year!