Day 8: Best Video Game Soundtrack
Nobuo Uematsu has composed the music for almost every game in the Final Fantasy series beginning with the NES game. The soundtrack for Final Fantasy VI for the SNES was probably the first game soundtrack that really blew me away. From the opening notes to the climatic end-battle music it enhanced the game and story in so many ways. Three years later the game series would make its debut on the Sony PlayStation with Final Fantasy VII. The soundtrack for that game is my choice for best video game soundtrack.
Sony successfully stole me away from Nintendo for a few years with the release of the PlayStation. Final Fantasy VII was probably the number one reason why I made the change. Originally the game was meant for the SNES, then later the Nintendo 64. The limited cartridge space was a big reason Square decided to go with the PlayStation instead. Final Fantasy IV and VI on the SNES had been very important games in my circle of friends growing up. The waiting for the release of VII was insane. We would read and talk about it nonstop. How could it possibly live up to the high standard set by Final Fantasy VI?
The game was finally released in September of 1997. We all dug in for the next few months and for the most part fell in love with the beautiful game. As with the soundtrack for VI, Nobuo Uematsu once again created magic. Without his sounds Final Fantasy VII would not have been as impactful as it was. The music added another layer to the dark story of the game. It magnified the moments of love as well as the periods of danger. Every unique location in the game had its own music and sounds that made them feel like their own part of the world. It remained true to the Final Fantasy series while taking it to a new level.
I wanted to close with a selection from the soundtrack. Here is the final boss music, “One-Winged Angel”. It is one of the strongest songs in the entire series.
An added bonus – the rapper Random (who often goes by Mega Ran) created the album Black Materia: Final Fantasy VII. I was already a fan of his when I found out this existed. A rap album based on Final Fantasy VII, best idea ever. Here is my favorite track from that album, “AVALANCHE”. You can purchase a digital copy here for the awesome price of $7.77!