I figured I'd end this on the only note that I can. The prelude to many of the Final Fantasies is this little number. I chose IV's version below because that was the first time I ever actually heard the song without gameplay involved. When I booted up my Anthology disc after beating Chrono Trigger, this tune played and I remember how it truly is a creepy song.
I may be weird about this, but for a franchise built on becoming the last hope for a planet, this song has a somber tone to it. This song feels more suitable in looking back on somebody's life than looking forward to stopping evil. The intro with its rising and falling notes go on a bit long building to a piece that doesn't lend itself to the usual warmth that a series like Dragon Quest presents.
Each iteration is almost unique and is indicative of how the game will treat itself. Final Fantasy VI has a slowed down beat that puts more emphasis on the notes most likely to showcase the darker themes they put in the game. Remember the eery Anxious Heart from above? Yup derived from the very same prelude.
It's also not a song that I feel is always so gloomy as IX can attest to. However, it is one of the most iconic songs I know. On par with Mario and Master Chief's powerful themes.
I ultimately focused on the Playstation era of the series as that was when I finally realized that I was a gamer. I spent most of my focus and time on gaming and I have grown to appreciate it so much more now. Final Fantasy was one of the reasons I still hold on to that today. There are probably many more songs from any one of the other games, so please sound off below about your favorites.
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