Video Game Music of the Week - 143
Final Fantasy (NES, Various)
Cornelia Castle, Battle Scene, Underwater Temple, Chaos’ Temple
Final Fantasy is arguably the most well-known RPG series of all time. The first game in the series was released in Japan in 1987. Three years later, the game released in North America. Many of the games unique aspects that originated in this release still appear in the series today. In 2002/2003 an enhanced remake of both Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy II released on the PlayStation under the name of Final Fantasy Origins. The soundtrack was redone, taking full advantage of the PlayStation’s sound capabilities. These tracks featured here come from the PlayStation rerelease, Final Fantasy Origins.
Cornelia Castle is one of the very early areas in Final Fantasy and is a very important location in the games story. The track is relatively slow with notable classical themes.
This track is the first ever Final Fantasy battle theme, starting a tradition that remains until this day. This theme in particular is easily one of the best battle themes in the entire series, featuring many elements that can be found in numerous other Final Fantasy battle themes.
The string section melody is one the tracks biggest driving forces. The strings in general carry the song, with some prominent bass notes to tie the song all together.
Chaos’ Temple is one of the very first dungeons in the game, but it plays a more important part than first realised. The character of Chaos is traditionally known as the games primary antagonist, and this theme is very much connected to him.
Written by - Michael Villalon for ‘The VG Island’.