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Game music of the day: The opening to Final Fantasy VI

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June 1, 2010

Game: Final Fantasy VI (or III, depending on your age)

Song: Opening Theme

Composer: Nobuo Uematsu

       
Above: "Opening Theme" from Final Fantasy VI

Choosing a Final Fantasy song for Game Music of the Day? Pretty obvious. Choosing the opening theme from one of Final Fantasy's most famous and beloved entries? Painfully obvious. But the more I tried rummaging through my brain, searching for some obscure snippet of forgotten music to enlighten you with, the louder and clearer this track beckoned to me.

Final Fantasy VI's opening theme – so hugely epic and yet filled with such soft and somber melancholy – was the first piece of videogame music that, to me, didn't sound like videogame music at all. It was the first piece that I imagined being recorded by a symphony orchestra and not a geeky dude with a synthesizer. It was the first piece that made me wonder if they sold soundtracks to games like they did with movies. It was the first piece that didn't just get stuck in my head, but actually moved me. And it was one of the first MP3s I ever downloaded.

So how can I not include this classic track in Game Music of the Day? If Final Fantasy VI's theme is new to even a single reader / listener, then stating the so-called obvious was well worth the effort. Enjoy!



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32 comments

  • GamesRadarCharlieBarratt - June 4, 2010 12:37 a.m.

    @richtaur Forgiven! I can't stay mad at someone from Illinois. Not that I was actually mad to begin with... my comeback just seemed too clever not to use.
  • KREATIVEassassin - June 3, 2010 11:07 p.m.

    GamesRadarCharlieBarratt - 21 hours 12 minutes ago @richtaur If you and I were friends, you and I would no longer be friends. --- Mega lol
  • richtaur - June 3, 2010 10:39 p.m.

    Charlie don't mind me, I'm impossible to please. Me and game music go way back and I'm kind of an elitist douche, so I'll prolly bitch no matter what you guys do right or wrong ;) Love that you guys pimp game music either way!
  • zigs - June 3, 2010 3:09 p.m.

    Gorgeous music! Definitely agree with the orchestra comment, that sounds so ahead of its time
  • GamesRadarCharlieBarratt - June 3, 2010 1:53 a.m.

    @richtaur If you and I were friends, you and I would no longer be friends.
  • GoodGuyWithACrappyJob - June 3, 2010 12:24 a.m.

    The remarkable thing about this musical number, is that, in the face of all those who say that it is amazing, it truly is exactly that!
  • richtaur - June 2, 2010 9:23 p.m.

    I actually dislike the opening theme of FFVI. It's a stain on an otherwise giant and nearly-perfect soundtrack. It's so jarring and out of place; would be more fitting in a horror game IMO. Also, picking FFVI for GMotD is too easy. How about you tell us something we don't already know about and hasn't been remixed on OCR 100 times?
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  • NOGIRLSIWANNAJETPACK - June 2, 2010 12:54 p.m.

    Cool! I like the simulated chorus sound
  • 8bitBaby - June 2, 2010 12:20 p.m.

    Nobuo Uematsu is a master.
  • Clovin64 - June 2, 2010 11:53 a.m.

    This was the first FF game I ever played, and this tune cemented the series into my heart. I only first played it when it was re released in the UK for PS1 about the same time FFX came out. I was definetly late to the FF party! This is actually my fave music from any FF game, even the high budget orchestras from the latest games have nothing on this. I'm definetly playing through FF6 again when I have the time.
  • philipshaw - June 2, 2010 11:39 a.m.

    I have heard this music before but this is the first time I saw it in context with the game, thanks for sharing that Charlie
  • Modroneman - June 2, 2010 10:44 a.m.

    Really? Really... Why would you go with the obvious choice in gaming music! Because it is just that awesome! That's why! Great selection!
  • Nanook - June 2, 2010 10:40 a.m.

    Ditto on the whole "made me wonder if they sold soundtracks to games like they did with movies." Just to show off my age, Kefka's Domain was the very first CD (3 CD's!) I ever bought for my brand new first ever CD Player when I was 13.
  • Shrimpandwhitewine - June 2, 2010 7:12 a.m.

    Uematsu is a musical genius. And! - this is the first time I have heard this song. I have yet to play FFXI.
  • shyfonzie - June 2, 2010 4:56 a.m.

    Aww, Charlie! What a nice story.
  • chainsawninja600 - June 2, 2010 4:53 a.m.

    This reminds me of when I used to play runescape (Too young for FF memories)
  • RonaldRayGun - June 2, 2010 3:19 a.m.

    I'm playing this game right now!
  • Rika - June 2, 2010 3:02 a.m.

    I love it when it gets into the twinkling piano part.
  • chunko97 - June 2, 2010 2:22 a.m.

    I love FF music. Just like I love Chrono Triggers music. :)

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