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#1 Jun 23 2010 at 11:19 AM Rating: Decent
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Recently I have been listening to the FFXI WoTG soundtrack. In my opinion the FFXI songs are really soft and emotional, lively or even dark. Of course, it brings back a lot of memories but I've been absent from FFXI for too long to get back into it.

Then, I checked out a soundtrack I found from this link..
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FFXIV sounds so much more powerful and overwhelming. I really think the music this time around is going to pull players into the game even more than FFXI did. The songs of FFXIV so far really fit perfectly with what is going on in the gameplay.

I really can't wait for the beta to start to actually play the game with this music behind it.
#2 Jun 23 2010 at 12:36 PM Rating: Good
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FFXI is good and very memorable. The feel of FFXI, with Naoshi Mizuta and Kumi Tanioka, is very simple and evokes a bit of intimacy to it. At the time of inception with FFXI I think Uematsu was still onboard with Squaresoft, but he was involved with many other "High Profile" projects so he was consulted and just made a few key tracks. But the rest was left to other composers under the SE umbrella.

FFXIV, with Nobuo Uematsu, is VERY grand scale and very epic. The score, from what I've heard so far, is much more complex than the intimate simplistic feel of FFXI. With FFXIV having such a higher profile he was contracted by SE to compose for it. Uematsu has a flare for that "majesty" feel to his pieces. He also has a unique blend of orchestrated with rock mixed in which makes a very powerful presentation. But he can diversity and make the most intimate and memorable pieces that give you a warm feeling inside also. The Master giving us his repetoire for music. Me likes!
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#3 Jun 23 2010 at 12:59 PM Rating: Good
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The only downside to a game with a great soundtrack is the people who mute their sound and play Winamp in the background.

Even after quitting them, I still have FFXI, WoW, and RO tracks (among other PC and console games) in my music playlist.

I'm actually listening to an RO track right now, and I was listening to Al'Taieu a little earlier.

Ah, the joys of having a playlist weeks long. I've long since forgotten half the music I have. But when I'm playing a game with a soundtrack that doesn't suck, winamp stays off.
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#4 Jun 23 2010 at 1:10 PM Rating: Decent
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Nobuo likes 8-bit synth tunes.
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#5 Jun 23 2010 at 1:21 PM Rating: Decent
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I can't give an opinion about a valid comparison because I have not played FFXI or listened to any of its music. I will say that I am really enjoying what I hear of FFXIV music so far. Like people have said earlier it has a very epic way about it. It really makes me feel like the game is going to be a huge adventure and is getting me pumped up for the release.
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#6 Jun 23 2010 at 1:22 PM Rating: Decent
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i actually feel the opposite of most of you guys. I am severely disappointed with the music this time around. Don't get me wrong i don't think it sucks but it is far from the masterpieces i feel they made in FFXI.

I listened to the soundtrack and i hate 2 things... synth tunes that sound like they are from the ordinary nintendo, please. and also the rock style in some of them. I am not at a concert, stop.

I actually might end up replacing all the FFXIV songs with FFXI just for that immersion i felt when i played FFXI. I don't know i doubt i'm not the only one... but yeah very disappointed.
#7 Jun 23 2010 at 6:15 PM Rating: Good
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I think the piano tune that was played during the trailer where they're showing off the Guildleve bar is my favourite. It's just kind of heartwarming...

Uematsu has had way too much experience to not be producing absolute masterpieces at this stage, and he always delivers imo. I love the fact that he's gone for a clean slate for XIV. He so easily could have followed XI's style, but it's almost like he's tried to do the polar opisite, and he's done it well!

As for XI, you could definately see Mizuta growing throughout his time composing for FFXI, and it's a shame that he probably wont get to do much else now that Wings of the Goddess has wrapped up, because it seems like he's really on form these days. If (God forbid!) WoTG is the last full soundtrack we get from FFXI, they're definately leaving it at a high note. It's an atmostpherical masterpiece, **** it makes me laugh when people moan about campaign music - dull repetitive and droning - that's the point! That's what the war was like!
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#8 Jun 23 2010 at 6:51 PM Rating: Good
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I like remixed versions of game music; e.g. The Black Mages. I'm also a huge fan of rock/metal. But I must say that I don't care for electric guitars in medieval fantasy games. Beneath Bloody Borders doesn't sound to me like it fits the mood of the rest of the tracks. I like the track for what it is, and I like the rest of the tracks, but it just seems non sequitur to me; like watching Romeo and Juliet with Romeo singing Blood Ocean by Dethklok just before he keels over.
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#10 Jun 23 2010 at 9:28 PM Rating: Good
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Pretty sure whoever posted that video just broke the NDA.

EDIT: I agree though that the battle music at 2:24 sucks ***.

Edited, Jun 23rd 2010 11:30pm by Mikhalia
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#11 Jun 23 2010 at 10:12 PM Rating: Good
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Mikhalia wrote:
Pretty sure whoever posted that video just broke the NDA.

EDIT: I agree though that the battle music at 2:24 sucks ***.

Edited, Jun 23rd 2010 11:30pm by Mikhalia

how can you tell? I can barely hear it through the sound effects :(
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#12 Jun 23 2010 at 10:15 PM Rating: Decent
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Yes, he did, which is why he covered his name. You can hear the battle song just fine, maybe it is just so awful that you cant tell it apart from the sound effects? Lol. :D
#13 Jun 23 2010 at 10:26 PM Rating: Excellent
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FFXIV, with Nobuo Uematsu, is VERY grand scale and very epic. The score, from what I've heard so far, is much more complex than the intimate simplistic feel of FFXI. With FFXIV having such a higher profile he was contracted by SE to compose for it. Uematsu has a flare for that "majesty" feel to his pieces. He also has a unique blend of orchestrated with rock mixed in which makes a very powerful presentation. But he can diversity and make the most intimate and memorable pieces that give you a warm feeling inside also. The Master giving us his repetoire for music. Me likes!


if you havent yet kayanna, you need to check out Uematsu's side project, The Black Mages. It's basically him and five other Square guys playing Final Fantasy music, but modernized. The first album has tracks from FF's 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10, including The Fight With Seymour from 10, The Decisive Battle from 6 (think Ultros music) and my personal favorite, the magnum opus of them all, Dancing Mad from 6 (final boss battle music) in all of its nearly-12 minute organ-based glory. the second album is equally full of win, pulling from both battle music and non-battle sources (i.e. a re-done version of the intro song "Otherworld" from 10).

the fact that Uematsu is doing the soundtrack to 14 has me all giddy. the man is a musical genius.
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#15 Jun 23 2010 at 11:27 PM Rating: Decent
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Personally I'm sort of hoping that the music in the alpha might be placeholder music.
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#17 Jun 24 2010 at 8:31 AM Rating: Good
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The music I've listened to in FFXIV doesn't really do much for me compared to the music in FFXI, especially the ones from ToAU and WotG.
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