Man. I haven't made a new thread on ZAM since it was still Alla. So weird to be doing this, honestly. But it being 2 am in the morning, and being bored to my wits of getting all my crafts up to at least level 15, I figured I'd toss this little thread out and see what opinions are given concerning the comparison between the music from Final Fantasy XI, and Final Fantasy XIV.
Before anyone tells me to direct myself elsewhere, I did indeed do a quick forum search and found nothing recent that could be revived, thread-wise. So forgive me if I overlooked any threads where this may belong.
Anyway. I ask for your opinions because I remember all the hullabaloo over Nobuo Uematsu's "triumphant" return for Final Fantasy XIV, and how he would make such an amazing, sweeping soundtrack.
Now, let me just admit right off the bat that I am nowhere near the "deeper" missions or content of FFXIV, having only made it as far as the level 20 main missions, as well as the start of the job quests which also begin at about the same time. Having said that, I listened to both the soundtrack that was ripped during Alpha and Beta, and have spent day after day listening to the music in FFXIV (whenever I am not muting it, that is ... which admittedly is more and more lately).
I played FFXI for god knows how long, too. From US release right until maybe the start of this year, on and off (more just due to finances or being too busy and less being bored of the game).
Having laid out my "qualifications", my own opinion at least is that the music in FFXIV, at least so far, is just ... well. It's a resounding "meh" to me. And as someone who has enjoyed Uematsu's music throughout the franchise's years, it's surprising for me to say that. But at the same time, this music really does so little for me.
Some of it just seems too short and repetitive, to the point where even if it sounds nice, it repeats much too quickly, and you get bored of it fast. The city-state music tends to be particularly guilty of this. The battle music has its ups and downs, the better music coming the further out you go, such as fighting monsters over in Coerthas.
Cutscene music tends to be on the good side as well, of particular note being some of the "chase" music you hear at points throughout, such as when first running from the Treant alongside Y'da and Papa-lapa-I-Forget-Your-Name.
And my own personal, big gripe? I want to throttle the game any time I am on that damned barge going between Limsa and the Ul'dah region/Thanalan. If there was a reward for most out of place music in this game, it would go to "Epic music meets dull, floating barge" hands down, no questsions asked.
But averaging it all out, it just ... well, it lacks that same charm that the Final Fantasy XI music had. Even more surprising in how the Final Fantasy XI music was Uematsu-less after ... what, did he stop composing for it after the core game? Rise of the Zilart? Whichever the case, the majority of FFXI's music was made by the likes of Naoshi Mizuta, and Kumi Tanioka.
On a closing thought before I wait for other's opinions, I have to admit, I can't help but find myself sort of amused at how long ago, some complaints were levied at how some of the zones lacked music back in FFXI. And yet now I almost find myself wishing more areas did indeed just fade to nothing but the ambient sounds without me having to mute the entirely. What a twist, huh?
Edited, Nov 2nd 2010 2:29am by ResidentLune