Its kind of like Uematsu was out of his depth, composing an MMO, by himself no less, which is real shame. Particularly, because the core music he did compose was so fantastic. The only problem? There's so little of it... ex. The Black Shrowd
Atmospheric, Gentle, Subtle, beautiful. SHORT. Its those same beats repeated over and over, the total song time is probably only around 30 seconds.
And yet the sound quality, and depth of his songs are far more appealing than FFXI's. That orchestral feeling really gives zones a kick ex. 2 Thanlan
This piece, ironically gives me great memories, but not of the game, I personally recall memories of being sat there watching trailers and viewing the teaser site with this music playing in the BG. But its just such a good piece...
A few things to consider;
Vanilla FFXI had 3 composers in total, compared to FFXIV's sole Uematsu.
Whilst Mizuta is the "lead" composer, Uematsu, and Tanioka contributed.
However Uematsu in FFXI only ever composed for cut scene events, never fields, towns or battles.
MMO music differs greatly from RPG music, the music HAS to be designed to be repetitive.
The sad thing about FFXI, is that back when the original game was being composed, Synth kits were still VERY basic, and orchestra in a garage style music just wasn't possible back then.
Overall unless they used an ACTUAL orchestra like the intro FMV
, they'd have to settle for this style of, now retro, music for the entire life time of the game. Which is why I think FFXI tunes are fantastic, but lack the kick.
When I first visited The Black Shrowd I fell in love with the atmosphere of the zone. Not just the zone itself, but the music, the ambient effects, the graphics and everything, the music just brings everything together tidily. Whereas in FFXI, it feels like I'm appreciating the zone, and then the music seperately, if that makes sense.
To summarize, what would I reeeeallly like to see? Modern day Vanadiel music. The substance and depth of XIV's tracks, combined with the memorability and catchiness of FFXI.
And if you want me REALLY honest opinion? Get Tanioka back! She was the unsung hero of the original FFXI's OST. Most of her tracks are the really memorable ones, EVERYONE remembers that first step into Gustaberg
, but not so many say the same about Ronfaure and Sarutabaruta. And as for that fight against the Shadow Lord...
Do the research and you'll probably be shocked to see, most of those tunes you adore weren't even composed by Mizuta!