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#1 Feb 14 2011 at 3:03 PM Rating: Excellent
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Waiting for ps3/How is the music in FFXIV? FFXI had probably the best soundtrack for any game I have played, does FFXIV hold up at all in comparison?
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XI - well beyond background music - created memories of locations and adventures.
XIV - basic background music - not even close to XI music.
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#3 Feb 14 2011 at 3:13 PM Rating: Good
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Ahh I remember first hearing The Sanctuary of Zi'tah's theme. It was just good music for the sake of good music, I mean apart from it being in a game or anything. I can't really compare it to anything in FFXIV so far.

Ooh, and also the BCNM music. it actually felt like something was about to go down! Be it you mangling some anticans or getting your arms broken by Maat. Of course some music was drab, I didn't like the old world solo battle theme much.

We don't have all the music we're going to have in FFXIV though. I do hope it gets better...
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#4 Feb 14 2011 at 3:28 PM Rating: Good
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Simool wrote:
XI - well beyond background music - created memories of locations and adventures.
XIV - basic background music - not even close to XI music.

This, I love the music in Selbina <3
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Well I've spent the last hour listening to both ffxi and ffxiv tracks. While the both have that snes feel to them that I really like, they are still quite a bit different. The only way I can explain is it is that ffxi reminds me of secret of mana, while ffxiv has more of a (megaman?) feel. Maybe not megaman but it's a little more spacey, while ffxi had a really nice folk fantasy sound to it. I'm sure once I start playing I will love the music though, since I'm enjoying most of what I have heard.
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Selbina was my favorite place to go afk. And I would stop in there a lot for no reason except the music.

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#7 Feb 14 2011 at 3:42 PM Rating: Excellent
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Yeah most of FFXIV's music sucks. Not up to par for a FF title imo.
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#8 Feb 14 2011 at 4:00 PM Rating: Excellent
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I think one of the big differences is the fact that the zones are much bigger in XIV.

You can generally go on a big adventure and not even leave the zone, which means no music change. In XI you was pretty much changing zones all the time and with that comes new scenery/music.

As for which is best tho? XI is the clear winner for me, i would and have listened to XI music outside of game, i would never do that with a piece from XIV.
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I remember starting in Bastok and hearing the music there then stepping outside and hearing the Gustaberg music. It fitted the atmosphere and it left a permanent memory of the music that I still hum every once in a while. Now ask me to hum some of the music in XIV, I won't be able to do it.

I even remember some of the music in previous Final Fantasy installments because they stuck with you. Maybe it's age, I dunno but to me the music in XIV doesn't compare to previous titles.
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Maybe it's age, I dunno but to me the music in XIV doesn't compare to previous titles.


This is something I have noticed as well. Final Fantasy music is usually something I would enjoy listening to even while not playing (I remember downloading FFVII music in midi haha). Don't get me wrong, I love the game, but I have found myself turning the music off in FFXIV to listen to my own music player...


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I'd agree that the music in 14 doesn't compare to the music from 11. I haven't played 11 in about 3 years and I still will listen to Mhaura, Windurst and Sarutabaruta music on youtube at times. Grew up in Windurst and it is still my favorite.
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I was a fan of Saruta Baruta music, but lets be serious for a second. This is a silly question. It should be FFXIV VS FFIV-VI. This was a golden era in ff music where every song told a story. Now they are just orcestrated burgle.

EDIT: but seriously, the American launch version of XI did not have much in the way of music. It seems half of the zones simply had no music at all. Most of the eventful overtures of XI did not come in until the later expansions.

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WolfOak wrote:
I was a fan of Saruta Baruta music, but lets be serious for a second. This is a silly question. It should be FFXIV VS FFIV-VI. This was a golden era in ff music where every song told a story. Now they are just orcestrated burgle.

EDIT: but seriously, the American launch version of XI did not have much in the way of music. It seems half of the zones simply had no music at all. Most of the eventful overtures of XI did not come in until the later expansions.

Edited, Feb 14th 2011 5:22pm by WolfOak


I beg to differ. Although the intermediate zones did not have music, the music in the starting zones and towns (mhura, selbina, sandoria, windurst, bastok, jeuno, gustaberg, ronfuare, saruta, etc. etc. etc.) were all amazing works. Even Kazham's music was ******* (sorry the word fits the adjective) amazingly fitting to a jungle town. Nobou dropped the ball big time and I'm not sure anyone can convince me otherwise at this point in the game. There are plenty of zones to have a bangin soundscape and none of them, absolutely none of them hold a candle to any FFXI track.
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I think agree with everyone here in that XI's ST is generally better (for now).

In my opinion, the quality of a game's soundtrack is determined by its ability to match the given situation or area that each track is assigned. In this regard, I believe XI's soundtrack currently does a much better job than XIV's. I've listened to some of XIV's music only to scratch my head and wonder where the heck the composer was going with it. Many XIV tracks just seem bland, generic, and somewhat unsuited to the areas or situations in which they play.

On the other hand, XIV does have a handful of amazing tracks that just haven't had the chance to be implemented into any content yet. You can find those on YouTube. I think (hope) that the ST situation will improve when more content comes along and these tracks are implemented.

That aside, I have found a few nuggets of awesome among XIV's currently implemented tracks. Track 18 is great and fits its assigned situations very well. Track 61 (Coerthas) is also amazing in my opinion.

I'm sorry if this post seems disorganized, but games' soundtracks have always been a large part of the experience for me and it may have caused me to ramble a bit lol
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I'm a sucker for nostalgia, but Stars Over Thanalan and the song for Coerthas are amazing.

La Noscea's song is pretty good too, and Mor Dhona is grows on me whenever I manage to go there.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rbuto9wfEHE

This will answer your question about music. Listen to the entire song, then decide if you like FFXIV more.

Although most of the music sounds cool in 14 at first, it's way more annoying than FFXIs music, it doesn't seem to grow on you. Probably because there aren't cool events making memorable impressions with it.


Anyways if your familiar with "Awakening" in 11, this is about the equivalent in terms of epic awesomeness (the video above).
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#17 Feb 14 2011 at 5:14 PM Rating: Good
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Awakening is pure epic.....

While most of the zone in 11 actually dont have any BGM.. I kinda like it....
comparing to 14.walking for dozens of minutes without any changes.

I hope that a remix of music could be done in 14.
the central area keeping the original one, while "Eastern ,Western, Lower, Upper" part of the zone play a different remix for each..
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Eadieni wrote:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rbuto9wfEHE

This will answer your question about music. Listen to the entire song, then decide if you like FFXIV more.

Although most of the music sounds cool in 14 at first, it's way more annoying than FFXIs music, it doesn't seem to grow on you. Probably because there aren't cool events making memorable impressions with it.


Anyways if your familiar with "Awakening" in 11, this is about the equivalent in terms of epic awesomeness (the video above).


Wow I thought that song was kind of pretty but mostly boring, and I left it on in the background and WOW it really picks up at about 3:00 and continues with that momentum. Good track, thanks for sharing it with us.
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Seems 11 music has more depth to it. Just like the Jeuno x'mas music, is a Christmas remix of the original jeuno music. Compare what we have in 14, all 3 cities shares the same christmas music without any resemblance of the original city theme, I didn't like it at all. XI is really an amazing game in many ways.

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Eadieni wrote:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rbuto9wfEHE

This will answer your question about music. Listen to the entire song, then decide if you like FFXIV more.

Although most of the music sounds cool in 14 at first, it's way more annoying than FFXIs music, it doesn't seem to grow on you. Probably because there aren't cool events making memorable impressions with it.


Anyways if your familiar with "Awakening" in 11, this is about the equivalent in terms of epic awesomeness (the video above).


I'll stick with my distant words thank you. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVYhcXmXSB0&feature=related :P

Still, I think XIV has better "background" music as in that you don't notice it and it doesn't drive you nuts even after hours of playing. Personally I always disable bgm music and open itunes.
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Rekia wrote:
Eadieni wrote:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rbuto9wfEHE

This will answer your question about music. Listen to the entire song, then decide if you like FFXIV more.

Although most of the music sounds cool in 14 at first, it's way more annoying than FFXIs music, it doesn't seem to grow on you. Probably because there aren't cool events making memorable impressions with it.


Anyways if your familiar with "Awakening" in 11, this is about the equivalent in terms of epic awesomeness (the video above).


Wow I thought that song was kind of pretty but mostly boring, and I left it on in the background and WOW it really picks up at about 3:00 and continues with that momentum. Good track, thanks for sharing it with us.



Well the shorter version has less filler in it, but I figured i'd post the full "final" version of the song. Theres also like a 3 and a half minute version but it's just not as cool as the song in its entirety :D
Susan Calloway is a great singer, she's also the one who sang at the Distant Worlds song linked above. (I don't know why they rated you down for linking Distant Worlds ... it's a fantastic song).
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People really rate down for the strangest things. Maybe it was for mentioning iTunes :D

PS: it wasn't me.

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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...


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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!
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I like the city themes a lot. Especially Grindania. Overall, it's not as bad as most make it sound. It's just some really bad tracks such as the ones used for behests that detract from the good.
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I think the music in FFXIV is pretty good. I think the reason why most people don't like it is because the zones are much bigger than FFXI's zones, so that means you usually hear the same song for 3 hours. Personally I think they should have added more orchestral themes.

Also how could you not like Nail of the Heavens? That's one badass battle theme. That's the reason I love being in the La Noscea region.

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TerraSonicX wrote:
I think the music in FFXIV is pretty good. I think the reason why most people don't like it is because the zones are much bigger than FFXI's zones, so that means you usually hear the same song for 3 hours. Personally I think they should have added more orchestral themes.

Also how could you not like Nail of the Heavens? That's one badass battle theme. That's the reason I love being in the La Noscea region.

Edited, Feb 14th 2011 7:39pm by TerraSonicX

Edited, Feb 14th 2011 7:40pm by TerraSonicX

I think you've pretty much nailed it, theres only 5 zones so you hear the same songs all the time. There were hundreds in 11 and many zones had their own music, or ambient noise.
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They are both great soundtracks. I think the problem(in my opinion) is that Nobuo Uematsu is more suited to composing for a single player, story driven game, where as Naoshi Mitzuda(XI composer, among others) is kick *** with the town themes and catchy little area themes. You also have to consider that XI had a few other amazing composers that helped on the original sound track. My point is both are amazing but i think Naoshi Mitzuda would have been better for the XIV soundtrack.
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Only battle music I liked in 11 was the winning music "March of the Hero" in ballista. But zone music ff11, battle music FF14
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I actually just recently listened to about 60 odd tracks that were ripped from the alpha version of FFXIV and I have to say I REALLY like the soundtrack to this game. I agree with couple people who said its most likely not as favored by some since 1)Zones are much larger and you're in them for a lot longer hearing the same loop (I could still listen to thanalan and coerthas zone themes all day) and 2) Right now there isn't many tracks with any badass moments. Maybe a few with some cutscenes that are pretty epic but we still don't have a boss of some sort with an epic track to go with it, although if you look up the music off youtube there are some AWESOME epic tracks. I can't say I like it more than FFXI's music, but certainly just as much.
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Yeah most of FFXIV's music sucks. Not up to par for a FF title imo.


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A lot of FFXIV's cutscene music is great, but the overture songs don't seem to fit their landscapes. I love Thanalan's theme, but it just doesn't go with the whole idea of a big desert. Listening to the soundtrack outside of the game, I have trouble imagining a setting to each song.
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Gather my children, it's that time again.
Time for a trip down memory lane.
I'll tell you a story of memories lost.
of tunes that were heard as landscape was crossed.

Let's start with a place surrounded by sand
where fiddlers and luters play jigs in a band.
Selbina, the place where newcommers dance
as they wait for companions to help them advance.

There was a great kingdom surrounded by green
guitar, flute, and drums, along tambourine.
Ronfaure forest, where wild rabbits run
and youngest of elvaan chase them for fun.

In snow covered mountains lie Castle Zvahl Keep
and inside a Throne Room far down in the deep.
Shadow lord woke from ages of slumber
And with him awoke both fiddler and drummer.

A sanctuary hidden in canyons so dry
where trees had grown wildly up to the sky.
Glowing with purple from crystals afar
hikers traversed it to peaceful guitar.

Heroes were forged in blood, sweat and tear
as evil was crushed by guts and by fear.
Warriors, mages, unequal in deft
as time passed on by, most of them left.

None can deny the memories we share
from Vana d'iel where most of us heir
Our stories from there, both jolly and rotten,
but the muic we heard was never forgotten!

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#33 Feb 14 2011 at 8:40 PM Rating: Good
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I absolutely love the cutscene song, don't know the name, but it starts slow and quiet and gradually moves into a great creshendo. It was the only song on their ffxiv official website when it first went up.

The rest? I can't really remember.
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NOBUO UEMATSU FTW! Musical genius !
XI had awsome/jaw droping/memorable songs,
we heard about 30% of the XIV music,
cant really tell at this point.
But XIV music quality is way better then XI.
Nobuo stated that he made 80 Songs for XIV at this point, we heard about 30-40.

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#35 Feb 14 2011 at 8:51 PM Rating: Good
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Simool wrote:
XI - well beyond background music - created memories of locations and adventures.
XIV - basic background music - not even close to XI music.

↑ ↑ ↑
This!

Also, some of FFXIV's tracks feel like they're only forty-five seconds long... >_>
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#36 Feb 14 2011 at 8:58 PM Rating: Decent
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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!


I have heard Ronfaure remixed several times online; Ronfaure was included in the FFXI music collection; Ronfaure was the song played at the Final Fantasy music concert I attended last year.

As a Windurstian, I will never forget Sarutabaruta; right now, I can't even remember Gustaberg.

You are entitled to your opinion, but your "EVERYONE remembers X" statement is greatly overstated - clearly, based upon their selections for out-of-FFXI publication, SE agrees.
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EVERYONE remembers that first step into Gustaberg


Thank you for that link Ditx. Brought back memories. I wish I could go back and spend a day back then. Life was simpler, I was much younger, and nostalgia is a *****.

ahh Bastok.. The events, the mining for darksteel, meeting new friends long gone.. No MMO will ever do it for me the way FFXI did.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwAUdHDqwjw&feature=related

As someone once said: "FFXI wasn't just a game I played.. Vanadiel was a place I visited and will never forget."

ok /nerd off

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Again, these threads always seem to pop up and I keep saying the same things:

The entire soundtrack is pretty decent for what it is. There are some great songs on YouTube.

Is it worse than FFXI? Probably. But that could be for a lot of reasons. I frequently turned off the BGM in FFXI to listen to my own music or whatever else.

If it is worse than FFXI is it Uematsu's fault that it's worse? I don't know. Probably not.

I think as people have suggested; the zones are too big, there was perhaps poor direction given, AND it was too much game for Uematsu to handle.

I never really cared for battle themes, and I never cared for the more theatrical/orchestral sounding stuff. But the simple melody/background music is done well.

That being said I don't mind the guildleve battle themes and some of the regular battle themes.

Overall I think the music here is pretty good. Like this number: http://www.youtube.com/user/Snowvilers#p/c/CC08F47C925C651D/34/Jx_z1wI0RuM

I'd like to ask, if the game wasn't as bad as it was, would people still have complained about the music? For instance I hated FFXIII, and only really liked the instrumental title theme. If I liked the game would I be singing a different tune?
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Hmm, to be fair when i first got XIV, i didnt really like the soundtrack that much, in fact one of the best things about XI for me was its music. Sure it was cheesy, and certainly not of the same production quality as XIV's but it was **** catchy.

But thinking about it more, a lot of people seem to be saying how the music always reminded them of an XI experience: IE: First time zoning into selbina felt like a safe haven after the dunes.

In XIV we dont really have any memorys to attach the music to, if ur grinding for 3-4 hours listening to the same 4 min loop, even if its a song you really like its gonna get annoying. Zi Tah is the perfect example of this, nice music, lovely zone, but i bet a lot of people rarely spent more than a few mins each day traveling through it. As for the city zones, well whenever you heard that it you generally got a feeling of arriving at your destination, or being safe and not having to worry about agro, so the music was almost part of the relief. in XIV you can easily just go afk in the middle of a zone and nothing will bother you, or if you want to travel anywhere just click teleport to the other side of the world.

The quality is there though, i havent heard this track: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbqWsbXs_r8&feature=related in game yet but it's already one of my favorite FF songs.

tl;dr: The music isnt as meaningfull in XIV as a result of the general state of the game.

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Also how could you not like Nail of the Heavens? That's one badass battle theme. That's the reason I love being in the La Noscea region.


Probably because it reminds me of this battle theme from Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits. Holy balls that song got really annoying after awhile. And the voice acting...don't get me started on the voice acting.
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Probably because it reminds me of this battle theme from Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits. Holy balls that song got really annoying after awhile. And the voice acting...don't get me started on the voice acting.


Oh God, that song is annoying and it sounds nothing like Nail of the Heavens. Nail of the Heavens is more upbeat and actually sounds like a battle theme whereas the other sounds like overworld music.
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I think it is probably to early to fully compare at this point. Knowing Uematsu came back to do this soundtrack I have some faith. I mean he only did the soundtracks from 1-10, and I really enjoyed Lost Oysseys as well. So have faith in the composer, things might get better on the music front. And tbh, I like them both at this point. I personally enoyed Mistbeards score.
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#43 Feb 15 2011 at 2:54 AM Rating: Good
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Simool wrote:
XI - well beyond background music - created memories of locations and adventures.
XIV - basic background music - not even close to XI music.

I agree with this, too. I feel it's one of many reasons we feel detatched with this game, in comparison to XI.

Thanalan's track is a great example - it's just gorgeous, but does it remind you of a desert? XI's OST was more powerful not only because the music was more distinctive, but because each track really fit the zone it was for.
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#44 Feb 15 2011 at 3:56 AM Rating: Good
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXuMUqj2Vjg

This is actually in-game music unlike "Answers".


I'm a huge Uematsu fan but XI has made me really love Mizuta's music too.

Let's put it this way. I'll play XI how ever long it will take me to get to that area so I can hear this song.

I know words like "magical" and "angelic" make anyone sound like an *** but this track really has no words to describe it.

Here's the heavenly piano version:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2aftawhPqQ&playnext=1&list=PLC1E864774CA9CF1F


And since I started this I might add that I'll never ever get bored of the music outside the main cities.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yM8_qN4CCyU

EVER.

I've been playing 2 years now and I play the XI music DAILY on headphones when I'm not playing.
#45 Feb 15 2011 at 3:13 PM Rating: Good
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Coyohma wrote:
Simool wrote:
XI - well beyond background music - created memories of locations and adventures.
XIV - basic background music - not even close to XI music.

I agree with this, too. I feel it's one of many reasons we feel detatched with this game, in comparison to XI.

Thanalan's track is a great example - it's just gorgeous, but does it remind you of a desert? XI's OST was more powerful not only because the music was more distinctive, but because each track really fit the zone it was for.


I completely agree. I'll never forget that first step into Selbina. I wasn't really wowed by any of the music in FFXIV in the same was I was with FFXI. If I listen to the tracks on youtube, they sound great and they are very nice, but they just don't fit their respective zones. Well maybe the Black Shroud one does, but I tend to avoid that place. Perhaps it's time to go raise botany in the Black Shroud or something...
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#46 Feb 15 2011 at 3:35 PM Rating: Excellent
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If we fast forward a few years...and this game is going strong...I think most of our opinions will shift towards favoring FFFXIV music as it will, like FFXI, be part of our new experiences. But right now...there's too many distractions to fall in love with it.

Another thing my wife brought up when I was playing her some old FFXI off youtube last night...in FFXI, certain tunes were ours. Since we were both Tarus in Windhurst...that was our town, our music. Head off into Baruta to kill some bunnies... that was our land, our music. We don't really have a home town in XIV. We have a starting area...but its too easy to just warp from city to city. Home is where you log out. Home in FFXI my fully decorated Mog house.

Yea...I'm a nerd...but its the little things that XIV is lacking that keeps me from playing.
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#47 Feb 15 2011 at 6:29 PM Rating: Excellent
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FFXI: Awakening had such a huge impact when you fought the Shadowlord. Tell me you didn't scream "YEAH BRING IT!" when the tune suddenly shifted into that small segment with the crystal overture. Gustaberg and Ronfaure were also so well composed that they are still played by orchestras at concerts; I believe these pieces were actually not written by Nobuo.

Anyway, Nobuo is completely alone when writing the music for FFXIV and had no help; he had the help of 2-3 other composers when FFXI was released. Further, FFXIV was so rushed that I honestly believe he had no idea how the zones should even be conveyed: "make us music for a vast desert... it is very vast... in fact it is an entire continent". I almost feel there was a lack of funding for all aspects of this game including music.
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#48 Feb 15 2011 at 6:40 PM Rating: Good
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Simool wrote:
If we fast forward a few years...and this game is going strong...I think most of our opinions will shift towards favoring FFFXIV music as it will, like FFXI, be part of our new experiences. But right now...there's too many distractions to fall in love with it.

Another thing my wife brought up when I was playing her some old FFXI off youtube last night...in FFXI, certain tunes were ours. Since we were both Tarus in Windhurst...that was our town, our music. Head off into Baruta to kill some bunnies... that was our land, our music. We don't really have a home town in XIV. We have a starting area...but its too easy to just warp from city to city. Home is where you log out. Home in FFXI my fully decorated Mog house.

Yea...I'm a nerd...but its the little things that XIV is lacking that keeps me from playing.


sorry off topic!

yeah, sigh... things like that were important to me too. In ffxiv, being able to have other people teleport you around to all the aetherytes and towns on your first hour of playing the game is so disgusting. Of course, even if nobody teleported you, you could probably get to/from limsa and uldah within 10 minutes + the boat ride... such a shame they let you teleport to aetherytes you've never been to. Try complaining about things like this, and you get barraged by people saying it's a time sink to have to walk there on your own. What ever happened to a sense of adventure and exploring? All gone =\ thanx kid game mmos.

music? ffxi was better methinks.
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Ok so after hearing what some people had to say I actually went off and listened to the entire FFXIV soundtrack and I must admit there are some real gems in there. I just wish the songs we started out with were as good as those. I was trying to close my eyes as I listened and imagine a space around me that resembled the song. Good times.

Anyway so I still stand by FFXI's ost but some of XIV's is growing on me. I partially concede my defeat. ^^;

Some of them are oldskool as ****, others are very nice. 18,25, and 26 to name a few.

Edited, Feb 15th 2011 8:35pm by Transmigration
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#50 Feb 16 2011 at 4:07 AM Rating: Excellent
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Jamaz wrote:
Further, FFXIV was so rushed that I honestly believe he had no idea how the zones should even be conveyed: "make us music for a vast desert... it is very vast... in fact it is an entire continent". I almost feel there was a lack of funding for all aspects of this game including music.

I was watching Nobuo's interview prior to the launch recently, the one that was on the CE DVD. He talked about the music for the opening movie, they gave him a rough cut to work with.. But then he didn't have the opportunity to make any adjustments after they had finalized the movie. I felt bad for him, that didn't seem right.. The rush job they did has really hamstrung everything.
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#51 Feb 16 2011 at 4:27 AM Rating: Decent
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XI - well beyond background music - created memories of locations and adventures.
XIV - basic background music - not even close to XI music.


The second poster already finished the thread.

Even in FFXI, some of the songs not made by Uematsu were better than those that were (e.g. Gustaberg).
Stop being Uematsu fans for the sake of being fans of someone a lot of people are fans of -.-/

Uematsu has made some very good music in the past, but FFXIV is sub-par.
Can't stand that stupid upbeat yeah-yeah-bang-bang guildleve theme.
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