Here's how each monthly feature will go: I'll have the title of the song, along with the song itself for you to enjoy. Underneath, I will describe what this song means to me and how it affects me, plus I'll add in any fun facts about the piece.
I apologize for not updating for the month of February. I also apologize for failing to notify all of you -- our members -- that the update was cancelled. There was no update due to the lack of Final Fantasy news for the month. However, in light of a new album release, for the month of March we will be featuring one of the three symphonies from the newly released Final Symphony album: Final Fantasy VII! More information about Final Symphony can be found below in the Recent News section.
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The Final Fantasy VII Symphony was composed and presented in 3 parts, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. Though it spans a little over 41 minutes, it includes all the familiar themes we know and love:
Opening - Bombing Mission ; One-Winged Angel; J-E-N-O-V-A; Words Drowned by Fireworks; Tifa's Theme; Main Theme of Final Fantasy VII; Aerith's Theme; The Great Warrior; Cid's Theme; Jenova Complete; and The Planet's Crisis -- among a few others.
But to hear them all come together, mix, and meld -- soon enough you lose yourself in the music and memories of the story and that 40 minutes go by faster than you expect them to.
How do you feel about this song? Do you like it? Did it have an effect on you? Leave a comment with your opinion on the song!
--RECENT NEWS IN FINAL FANTASY--
As most of you already know, Monty Oum passed away last month on February 1st. I still wanted to address it properly since I didn't get the chance to last month. He created the fan series Dead Fantasy, which featured characters from Final Fantasy, Dead or Alive, Ninja Gaiden, and Kingdom Hearts fighting each other. He also helped to produce several animated series, the best known being RWBY and RvB. He will be sorely missed.
About a month ago, director of Final Fantasy Type-0, Hajime Tabata, hosted an AMA on reddit. If you're interested in reading all the questions, answers, and comments, check out the link below: www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments…
Prima Games is set to release a boxset of hardcover strategy guides for Final Fantasy VII, VIII, and IX. It seems the guides will be of similar quality to the FFXIII trilogy guides -- with ribbon bookmarks and filled to the brim with HQ screenshots to go along with the written guide. This boxset will include 3 holographic lithographs of Cloud, Squall, and Vivi. Pre-orders are available now, and the set will be released March 17, 2015 (the same day as the HD release of Final Fantasy Type-0).
Dissidia Final Fantasy is in the works, the third Dissidia game to be released since the original's release in 2009. It is not a sequel, but instead a reboot of the series. It will feature a complete make-over of the battle system, and be able to support 3 on 3 combat. The current cast of confirmed characters are as listed below:
This is by no means the full list -- it is expected that the same cast of heroes and villains will appear, and hopefully with some newer additions as well. The in-game graphics are also vastly higher quality than the original's in both the character models as well as the battle areas. For a preview of the graphics, battle system, and 3v3 action, check out the teaser trailer below: youtu.be/kbkraGvmzWE
On February 20th, FFXV director Hajime Tabata streamed the demo for FFXV, Episode Duscae, to present and explain the basic controls and gameplay. The full video is in Japanese, but if you are still interested in watching the full stream, check out the video below: youtu.be/Qe6HI97gmUk
Final Fantasy Record Keeper, which has been incredibly popular in Japan, will be seeing a US release in a few short weeks. It will be available for iOS and Android devices and will be free, with optional in-app purchases available (being specific, there are no microtransactions like there were in All the Bravest. The in-app purchases are only to purchase additional Mog Coins, which can be used to buy items in the game. No purchases are required for actual gameplay!) No release date has been confirmed yet. Also, rest assured -- several fans have stressed that Record Keeper is nothing like All The Bravest. For more information, check out the articles below: www.engadget.com/2015/02/26/fi… finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/Fi…
A studio recording of the concert series Final Sypmhony has been released and is available for listening on Spotify, and for purchase on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon. Final Symphony features music from Final Fantasy VI, VII, and X. The track list includes "Final Fantasy VI (Symphonic Poem: Born with the Gift of Magic)", "Final Fantasy X (Piano Concerto)", and "Final Fantasy VII (Symphony in Three Movements)". All of the tracks feature the notable themes composed by Nobuo Uematsu, and were arranged by Masashi Hamauzu, Jonne Valtonen, and Roger Wanamo. I can tell you first hand after listening to the full album that it is absolutely incredible, and if you liked what you heard from the FFVII Symphony, then you can expect an equally incredible experience listening to the rest of the album.
Which song would you like us to feature next month? There are over 1,000 songs to choose from! If you have a suggestion, leave a comment. We'd love to know what you want to see next month!
Previous songs featured:
"Dancing Mad", "Yuna's Dance (The Sending)", "The Prelude", "Ami", "The Price Of Freedom", "Kiss Me Good-Bye", "The Great Warrior", "Serah's Theme", "Auron's Theme", "Fisherman's Horizon", "Sudeki Da Ne", "Blinded By Light", "Zanarkand", "Aerith's Theme", "Matoya's Cave", "Wind Crest: The Three Trails", "The Last Surviving Wilderness", "Answers", "Maria and Draco", "Anxious Heart", "The Savior's Words ~Christmas in Nova Chrysalia~", "Symphonic Poem Hope"