Final Fantasy VI is my favorite video game, and has been for a long, long time.
Despite a broken battle system and some heavy censorship in the North American localization, there’s so much to love about this game. From its outstanding story to its memorable cast of characters, I think anyone who’s played it will agree that the music in Final Fantasy VI is among composer Nobuo Uematsu’s best work.
When I first heard about the OverClocked Remix (OC Remix) Kickstarter for Final Fantasy VI: Balance and Ruin, I admittedly brushed it off, being of the “I don’t crowdfund” mindset.
You’d think that OC Remix smashing its original goal of $30,000 – raising $153,633 in just 30 days – would have sooner caught my attention, but it didn’t. Due to my ignorance, it wasn’t until months after the campaign ended that I finally took the time to give the five-disc compilation a listen.
Within minutes, I discovered the artists behind this tribute album love Final Fantasy VI just as much as I do. The entire collection is a splendid re-imagining of Uematsu’s original work, offering various takes on the many songs that helped establish Final Fantasy VI as the RPG classic it’s known as today.
If you’re a fan of Final Fantasy, the compositions of Nobuo Uematsu, or just finely crafted music in general, you owe it to yourself to listen to this collection. Not sure where to start? I’ve lined up some of my favorite tracks from discs one and two below.
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Discs three, four, and five are equally brilliant, with highlights including: Go-Go Gadget Gonkulator (Gogo), There’s Nothing Like Flying (Blackjack), Slam Shufflin’ (Slam Shuffle), and Royal Blood, Fraternal Love (Edgar & Sabin).
This collection is well worth your time. I’ve been listening to it all week (especially Disc 1 and Disc 2), and feel like this is something I’ll be coming back to time and time again – just like Final Fantasy VI.
Although the backer-exclusive physical copies are long gone, you can still nab all 74 tracks completely free on the Final Fantasy VI: Balance and Ruin official webpage.
If you like what you hear, be sure to check out the full OverClocked Remix website for more great music and to show them your support.
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