The Final Fantasy
series has become renowned for many things throughout its storied
history. Hugely immersive worlds and narratives, beloved characters and
breathtaking visuals to name but a few. Special praise is often reserved for
its musical scores.
Bar a handful of
spin-off and mobile titles, every game in the series has been accompanied by an
original soundtrack of anywhere from ten to two hundred tracks, depending on
its scope. Each was typically the responsibility of a single individual from
Square-Enix’s pool of composers, but collaborations have become the norm in recent years.
battle themes and emotional character pieces to ambient background tracks and impactful
scene music, almost every score has boasted a selection of instant classics
(and plenty of duds for good measure), which are celebrated at events such as
the Distant Worlds concert series and the annual Classic FM Hall Of Fame
induction. Every composer has had their highs and their lows, some more than
others, with each making valued contributions to a soundtrack collection that
now numbers more than 5000 pieces of music overall.
How do each of
them stack up against one another? Let’s find out!