Final Fantasy. It was the last ditch effort by nearly bankrupt gaming studio Square in 1987. The name was a tongue-in-cheek reference to the fact that it would be the studio's last game before closing its door permanently. However, Square, who would later merge with Enix Corporation to become the modern day Square Enix, had no idea what it had created. With one simple game, Square had made a game that would save itself, and created a legacy and a phenomenon that would last over 25 years, continuing to this day.
I stated in my "Symphony of the Goddesses" article that music holds incredible power. Just like The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy would be fantastic and engrossing tale even without the music. However, it is composer Nobuo Uematsu's incredible compositions that really put the button on things, so to speak. It adds that final touch that make you go from just having feels, to making you cry when Aerith dies in Final Fantasy VII. It makes you go from just being excited, to being stunned in awesome silence when seeing the final form of Seymour in Final Fantasy X.
That is the power of music, and that is the power of Final Fantasy.
Just last night, I had the privilege of being able to attend "Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy," a symphony, much like the "Symphony of the Goddesses," that showcased the incredible legacy of over 25 years of Final Fantasy music, in Atlanta, Georgia. For more on this story, read further inside!