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Chris.Tilton Feb 4, 2008

Chris wrote:

The soundtrack is the original version whereas the DS version is heavily downgraded (in many ways worse than the SNES version). Given the production procedure, there could have been capacity for more ambitious arrangements, but most of the details would have been lost. The graphical ambitions of this remake really shafted the music. That said, I have few qualms with the release itself and didn't really expect much more following the Final Fantasy III Original Soundtrack.

I agree. I found this new version less focused and less effective than the original. A perfect example is the Red Wings opening. The trumpet samples in the new version are a bit more "realistic" (if you could call it that), but are weak and lack the punch and conviction of the original sounds. This kind of thing is all over the new arrangements.

Arcubalis Feb 4, 2008

Mt. Ordeals and Mysidia are embarrassing.

I did enjoy what they did with Somewhere in the World and Troia though.

Overall, pretty hit or miss, with more misses.

Eirikr Feb 4, 2008

McCall wrote:

I'm pretty easy going. I like a lot of stuff. Especially music. Especially FFIV on the SNES. Easily in my top 10 OSTs.

But the tunes in the DS remake were so bad to my ears, I sold it within a week of buying the game.

It's a cheapy disgrace to the original soundtrack. The SNES synth was much better, IMHO. I probably owe some of that to nostalgia, but the SNES original was so much more bombastic and powerful. I miss the punchy trumpets, crisp drums, and especially those strings. It really set the standard for SNES music in my youth. smile

I went in to the DS version knowing that it wouldn't be able to recapture the fullness of the SNES original; as such, I wasn't all too disappointed and rather had a positive experience with the arrangements.

While playing, a few tracks made me think, "this isn't too hot, but will sound great remastered on disc" - namely stuff like the Zeromus battle. I was more or less assuming this OST release would see the same upgrade that the FFIII OST did and this is where the ball was dropped.

Mt. Ordeals? Yech. Zeromus? Ugh. On the OST, they both sound nearly identical to their game counterparts, which is a real shame. The all important battle music? Well, coming off last week's arrangement of "The Dreadful Fight" on the Chocobo Dungeon CD, anything else would pale in comparison.

So, the bottom line is that the OST release still carries some of the synthy residue apparent from the game. Works on some, ruins others. Still worth a listen, in my opinion. smile

RinoaDestiny Feb 4, 2008

Hmmm...I'm liking it so far. Of course, I'm only on "Baron Castle" on Disc 1 but the remixed versions don't hurt my ears. At least it's not as abysmal as the remastered Vagrant Story OST, which was a trainwreck.

Ooohh...just hit "Theme of Love" with the Celtic twist. Oh wow. smile *falls in love*

Now, if only that DVD was a no-region instead of Region 2. Argh.

discoalucard Feb 6, 2008

Strangely enough, I think the music sounds better coming straight from the DS. It's downgraded, yes, but I think that actually helps the quality overall, especially compared to the SPC synth. That might sound strange, but the OST definitely sounds too clean.

Amazingu Feb 7, 2008

discoalucard wrote:

Strangely enough, I think the music sounds better coming straight from the DS. It's downgraded, yes, but I think that actually helps the quality overall, especially compared to the SPC synth. That might sound strange, but the OST definitely sounds too clean.

You're not alone there, I was thinking the same thing.
Extremely disappointing release, this one.

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