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jb Dec 28, 2006

Yummy.  big_smile

I'm such a sucker for box sets... :'(

Zane Dec 28, 2006

jb wrote:

I'm such a sucker for box sets... :'(

Me, too. I remember pre-ordering the NAMCO Wonder Box a couple of years ago, but that shit got canned. It had, like, 50 CDs in there or something. Total lunacy.

I just wonder why the Star Onions CD isn't included in the FFXI box. Hmmm...

Ramza Dec 28, 2006

I couldn't be happier about this. There were many unreleased tracks that needed to be released, and I am MEGA pumped about the piano collection (I was worried it would never happen).

This release probably marks the end of official XI expansions. Good timing IMO.

The fact that Star Onions isn't put on the set suggests to me, however, that a 2nd Star Onions CD will be released. I know when I spoke with some of the band members that they said they hope to do so.

Ramza

(PS - now all I need is a I-III Piano album and a XII Piano album and I'll be a happy man).

TerraEpon Dec 28, 2006

I hope they release a piano colleciton seperate too...


-Joshua

myaje Dec 28, 2006

Personally, I really like the osts for FFXI, the music is very soothing and relaxing to me.

Hmm... unreleased stuff, eh?  I wonder if those are the same as the unknown FFXI tracks that I found in a gamerip collection of unused Final Fantasy tracks.

That piano collection could be pretty good too, but I agree, no Star Onions cd kinda stinks.

I wonder what the box will look like, I love the first print of the first ost.  I would really like to see it have the newer Yoshitaka Amano art, particularly the pieces that he did for Treasures of Aht Urgan.

Ramza Dec 28, 2006

TerraEpon wrote:

I hope they release a piano colleciton seperate too...


-Joshua

At the moment, SQEX-10082 has been left unidentified. There's a chance it could be the piano collection. But it looks like the box set is coming with the sheet music for the Piano Collection, so after all the importing one would have to do to get both the CD in the book, you may as well buy a sweet box set.

But for those that already own the other albums and would just want "the rest", it's a shame that the unreleased album (and probably the piano collection) would only be available in this massive box.

Ramza

Cedille Dec 28, 2006

Ramza wrote:

This release probably marks the end of official XI expansions. Good timing IMO.

A developer said this summer that they had already started to work on the next expansion. Considering FFXI still holds 400,000 to 500,000 players, they may well be able to release one or two titles till the release of a next FF MMORPG (Plus, I hear Sony has actually released the expansion of EQ1 along with EQ2).

FFXI PC is really a blessing as long as the tracks are picked from the first FFXI OST (the second was still decent, but the third and fourth were plain).

Harry Dec 28, 2006

The only soundtracks worth getting in that box set are the FFXI OST and the Rise of the Zilart expansion album. The rest IMO ranges to contain some decent tracks to some Mizuta-infected boringness. The piano collections is a nice idea, I wonder who the arranger is. Again, not a package I'd purchase.

Alcahest Dec 28, 2006 (edited Dec 28, 2006)

Yeah i kinda have the same views on this box as Harry above.
Nice item but i'm not sure i'd enjoy spending 6 hours bored to death because of the uninspired composition.
Still dunno what to do regarding this boxset..
Later,

Alcahest

Wanderer Dec 28, 2006 (edited Dec 29, 2006)

Eh. I thought Mizuta was boring in the FFXI OST and he got even more so in the expansions. I think I'll pass.

GoldfishX Dec 28, 2006

I count myself among the FFXI detractors as well. I had enough of that mini-franchise's music from the first OST to tell I had heard enough of Naoshi Mizuta. Kumi Tanioka on the other hand...Her XI work was no indication (at least from what I can recall...which wasn't much) of her Crystal Chronicles OST thankfully, which was pretty good.

Good deal for FFXI nuts, but I'll blow my $100 elsewhere...

Ramza Dec 29, 2006

sad to hear such low opinions on the music. The Zilart expansion has some incredibly enjoyable music, and while CoP's soundtrack was dull, I think Aht Urhgan has nice stuff. And the original 2 discs are some of my favorite songs from the FF series.

I guess I'm just crazy like that. Well...I have also blown about 40 days of my life playing FFXI so I may be biased.

Ramza

myaje Dec 29, 2006 (edited Dec 29, 2006)

Well, according to what CDJapan has written up, that piano cd doesn't have to do with FFXI at all.

Here's what I got in my email today:

"Price: Yen- 10476, US$(87.22) Release Date: 28-Mar-2007
Soundtrack box set release from hit online game "Final Fantasy XI"
includes the original 2-disc "Final Fantasy XI Original Soundtrack"
album, "Final Fantasy XI Jilart no Genei - Original Soundtrack,"
"Final Fantasy XI Promathia no Jubaku - Original Soundtrack," and
"Final Fantasy XI Treasures of Aht Urhgan: Original Soundtrack"
releases plus two bonus CDs: an unreleased collection of tracks from
the game performed by opera star Izumi Masuda and the hit "FFIX Piano
Collections" release.  Box set includes all seven discs plus the
complete piano sheet music for the "FFIX Piano Collections" album."

I don't know what other FFXI stuff Izumi Masuda has done, but she did do the song "Distant Worlds" which is the ending(?) theme to Chains of Promathia.

The track is included on this cd, which Uematsu composed the music for.

I don't know about any of you, but I'm bummed to hear this. 

I never had bought the FFIX piano album, but I never expected it to be a bonus in this collection, and I sure don't need any sheet music for it.

Smells to me like S.E. is getting lazy.  sad

Zane Dec 29, 2006

I hope that the "IX" is a typo. That makes absolutely no sense at all if they let the IX PC into the XI box. hmm

Ramza Dec 29, 2006

yeah jayme, it is without a doubt a typo. Don't believe it just cuz CD Japan posted it.

Sheesh.

Razakin Dec 29, 2006

Ramza wrote:

yeah jayme, it is without a doubt a typo. Don't believe it just cuz CD Japan posted it.

Sheesh.

Yup, not the first time that CD Japan has made some slight errors, I still remember the times when they we're selling Final Fantasy Vocal Correction album. :P

longhairmike Dec 30, 2006

oh wow,, i totally forgot that my ff11 ltd ost came with a dvd,,, now that i have a reigonfree dvd player i can check it out... even if it is just an extended advertizement...

XLord007 Dec 31, 2006

I have to say that this pisses me off.  I want the new discs, but I already have all the released FFXI stuff and see no reason why I should pay out the ass for the new stuff.

Qui-Gon Joe Dec 31, 2006

XLord007 wrote:

I have to say that this pisses me off.  I want the new discs, but I already have all the released FFXI stuff and see no reason why I should pay out the ass for the new stuff.

Agreed 100%.  They'd better damn well release that piano collection separately at some point.

Shoebonics Dec 31, 2006

Is this 'Previously released material' sales tactic going to spread to video game music as well now?

*cough*BIOHAZARD BEST SELECTION BOXSET*cough-cough*

TerraEpon Jan 1, 2007

I don't have a problem with the boxset at all -- if done right, they can be nice to have, and usually one can make much of one's money back selling the old albums.

I just don't like how many sets you have to buy the set to get certain music. I just want the PC <.< (and I don't like the expansions much....)


-Joshia

Zane Jan 2, 2007 (edited Jan 2, 2007)

mjaye wrote:

Personally, I really like the osts for FFXI, the music is very soothing and relaxing to me.

I can see why some people might not dig Mizuta's style for FFXI, but I pretty much second mjaye's opinion (lame OST or not). I don't think it's boring music when I'm just relaxing around the house, reading a book, laying down and chilling out, etc. I'm not sure if I'd want to drive around town with this stuff blaring, but it's good for setting a nice calm mood. No low blows, but it's nap music. There's nothing like throwing on some Zilart before bedtime...

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