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Ramza Dec 15, 2008

check gametrailers or ps3/psp fanboy for trailers. I think Gametrailers has highest vid quality, but the "fanboy" sites have better audio quality.

New trailers from the DK Sigma blahblahblah event for...

FFXIII
FFVersusXIII
FFAgitoXIII
PE: 3rd Birthday

Each one has some old footage, mostly new footage. Only Agito has in-game footage (looks good!).

But the MUSIC...YES!!!!!

It's almost ENTIRELY new stuff. The most un-new thing on there, which didn't bother me one bit, was 3rd Birthday. It's a remix of the original PE theme, done by Shimomura (who is listed as composer for the whole game).

I can't remember this being confirmed anywhere, but does anyone know composer on Agito? I think it might be Hamauzu based on its sound, but it might also be Takeharu Ishimoto...

Love the new music released for XIII and VersusXIII for what it's worth. Be sure to check it out.

LINKY!

http://www.gametrailers.com/player/43656.html

http://www.gametrailers.com/player/43655.html

http://www.pspfanboy.com/2008/12/15/dir … y-trailers

Chris Dec 15, 2008

It was confirmed back when it was announced that Ishimoto is the composer of Agito. I thought the music for both the FFXIII and FFXIII Versus trailers were impressive. Hopefully we'll get Hamauzu's and Shimomura's best scores to date.

allyourbaseare Dec 15, 2008 (edited Dec 15, 2008)

Chris wrote:

Hopefully we'll get Hamauzu's ... best score to date.

That'll be hard to because SaGa Frontier II OST is GODLY.  That being said, I do find myself listening to Unlimited SaGa a little more as it's more accessible.  I've been waiting for another 3-4 disc monster from him for awhile now just because it seems to showcase more of what the man is capable of.

...I'll be damned, though, if those last 20 seconds of music from the FFXIII trailer didn't give me goosebumps.  smile  Glad to see he's still got it!

Tim JC Dec 15, 2008

FFVersusXIII takes the cake for me. It's been awhile since I've gotten that good old excited feeling from a game trailer, but it's clear that Nomura's direction is at the heart of this one. The movie doesn't shed any more light on what little we know of the story so far, but those scenes, along with Shimomura's driving music, already take me there. I await footage of the battle system.
Hamauzu's piece was great also, especially that lush closing portion. His traditional + techno style should blend nicely with the world of FFXIII, which appears to be a mix of wilderness and technology (well, that's nothing new). Dinosaurs...ambient piano grooves...yum.

Bernhardt Dec 16, 2008

allyourbaseare wrote:
Chris wrote:

Hopefully we'll get Hamauzu's ... best score to date.

That'll be hard to because SaGa Frontier II OST is GODLY.  That being said, I do find myself listening to Unlimited SaGa a little more as it's more accessible.  I've been waiting for another 3-4 disc monster from him for awhile now just because it seems to showcase more of what the man is capable of.

...I'll be damned, though, if those last 20 seconds of music from the FFXIII trailer didn't give me goosebumps.  smile  Glad to see he's still got it!

Hamauzu's latest scores (Final Fantasy X, Unlimited SaGa, Samurai Legend Musashi, Dirge of Cerberus, Sigma Harmonics) are damn well completely different to SaGa Frontier II, or any of his other PSX era stuff (Chocobo Dungeon); really can't compare his PSX versus his PS2 stuff.

SaGa Frontier II is some good chamber music, and it's also a favorite for something to listen and relax to while running errands around town. Although, a lot of Hamauzu's music is like that to me.

What I'm looking forward to is more PS2 (or I guess PS3 era, since that would be the case) era Hamauzu, and FOUR discs of it (since FF soundtracks are usually 4 discs). I'd actually like more action-packed Hamauzu, like some of the battle themes he ran in FFX. The opening theme he has for FFXIII is KILLER.

Also quite excited about Shimomura and FFXIII Versus.

Chris Dec 16, 2008

Pretty much agree with Bernhardt. SaGa Frontier II is a good score, but in my opinion Hamauzu has matured and diversified since. All his projects have shown him attempt new things and they're all so different when compared on a collective level. However, with the exception of Final Fantasy X and the first disc of Unlimited SaGa, I think each of his scores on an individual level have featured pretty consistent styles (Dirge of Cerberus dark and symphonic, Sigma Harmonics electro-acoustic, etc.).

I'm really hoping that FFXIII will be his first complete score that will be spectacularly diverse and wholly satisfying in that regard. I think his challenge when it comes to pleasing his fans will be to achieve that without producing a bunch of imitations of his past well-established styles. But pleasing general Final Fantasy fans will probably be even more difficult. I think he'll need to maintain a fresh and novel feeling to his music while keeping a strong sense of melody. Hopefully he can do it!

It seems like he'll be really paying attention to fitting game context as well this time -- he seemed uninspired by the games of his non-FF earlier projects and took a route of musical experimentation instead. I think he will provide some amazing cinematic underscoring and hopeful offer some vivid area themes and interactive battle themes as well. Maybe I'm expecting too much, but it is this project that will be the real test of his ability as a game composer, not just an experimental musician in general.

As for Shimomura, I also hope this project will be her best. I tend to prefer her darker and more experimental projects. I hope she'll really dedicate a lot of time to achieving something rich and complete. I think she has seemed more tired as a musician than Hamauzu in general so I worry the score won't be as inspiring. But I think she should at the very least create a diverse and enjoyable work that fits the game well.

Ramza Dec 16, 2008

Chris wrote:

It was confirmed back when it was announced that Ishimoto is the composer of Agito. I thought the music for both the FFXIII and FFXIII Versus trailers were impressive. Hopefully we'll get Hamauzu's and Shimomura's best scores to date.

If that's so, then I am totally impressed by Takeharu Ishimoto's trailer music for Agito. That's some of the best music he's ever written. smile

Agreed with whoever said FF Versus XIII looks the most interesting. That 5 minute trailer is awesome.

SquareTex Dec 16, 2008

allyourbaseare wrote:

I've been waiting for another 3-4 disc monster from him for awhile now just because it seems to showcase more of what the man is capable of.

Hear hear.
We've had some delicious morsels come from him these past few years (an appropriate description for Sigma Harmonics, certainly)...now I'm all ready for a FEAST!!! big_smile

Bernhardt Dec 16, 2008 (edited Dec 16, 2008)

Actually decided to watch the trailers, thinking I'd scene them before...

FFXIII: It's looking AND sounding a lot more like Star Wars the more I see...and I like! Kind of actually makes me want to play FFXII (the previous game)!

FFXIII Versus: Looks like Final Fantasy if it was set in Tokyo; it's probably going to be the kind of world in which magic is rare and possessed only by an elite few. The car almost vaguely looks like product placement. You just know the main character, wearing black, and carrying the motorized sword, is going to be the moody one, while all of his comrades are going to have lively, joking personalities

FFXIII Agito: Another card-based game? Think I'll pass...and, I tell ya, cell phones are popping up in FF more and more...

Herrkotowski Dec 16, 2008

Bernhardt wrote:

FFXIII Agito: Another card-based game? Think I'll pass...and, I tell ya, cell phones are popping up in FF more and more...

Actually, it's not a card game. Those are just the weapons of one of the 13 or so characters, from what I've read.

Carl Dec 16, 2008 (edited Dec 16, 2008)

It's Movie time, grab your popcorn!

Versus 13 the bad guys have the Godfather/Italian gangster vibe going on.
Regular 13 goes for the futuristic merge with Starwars.
Agito's characters feels a bit like Harry Potter demographic
PE 3rd's intro bride getting shot up in the church is right out of Kill Bill.

I'll play them eventually whenever I'd upgrade to a PS3, which isn't in the immediate future though (I'm finally playing FF XII on PS2)

Ashley Winchester Dec 16, 2008

allyourbaseare wrote:

That'll be hard to because SaGa Frontier II OST is GODLY.

This may seem rather odd, but I honestly find the sound programming on the SaGa Frontier II OST to be the most impressive aspect of the score... it's very full and rich sounding for a PS1 game. I'm not too big on the music itself outside a few key tracks.

Ramza Dec 16, 2008

Ashley Winchester wrote:
allyourbaseare wrote:

That'll be hard to because SaGa Frontier II OST is GODLY.

This may seem rather odd, but I honestly find the sound programming on the SaGa Frontier II OST to be the most impressive aspect of the score... it's very full and rich sounding for a PS1 game. I'm not too big on the music itself outside a few key tracks.

The music itself is VERY good IMO. But I'm almost inclined to agree with you. If I had to pinpoint game music that shocked me to my core from its SOUND PROGRAMMING, it's be Seiken Densetsu 2+3 and SaGa Frontier II.

James O Dec 17, 2008

Ah that Parasite Eve theme is still great.  I hope for some great tracks for that one.

Wanderer Dec 20, 2008

I'm actually a little distracted by Hamauzu's main theme for FFXIII (or at least what I'm guessing is his main theme, as it popped up in earlier trailers as well). It uses the exact same leap of a fifth as DoC's main theme (and is in the same key as the rendition from "Hope to the Future."). It goes on to do different things but I can't get DoC out of my head! wink

Herrkotowski Dec 20, 2008

Wanderer wrote:

I'm actually a little distracted by Hamauzu's main theme for FFXIII (or at least what I'm guessing is his main theme, as it popped up in earlier trailers as well). It uses the exact same leap of a fifth as DoC's main theme (and is in the same key as the rendition from "Hope to the Future."). It goes on to do different things but I can't get DoC out of my head! wink

I thought the same thing when I first heard that one. I really hope he makes an extremely diverse soundtrack and doesn't rely on an amalgamation of past works.

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