4: Final Fantasy X: Servants of the Mountain
Final Fantasy X’s “Servants of the Mountain” evokes a sense of coming home after a long days work. There is a very physical sense to this piece of music, the bands of the drum sounding like hammer or pickaxe striking ground. The melody gradually rises to a forceful thump. This then softens as we relax after our vigorous work. This is one of the most visceral pieces in the Final Fantasy repertoire. As you would expect from the title, you get the sense of people labouring hard, being but servants in the vast expanse of their world.
3: Final Fantasy XIII-2: Wishes
The opening theme is always the most important piece of music in a game because it creates the initial sense of atmosphere and tone that becomes the gamer’s first impression of the title. Final Fantasy XIII-2 has one of the best themes. It begins with a single solitary piano not which then becomes a soft and soothing melody, being then met by chords and strings. The simplicity of this piece perfectly matches Sereh’s simple wish: to see her sister again. Just as in Sereh’s thought, there is much hope to be found is this beautiful piece. Though the final game failed to wow fans, Final Fantasy XIII-2’s theme at least provided one of the series’ best pieces of music.
2: Final Fantasy 7 Theme
Final Fantasy 7’s main theme creates a juxtaposition that matches the vulnerability of Cloude—who has witnessed the deaths of his friend and of his love—and also the hope at defeating the evil Sephiroth. There is a sense of inevitability to the piece, and its understated nature also creates a sense of humility. It is as though we recognise both the good and bad in the world and recognise that we are but a tiny speck in the universe.