Posts Tagged ‘Nobuo Uematsu’

by John Groom

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Tidus, the game’s main character

Zanarkand, a world of technological heights and excessive materialism like no other. Spira, a world with little care for materialism and has little technology in existence. In the world of Final Fantasy X, these two worlds are one in the same. Final Fantasy X begins like no other Final Fantasy game; with a head banging hit written by none other than Nobuo Uematsu himself. From there, the game only improves.

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By Alex Schmitz

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The cast of Final Fantasy IX. Left to Right: Quina, Freya, Eiko, Princess Garnet, Zidane, Steiner, Vivi, and Amarant.

Released in 2000, Final Fantasy IX was caught between the end of one generation and the beginning of the next. The Playstation 2 was already out and many fans were looking forward to the amazing visuals of the upcoming Final Fantasy X rather than paying attention to an obsolete console. Though the game sold well, it couldn’t match up to the success of its two more realistic predecessors. Ask gamers about their favorite RPG on the original PlayStation and most will name Final Fantasy VII. This is a true shame since this game has arguably the best graphics on the PlayStation, a 140 piece soundtrack that composer Nobuo Uematsu has called his favorite in the series, and the highest Metacritic score of any game in the series. The return to a medieval fantasy setting recaptures the magic and fun of the series’ earlier titles. With eight permanent party members, players have character options  but not so many that characters get lost in the crowd. Its beautiful story, huge world, and balanced battle system make it one of the best JRPG’s of all time.

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By Keith Crandell Jr.

This review pertains to all three albums released by the Black Mages.

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What happens when you take Nobuo Uematsu, the composer for a wide variety of Final Fantasy games, and throw him in a band? The Black Mages, that’s what. This band formed in 2003, but after seven years and three studio albums, it was officially disbanded in 2010 due to scheduling conflicts and copyright issues with Square Enix. The band is known for taking music from the Final Fantasy series, arranging them, and playing them in a hybrid form of power and progressive metal.

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The original box art to Advent Children

The sequel to Final Fantasy VII was a gamble for Square Enix. Unlike with Final Fantasy X and X-2, Square Enix decided to try their luck again with a movie sequel as for Final Fantasy VII. Their first attempt at a Final Fantasy movie, Spirits Within, was a poorly received failure that left anyone who watched it wishing they could have those two hours of their lives back. Taking place two years after Meteorfall (the end of Final Fantasy VII), Final Fantasy VII Advent Children is a great addition to the Final Fantasy VII Compilation, and Advent Children Complete is even better.

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