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Link between FF soundtracks and number of composers?

JormungandJormungand MemberFull Members
edited December 2014 in Square Enix
Which have been your favorite? What are the differences you notice between games with a single or main composer and games with split duties?

-"contributor" means less than 10 compositions;
-"songwriter" means a non-Square composer that made a vocal song for the game
-"arranger" means someone who takes a composer's work and makes a new track based on it; only listed for games where the arranger was not apart of the main composing team

Final Fantasy I-IX (1 composer)
Final Fantasy X (3 composers)
Final Fantasy X-2 (2 composers, 1 songwriter)
Final Fantasy XI (3 composers)
Final Fantasy XI's five expansions: RoZ, CoP, ToAU, WotG, SoA (1 composer)
Final Fantasy XII (1 main composer, 4 contributors, 1 songwriter)
Final Fantasy XIII (1 composer, several arrangers)
Final Fantasy XIII-2 (3 composers, 1 contributor, several arrangers)
Lightning Returns (3 composers, several arrangers)
Final Fantasy XIV vanilla (1 composer)
Final Fantasy XIV transition (2 composers, 4 contributors)
Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn (1 main composer, 4 contributors)

Final Fantasy IV The After Years (1 composer (new music))

Final Fantasy VII: Dirge of Cerberus (1 main composer, 1 contributor (multiplayer mode))
Final Fantasy VII: Before Crisis (1 composer)
Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core (1 composer)

Final Fantasy Mystic Quest (2 composers)
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles (1 main composer, 1 contributor)
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles RoF, EoT, LaaK/D (1 composer)
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles TCB (2 main composers, 1 contributor)
Final Fantasy The 4 Heroes of Light (1 composer)
Final Fantasy Dimensions (1 composer)
Final Fantasy Type-0 (1 composer)
Final Fantasy Tactics (2 composers)
Final Fantasy Tactics side story (2 composers)
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (1 main composer, 3 contributors)
Final Fantasy Tactics A2 (1 main composer, 1 contributor)

Excluded from this list are those games which feature mostly remixes. Also there's the upcoming Final Fantasy XV (1 composer, so far) and Final Fantasy Legends: Crystal of Time (1 composer).


  • Cassandra RamosCassandra Ramos Eternal Kyoshi Administrators
    edited November 2014
    I haven't played or listened to enough Final Fantasy OSTs to really distinguish. I could always sing the praises of Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles again, but I do that enough on these forums.

    What I have observed is that, despite how fantastic I find the original FFCC OST, I find Kumi Tanioka's compositions in the other Crystal Chronicles games to be lacking. I wondered if this had to do with the lack of the "ancient instrument" in the sequels, thus losing its uniqueness. I do like what I've heard of her music from Final Fantasy XI, so there may be more to it than that.
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  • AurianAurian Member Full Members
    edited December 2014
    I think it's the general theme of the game... I have had composers where I really really enjoyed their work in one game and go on to try find other OSTs, only to be really disappointed by their other work - like they were doing a style for that particular game.
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