Thanks to the Final Fantasy Piano Opera concert, I’d been listening to nothing but Final Fantasy soundtracks. I played tunes that were all familiar to me — some being my favourites and others being new renditions of the tunes I adore. It was through this listening spree that I discovered an arrangement to one of my favourites pieces from Final Fantasy X. This arrangement really impressed me to have it be featured for this month’s Symphonic Selections column.
The above song is from the PlayStation 2 version of Final Fantasy X. 15+ years ago, my first playthrough led me to Zanarkand and I stopped. I never beat the game, but I remember this track a lot because of its beautiful composition, and I remember it fitting well with the ruins of Zanarkand.
In 2014, I played and beat the remastered PS Vita version, and I made it to Zanarkand and pushed on through its desolated state. I spent a lot of time grinding in this area, and this haunting song was what I heard during my playthrough. It was the song I heard even during the battles, as it was just perfect and fitting for this song to not be interrupted.
Then last month, when I was clicking around, I heard this rendition performed at the Symphonic Odysseys concert. This version took my breath away. The addition of the choir to this piece made this piece 1000 times better. Not only does this piece gives me the chills, but it feels more haunted, and I sense desperation in the choral part, like all the fayths have come together to sing one last time. Or maybe it reminds me of all the emotions Tidus and his gang felt as they reach Zanarkand, truly believing that Yuna needs to be sacrificed to defeat Sin. All I can say is that this arrangement is amazing and utterly powerful.
I hope you enjoyed this month’s selection. Let me know what you think. Even if you’re not really into video games, do give it a listen!