My first RPG ever was the original Final Fantasy on the NES, and so without further ado (and with a nod to the Final Fantasy series), we bring you the world's first RPG guide to choosing a musical instrument:
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There are other things than RPGs that musicians (such as Syd Barrett) also love that let us venture into magical worlds... You know, like mana "potions" and health "elixirs" and what not...
I imagine that the Sprite, Pirate, Fairy, Thief, and Mermaid would form one of the most interesting parties you could play... and the world's most annoying band possible, mainly because it has the accordion in it. Imagine a scenario where a band had both an accordion and a harmonica in it. I'd jump out the window with both instruments and let them break my fall.
Of course the early Final Fantasy games are among the greatest RPGs of all time with FFVII and FVIII being the best, but FFX was unbelievable too. But I have to give a shout out to Secret of Mana and Chrono Trigger on the Super Nintendo too in case one of you decides to fire up the emulators. Runner-up awards go out to 7th Saga and Earthbound. These days I even liked the reboot series of Tomb Raider games as a role playing series. The line is getting pretty blurred now that almost all games are including RPG elements.
Interestingly, all of the games I just listed have some of the best soundtracks of all time too, which is fitting for a music blog. They stand the test of time. I regularly pull up renditions of all the songs on Spotify and listen to the actual soundtracks on YouTube. It takes you back immediately, especially when you hear the battle themes and the town songs. Nothing beats the themes of being inside the inns on World of Warcraft though. Yes, I've exposed myself as a true RPG nerd.
I'm such an RPG nerd that I wrote a post about 8 classic video game songs and, of course, the first one on the list is the monumental arpeggio from the main Final Fantasy theme. You'll hear references to that melody all over the place, hidden pretty well from those who wouldn't recognize it, but once you know the song you can never not hear it when it plays. The same goes for the Legend of Zelda theme, the Tetris songs, the Super Mario Brothers theme, and so many others. I know that those are popular because their old and so many people have had a chance to hear them, but I just don't feel like modern day video games are really up to par when it comes to their soundtracks. They can't compare.
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