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Bit of Play 4: Final Fantasies II

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Bit of Play 4: Final Fantasies II

It's the second day of the New Year, so time for the second part of our history of Final Fantasy.  This episode, we're going through the Playstation era, starting with the seminal Final Fantasy VII, the just as good Final Fantasy VIII, and the oft-forgotten Final Fantasy IX. We also touch on the Final Fantasy Tactic series as we gear up for Final Fantasy XII. And no list of Final Fantasies would be complete without the movie, so we spent a solid 15 minutes laughing at it. We also add a few more people onto our notables list like character designer Tetsuya Nomura and game designer Yasumi Matsuno.

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Each game is accompanied by a song from the respective game. The list of songs used in this episode is as follows:

Final Fantasy VII - One Winged Angel
Final Fantasy VIII - The Man with the Machine Gun
Final Fantasy IX - Jesters of the Moon
Final Fantasy: Spirits Within - Spirit Dreams Inside
Final Fantasy Tactics - Invasion

Each of these was taken from a Final Fantasy soundtrack, which you can find here. Or for the movie, you can check out its soundtrack here. You can find the Distant Worlds soundtrack with the orchestral versions of these songs here. 

Once again our opening theme was  "The Beginning of the Fantasy" by mp, and can be found at OCRemix. The photos of cosplayers were taken by Kevin Dooley on Flickr at Saboten-Con in 2009.  The image of the Final Fantasy VII PC case is by Dylerpillar

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Bit of Play 3: Final Fantasies I

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Bit of Play 3: Final Fantasies I

Our New Years gift to you all is a history of Final Fantasy! We talk about each game and some of our favourite spin-offs as we recount the growth of Squaresoft, its employees and its current state. But we're getting ahead of ourselves. In the first part, we talk about the first six games, and the key designers, Hironobu Sakaguchi, Hiroyuki Ito, Koichi Ishii, Akitoshi Kawazu, and Hiromichi Tanaka.

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Each game is accompanied by a song from the respective game. The list of songs used in this episode is as follows:

Final Fantasy I - Prelude/Crystal Theme
Final Fantasy II - Castle Pandemonium
Final Fantasy III (DS) - Eternal Wind
Final Fantasy IV - Boss Battle Theme
Final Fantasy V - Clash on the Big Bridge 
Final Fantasy VI (Distant Worlds) - Terra's Theme

Each of these was taken from a Final Fantasy soundtrack, which you can find here. You can find the Distant Worlds soundtrack with the orchestral versions of these songs here. 

Our opening theme is "The Beginning of the Fantasy" by mp, and can be found at OCRemix.  These photos were taken by Bryan Ochalla on Flickr. 

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