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F4: #4 Liberi Fatali (FF8) v. #5 Corridors of Time (CT)

 
Which song is your favorite?
Liberi Fatali [ 5 ]  [55.56%]
Corridors of Time [ 4 ]  [44.44%]
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Posted: 12th December 2017 15:10

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Liberi Fatali reached the final four by most recently kicking off Final Fantasy X' Ending Theme. Before that, it was fairly tight races after the first round. Corridors of Time hasn't really been too stretched so far in this competition, with its most narrow win coming last round against Searching for Friends.

While some websites saw jokes about Final Fantasy VIII go too far over the years, there's one thing that nobody can question about that game: Liberi Fatali is the best-known music that game has. It's got that chorus of voices chanting faux Latin (and then real Latin!), and the angry drums of war beneath soaring fanfare. This is a track made for Distant Worlds, where it's been in rotation for many years.

Corridors of Time is the overworld theme for the Kingdom of Zeal, and it brings a soothing melody and beat to the environment to match the idyllic setting in which Crono and crew find themselves upon arrival. Understandably, it shares some characteristics with Schala's Theme, another entry in these brackets which lost out a while back.
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Posted: 12th December 2017 15:56

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Posted: 14th December 2017 05:11

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If only I'd allowed fan remixes. But I didn't.

Given that, I'm again going back to fundamentals: Liberi Fatali has a much bigger impact on me than Corridors of Time.

Again, Corridors of Time isn't a bad track -- it's just not everything I'd hoped it'd be.

I actually just now realized that Corridors of Time is apparently meant to feature sitar and tabla. Which is pretty cool.

Though this doesn't change my preference in this case. I didn't think it really worked that well? I dunno. Maybe it's because I felt that Zeal was supposed to represent "paradise" (or an attempt at making a tiny little corner of paradise, at least), rather than something "exotic"? That said, maybe it's not about being exotic, since I think I would have enjoyed it more had the melody been set an octave higher.

I haven't heard Liberi Fatali in-game, yet I'm voting for it anyway. While it may be a case of where a theme is really cool but turns out to have a different purpose in-game (e.g. Cait Sith's really cool jazzy theme being a little wasted on the weirdo that he is), I doubt that's going to make me like the theme less.

This post has been edited by Glenn Magus Harvey on 14th December 2017 05:27

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Posted: 15th December 2017 12:30

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I haven't heard Liberi Fatali in-game, yet I'm voting for it anyway. While it may be a case of where a theme is really cool but turns out to have a different purpose in-game (e.g. Cait Sith's really cool jazzy theme being a little wasted on the weirdo that he is), I doubt that's going to make me like the theme less.


It sort of doesn't play in-game, but I guess that depends on whether you consider the intro FMV in-game. In this case, you might find that the theme is really cool, but the rest of the game doesn't fully live up to the potential.

But I'm having a hard time choosing, because both tracks are really good. Liberi Fatali is epic, and it beautifully ties into the theme of the game. But Corridors of Time does as well, and it's got a lot of unique things going on in the arrangement. It perfectly evokes the area/time that it is representing in the game's story. Yet, Liberi Fatali is unquestionably iconic. So, I'm not sure yet.

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