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Final Fantasy Tactics Advance OST
Catalog Number: SSCX-10083/4 (reprint SQEX-10070/1)
Released On: February 19, 2003 (reprint March 24, 2006)
Composed By: Hitoshi Sakimoto, Nobuo Uematsu, Kaori Ohkoshi, Ayako Saso
Arranged By: Hitoshi Sakimoto
Published By: DigiCube (reprint Square Enix)
Recorded At: BASISCAPE
Format: 2 CDs
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Tracklist:

Disc One
GAMEBOY ADVANCE Original Version
01 - Main Theme
02 - Snow Dancing in the Schoolyard
03 - Companions That Surpassed Their Tribe
04 - Magic Beast Farm
05 - Crystal
06 - Undeniable Anxiety
07 - Amber Valley
08 - Bell of Victory
09 - At the Bar
10 - Different World Ivalice
11 - Engage
12 - Gathering Allies
13 - Walking in Ivalice
14 - Wind of Hope
15 - Teach Me, Mont Blanc
16 - Wounded Comrades
17 - Undefeated Heart
18 - Gained Fruit
19 - Marche
20 - Painful Battle
21 - Notice of Retreat
22 - Sleep of Defeat
23 - Prison
24 - Surpassing the Wall
25 - Exhausted Ones
26 - Mewt
27 - Battle of Hope
28 - Level Up
29 - Law Card
30 - Ritz
31 - Mysterious Shop
32 - The Road We Both Aim For
33 - Wind of Liberation
34 - Confusion
35 - Judge
36 - Beyond the Wasteland
37 - The World Starting to Move
38 - Unavoidable Destiny
39 - Incarnation
40 - Vanishing World
41 - A Place We Should Return To
42 - Fulfilled Dream Segment
Total Time:
52'06"

Disc Two
Full Sound Version
01 - Main Theme
02 - Snow Dancing in the Schoolyard
03 - Companions That Surpassed Their Tribe
04 - Magic Beast Farm
05 - Crystal
06 - Undeniable Anxiety
07 - Amber Valley
08 - At the Bar
09 - Different World Ivalice
10 - Gathering Allies
11 - Walking in Ivalice
12 - Teach Me, Mont Blanc
13 - Undefeated Heart
14 - Marche
15 - Painful Battle
16 - Sleep of Defeat
17 - Prison
18 - Surpassing the Wall
19 - Mewt
20 - Battle of Hope
21 - Law Card
22 - Ritz
23 - Mysterious Shop
24 - The Road We Both Aim For
25 - Confusion
26 - Beyond the Wasteland
27 - The World Starting to Move
28 - Unavoidable Destiny
29 - Incarnation
30 - Vanishing World
31 - A Place We Should Return To
32 - Fulfilled Dream Segment
Total Time:
73'21"

The first Final Fantasy Tactics (FFT) Original Soundtrack (OST) by Hitoshi Sakimoto and Masaharu Iwata was highly praised for its exceptional composition and its ability to grasp the listener into the games setting. In the second game, Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (FFTA), Hitoshi Sakimoto takes over the reins for composing the soundtrack of the game. Surprisingly, Iwata is not involved on this soundtrack. Iwata and Sakimoto have worked together on many soundtracks, most recently, Tactics Ogre: Knight of Lodis. The great Nobou Uematsu is only involved for the main theme song of the game, which is a little disappointing for Uematsu fans.

This two-disc soundtrack has two versions (one on each):

The first disc, the Gameboy Advance version, has poor sound quality, and it should be questioned why they bothered to produce this version. It sounds very tinny and raspy. However, this version appears to have every soundtrack in the game.

The second disc, the full sound version, provides a fully orchestrated sound, bringing the bland sounds of the first disc to life. The soundtrack uses a full array of instruments to arrange a cheerful sound that contrasts FFT's OST (which tends to be gloomy at times) but probably agrees with FFTA's storyline and setting.

The soundtrack continues the militaristic trend that resonates so commonly in all the Tactics games (FFT, Tactics Ogre, FFTA).

If you enjoyed FFT's OST, there is no reason why fans of that OST would not like this one. This soundtrack is beautifully composed and possesses a lighthearted sound that is unequalled in this genre.

I would enjoy doing an update to this review of the FFTA OST after I buy and beat FFTA. In my eyes, one of the reasons (as I explained before) that made the FFT OST brilliant was its ability to grasp the listener into the games setting; I feel I need to play FFTA through and write about if had the same effect on me as the FFT OST.

Reviewed by: Richard Vardaro



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