Song of the Day: Masashi Hamauzu – Saber’s Edge, from Final Fantasy XIII


If you frequented this blog back in 2012, you probably remember a 68 post series I ran on the history of video game music. While no one website served as my main source for it all, Final Fantasy Shrine definitely inspired the idea. As that community aged, it developed a unique trend towards game, anime, and film music discussion. I discovered a lot of obscure composers there, and that got the ball rolling for my series. One of the things we’ve been doing on FFShrine for ages now is making music compilations to showcase in a sort of knock-out tournament. Themes have ranged from the predictable mainstream to obscurities like “Best of Tim Follin”, but we never actually did Final Fantasy until last year. It turned out to be surprisingly novel, because I hadn’t heard anything since Square-Enix and Nobuo Uematsu parted ways. “Saber’s Edge”, a battle theme from Final Fantasy XIII composed by Masashi Hamauzu, ended up becoming one of my favorite songs in the series.

It’s been a year now, and (probably because I’ve been staying up until 5am watching a baby with absolutely nothing to entertain me) I decided to resurrect the Final Fantasy music knock-out game for a second run. FFShrine is a lot smaller than it used to be, though, and I’m not expecting much participation. So hey, if you’re bored and want to rehash some old RPG tunes, maybe discover a few new ones, stop by FFShrine and check the game out.

4 responses to “Song of the Day: Masashi Hamauzu – Saber’s Edge, from Final Fantasy XIII

  1. The games themselves have gotten more meh by each release. I never even finished FFXIII, but I do have this soundtrack on file. Definitely have a much different sound than past FF soundtracks.

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    • Yeah, Masashi Hamauzu is pretty new, relative to the vgm industry. It looks like he didn’t start getting solo assignments until 1997. While FF11 was influenced by Uematsu, and FF12 was composed by the same familiar crew that brought us Final Fantasy Tactics and the Ogre Battle series, Hamauzu’s sound is a novelty for the series. I think it worked out nicely.

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      • I’m wondering if they’ll be bringing him back for the upcoming FFXIV title. One thing I liked about having Uematsu tied with Sakaguchi was that they kept the creative continuity going.

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