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Liner Notes XI: Final Fantasy’s boss music means business

(Editor’s note: From Breath of Fire to Ys, everyone’s got at least one videogame tune stuck in their heads. Enter Liner Notes: a Pixelitis feature in which our writers discuss their favorite videogame music.)

"In a Japanese role-playing game, boss battles tend to be some of the most pivotal moments in the story. The boss is the encounter that players need to take a little more seriously than one of its minions. In the words of Emeril, the intensity gets “kicked up a notch.”

In this week’s continuation of my three-part series on Final Fantasy’s battle music, we’re going to focus on those catchy rock-oriented boss themes that moved us to take on the insurmountable odds. To save the world.

And rest assured, when the stakes are high and the chips are down, composers Nobuo Uematsu, Masashi Hamauzu, and Hitoshi Sakimoto have got it covered."

- Patrick Kulikowski

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