In today's Speak-Up on Kotaku, commenter Konaa finishes Final Fantasy XIII and "mostly" enjoys it... except for that damn Leona Lewis song.
From the state Final Fantasy XIII was in, the song is pretty much the only highlight.
can't be serious, the song just completely a joke to put it in to the game.
I agree its whats keeping from playing the game among other things XD Maybe I should unwrap it.
they only used the song for the end credits though... No big deal.
very big deal, it ruined the whole aura of the game, theme song is one of the soul of FF series, see FF8,9,10 bring so much memories even until now when fans heard their theme song.
@Peacefully Jelly: To be fair though, the ending cinematic in a Final Fantasy game is usually the most beautiful and emotional part of the game. Could you imagine FFVIII's ending having the same emotional impact if it had used a generic pop song instead of "Eyes on Me"?
The reason the game doesn't match the song is because the game sucks. Can't mix a sucky game with a great song and hope that somehow the game becomes better. Anyway, I applaud Square Enix for trying to create character development by showing character flaws in FF13. However, there is a right way and a wrong/annoying way to show those character flaws. SE choose to showed their flaws in the wrong and annoying way. It's the difference between Stupid Jack and Forest Gump.
They replaced the original song with this because the original singer couldn't do it in English so they had a completely different song in instead. Here's a thought Square.... LEAVE THE ORIGINAL JAPANESE SONG!
@NathanExplosion That's why I loved Kingdom Hearts 1 & 2. The original singer did both the Japanese version and English versions of the song, and it came out great.
That song ruined my FF XIII experience in a way that i couldn't finish the game cause i knew that stupid song will be the last thing to ear in that game tsc forget it the game and the song sucks... Nobuo Uematsu and Ironubo Sakaguchi are Final Fantasy...
Actually its not, It starts playing right at the end, Then the actual Main Theme plays which is the Fabula Nova Crystallis theme. Really the music is actually very good on this game, whith or without nobuo, Honestly I personally think Blue Morning and Atonement are some of the best soundtracks to even come from any final fantasy game. Dont let 2 minutes of Leona spoil what otherwise is a brilliant soundtrack, Even if the game cant live up to its own songs
I still think they should have either used the original song, or a translated version. Songs like "Eyes on Me" or "Melodies of Life" were translated into English, but they still suited their respective games far better than "My Hands" suited FFXIII. I have no problem with Leona Lewis, but they could have at least gotten her to sing a song that was made specifically for the game. She doesn't have a bad voice, tbh.
It appears that Square knew that this game will suck some donkey balls, so they tried to improve PR with this song.
SE is so lazy to even bother with that, a song with a lyric didn't make sense at all for the game, they chose them simply due to Leona Lewis's popularity.
i enjoyed ff13 a lot. the soundtrack was a little meh though.
leave leona lewis alone! :*( i love that song
Who the fuck is Leona Lewis? edit - Oh, another talentless twat using her boobs to sell "music". Carry on.
Talentless? Leona has an amazing voice.
So do lots of people. Try listening to more music.
She's just another boring girl who idolised Mariah Carey when she was growing up and prefaces every line she sings in a song with an "oooooooooh", and does enough vocal wanking to hide the fact that she can barely hold a note long enough to hear what it is. Give me Bjork, Regina Spektor, KD Lang, Kate Miller Heidke, PJ Harvey, etc any day of the week over the drivel that girls like Leona Lewis spew out of what sounds like their assholes. Hell, I can name at least 5 female singers of the top of my head that I work with around Sydney that have a better voice than that trained ape.
you obviously dont hav a clue what your talking about
The song just shows how square is out of touch. @distorted_reality: Would it really come as a surprise to one day learn that she bopped some mid or upper level Square exec who then used his position to put her song in?
Leona Lewis song alone is better than this pos game
Okay, this is one of the reasons why Final Fantasy doesn't look like it will ever claim its glory back. I first noticed it in Final Fantasy X-2 with japanese Pop star Koda Kumi, and now Final Fantasy XIII Leona Lewis. Final Fantasy has always had great classical music. Sephiroth was bad ass, but he wouldn't be as bad as he was with out one winged angel playing for him. Can you imagine watching a Star Wars film with Justin Bieber doing the soundtrack? I don't think so. I know Square Enix lost Nobuo Uematsu, but their are other people who have talent like him. Look at what Yuki Kaijura did for the Xenosaga series music wise. Square Enix needs to wake up and fast.
Doesnt like the songs of the game.. Nubou Uematsu is the best.. Without him, final fantasy is nothing..
Leona Lewis is the most overrated singer of today. She is the absolute epitome of the sort of person who goes on X-Factor: more interested in the fame, attention and money, than the music. Hopefully, her third album will flop worse than her second and we'll never hear from the greedy, self-absorbed little bitch ever again.
I've never heard of her before now.
As much as I don't like the song or think it fits, seeing the other options out there it could have been much worse. There is no reason why they cannot appeal to a more western audience but keep the charm of the game. Music matters it sets the tone.
xDDD I love some of these more...non-subject comments. Anyway. My 5 cents - I agree with the article. If you're putting a song about "her haaaands!" in the climax of the game about purpose, meaning, fighting through tough times, sticking together? Well...that's all I have to say don't I?
TUT...... lol i thought the song was great and fitted the end really well :)
worst soundtrack ever made period.....................
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