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    FFXIII theme song by Leona Lewis

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    I think its better than the vocal song Masashi Hamauzu composed. He's a good composer but he's not used to doing vocal songs. I've never heard of anyone this big doing a song for a video game. If its released as a single I think this will garner lots of attention to the series. Lots of the fans seem really put off by it. To be honest I think FF fans are snobby towards anything mainstream.

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    I think we should go back to chip tunes. :/

    Honestly, I won't mind the song as long it's not played over and over and over.

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    it suits the game. but i still prefer an original piece.
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    I think the song is pretty good. Yeah, it's mainstreamish, but that won't change my view of the game.

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    I like it ok as a song, but I think it sux balls compared to the original ballad. Why couldn't they just have Leona Lewis sing the English language version of Kimi ga Irukara? I prefer a song to match the game melodically. As it stands now, it will be extremely out of place and unrelated to the game it's in (and probably in a really important moment where it will just be distracting and ruin the mood). Just imagine how horrible it would be to replace Suteki de ne with a Kelly Clarkson song. This feels exactly the same to me, a travesty.

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    Personally, I don't like the song. But then, I don't like Leona Lewis' music. To me, it just doesn't seem to fit Final Fantasy.

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    Totally thumb downed the person who said they trusted Squeenix

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    Leona Lewis. Bad.

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    Heh.
    I've got Leona's song lined up.... but haven't listened to it yet. Kinda nervous. So before I do, I'll say this; her career is the product of the most superficial, commercialised venture imaginable BUT you can't even begin to hold it against her when you measure up the girls' immense talent. Her emotion, delivery, range, tone.... it's all incredible. As a massive FF fan, in all the western world I couldn't pick a better singer for the job. 'Course some people are gonna prefer a japanese singer, and maybe they're right, but if Square-Enix were gonna make this kinda change, then Leona's the lesser of thousands upon thousands of evils.
    And yup, the publicity's good for the game. I didn't see headlines over here for Riku or Koda Kumi's themes, but everyone here's seen the articles about Ms Lewis, right? Even though we all want Final Fantasy to be a personally involved journey, you know it's better for the continued franchise to bring as many gamers as possible onboard!!
    Right. Enough. Gonna go listen to it now, I'll be back here in 10 minutes with a completely different opinion!! *ahem*
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    I don't think I can agree Rhyming_reason. It would be one thing if they got Leona Lewis to sing the English rendition of the Japanese ballad, that would be fine. It's quite another thing to completely replace it with an unrelated song! I don't care WHO it is.

    Just for the record, of the music I've listened to from Leona Lewis, I was quite unimpressed. I thought she sounded like a very generic R+B Pop singer, she could have been anyone IMO.

    This is of course absolutely a business decisions to drive sales. The sad part is, it will probably work and the hardcore fans, once again, get it in the ass in the name of profits. The problem is, you piss of the fanboys enough and they stop buying completely. Just like the WII. Don't got one, won't ever get one. Nintendo fucked with me one to many times with it, so now I'm just done with them. They'll have to get their money from grandma and when the next trendy thing comes along and that well dries up, I won't be there to help them out. Nintendo has flat out lost me as a customer. I would hate to see SE go the same route, but it's definitely possible with decisions like this.

    Exposure is good for their bottom line, but I think it is bad for the community as a whole. I just think back to what FFVII did to the Final Fantasy community. For every one decent, intelligent fan, we get 100 CloudxSephiroth stupid fanboys who add nothing to the conversation and do nothing by gay up the fandom. If FFXIII is going to be that all over again, I'll just be frustrated and sad.

    I think I'll stick to my original plan. I'll keep the Japanese ballad up on the computer while playing, and when I hear this song, I'll mute the game and just play the RIGHT version.

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    Hey SheriffNotic!
    Good argument, can't fault you at all for how you feel about the switch. And yeah, guess you could just cue up the Japanese track for a little home-improvement scoring!
    Personally, I just listened to 'My Hands', and was relieved how good it is musically. It's got an emotional punch to it; I think the track's up to the task. Now SE just need to work it in well (and they have a staple of excellent music placement and engineering). Lyrically 'My Hands' is a little isolated, with the singer singing about herself - that's my only negative. BUT since FFXIII has a female protagonist, there's hope yet that it may relate!
    'Course it's about improving the bottom line. I was living in Japan when Leona's first album came out there, and the Japanese were loving both it and her. She's big enough to be included as their theme singer, but isn't, so that speaks volumes. But after the development cost of 4+ years of arguably the most highly anticipated game ever (and with the creation of their 'Crystal Tools' development engine for 7th gen consoles), Square-Enix can't afford to only sell copies to the die-hard fans. Sad but true. So I'm gonna give them a break and let them off with this stunt, I find the whole thing totally acceptable.

    Some people'll love it, some'll hate it. Man, it's surprisingly comfy on this fence!

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    I can see the lyrics kind of fitting considering what they've described of Lightning so far, what worries me is that if the song is going to be played at a key emotional scene and not just the ending, how is it going to fit in there? I'm just afraid it won't.

    It doesn't really matter how successful Leona Lewis is in Japan since they aren't getting that version except on the soundtrack. Why couldn't they just get her to sing the ballad in Japanese too? I just want the original ballad as written by Masashi Hamauzu, I don't care that much who sings it provided they can sing a little bit.

    Obviously SE will do what they have to to turn a profit, but lets not kid ourselves, the Final Fantasy series has been shipping multi-million unit launches for over a decade... a certain amount of success is already assured. Considering how much hype this game does have, It only make me feel like a stunt like this is even less necessary. I don't see this change bringing them HUGE returns, they already have guaranteed purchases from nearly everyone that owns a PS3 and a bunch of new people that will be buying the console just for this game. They also have the XBOX360 port to bring in even more sales. Either they have grossly overspent on the development, or they really are just trying to squeeze every dime out of the audience as they can.

    I'm glad there are fans that aren't going to be as frustrated, at least there will be some people who don't feel offended by this, I'm just not one of them.

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    Japanese version is much better.

    Leona Lewis doesn't fit Final Fantasy....

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    I laugh at all you people saying a pop song doesn't fit Final Fantasy while saying an other pop song fits better. You don't realize it, but that's exactly what you've been saying.

    As for the song in itself not fitting, S-E said they chose that song BECAUSE it fits the scene it will play in.

    But yeah, you guys know better than them, obviously.



    I'd rather have a song by a competent singer, who can sing high notes without shitting her voice than a song performed by a shitty generic singer that has "dear my friend" in its refrain. ¬_¬

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    I can't stand Leona Lewis.
    I do not like that girl. The fact that she is doing the theme song for FFXIII has horrendously put me off. More than it should.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hynad View Post
    I laugh at all you people saying a pop song doesn't fit Final Fantasy while saying an other pop song fits better. You don't realize it, but that's exactly what you've been saying.

    As for the song in itself not fitting, S-E said they chose that song BECAUSE it fits the scene it will play in.

    But yeah, you guys know better than them, obviously.



    I'd rather have a song by a competent singer, who can sing high notes without shitting her voice than a song performed by a shitty generic singer that has "dear my friend" in its refrain. ¬_¬

    lol. she could have at least got that one line correct. ''be a my friend'' is what i heard.

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    If I heard this on the radio I'd probably change stations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SheriffNotic View Post
    I like it ok as a song, but I think it sux balls compared to the original ballad. Why couldn't they just have Leona Lewis sing the English language version of Kimi ga Irukara? I prefer a song to match the game melodically. As it stands now, it will be extremely out of place and unrelated to the game it's in (and probably in a really important moment where it will just be distracting and ruin the mood). Just imagine how horrible it would be to replace Suteki de ne with a Kelly Clarkson song. This feels exactly the same to me, a travesty.
    same feeling, i just love what you had just said

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    Even Leona Lewis did put me off a little, which is not her fault because i dislike how english composer being lazy and not think of something that is more interesting.
    And i don't think i will dislike this song completely, as i believe that one day this song will be in my ipod playlist. >.<

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    She didn't write it, she knows nothing of Final Fantasy, what is the point? She'll get money for it. That's the point. It's 100% lame.

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    So I haven't heard the OST yet FF 13 but it's quite possible the composer has worked in themes, melodies, specific chord changes, etc from the ballad he wrote into other songs in the OST. Composer's typically do this kind of thing. It's really stupid to replace a song he wrote with one he didn't write, regardless if I like the song or not. The composer, hopefully, had a vision or a theme for the OST. I personally would be pissed if I was him. Ripping out one of the main emotional themes of the game I had written and replaced it with a random song...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bebop View Post
    So I haven't heard the OST yet FF 13 but it's quite possible the composer has worked in themes, melodies, specific chord changes, etc from the ballad he wrote into other songs in the OST. Composer's typically do this kind of thing. It's really stupid to replace a song he wrote with one he didn't write, regardless if I like the song or not. The composer, hopefully, had a vision or a theme for the OST. I personally would be pissed if I was him. Ripping out one of the main emotional themes of the game I had written and replaced it with a random song...
    same over here

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    games over....
    After i had heard the japanese theme with the cutscene, i believe it is better for japanese theme rather then "My Hands".
    another words "My Hands" will make the scene sound cheesy.......
    oh, by the way i am talking about "Eternal Love" not "kimi ga Iru Kara" (the one with No english lyrics line in it)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rapture View Post
    She didn't write it, she knows nothing of Final Fantasy, what is the point? She'll get money for it. That's the point. It's 100% lame.
    Haha I agreed, for myself, They're Stupid to get another singer for our European Version.


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    The "Avatar" song was meh, this song is also meh
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