The Opera from Final Fantasy VI Gets the Operatic Look and Sound It Deserves [Video]

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For my money, Final Fantasy VI remains the best game in the series; while its graphics and mechanics were later surpassed, FFVI cares about characters and story in a way rivaled only by FFVII. And it edges even that towering game out by dint of its uncanniness: Elements like Shadow’s shadowy backstory, the poisoning of Doma castle, and the truly scary villainy of Kefka gave FFVI an almost literary weight that’s hard for any game to amass. And what other game would plop an ten-minute long original and by all appearances rather serious opera towards the end of its first half? (Rather serious, at least, until you fight the giant octopus onstage at the end.)

Elder-Geek’s Eliot Hagen has given the Dream Oath opera a touchup that will send chills down the spines of many veteran FFVI players. First, he has replaced the occasionally garbled chip-music of the original game with an operatic performance by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Second (and this is the part that took some technical know-how on his part), he has upscaled and reanimated it in 1080p and 16:9 aspect ratio. The culmination of his labor below:

(Elder-Geek via Reddit)


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