OC Remix Gives Final Fantasy IX's Soundtrack a Masterful Rearrangement

Worlds Apart celebrates the 15th birthday of FFIX with an amazing, four-disc collection full of new takes on Nobuo Uematsu's classics.

Article by Bob Mackey, .

It's strange to think of Final Fantasy IX as underappreciated—few games that move more than five million copies can claim this status—but it certainly hasn't seen much love from its parent company over the years. While it's practically begging for a souped-up port to eliminate its few technical shortcomings, to date, the only way to play FFIX remains the original PlayStation release.

Still, IX is a Final Fantasy with a strong following, most likely thanks to its status as the last "traditional" game in the series—as well as creator Hironobu Sakaguchi's Squaresoft curtain call. Like The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, FFIX is one of those games that launched just as the console generations shifted, causing it to get a little lost in the shuffle.

It's been nearly 15 years since its American release date, and while we've seen plenty of amazing fan tributes in the passing years, OC Remix's newest album, Worlds Apart, may be the most elaborate and spectacular celebration of Final Fantasy IX so far.

If you're unfamiliar with OC Remix, the site's been around since 1999, acting as a sort of central hub for the video game remix community. Along with hosting individual reimagined tracks from a variety of games, OC Remix occasionally assembles entire album-length project, with Worlds Apart being one of the most ambitious ones they've ever attempted. Final Fantasy IX had a massive soundtrack to start with, and while Worlds Apart can't quite measure up to its 120-plus songs, the four discs' worth of music on this remix album should keep fans happy for roughly four hours and twenty minutes. And, like all of the content available on OC Remix, Worlds Apart is absolutely free—though I'm sure they wouldn't mind if you donated a few bucks to show your appreciation.

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  • Avatar for cldmstrsn #1 cldmstrsn 2 years ago
    Oh man! this is fantastic. Going to listen right this second!
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  • Avatar for UnknownJones #2 UnknownJones 2 years ago
    My fave FF soundtrack! Very excited. Thanks for pointing us to OC Remix, Bob.
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  • Avatar for JetsDuck #3 JetsDuck 2 years ago
    Thanks for the heads up, I don't usually check in on ocremix that frequently.
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  • Avatar for Vonlenska #4 Vonlenska 2 years ago
    The notable thing about FFIX, to me, is that it's the only game in the series to be worked on by Western artists with Square's Honolulu studio; and I think it shows. It has a very different aesthetic, but not a displeasing one. Christian Lorenz Scheurer's art in particular is really vibrant and wonderful.

    But then, I bought the art book instead of the game...

    More on topic, my favorite things from the FFVI OCR album were the totally unexpected and refreshing Leitbur tracks. Hopefully this one has some eclectic gems tucked in somewhere, too.

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  • Avatar for cldmstrsn #5 cldmstrsn 2 years ago
    Holy shit guys. Listen to 3-04 and tell me you don't feel those feels!!
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  • Avatar for riderkicker #6 riderkicker 2 years ago
    Getting it right now. I've got to get back and finish the game, though I'm too obsessed with getting as many abilities as I can. I know I can finish the game, but I blundered on the Moogle Sidequest.
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  • Avatar for Kadrom #7 Kadrom 2 years ago
    I found the subtitle bizarre because I spent most of my internet life (and still moderate although there's like 5 people left) a web forum / site called Final Fantasy Worlds Apart.

    I enjoyed the OCRemix FF4 album a lot, haven't really listened to 6's yet. I'll add this one to the queue too.
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  • Avatar for benjaminlu86 #8 benjaminlu86 2 years ago
    FFIX best PS1 FF game. Come at me, bro.
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