If you fancy yourself an RPG fan and you haven’t played Final Fantasy VI yet, fix that immediately (also available on iOS and Wii Virtual Console). It’s easily the greatest Final Fantasy game and probably one of the greatest video games ever made. Why do you think it’s always compared to the other greatest RPG of all time? Final Fantasy VI has so many strong, powerful elements that set it above the rest. The world is incredibly vast, the 16-bit art is beautiful, the story is inspiring and the gameplay is layered and rich. Beyond this, the game boasts one of the most atmospheric and beautiful soundtracks of any Final Fantasy game. Even if you’ve never played it, you’ve probably heard the overworld music somewhere before.
So why not combine take this brilliantly-composed game about a ragtag, diverse group of fun characters and mash it up with another ragtag diverse group of fun characters? That’s exactly what 2 Mello thought when he decided to blend the Final Fantasy VI OST with some classic Wu-Tang Clan tracks on 3-6 Chambers (note- Final Fantasy VI was originally released under the name Final Fantasy III in the United States).
It’s been a few years since 2 Mello’s last mash-up album Chrono Jigga, an oddly addictive mash-up of Chrono Trigger music and Jay-Z classics. He’s come a long way. These mash-ups sound more inspired and carefully planned out than what we had on his last release. Figaro Kids for example, which combines Ghostface’s “Apollo Kids” and the Figaro Castle theme, feels perfectly melted together. Taking “Da Mystery of Shadow Boxin'” and Shadow’s theme may seem obvious but it adds a cool, creepy atmosphere to a song that I already knew by heart. Finally, make sure you at least hear “Escape” which takes advantage of the menacing urgency of Kefka’s theme song and …well just listen to it right here.
You’ve done it again 2 Mello. Maybe next time mash up Chrono Cross with Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor or Snoop’s Doggystyle album with Sonic 3 & Knuckles? Just a few suggestions from a fan whose interests fall within your 8 Diagrams.