SONG OF THE WEEK: Final Fantasy VIII – The Man With The Machine Gun: Orchestral Ver.

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Song of the Week is a weekly feature where we show off the best of video game music. From the sweeping orchestra music of Nobuo Uematsu to the more somber tunes of Yoko Shimomura, prepare to have your ears delighted every week.

Today’s piece is from the Final Fantasy VIII album, Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec Final Fantasy VIII. The album is a collection of orchestrated pieces from Final Fantasy VIII, composed by the excellent Shirō Hamaguchi.

We’ll be featuring many songs from the album over the coming months however given XO.TV’s launch, given the breath of amazing music on it, however today we decided to go for one of the more energetic songs from the album.

The Man With The Machine Gun is the battle theme for the character Laguna, from Final Fantasy VIII. Laguna is one of the main characters of Final Fantasy VIII, and is one of the most important in the game’s over-arching plot.

This music track is beautifully composed, and captures the extravagance energy of the original MIDI music.