WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Final Fantasy XIV
Because of how music from Final Fantasy XIV can only be uploaded to YouTube if it’s accompanying gameplay footage, I should mention that the video above shows off the final boss of the game’s Nier: Automata raid and it’s a big ol’ spoiler so if you play FFXIV and haven’t completed said raid yet, don’t click on the video. I won’t give away who it is in the text, though.
I’ve actually been meaning to highlight some of FFXIV‘s music for years since it’s got some great tunes I want to write about. But the moment its Nier crossover was announced and played this music over the announcement trailer, it took immediate priority. I was feverishly waiting ages for it to come out just so I could get a clean rip of the song.
Weight of the World, the credits song for Nier: Automata, already had, like, four different versions and every one of them is amazing, though this new one is possibly one of the best variations. I’m a sucker for an orchestra and dramatic choir already, but it also changes the overall feel of the original song.
Weight of the World is melancholy and desperate; a lone individual searching for hope in a dark world. This one, I think, has the exact opposite feeling. It’s no longer downtrodden but fighting back, pushing itself off the ground and giving it everything it’s got to break through whatever it’s against and claim its personal victory. It perfectly fits the image of a small army of players working together to take down a massive boss. Honestly, that would be enough, but there’s also that really nice touch where it briefly turns into the Final Fantasy series’ Prelude theme, symbolising the union between the two series.
While I don’t think it’s better than the original, and certainly not better than the End of YoRHa version, it’s still a fantastic rendition that helps it fit into the more magical setting of Final Fantasy XIV and makes the event’s final battle as epic as it is.