What is your favorite final boss theme? I quite like the FF4 Zeromus theme
For those bringing up Dark Souls 1, I have to say Old King Allant from Demon's Souls is better for sure (though I am a big Demon's Souls fan over any other Souls game... everything with the ending to Demon's Souls totally rules when personally I think the back half or so of Dark Souls 1 isn't so hot).
The First Hunter from Bloodborne. I have a different view on this theme than most people though. I don't see this as just being Gehrman's theme (I never really cared for Gehrman as a character tbh), I see this as his theme AND that of your hunter. I think it illustrates very effectively the hardship your character has been through to get to this point.
Thinking about all the game music I've enjoyed over the years, I can't think of any final boss music that sticks out to me over all the other tracks in any given game. Thinking about all the music I like that happens to be the final boss track, however, leaves me with a tie between. . .
Pokémon Red/Blue/Yellow. . .
and Super Mario Galaxy 2.
The theme used in the Galactus fight in Marvel vs. Capcom 3. The fast tempo, triplet string parts, and ominous chorus are pretty fitting for a battle between the guy who eats planets and the three dudes who are Earth's last line of defense.
- There is an argument to be made that stuff like Akuma from Street Fighter II might not count but I feel like it should.
- I heard Krizalid from KOF99's music in Botchamania once and then I was sold.
- Ancient Ogre from Street Fighter X Tekken is pretty goddamned good.
- The first post immediately reminded me of Chaos from the Final Fantasy remakes which is a banger but not my FAVORITE? It's hard to choose a favorite.
- I could go on but I'll stop at Champion Blue from Pokemon FireRed/LeafGreen because it's pretty dang good for a GBA game.
Persona 4 - The Genesis
The whole thing is a musical journey. The foreboding beginning, and the lull in the middle before the main melody from Reach Out to the Truth is just so good. Absolutely pitch perfect for that fight
Runner-up: Persona 3 - Burn My Dread -Last Battle-
Debatable whether you call this or The Battle for Everyone's Souls the boss theme, but this is playing when you "win" so it counts in my book. Not as good as a standalone piece as The Genesis, but is a great way to close out P3.
Honourable Mention: Steins;Gate - スカイクラッドの観測者 [Skyclad Observer]
(AKA an excuse to mention Steins;Gate :p) Not even close to being a boss battle in the traditional video games sense, but the way it is used for when you overcome, essentially, fate itself puts it in vaguely the same realm IMO. END GAME SPOILERS IN LINK - this video shows where it is used in the game, but be warned it literally shows the end of the game and the resolution of the entire narrative. Only linking to that version because how it is used in the game is what elevates it and made it resonate so strongly for me.
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