I was super excited when Square Enix announced a new Final Fantasy Theatrhythm game during last year’s Tokyo Game Show, as there was a Final Fantasy musical game that shaped a hole in my life for the best part of a decade. century. I played a pair of Theatrhythm 3DS games to death that day and am hoping that Squeenix’s love of new PCs will mean I can write about it non-stop when Theatrhythm Final Bar Line comes out on February 16th. Alas, that joy was immediately extinguished when I saw that FBL is practically not coming to PC at all and will remain a Switch and PS4-only game for the foreseeable future. But that’s okay, because YouTuber Gloomhonk has created the perfect antidote to my Theatrhythm woes in their amazing form. champion trombone expression of FF VII‘s Those who fight farther. Come and have a listen.
We wrote about Gloomhonk’s Creative Trombone Champ mod video before, but I feel this one deserves a special mention. Just look at Cloud, Barret and Tifa playing their little trombone! And the surprise in 2.15? Perfect.
Gloomhonk used several mods to help bring the combat theme of this version of Final Fantasy VII together. Yes NyxTheShield’s Midi2TromboneChamp mod, which allows you to create custom charts from your own MIDI files and legoandmars’ TrombLoaderBackgroundProjects, which allows you to create custom wallpapers. For the video above, they also made great use of TomDatBot’s AutoToot mod, effectively allowing Trombone Champ to play on its own.
Give credit when credit is due, though, as Gloomhonk’s also created another video of their Next Fighters chart without AutoToot’s help, which you can check out below. It’s… a bit noisier than the supported version, but as someone who has spent a significant part of their lives getting her parents to practice the violin non-stop for many years. years, I think in itself still has a unique sense of charm.
The four-lane battle mode has always been my favorite part of the original Theatrhythm and its sequel, Screen Call (mainly because Final Fantasy’s battle music is inherently better and more enjoyable than previous versions). the music they used in their event and field modes), so watching these themes take on a new life in games like Trombone Champ makes me incredibly happy, especially when the background very well choreographed. And until Squeenix makes sense and brings Final Bar Line to PC, I think videos like Gloomhonk’s are probably the closest we’ll get to a Theatrhythm-like experience on our old desktops.
Have you spotted any more video game themed Final Fantasy or Trombone Champs? I need to start compiling a proper list of these, stat.