Update: Check out the orchestra in action (above)
Music has always been a huge part of Final Fantasy games. The legendary Nobuo Uematsu has composed some of the most memorable gaming music ever, including the scores for numerous Final Fantasy games. Following his footsteps is no easy task, but that's what Masashi Hamauzu is doing.
A veteran of numerous Square Enix games, Hamauzu is getting his turn on the big series, working alongside Uematsu. At Square Enix's Final Fantasy XIII premiere party, an orchestra played some of his tracks. They sounded fantastic live and were totally memorable -- so much so that a bunch of game writers and I were humming a track on the way back from the event (never mind the horrible a cappella version that followed the humming). Here are some photos of the performance.