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Final Fantasy is a media franchise created by Hironobu Sakaguchi and owned by Square Enix that includes video games, motion pictures, and other merchandise. Almost every game in the franchise has had albums of music related to just that game. There has additionally been a set of Final Fantasy compilation albums of music from the series produced by Square Enix, as well as several albums produced by outside groups, both officially and unofficially licensed. These albums include music directly from the games, as well as arrangements covering a variety of styles, such as orchestral, piano, vocal, and techno. Nobuo Uematsu, the primary composer of the music for the first ten games of the main series, was heavily involved in the arrangement of many of the albums prior to his departure from the company in 2004.
Square Enix produced the first album, Final Fantasy 1987–1994, in 1994. Since then, Square Enix has produced eighteen albums, leading up to Piano Opera Final Fantasy IV/V/VI in 2012. The first compilation album produced by an outside group was The Best of Final Fantasy 1994–1999: A Musical Tribute, released in 2000 by Sherman F. Heinig; the newest is Those Who Distorted, a download-only album from Cellythm released in 2009. Reception of the albums has been mixed; while some albums are considered by critics to be key components of the Final Fantasy musical catalog, others have been derided as not worth any cost.