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- “The theme for FFVIII's final boss fight. Voices rise as if in prayer, then the music swells in unsettling eddies as the lonely intro takes on a raging beat.”
- —Theatrhythm Final Fantasy description.
On the soundtrack, "The Extreme" has a running time of approximately 6 minutes and 45 seconds. "The Extreme" features a female chorus eerily chanting "Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec" in its intro. Additionally, the intro to many of the older Battle Themes of the Final Fantasy series can be heard after the tranquil intro ends.
"The Extreme" is the track that plays during the final battle with Ultimecia in the climax of Final Fantasy VIII. It is the ninth track of the fourth disc from the Final Fantasy VIII: Original Soundtrack.
The original version of "The Extreme" was included in this game as one of the two default Final Fantasy VIII battle themes in Dissidia Final Fantasy. It was released as ""The Extreme -original-" from FINAL FANTASY VIII" and it is the seventh track of Dissidia Final Fantasy Original Soundtrack's second disc.
As with all tracks present in the original game, ""The Extreme -original-" from FINAL FANTASY VIII" returns in the prequel to Dissidia Final Fantasy. It is given the same appearances as in the aforementioned game, but can also be automatically selected for battles including the newcomer Laguna Loire.
In the game's story mode, it is featured as the background theme of the final duel between Laguna and the Cloud of Darkness.
"The Extreme" is available as a bonus downloadable content Battle Music Sequence.
Arrangement Album appearancesEdit
A rearranged and modified version of "The Extreme" was created and recorded by the Black Mages. The song is the third track on their third studio album.
The song is part of the 8-bit arrangement album as its ninth track.
Compilation Album appearancesEdit
"The Extreme" is included on the fifth disc of this collector's edition set.
- "Final Boss Theme"
- "Battle Theme 2
- "Battle to the Death"
- "The Final Battle" (Final Fantasy IV)
- "The Final Battle" (Final Fantasy V)
- "Dancing Mad"
- "One-Winged Angel"
- "The Final Battle" (Final Fantasy IX)
- "Final Battle" (Final Fantasy X)
- "Struggle for Freedom"
- "Nascent Requiem"
- "Rise of the White Raven"