"The Man with the Machine Gun" is a battle theme from Final Fantasy VIII associated with Laguna Loire, and composed by Nobuo Uematsu. It has since become a popular theme from the series and has musically represented Final Fantasy VIII in a number of rearrangements and concerts.
Despite Final Fantasy VIII not featuring character themes, "The Man with the Machine Gun" is widely associated with Laguna Loire, not only due to referring to his weapon of choice, but also because it only plays when he is playable.
In its debut, "The Man with the Machine Gun" is a secondary battle theme, replacing "Don't Be Afraid" during the dream sequences in which Squall and his team assume the roles of Laguna Loire, Kiros Seagill, and Ward Zabac.
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The original version is a bonus track. It can be bought for 150 PP from the PP Catalog, and is now available from the start. It can also be automatically selected for battles including the newcomer Laguna Loire, Squall Leonhart or Ultimecia, or taking place at Ultimecia's Castle.
A new techno arrangement and the original PlayStation version can be bought from the shop for 3,600 gil. The arrangement from Final Fantasy Record Keeper was available for a limited time for 1,500 gil.
"The Man with the Machine Gun" is the Battle Music Sequence for Final Fantasy VIII in Series play. It is also one of two themes chosen the downloadable 3DS eShop Demo. The background used for the song is Esthar City. The theme is included in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Compilation Album.
"The Man With The Machine Gun" is a Battle Music Sequence. Additionally, "Dungeon Hero X's Theme" from Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon can be unlocked as Battle Music Sequence when the player accumulates 22,000 Rhythmia.
"The Man With The Machine Gun" is a playable Battle Music Sequence. It is available by default.
The Final Fantasy Record Keeper arrangement of "The Man With The Machine Gun" is also playable as a Battle Music Sequence. It can be purchased from the song store for 5 sound medals.
Arrangement album appearances
"The Man with the Machine Gun" was orchestrated and included in this arranged album, published in 1999. It was arranged and conducted by Shirō Hamaguchi. It is the eight track of the album.
A metal cover of "The Man with the Machine Gun" was made by The Black Mages and included in their second album in 2004 as a progressive metal arrangement. Parts of the song "The Legendary Beast" are also included in this remix. It is the seventh track of the album.
The song is part of the 8-bit arrangement album as its third track. It is the first section of the mash-up with the battle track "Maybe I'm a Lion".
"The Man with the Machine Gun" is the fourth song in this piano arrangement album.
Live orchestra performances
The orchestral arrangement of "The Man with the Machine Gun" from FITHOS LUSEC WECOS VINOSEC: Final Fantasy VIII was performed in several orchestral concerts.
"The Man with the Machine Gun" was performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra at the Tokyo International Forum on February 20, 2002. It was the fifteenth song of the line-up and is the twelfth track of the second disc of the live recording of the concert.
"The Man with the Machine Gun" was included in the set list of the Distant Worlds II concert tour, performed by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.
"The Man with the Machine Gun" was included on this concert, performed by the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Arnie Roth held in Tokyo, in November 2010. It was the twenty-fifth song of the line-up, and is the fourteenth track of the second disc of the live recording's album.
Compilation album appearances
The orchestral arrangement of "The Man with the Machine Gun" from FITHOS LUSEC WECOS VINOSEC: Final Fantasy VIII was included on this compilation as its fifth track.
Appearances outside Final Fantasy media
An arrangement of "The Man with the Machine Gun" as a theme.