Hah. I remember this I never even knew there was more to the song than the piano part of the song. I never ever got to the part when the guitar even started with the PS3 game.
IMHO, the song doesn't fit the game except for the beginning before the guitar comes in, so I think it was the right choice to replace it. Though I do think the piano section of the original song fits well to the game, I definitely would have edited out the rest of the song and just looped the piano section if I were capcom. Though it would probably have been too expensive rather than just paying someone to make the current song.
They didn't choose, the Licence deal ended, and they didn't want to pay again for the Dark Arisen release.
Though it's personal taste, I can't stand the original, and prefer the replacement.
This mod gives Multiple options for extended, and replacement versions. <span class="bold">Dragon's Dogma Thematic Title Music Mod by Ransom Seraph - BladEye</span>
There are YouTube Vids for each choice, on the mod page linked above, and a full playlist link at bottom of this post.
The options are (Recommendations, are by the mod author, not me):
[spoiler] Eternal Return Version:
Eternal Return - Main Title DD OST - Character Creation !Recommended! Eternal Return Dark Arisen Version:
Eternal Return - Main Title Dark Arisen - Character Creation (Slightly different 2nd track) Thematic Original 2012 Version:
Original 2012 Thematic - New HQ Version! (Direct download link is available on the Mod's full playlist on YouTube, 1st track) !! Special Coils of Light Version:
A Request - Coils of Light - A Request - Character Creation - Main Title DD OST Dragon's Dogma Thematic Mod Imminent Triumph Guitar Arrange Version:
The Land that Breathes - Imminent Triumph Guitar Arrange - Main Title DD OST - Character Creation Dragon's Dogma Thematic Mod Deadly Battle Extended Guitar Remix:
At the End of a Deadly Battle + Imminent Triumph Remix - Star Scattered Night - Character Creation Dragon's Dogma Thematic Mod Coils of Light - Raychell Japanese Special
Star Scattered Night - A Request - Coils of Light Raychell - A Request - Character Creation Dragon's Dogma Thematic Mod Coils of Light Raychell X English Crossover:
Star Scattered Night - A Request - Coils of Light Raychell - A Request - Coils of Light English - Raychell (Soft) -Char Creation The Last Remnant Melodic Combined (TLR Tribute Versions):
The Search - Cherished Memories - Journey's End - The Bonds of Friendship - Journey's End The Last Remnant Serene Combined: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
Family - The Marshalls - The Search - Cherished Memories - Life Without Remnants - Home The Last Remnant Engaing Combined:
The First Awakening - Turn the Tide - Reversal - Sword Sparks - The First Awakening The Last Remnant Regal Combined:
The Young Marquis - The City of Heroes - The Warden and the Activator - The Known World - Limberlost Devil May Cry 3 & 4 Themes Combined:
Out of Darkness - Kyrie's Song - Shall Never Surrender 2nd part - Devils Never Cry Devil May Cry Never Cry Never Surrender:
Devils Never Cry - Shall Never Surrender Drakan: Order of the Flame Tribute Theme 1999:
Main Menu Theme - Islands - Rift World - Wartok Canyons - Arokh's Lair (1999) The Legend of Dragoon Tribute Theme 1999:
Opening Theme - If You Still Believe - Intro Theme - Ending Theme
[/spoiler] <span class="bold">Full YouTube Thematic Mod Playlist</span>