So today is my birthday!
I’ve decided, as a birthday present to myself, to post 5 of my favorite video game tracks of all time… or just 5 really awesome tracks that come to mind. And of course, they are mostly battle themes. But what do you expect?
Track 1: “The True Mirror” – Baten Kaitos – by Motoi Sakuraba
Motoi has always turned up the intensity to 11… sometimes to a fault perhaps. Still, this used to be my favorite “getting onto the subway” music when I was doing my MMus.
Track 2: “Feldschlacht I” – Saga Frontier 2 – by Masashi Hamauzu
Part of Hamauzu’s 4 “Feldschlacht” set for Saga Frontier 2, not including the orchestral “Feldschlact V”. I had trouble picking my favorite- I or IV. I love the part where the bass just rocks out for a while at 1:15. As a bass player, very satisfying! I spend a lot of time trying to play that line as a kid, with very little success. Really fun though!
Track 3: “Intrude Upon Happiness, Plunder the Future” – Wild Arms XF – by Junpei Fujita
Probably wasn’t expecting to see something that’s just straight-up electronica here. This theme plays during some of the most intense battles in Wild Arms XF. The bassline and chords at 1:40… well, it’s probably one of the best 10 seconds I can remember in a battle theme. The rest isn’t… that innovative. Honorable mention from this OST: “Twilight of the Anti-Hero”. If you haven’t heard the OST to this game, you probably should go listen. It’s pretty ridiculous.
Track 4: “Fighters of the Crystal” – Final Fantasy XI: Rise of Zilart – by Naoshi Mizuta
For those of you who don’t know me well, I used to be a pretty active member of the Final Fantasy XI community. I played on Quetzalcoatl as “Valus” and eventually “Zalus” (long story)- here’s my old FFXIAH.com profile. Gross. At any rate, I was a BRD and DRK for a big endgame linkshell. This theme ALWAYS got to me… it played during a very difficult and desperate battle against the Crystal Warriors. To win, you needed 18 people…. perfectly organized for a massive fight. Oh yes, the ol’ “wipe and reset” strategy of the level 75 days of FFXI. I raise a glass to old friends and the memories of Vana’diel.
Track 5: “Armed Boss” – Super Mario RPG – by Yoko Shimomura
Don’t judge! I’ve always liked this track. Yes, it’s not really Shimomura’s best work… but it’s always got me pumped for battle. It’s short and simple and utilizes a lot of the tricks that can be produced with the playback from the SNES.
Anyhow, thanks for listening!