Xenogears - Emotions
Mitsuda did a great job with this OST, but... so much of it has a weird vibe to it. Like... it sounds like a '90s R&B song, or something. Still, it's beautiful stuff.
I like this track A lot but it does sound better as A "stand alone" then A overworld track
Suikoden II - Even Further
Lacks the emotional punch of the above selections, but... comparing anything to Mitsuda is kind of unfair. Also, it could be a side effect of this particular link having some bad volume normalization problems. Still, for a field theme, I love that it's a march. Makes me want to march out into the world and kill some monsters.
As you could tell from many of the selections on my list, I like marches a lot, especially those that have military like percussion. I actually goofed up on the youtube selection for that track. A fan made alterations to it, so here is the original. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_AKFvVsSn4
Albert Odyssey Gaiden -Mysterioso (Overworld Theme)
Never heard of this game, but this track is very reminiscent of Final Fantasy VI (The Phantom Train theme, specifically). Really really interesting stuff happening here. What is this game??
Albert Odyssey Gaiden for Sega Saturn. It was one of the few Saturn RPGs that actually got localized. It had a really nice soundtrack. Sadly, the composer seemingly dropped off the face of the earth after he finished the soundtrack for this game..
Lunar the Silver Star - overworld 2
Another march! Marches always work for overworld themes, and this is no different. LET'S GO ON A FREAKIN' ADVENTURE, EVERYONE! Oh wait, too late, the track is already over...
I greatly preferred the original Sega CD Lunar soundtrack to any of the remakes, but A lot of the tracks suffer from having durations that were just too short. Here is An arranged version that stays true to the original, from the cd that came with the limited edition of the PS1 remake. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_irqueqEqRg
Final Fantasy VI - Wild West
Heh. The Veldt. :P
Well played, selecting the most under-appreciated field theme from a game that features THE TWO GREATEST FIELD THEMES IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE. Hint: this is not one of those two, but it's still amazing.
Those other 2 tracks were guaranteed to be mentioned, so I went for the under appreciated one. I was going to the Same about the Chrono Trigger/Cross stuff, but the Mitsuda fanboy in me won out.
Final Fantasy IV - Underworld Theme
This particular version of this ubiquitous melody is... interesting. I like how Uematsu was able to squeeze a few different feelings out of the same melody in FFIV. Uematsu is good at that in general. He does this especially well in FFIX, I think.
What I like about this track is how Uematsu mixed the somber, melancholic main melody with that upbeat bass. I really love the bass in Uematsu's SNES soundtracks.
Persona 2 Eternal punishment world map1
You know.... the music might be the best part of Persona games. I admit, I haven't really given the games much of a shot (I'm leery of the content), but the music consistently impresses me, and this track is no different. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the bass here, especially. I know different Persona titles have different composers (right?), but they all have a very modern feel, which I think is very refreshing for RPGs (and works, obviously, for the modern settings in Persona games). The sound font used here is also great.
It's weird, because I WANT to dislike things about Persona, but... I just can't hate on the amazing music.
I prefer the Persona and Persona 2 Innocent Sin/Eternal Punishment osts. They are so varied and showcase A lot of different musical genre. Not saying Persona 3 and 4 doesn't have great tracks, they are just way too "J-popy" for my liking.
If you want to have Wild ARMs I's *beautiful* overworld ruined
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, otherwise ignore it (which is what I sometimes choose to do when it comes up on my playlist). :/
I still love it (and not to take away from a 'future theme of the week', but I *adore* the airship theme too).
I usually have issues with tracks that are so heavily influenced by someone else's work, but The Wild Arms theme works so well that I can pretty much ignore it, this rarely happens.