yeup, you interpreted my username correctly, have a cookie. Would recommend ME3's An End, Once and for All for an ep sometimes down the line, really liked that song and Bioware released an extended version for N7 fan day some time ago. And I agree with whoever said that FF8 didn't really have that memorable a soundtrack. My only regret is no Battle on the Big Bridge. Keep up the good work people.
I do like cookies. And An End Once and For All will absolutely be part of the western RPG episode. I adore that song-- especially for the extended version. I personally like FF8's OST a lot, but I can see why some people might not be as down with it. And don't worry about ol' Girugameshu's battle theme: we'll have plenty of chances to play Big Bridge in the future. (Trivia, original we were thinking of calling this episode something like "Big Bridge.")
Fantastic! Glad you enjoyed it! I always want us to improve. We realized after we recorded the second half that we had made references to E3 and the time, haha-- so we had to include SOMETHING to be like 'yes this is why we have traveled through time.'
I love the Miguel boss theme. I love CT and CC both quite a bit, and it's hard for me to choose a favorite. I'm with you though, that that moment was ballsy of them and really adventurous from a storytelling standpoint. I can see why some don't like it, what with expectations and all, but I thought they knocked it out of the park.
Actually, Xenosaga episode 1 is Mitsuda, but 2 and 3 are composed by Yuki Kajiura and Shinji Hosoe (of 999/VLR fame, among many others). I actually find ep2/3's music to be BETTER than the Mitsuda stuff from the first episode. Xenogears is a lofty album to beat out in Mitsuda's catalog. One Who Bares Fangs at God is basically one of the greatest and most stirring final boss themes ever.
The next episode is (probably) going to be western game-focused, because we want to make sure people realize that there IS great western music out there, it's perhaps just not as prolific (owing mostly to how music is used in western games versus Japanese games). We'll be including adventure games as well (games like King's Quest, Chains of Satinav, Cognition) and some western indie titles, too (though we want to do an indie episode too).
Glad you enjoyed the audience picks-- that's something I'd love to do in every episode. I think it helps make it "everyone's show," and is our way of thanking you guys for contributing to the discussion here. It also gets some picks in that we otherwise might not have included and challenges us to change up what we're talking about.
And yes, I would be up for a Chrono Cross episode, too. And Rob. Mmm... Chrono Cross. On the flip side, if we did that, we wouldn't be able to save up any CC music for OTHER episodes. :).