Final Fantasy VIII
- Compression of Timehttp://youtu.be/l75zjpDpAWs
Besides a few key standouts, I really don't like the FF8 OST that much. But I *love* this tune. It's so strange, mysterious, and if you had to put musical notes to what "the compression of time" might be then I like what Uematsu did with this one.
Of course I could just be a sucker for the harp.Shadow Hearts: Covenant http://youtu.be/cdaSn_GxJnM
- Vicious 1915http://youtu.be/AGWVzDhDHMc
- Deep in Coma
*GAWK* oh my goooood....that percussion..!!! Not only does it work so damn well with the game's combo-based combat (nothing like beating an enemy down to some sick beats), but the vocals, the strings, organ, piano, and overall build up (1:45 getting quiet only to come back strong). I LOVE the Shadow Hearts series battle themes for putting a huge emphasis on a great beat than a completely fluid and elegant melody -- they were truly going for something different here and it pays off.
(not to be forgotten is of course the first game's main two battle themes, the European on "Near Death Experience" is absolutely outsanding as far as rhythm and perfect for the game's dark atmosphere)Valkyria Chronciles
- Gallant Battle (acoustic ver.)http://youtu.be/-9RE3WYa6fk?list=PL9462C6A51E80416D
Between a "piano collections" or an "acoustic" one, I'd take the latter. Very nice tune.