Soundtracks Strike Back
10.10.03 - 2:22 PM

After an extended hiatus due to a number of factors (including lack of reader reviews, c'mon people!), RPGFan finally brings you a quality soundtrack review update!

Starting off, we have four (count 'em, FOUR) Final Fantasy reviews. An add-on to the original game, Final Fantasy XI Rise of the Zilart sports its own one-disc soundtrack filled to the brim with new music. Completely composed by Naoshi Mizuta, it's a bit of an odd-man-out in the FF world. If you haven't heard this one, you should probably check it out for your own FF-savvy-hood.

We have reviews of the original soundtrack and the arranged soundtrack for Final Fantasy Tactics Advance coming to you; a shining star or a disappointment? It depends on which disc you're listening to and what tastes you have...but generally, this game had its ups and downs with music. I'd like to thank Richard Vardaro for submitting a review for the OST.

Rounding off the FF stuff, oldschool reader-reviewer Son of Saturn brings us his take on the domestically-produced "The Best of Final Fantasy 1994 - 1999: A Musical Tribute". Regarded by many as a flop, SoS agrees wholeheartedly. Read the review to remember exactly why this soundtrack is considered terrible.

The other three soundtracks are Genso Suikogaiden Vol. 2: Last Duel at Crystal Valley OST by Damian Thomas (a.k.a. SenseiPhoenix), .hack//Game Music Perfect Collection by yours truly, and Front Mission Alternative by Dragon God, whom I owe much thanks to for always being willing to chip in, even though he runs his own site's soundtrack reviews (rpgclassics.com).

Each and every one of these reviews is a gem, regardless of the quality of the soundtrack. Enjoy the update, and expect a LOT more in the near future, perhaps before the end of October. Remember, we take reader submissions and greatly appreciate your say! Just send an email to us. Rock on!

Patrick Gann

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