RPGFan


New Soundtrack Reviews for a New Year
01.01.05 - 3:52 PM

For months, we have promised reviews of Star Ocean: Till the End of Time soundtracks. Team Entertainment had released five of them in the past two years, and in the past two years we have only had a review for one: the arranged album. Today that changes as we bring you the rest of these fine soundtracks.

Reader CJ Allen sent in his thoughts on the main meat of these soundtrack releases, the OSTs Vol. 1 and 2. These four discs of music comprise of everything the game had to offer with music, as well as some bonus arranged tracks. To find out what he thought, be sure to read the reviews! Even if the OSTs disappoint, these reviews won't.

Long-time reader-reviewer Daniel Space (a.k.a. "Son of Saturn") picked up the slack and reviewed what is probably the worst of the five releases: Star Ocean: Till the End of Time Director's Cut OST. Much like the Final Fantasy X-2 International + Last Mission OST, this one disc of music is nothing more than the tracks added when the game got re-released in Japan. Are they any good? To learn about the good, the bad, and the ugly on this disc, you'll just need to read the review.

As for me, I simply couldn't be left out of this big Star Ocean party, so I reviewed the Voice Mix Album: Japanese voice samples from the game mixed with new arrangements of the music. I know it sounds odd, but I promise you that the end result is outstanding.

But since it's a new year and all, I couldn't stop at just one series of VGM! Reader Zalbag, who seems to be a big fan of this series, has given me (and now you) a review of the Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne OST. No, not the import two-disc soundtrack that Zalbag already reviewed! This is a domestically-released soundtrack that game with the first print of the game! If you're a fan of MegaTen, this review doesn't just have opinion: it has a lot of worthwhile information regarding what is and isn't on the soundtrack, and you won't want to be lacking on this information.

Dark Chronicle (known to the US folk as Dark Cloud 2) had a solid OST, and an even more solid arranged soundtrack. My apologies that it took until 2005 to bring the reviews, but if you haven't read up on these soundtracks, now is the time. Not to give anything away, but I must say here and now that Dark Chronicle Premium Arrange should basically be a necessity in any VGM lover's collection. Daniel Space reviewed the Original Soundtrack, and I gave some lengthy thoughts on the Premium Arrange.

That's enough for today: as they say, "I'm spent." If you want to see more soundtrack reviews in the coming months, consider doing your part and submitting a review to RPGFan Soundtracks!



Back
Patrick Gann





Coming Up on Twitch

Star Ocean: Till the End of Time
Oct. 2 • 10am PDT/1pm EDT

Skies of Arcadia Continues!
Every Monday • 5pm PDT/8pm EDT

Star Wars: KotOR Continues!
Every Tuesday • 10am PDT/1pm EDT

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Continues!
Every Thursday • 5pm PDT/8pm EDT

Final Fantasy Tactics Continues!
Every Saturday • 4pm PDT/7pm EDT

Featured Content
Retro Encounter Bonus Round: Episode 50
Retro Encounter Bonus Round: Episode 50
Podcast
Final Fantasy XV at Abbey Road Special Feature
Final Fantasy XV at Abbey Road
Feature
Retro Encounter 18: Valkyria Chronicles - Final Thoughts
Retro Encounter 18: Valkyria Chronicles - Final Thoughts
Podcast Feature
Coven and Labyrinth of Refrain OST Review
Coven and Labyrinth of Refrain
Review
Final Fantasy XIV: Patch 3.4 Media Update
Final Fantasy XIV: Patch 3.4
Media Update
Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse Review
Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse
Review
RSS Feeds & More
Complete Feed
Reviews Feed
Media Feed
Random Encounter
Rhythm Encounter
Retro Encounter