Soundtracks is back
01.15.06 - 8:42 PM

It's been a long time ladies and gentlemen. I know it's been hard going from day to day with the standard mix of news, game reviews, and pictures--yet no soundtracks update in sight! Today we are here to remedy that with reviews from seven of the most obscure mostly-PS1-era RPG soundtracks we could find.

Starting with the "odd man out", Mike Wilson reviews a very old soundtrack for Shining Force on Sega Genesis. This "Special Sound CD" was essentially a Japanese promotional item, and it is the closest thing to an OST this game ever received.

Continuing in the realm of Sega, I reviewed the third, final, and most complete print of the Azel -Panzer Dragoon RPG- soundtrack. The "Memorial Album" has some bonus tracks not found on the older prints, but is generally still the same thing as what people had known for years before that.

Neal Chandran concludes his two-part review in the world of Persona by reviewing the four disc set from King Records. It's big folks, but don't let it intimidate you. It's just a big ol' cuddly teddy bear that plays trippy music.

Taking the word "obscurity" and beating it over the head, I take on two very unknown RPG soundtracks: Lunatic Dawn Odyssey and Mars Story. Intrigued? No? Either way, read the reviews.

Covering a slightly more well-known title, I also reviewed the soundtrack for Vandal Hearts II. While not living up to the gold standard of strategy RPG music, it gets the job done and succeeds at creating the proper atmospheres.

Finally, in a shocking turn of events, I reviewed an American-made Xbox RPG soundtrack: Sudeki. I know what you're thinking...you don't care because the game was bad. Think again, friends! This soundtrack is one of the best I've heard for recent Xbox titles. Be sure to read this review if you skip all the others.

In future weeks, expect more obscurity, as well as a few major releases here and there. And, as usual, please submit your own soundtrack reviews to soundtracks@rpgfan.com!

Patrick Gann

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