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Estpolis OST
Catalog Number: SQEX-10187/8
Released On: March 3, 2010
Composed By: Yasunori Shiono
Arranged By: Tomoko Morita, Yukio Nakajima, Hidenori Iwasaki, Ryo Yamazaki
Published By: Square Enix
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 2 CDs
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Tracklist:

Disc One
01 - Town of Abundance, Elcid
02 - Lexis Laboratory
03 - Water Capital, Parcelyte
04 - Parcelyte Presidential Administration
05 - Castle of Stone, Bound Kingdom
06 - Fortress Town, Gratze Empire
07 - Forest Village, Eserikto
08 - Despair and Destruction
09 - Soma Shrine Aboveground
10 - Soma Shrine Underground
11 - Logismos Shrine Aboveground
12 - Logismos Shrine Underground
13 - Cardia Shrine
14 - Big Bridge
15 - Tanbel Abandoned Mine
16 - Mountain Path of Ice Fog
17 - The Mountain of No Return
18 - Gratze Underground Factory
19 - The Three Towers ~Edifice of the Three Sisters~
20 - Battle #1
21 - Battle #2
22 - Battle #3
23 - The Time of Judgement
24 - Opening Theme
25 - The Prophet
26 - North Land
27 - The Strongest!
28 - The Greatest Thieves in the World ~Jimmy & Jamie~
29 - Doze Off
30 - Purifia Flowers
31 - Wedding Bell
32 - Spring
33 - Summer
34 - Autumn
35 - Sky
36 - Parting
37 - Compensation for the Battle
38 - Confrontation with a Great Enemy
39 - Time of Demise
40 - The Last Decisive Battle
41 - Throne Room
42 - The One Who Will Save the Earth
43 - To the Future
Total Time:
69'34"

Disc Two
Drama
01 - Maxim
02 - Selan
03 - Tia's Home Cooking
04 - The Strongest Man
05 - The Everyday Life of a Chivalrous Thief
06 - The Night Before the Decisive Battle
Arrange
07 - The Time of Judgement
08 - Opening Theme
09 - Town of Abundance, Elcid
10 - Parcelyte Presidential Administration
11 - The Greatest Thieves in the World ~Jimmy & Jamie~
12 - The Prophet
13 - Sky
14 - North Land
15 - Battle #1
16 - Battle #2
17 - Battle #3
18 - The Three Towers ~Edifice of the Three Sisters~
19 - The Last Decisive Battle
20 - The One Who Will Save the Earth
Total Time:
56'10"

Last year, Square Enix did a remake of the Game Boy classic SaGa 2 (Final Fantasy Legend II) for the DS. A summary of my soundtrack review for that release was that the remake's music, and its publication on CD, was unnecessary.

Unfortunately, I think I'm about to make the same statement for this soundtrack.

"Estpolis Biography" (known as "Lufia" in North America) was a great SNES RPG, with a decent soundtrack from Yasunori Shiono (though I would argue that its sequel was much improved). This two disc set of music was released for Square Enix's DS remake of the game, which they were able to do after bringing Taito under their wing. Shiono had no part in the "remaking" of the music, apparently. But that doesn't matter, because the true "original soundtrack" portion (disc one) sounds nearly identical to the SNES music.

And, of course, all of that OST music has been made available twice over. Once in a now-rare set that included the first two Estpolis soundtracks, and again in 2006 from the Game Sound Legend Series (still generally available), which added the two black sheep (Game Boy and Game Boy Advance entries) to the pile of music.

Disc two? The first six tracks are drama, which I'm sure are interesting to hear if you speak Japanese. Taking the characters from this series and giving them a voice could be enjoyable, but I wouldn't really know the difference since, again, I don't speak Japanese. The other half of disc two is a synth arrange collection, 14 of the better tracks from the OST (including every battle theme). Are these tracks alone reason enough to pick up this album? Because if you get the Game Sound Legend Series set, which is a great collection of music, these arrange tracks are the only brand new bits of music you'd get out of buying Square Enix's Estpolis soundtrack.

I guess, if you're really a desperate collector, it might be worth it. But while the arrangements are nice, they're not mindblowing. With the financial muscle Square Enix wields, I would've liked some full-on live rock and/or live orchestral performance for this game, but I guess it just wasn't meant to be.

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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