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Romancing SaGa 3 OSV
Catalog Number: PSCN-5033~5 (reprint NTCP-5033~5)
Released On: November 25, 1995 (reprint October 1, 2004)
Composed By: Kenji Ito
Arranged By: Kenji Ito
Published By: NTT Publishing
Recorded At: Sunrise Studio
Format: 3 CDs
Tracklist:

Disc One
01 - Prologue - Surprise of the Death Eaters
02 - Opening Theme - The Saga Continues
03 - Julian's Theme
04 - Ellen's Theme
05 - Sara's Theme
06 - Thomas' Theme
07 - Harrid's Theme
08 - Mikhail's Theme
09 - Monica's Theme
10 - Katalina's Theme
11 - Field
12 - The Battle
13 - Victory!
14 - Boundaries
15 - Dungeon 1
16 - Battle 2
17 - Celebration March
18 - The Voyage
19 - Muse's Theme
20 - Dungeon 2
21 - The Professor's Theme
22 - Operation: Pet Retrieval
23 - Sailing
Total Time:
49'57"

Disc Two
01 - Ranch of the Holly King
02 - Year of the Holly King
03 - Magical Tank Battle
04 - The Great Arch
05 - Jungle
06 - Fairy Town
07 - Nightmare
08 - Dufore's Evil Plans
09 - Robin's Theme - Evil Does Not Cherish
10 - Arousing
11 - On With the Bangard!
12 - Island at the Farthest Reaches
13 - Insufferable Desert
14 - Ruin of the Crystal
15 - The Eastern Country
16 - Emperor's City
17 - Rasukuta
18 - Tower of the Godly King
19 - Trade Off
20 - Aurora
21 - Snowman's Town
22 - Ice Lake
23 - Owain's Nest
24 - Lonied's Castle
Total Time:
49'19"

Disc Three
01 - The Devil King's Castle
02 - The Dark Underground
03 - Benny's Nest
04 - Fortress of Fire
05 - Underwater Palace
06 - Foreboding Danger
07 - Four Noble Devils
08 - Defeated
09 - Grieve
10 - Sorrow
11 - Into War...
12 - Gen's Castle Battle
13 - The Last Journey
14 - Four Noble Devils (2)
15 - Abyss' Gate
16 - The Last Battle
17 - Epilogue - Into a New Horizon
18 - Staff Roll - Finale
19 - Fanfare
20 - Good Night!
21 - Trade For Revenge
22 - Trade For Defeat
23 - The Professor's Theme (Original Version)
Total Time:
50'03"

The really neat thing about this soundtrack, to me anyway, is that I can really get into it and I have yet to play the game.

If Square does have competition within its own releases, this soundtrack would have definitely been a competitor with other late releases like Treasure Hunter G, Rudra no Hihou, and the like. And this soundtrack stands up to the competition. The synth quality is definitely up to par with what it should be, and many people exclaim this to be some of Ito's finest work (I will also agree with this statement). Some of my favorite tracks on this OSV come from disc 3, and then the character themes on disc 1 are good too.

The real reason this soundtrack is so good is because it is above expectation. I don't know about all of you out there, but I did not have the highest expectations in the world for this soundtrack when I purchased it. I came out liking it a lot, and I listen to it frequently. The only thing Ito's done better than this is probably the arranged soundtrack to this game: "Windy Tale".

So you wanna get into the Romancing SaGa scene and buy this soundtrack? Well, it's not that easy. Everything pre-SaGa-Frontier in the SaGa series is a pretty hard find. Luckily, NTT's 2004 reprint should be available at many online outlets.

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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