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SaGa 25th Anniversary Sound Effects CD
Catalog Number: SQEX-10504
Released On: April 10, 2019
Composed By: Square Enix (Various)
Arranged By: N/A
Published By: Square Enix
Recorded at: Various
Format: 1 CD
Tracklist:

Warrior in the Tower of the Spirit World SaGa
01 - Encounter
02 - Sword Attack
03 - Open the Treasure
04 - Save
05 - Hyper Cannon
06 - Tornado
07 - Flare Book
08 - Let There Be Light
09 - God's Right Hand
10 - Chainsaw
SaGa 2 The Treasure Legend
11 - Encounter
12 - Sword Attack
13 - Open Door
14 - Tornado
15 - Flare Book
16 - Nuclear Bomb
17 - Hyper Cannon
18 - Unlimited Arsenal
19 - Starbuster
20 - Arsenal Destroyed
The Ruler of Time and Space SaGa 3
21 - Encounter
22 - Masamune Strike
23 - Jump
24 - Big Meat Drops
25 - Elixir
26 - Space-Time Warp - Hover Engine Damage
27 - Moebius Cannon
28 - More! Even more! Gehh... losing control...
29 - Ashura
30 - Wave Readout
Romancing SaGa
31 - Encounter
32 - Healing Water
33 - Falcon Sword
34 - Vigorous Soaring Attack Method
35 - Soaring Headbutt Attack
36 - Phoenix
37 - Gekken Wave
38 - Lightning
39 - Animate
40 - Saruin Defeated
Romancing SaGa 2
41 - Encounter
42 - Spark
43 - Parry
44 - Molecular Decomposition
45 - Chaotic Flowerfall
46 - Thousand-Armed Kannon
47 - Seven Heroes Appear
48 - Abyss Gate
49 - Astral Gate
50 - Seven Heroes Defeated
Romancing SaGa 3
51 - Encounter
52 - Spark
53 - Harvest Moon
54 - Golden Dragon Sword
55 - Galaxy
56 - Crimson Flare
57 - Four Demon Nobles Encounter
58 - Intended Destruction
59 - Maelstrom
60 - Total Eclipse
SaGa Frontier
61 - Encounter
62 - Spark
63 - Combination
64 - Alkaiser Transform
65 - Raksha Palm
66 - Overdrive
67 - Battle Over
68 - Berva Counter
69 - Moon Scraper
70 - Carnage
SaGa Frontier 2
71 - Encounter
72 - Spark
73 - Combination
74 - Deadly Slice
75 - Triple Dragon Spin
76 - Lotus Opposition
77 - Crystal Pyramid
78 - Fearless Triple
79 - Soul Song
80 - Enchanting Gaze
UNLIMITED:SaGa
81 - Encounter
82 - Spark
83 - Sword Attack
84 - Reels
85 - Rare Sword
86 - Protean
87 - Eight Views of Mount Fuji
88 - Pressure Point
89 - Bloody Mary
Romancing SaGa -Minstrel Song-
90 - Spark
91 - Combination
92 - Cure Medicine
93 - Raksha Palm
94 - Overdrive
95 - Heavenly Wheel Attack
96 - Temptation of Darkness
97 - Death Destruction
98 - Saruin Sword
99 - Music-Accompanied Forces
Total Time:
14'50"

We at RPGFan pride ourselves on our great music coverage. But what about the truly "unsung" hero of game audio: sound effects?

Listening to 99 of them back-to-back is not a particularly enjoyable experience. But when timed properly with their visual counterparts, sound effects make a turn-based RPG come to life. To that end, this rare CD — given out as a lottery prize at a Square Enix event in Japan — feels like the audio equivalent of scrolling through raw image assets from a game. Oh look, a 2D sprite! Hey, a watercolor environment!

What is really frustrating, at least for me, is that Square Enix themselves could not manage to list all of the sound effects creators for the SaGa series. However, when I went to look for the information myself, I realized why they did not bother. There are a lot of names, and because some games give vague credits to just "Sound Design" or even "Sound," it is hard to know who actually made sound effects. A most definitely incomplete list of contributors to the SaGa series SFX collection, based on my viewing of end credits on YouTube, netted me these names:

Nobuo Uematsu, Takashi Tokita, Masanori Hoshino, Yasunori Mitsuda, Yasumasa Okamoto, Tomio Otomo, Naoto Kurihara, Eiji Nakamura, Kazumi Mitome, Hironobu Izumi, Teruaki Sugawara, Tatsuya Shoji

So to all of those people, and more that I'm sure I've missed, thank you for bringing SaGa to life with all the smash, clash, bash, buzz, SHEEEEN!!!, and other Adam-West-Batman-onomatopoeia. And yes, we know, this 15-minute CD is but a small sample of all of the sound effects across the franchise. Ten sounds per game? Please...most games have well over 100 SFX all their own. Such a compilation would be a tad too overwhelming, I think!

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann

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