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Soukaigi OST
Catalog Number: SSCX-10017
Released On: June 11, 1998
Composed By: Hiroki Kikuta
Arranged By: Hiroki Kikuta
Published By: DigiCube
Recorded At: Bunkamura Studio, Landmark Studio, Free Studio Yotsuya - Sound City
Format: 1 CD
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Tracklist:

01 - Ancient Power
02 - Angels Fear Again
03 - Quake
04 - Fire Wire
05 - Strange Promise
06 - New Day
07 - Absolute Lady
08 - Riot Emotion
09 - Sign
10 - Frequency
11 - Labyrinth
12 - Broken Memory
13 - Energy
14 - Die on Destiny
15 - Regret
16 - Lovely Strains
17 - Silence
Total Time:
50'48''

You know Soukaigi? You don't, do you? Perhaps you have seen that name in an import review section, only to erase it from your in-mind database immediately after reading the devastating reviews. Indeed, many reviewers have not treated the game very kindly. Although it was released solely in Japan, even there few people purchased Yuke's Square-published action RPG. Yet, I always liked the game, mostly due to the great soundtrack, of course.

Sure, it comes on one 17-track long CD, but the music still manages to impress. Unlike many of Square's other high-profile composers, namely Nobuo Uematsu and Yasunori Mitsuda, Hiroki Kikuta's music has more of a Japanese feel and sound to it, which is accentuated by the two great Japanese vocal themes, Quake and Lovely Strains. The music's style as a whole is extremely lively and more upbeat than the predominantly orchestrated compositions of traditional RPG's such as Final Fantasy: most likely due to the more action-oriented gameplay.

I would recommend this soundtrack to any true lover of videogame music. It's an absolute must buy, up there with Xenogears, Final Fantasy VI, VII and IX, Chrono Cross, and Parasite Eve. Soukaigi should be a nice aural change for your ears, and will make a great addition to your game music library.

Reviewed by: Chris Winkler



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