Square Enix Battle Tracks Vol.2: Square 1996-1998
Catalog Number: SQEX-10200
Released On: September 15, 2010
Composed By: Masashi Hamauzu, Nobuo Uematsu, Takayuki Nakamura, Kenji Ito, Noriko Matsueda, Kenichiro Fukui, Riow Arai, Yasunori Mitsuda, Ryuji Sasai, Yoko Shimomura, Hiroki Kikuta, Tsuyoshi Sekito, Junya Nakano
Arranged By: N/A
Published By: Square Enix
Recorded At: Various
Format: 1 CD
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Tobal No.1 1996
01 - Volcanic Zone
Final Fantasy VII 1997
02 - Those Who Fight
Tobal 2 1997
03 - Knee Drop
SaGa Frontier 1997
04 - Battle #1
Front Mission 2 1997
05 - Player Battle (Swift Attack)
Einhänder 1997
06 - Shudder [SHUDDER] -Against A Large Enemy Type 1-
Front Mission Alternative 1997
07 - Town01
Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon 1997
08 - Fight, Chocobo!
Xenogears 1998
09 - Stage of Death
Bushido Blade 2 1998
10 - Weapons Rumbling
Parasite Eve 1998
11 - Arise Within You
Soukaigi 1998
12 - Die On Destiny
Brave Fencer Musashiden 1998
13 - Skullpion
Another Mind 1998
14 - Self Amplification
Ehrgeiz 1998
15 - Battle in a Trap
Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon 2 1998
16 - Charge!!
Total Time:

This doesn't deserve a lot of time or attention.

Square Enix put out Vol.1 of this series years ago. I personally thought they wouldn't keep it going. But they did. We're still only working the "Square" side of Square Enix. And some of this battle music is actually more like "environment" music. But whatever.

The real disappointment is the lack of a bonus track. Vol.1 had a great bonus track from Mitsuto Suzuki. Nothing of the sort here. Just a compilation of battle tracks from '96 to '98, all PS1 music. Granted, it's good stuff, but most people with an interest in game music would prefer full OSTs to what is essentially an expensive sampler disc. The only way this is worthwhile is if you're totally unfamiliar with most of the titles represented. You may discover something that you didn't know about before, such as the Tobal games (weird fighting games) or Soukaigi (action adventure).

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann


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