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Rhythm Encounter 9 – Wild Wild West

On Rhythm Encounter, we’re all about including diversity in our track selection, so we took a break from our usually JRPG-heavy picks to bring you a smattering of music from Western-developed RPGs. If you’ve ever explored the city of Sigil, used alchemy to rescue Fire Eyes, or looked up the meaning of “Anachronox,” you should feel right at home with this episode.

When you think “memorable RPG music,” your mind might not wander beyond the Japanese classics many of us hold dear. We’re here to take off those blinders by exposing you to some of our favorite music from Western-developed RPGs. Our selections run the gamut from indie darlings to big-budget blockbusters, spanning several decades of aural excellence. Except for that one King’s Quest song. Come on, Stephen.

As always, we welcome any feedback you may have, including topic suggestions, track requests, or ideas for how we can improve. (We also love fanmail! Hint hint.)

Featuring: Stephen Meyerink, Derek Heemsbergen, Kyle E. Miller


1 – sdds IV – Shin Megami Tensei IV
2 – Fighting of the Spirit – Tales of EDM
3 – Tina – Final Fantasy Solo Guitar Collections Vol. 1
4 – A Nearly Peaceful Place – The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
5 – Fated Confrontation – Black Sigil: Blade of the Exiled
6 – Enclave of Ice (Bel Lenora World Map) – Black Sigil: Blade of the Exiled
7 – End Credits – The Summoner
8 – Deionarra Theme – Planescape: Torment
9 – Fenris Theme – Dragon Age II
10 – Battle Theme (CD Version) – Pier Solar and the Great Architects
11 – Wildlife Exploitation Preserve – Borderlands 2
12 – Title Theme – Deus Ex
13 – Hengsha Daylight – Deus Ex: Human Revolution
14 – Battle Theme 6 – Shadow Madness
15 – Leaving Earth – Mass Effect 3
16 – Thriven With Life – Valdis Story: Abyssal City
17 – Puppet Show – Secret of Evermore
18 – Life and Death (Main Theme) – Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller
19 – Mine Windbag Mine – Bastion
20 – Shell 7 – The Mold Forest (Seventh Surface) – Septerra Core
21 – Witendon – Anachronox
22 – Moongazer – To the Moon
23 – Ravenshore, Plane of Air – Might & Magic VIII: Day of the Destroyer
24 – Princess Cassima – King’s Quest VI
25 – Girl in the Tower – King’s Quest VI
26 – ??? – Guest’s Choice

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Derek Heemsbergen

Derek Heemsbergen

For over nine years (2010-2019), Derek was a major part of RPGFan. While he was foremost one of our star reviewers, he went on to take part in features, co-host – and then host – many episodes of Random Encounter, and grew to be one of the most respected and beloved RPGFan team members. He has since moved on to professional localization work. Ganbatte, Derek!

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