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Rhythm Encounter 99 – Music of the Year 2022

Rhythm Encounter 099 Music of the Year 2022

It’s that time of year! A time of both reflection and celebration of 2022’s best RPG music, and we had no shortage of great options this year. From major titles like Xenoblade Chronicles 3 to long-awaited releases like the LIVE A LIVE HD-2D remake, to indie titles like Chained Echoes and Citizen Sleeper, our five panelists today had some tough choices narrowing down their picks.

Because Music of the Year is a time to celebrate, we have a bigger-than-usual panel today, and each person got to pick one extra song compared to regular episodes, giving you sixteen wonderful songs to check out. Enjoy our selections, and be sure to let us know yours, and be on the lookout for our full Music of the Year feature soon on RPGFan!

Featuring: Mike Salbato, Hilary Andreff, Patrick Gann, Gio Castillo, Audra Bowling; Edited by Jono Logan

More Music of the Year 2022

Also, be sure to read our complete Music of the Year 2022 feature that this podcast is part of!


Audra’s Picks
0:06:22 – Die Gefallenen ~A Duel of Friends~ (Thomas J. Peters) – Numina OST
0:10:23 – Reborn To Be a Survivor (Shunsuke Tsuchiya, Vocals/Lyrics: Shihoko Hirata) – even if TEMPEST OST
0:12:10 – In Search of Stars: The Ones I Found (Shotaro Seo) – Voice of Cards: The Beasts of Burden

Pat’s Picks
0:28:01 – Live for Live (Yoko Shimomura) – Live A Live HD2D Remake Original Soundtrack
0:34:40 – Red (Grant Graham) – Ghost Song (Original Game Soundtrack)
0:37:59 – Wild Beat (Falcom Sound Team jdk (Hayato Sonoda, Takahiro Unisuga, Shuntaro Koguchi), Yukihiro Jindo, Mitsuo Singa) – The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki OST

Gio’s Picks
0:57:53 – Moebius Battle (Tomori Kudo) – Xenoblade Chronicles 3
1:03:04 – Great Cotte Falls (Day) (Manami Kiyota) – Xenoblade Chronicles 3
1:09:23 – Clue Investigation (Keisuke Ito) – AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES -nirvanA Initiative- Complete Soundtrack

Mike’s Picks
1:33:38 – Never Forget Our Promise (Eddie Marianukroh) – Chained Echoes OST
1:36:33 – Flow Together (Masayoshi Soken, vocals by Amanda Achen) – Endwalker: Final Fantasy XIV OST
1:40:50 – The First City (Wobblersound) – Loot River OST

Hilary’s Picks
1:57:16 – Main Theme (Ryan Ike) – Shadows Over Loathing OST
2:03:45 – Whipped Into Shape (Marskye feat. Madeleine McQueen) – Boyfriend Dungeon: Secret Weapons
2:08:40 – Shipwatching (Amos Roddy) – Citizen Sleeper OST

2:32:50 – Mike’s Bonus Track!

Album Links

AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES -nirvanA Initiative- Complete Soundtrack

Boyfriend Dungeon: Secret Weapons

Chained Echoes Original Game Soundtrack

Citizen Sleeper (Original Soundtrack)

even if TEMPEST

Endwalker: Final Fantasy XIV Original Soundtrack

Ghost Song (Original Game Soundtrack)

The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki Original Soundtrack

LIVE A LIVE HD-2D Remake Original Soundtrack

Loot River: Soundtrack

Numina (Original Video Game Soundtrack)

Shadows Over Loathing (Original Game Soundtrack)

Voice of Cards: The Beasts of Burden

Xenoblade Chronicles 3

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Mike Salbato

Mike Salbato

Mike has been with RPGFan nearly since its inception, and in that time has worn a surprising number of hats for someone who doesn't own a hatstand. Today he attempts to balance his Creative Director role with his Editor-in-Chief status. Despite the amount of coffee in his veins, he bleeds emerald green.

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