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Rhythm Encounter 121 – Game-Defining RPG Music

Rhythm Encounter 121 Game-Defining RPG Music

We all know those big moments in RPGs. A place, a scene, or a pivotal battle that really makes the game and solidifies it in your memory. The scoring in those moments isn’t always what makes it work, but it often plays a crucial role. In many cases, the music really does make the moment, if not the game. Today we are talking about songs that carry that burden of really defining the RPG they’re in, making the whole experience better by just being there.

We’ve been wanting to do this topic for over four years, and there’s certainly more music that fits the bill than we had time for, but we are thrilled to talk about these eight songs. Be sure to get in touch with us and let us know some of your game-defining music!

Featuring: Mike Salbato, Zach Wilkerson, Wes Iliff, Stephanie Sybydlo; Edited by Paul Dennis


0:05:54 – Transcending Love (HIMEKAMI) – Suikoden III
0:08:59 – Dynamis (Masayoshi Soken) – Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker
0:26:56 – Theme of Grandia (Noriyuki Iwadare) – Grandia
0:31:32 – Arc the Lad Theme (Masahiro Andoh) – Arc the Lad
0:48:09 – Star Ocean Forever – Jazz Ver. (Motoi Sakuraba) – Star Ocean: Till The End of Time 
0:55:15 – Battle 3 (Yasunori Shiono) – Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals
1:14:33 – Weight of the World / The End of YoRHa (Keichii Okabe) – NieR: Automata
1:20:02 – Carrying the Weight of Life (Kenji Hiramatsu & Yasunori Mitsuda) – Xenoblade Chronicles 3
1:49:26 – Wes’ bonus track!

Album Links

Arc the Lad Original Game Sound Track

Endwalker: Final Fantasy XIV Original Soundtrack

Estpolis Denki II (Lufia II)

Grandia Original Soundtracks

NieR: Automata Original Soundtrack

Star Ocean: Till the End of Time Original Soundtrack Vol.2

Genso Suikoden III Original Soundtrack

Xenoblade 3 Original Soundtrack

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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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