Live A Live Original Sound Version


Review by · November 10, 2000

If you’ve heard Shimomura’s music, then you probably realize how good it is. This is one of Shimomura’s earlier compositions (she had worked for Capcom prior to Square, but Live A Live is her first soundtrack for the JRPG giant). Live A Live, like most other games Shimomura does the music to, wasn’t as highly celebrated as the Final Fantasy series during its time (other early Shimomura works include Parasite Eve, Super Mario RPG, Legend of Mana, and Front Mission). Unquestionably, like those other titles, the score to Live A Live is great!

The music breaks any sort of defined style, as does most of Shimomura’s music. It is obviously synth, but it is enjoyable synth. The music can get very complex at times, which is always good. As for comparison, I would have to say that Shimomura has never done an OSV similar to this… Not to say that any of her work has ever sounded too similar to another. It’s so unique, it’s sweet!

Overall, a great album. The game is niche, but the music is phenomenal!

For information on our scoring systems, see our scoring systems overview. Learn more about our general policies on our ethics & policies page.
Patrick Gann

Patrick Gann

Therapist by day and gamer by night, Patrick has been offering semi-coherent ramblings about game music to RPGFan since its beginnings. From symphonic arrangements to rock bands to old-school synth OSTs, Patrick keeps the VGM pumping in his home, to the amusement and/or annoyance of his large family of humans and guinea pigs.