After falling in love with Parasite Eve’s soundtrack I could not wait to get my hands on the sequel’s. I’m not sure if it was my high expectations for this album that left me dry, or the fact that Yoko Shimomura was not composing this time around. Whatever the case, I have to admit that Parasite Eve II wasn’t exactly what I’d hoped for, nor is it the most exciting soundtrack out there.
Generally, I don’t mind ambient music in small doses, but unfortunately that’s what most of this album is comprised of. I’m sure the music fits very well within the game’s context, but almost everywhere else its sounds too much like background noise. Fans of the game may feel otherwise, and I might change my mind once I play it through. Not that the entire album is bad, though. As far as I can tell, this is considered good ambient music, and there are some decent enough tracks in there. But it’s not enough that the best ones happen to be those that were arranged from the first game.
If you’re a big fan of ambient music, this soundtrack is right up your alley. Otherwise, I’d suggest playing the game first before deciding to pick it up or not. It shouldn’t be that hard to find either.