Shin Megami Tensei Persona 2 Innocent Sin Mini Soundtrack

 

Review by · January 21, 2012

This bonus disc, presented as a special item to Japanese and North American purchasers of a boxed copy of the Innocent Sin PSP remake, has a smattering of offerings, none of which really sell the quality of the soundtrack.

The first 3 tracks are “remix” side. On the six disc full OST, they can be found on discs three through six, and here we’re talking about the new OST for the PSP version. The “short version” of the opening is unique to this disc, but a shorter cut of an uninspired opening theme is just as irksome as the long version.

Tracks 4 through 6 are the “original” side. This is the original, PS1 soundtrack, found on discs one and two of the six disc OST set (also, in the original P2IS soundtrack from yester-decade). Here we find the best selection of tracks, but we’re getting the weaker versions of those tracks. Velvet Room #2, which uses the classic Erik Satie piano piece Gymnopedie, sounds much better in the PSP “remix” side.

Tracks 7 and 8 are outtakes. As far as I can remember, track 7 is new to this collection (and is pretty decent), while track 8 is just … weird. I much prefer Eternal Punishment’s “Persona Mambo” to “Persona Dance.”

Finally, the last two tracks are a special gift from Meguro to us, and are totally unique to this disc. I really dislike the “Order of the Holy Lance” arrangement, perhaps because I never much cared for the source material (though I must say, its context in-game is fantastic in its absurdity!). But the standard “Battle” arrangement isn’t half-bad.

I appreciate Atlus, and Atlus USA, keeping up with the bonus discs. I could’ve used a few more tracks from the “remix” side, especially some more slow/heartfelt tracks. But then: there’s no need to look a gift horse in the mouth.

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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 cats.