Square Enix Battle Tracks Vol.2: Square 1996-1998

 

Review by · October 31, 2010

This doesn’t deserve a lot of time or attention.

Square Enix put out Vol.1 of this series years ago. I personally thought they wouldn’t keep it going. But they did. We’re still only working the “Square” side of Square Enix. And some of this battle music is actually more like “environment” music. But whatever.

The real disappointment is the lack of a bonus track. Vol.1 had a great bonus track from Mitsuto Suzuki. Nothing of the sort here. Just a compilation of battle tracks from ’96 to ’98, all PS1 music. Granted, it’s good stuff, but most people with an interest in game music would prefer full OSTs to what is essentially an expensive sampler disc. The only way this is worthwhile is if you’re totally unfamiliar with most of the titles represented. You may discover something that you didn’t know about before, such as the Tobal games (weird fighting games) or Soukaigi (action adventure).

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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.