The Legend of Heroes V “A Cagesong of the Ocean” Original Soundtrack -second part-


Review by · August 2, 2005

The second half of the Legend of Heroes V OST, generally regarded as the better half, is filled with catchy melodies and good, solid songs. I don’t believe they stand out among the crowd, but they are consistent, if a little redundant.

When I say “redundant”, what I mean is that many of the melodies and themes from this game are reused over and over. The problem is demonstrated clearly when I tell you that tracks 6 and 20 have the same melody, yet I sampled both tracks because they were my favorite songs, not realizing that they were essentially the same song!

Further exacerbating this musical problem is that a number of tracks on this OST are well under a minute in size, allowing for a simple “blip-clip” of music that ends abruptly. I’m glad we’re getting a “full OST” release by incorporating this little jingles, but I can only take so many of them before I crack.

Nonetheless, it is as I said from the beginning: there are a lot of catchy songs on here. They aren’t quite memorable unless you listen to the soundtrack a lot, which is unwise considering the seemingly infinite amount of songs in the world of VGM to fill your musical palette.

While I am a raving fan of Falcom music, I think I can safely say that this soundtrack is on the lower end of Legend of Heroes music overall, even with its higher production values. The compositions simply aren’t as memorable as previous titles, except for the few main themes that are reused due to their being the only spark of genius on the OST. Do yourself a favor and hunt down the Legend of Heroes VI OST instead.

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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 guinea pigs.