Vagrant Story Original Soundtrack

 

Review by · October 15, 2000

Anyone who knows anything about Sakimoto knows that he’s good at what he does. Knowing this, everyone expected this soundtrack to be good well ahead of time. Were expectations met? Yes, yes, and…yes!

Sakimoto’s style retains itself from Final Fantasy Tactics, except that since he had to write music for “dungeons” (which didn’t really exist in FFT), there are a lot of soft (but intense) background tracks. This sort of thing kept some people from buying the soundtrack. To this, I say “don’t make such foolish decisions! Buy it anyway, the other tracks make up for it!”…And this is true. In another comparison to FFT, FFT’s soundtrack consisted of both Sakimoto and Iwata. I have nothing against Iwata, and I normally like soundtracks with multiple composers, but if you want hardcore Sakimoto, this CD is it. The driving techno tracks mixed with orchestrations and that cool harp he runs through all his good songs…mmm…so good…

I feel that I have to say no more about this soundtrack and leave the samples to do their job. Want this soundtrack? DigiCube’s gone out of business, but the Square Enix reprint is now available. Get it before that, too, becomes obscure.

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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.