One of the most things that really get on my nerves is when ordinary people (or in this case, none-gamers) fail to realize how much effort is put on making a videogame soundtrack. In fact, I pay more attention to a videogame soundtrack more than I do to movies (except an Indian movie that my mom forced me to watch with her).
These days, I’m a dedicating a good amount of time playing Baten Kaitos Origins; an RPG game for the Nintendo GameCube. The game is actually a prequel to the first one entitled “Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Last Ocean”. Big title huh? Actually, Baten Kaitos Origins is usually called in the land of the rising sun as “Baten Kaitos II: The First Wings and the Heirs of God.” The bottom line is, is that I have never been moved for a long time by a soundtrack that as powerful as this one. However, if you are an avid fan of Japanese RPGs then you are probably aware of the composer Motoi Sakuraba. This guy is one of my favorite videogame composer of all time, simply because, he knows how to create themes and songs that perfectly match the atmosphere that videogame-makers are trying to deliver to the player. I have selected 10 songs from the game that I hope you find it amusing and emotionally moving. So, here’s what I want you to do: I want you to listen to each song while you browsing other websites and surfing the web, or whatever you feel like doing and I want you to tell me: HOW GOOD IS THIS SOUNDTRACK?
PS: The last three songs are actually battle themes while the rest are not. So that’s why you find a heavy rock/metal instruments incorporated in the battle themes but they are still darn good.
Posted by Angelo
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