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Shadow of the Colossus: To the Ancient Land
One of my favorite things about the Shadow of the Colossus soundtrack is how it successfully bounces back and forth between the extremes. It has tons of great, intense battle themes and an equally impressive suite of quiet, introspective ones. To the Ancient Land is perhaps my favorite among the later, as its peaceful combination of flutes, vocals and strings produce some truly beautiful chords. It also has a subtly epic feel to it that fits perfectly with the game’s grand, majestic world, making To the Ancient Land a fitting preface to this larger than life adventure.
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP: The Prettiest Weed
Indie games have really been nailing their soundtracks lately, and Sword & Sworcery is no exception. It’s a funky soundtrack to accompany a funky game, and The Prettiest Weed is one of my favorite tracks on it. It opens with a few solitary piano notes, and quickly layers in a steady drum beat along with the main melody. It has a head bobbing pace to it that complements the game’s simple adventuring nature, yet the sounds produced by the main melody are psychedelic enough to accurately represent the game’s slightly “out there” vibe. That’s what makes Sword & Sworcery such a memorable game, and its soundtrack is equally so.
Persona 3: The Battle for Everyone’s Souls
The Battle for Everyone’s Souls is a fantastic final boss theme, and is a big part of what made Persona 3’s final fight so memorable to me. It hits hard and fast, and never lets up for the duration of this demanding encounter. It jumps out of the gate with some heavy guitar riffs, and quickly ups the pace as it transitions to the song’s primary melody. This lets you know up front that you’re in for a tough fight, but it also does well to supplement its guitars with some effective piano and vocal work. The vocals in particular stand out, reciting an epic rendition of the Velvet Room theme that only ups the energy level. The Battle for Everyone’s Souls remains one of my personal favorite final boss themes, and provides a great finish to a lengthy, exciting JRPG.
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