Soundtracks to review to.

Well, I just put up my latest review, so I thought I'd make a list of the soundtracks I listen to whilst writing these reviews. And as an added bonus, I'll include a link to a song from each soundtrack. (It won't be my favorite song from each game, because picking just one would be far too difficult.) Think of it as a sing-along list, only I won't be singing. You will be, most likely in a room all by yourself.

Hyperlinking in lists is no more, so that feature's out.

List items

  • Is it really any surprise? There are just so many memorable tracks from this game!

  • Man, does this game know how to work a piano. It knows exactly which notes to hit to make you feel whatever emotion it wants.

  • Just like Fragile Dreams before it, Bahamut Lagoon's pretty good at laying down some emotional tracks.

  • How the hell did Produce make the SNES sound so good? Sometimes, it's hard to tell which track is the original, and which is the arrange. Also, crazy ass names abound. It's just a shame that my favorite track (Alone) is nowhere to be found on YouTube. Also, it sucks that the sequel dropped the crazy names for something much more boring.

  • Not the PSP version (although I've nothing against that), but the SNES version. It's like a boisterous proto-Mystic Ark, in a sense. It's just the type of fighting spirit I could use while writing about how much I don't like Costume Quest.

  • Again, like Seisen no Keifu, so many memorable and beloved tracks to pick from.

  • OK, I mostly listened to this one while I was reviewing the game in question. It's how I figured out that half the soundtrack is ripped from Link to the Past. Doesn't mean I can't enjoy it, though.

  • Honestly, how the crap can you question this? Michael Jackson wrote the soundtrack. He snuck Smooth Criminal into the Ice Cap Zone. That is just all kinds of awesome.

  • (Specifically, the Romancing variant of it.) Technically, I should only list Romancing SaGa 3 here, since 1 is hard as hell to find on YouTube (hint: English won't do you any favors), and I'm pretty sure that 2 isn't even on YouTube, but they're all so good. Kenji Ito sure as shit knows how to compose stylistic music.

  • Goddamn it. I guess that's it. I've crossed the weeaboo line. There's no going back now. I have to admit, though, that this Vocaloid can work wonders when used properly. You (I) have Icemael to blame.

  • I'm trying to institute a new rule where for each review I write, I try to write it to a video game soundtrack I haven't already done for this. This time, we have Fire Emblem Gaiden, which manages to eke in with a decent fantasy soundtrack, ranging from energetic to just plain mystical.

  • Oh, Ms. Shimomura. Only your elegant, sonorous pieces could help me survive the terror of reliving Alone in the Dark for review purposes.

  • And following Ms. Shimomura is a soundtrack that's simultaneously bouncy and emotional. It's like Fragile Dreams Pinball, only not that fucking insane.

  • While I'm here, I might as well add the Terranigma soundtrack. So distinctive and soft. The sad thing is that neither of the composers for this game ever worked on anything else (as far as I can tell).

  • Appropriately for when reviewing Liberation Maiden.

  • Maybe I should listen to this one more often. Knocked out that Metal Gear Solid 2 review in a day.

  • Or maybe it was the fact that I dedicated a fucking day to writing a review. Worked for Metal Gear Solid 2, and worked for Pandora's Tower, as well. Oh, the soundtrack? Right, right. There's this strange organic, otherworldly quality about it that's hard to put into words.

  • God, there's something so fantastical and whimsical about this game's music that's just so endearing. Strange to pair it with a review of a game that isn't terribly whimsical (Fire Emblem), but what's done is done.

  • This one got me through a Project X Zone review. Anyway, what's there to say about Napple Tale's soundtrack? Probably the same thing I said about Skyward Sword's: it's full of childlike fantasy and whimsy, almost like you're playing a fairy tale. So hooray for that.

  • I could honestly list the entire series here if I wanted to, but this is the one that got me through a review of The Last of Us, so it's getting on the list. This particular soundtrack contains all the pomp, circumstance, and bouncy fun of pretty much any Koichi Sugiyama soundtrack. It has a fairy tale quality to it, almost like Napple Tale, except with a medieval regal tone replacing the childish fun that dominated that other game.

  • On and off for my Chrono Cross review, at least. Everything about this game's aesthetic reads like a love letter to video games, and the soundtrack is no different. All the tracks feel as though they were lifted from the mid 90s, when games were their gamiest.