Late Night Consoling

By Alec Matias, Oct 19, 2004 8:00pm PDT

There was some discussion earlier in the comments about the best intro for a game which instantly brought to my mind the intro for Chrono Cross. For me, the song seals the deal as it gave me goosebumps when it switches up the pace. It's called ~Time's Scar~, by the masterful Yasunori Mitsuda, and one of my favorite tracks to ever come from a videogame. For me, I link music to the experience I'm going through at the moment and that just left an indelible mark on me. How about each of you share a specific moment in a game where the music just made the experience that much better?

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  • Final Fantasy Tactics and Vagrant Story (both from the same composer, I believe) both had excellent music across the board. Easily my favorite games, musically.

    Almost all of Chrono Cross's music was great (including the intro song, Time's Scar). There were some tunes that bothered me (like the battle music) and some that were just generally mediocre. All in all, though, it was really good.

    I liked alot of the music in Final Fantasy 7. Most of it was flawless and its contribution to the game was invaluable. Also, the music for Final Fantasy 9 was mostly good as well. Final Fantasy 8's music was _ok_ at best. Final Fantasy 10's music could have used some work.

    One game that I thought had really good music as well was the original Unreal. I felt that it was really atmospheric and the game probably would not have been nearly as playable for me without it. That was one reason Unreal 2 was such a huge disappointment to me. No attention to the music.