I recently just picked these two up despite being familiar with them for years.
Part of me wanted to actually replay the game itself to see of if it's held up, but I had a copy sitting around for about five years and never got around to it. I finally faced facts and came to terms that was never goint to happen. However, I thought as a trade off having the soundtrack around might be a worthwhile investment.
If I remember correctly Vol.1 is the volume where the music is performed, right? I like this volume a bit more than Volume 2, but it's not due to the instruments being recorded live.
Vol. 1 Personal Highlights:
- The Desolate Smell of Earth
Just love this one to death but I'm a sucker for sad town themes.
- Requiem for a Saint
Again, I'm a sucker for a sad town theme.
- Ice Crystal
I know "Ice Crystal" is somewhat cheesy, but I think that why I like it.
- Reflected Moon
I usually don't like stuff like "Reflected Moon," but I love this piece.
I don't like Volume 2 as much but that because it's home to the game's battle themes. This is probably the area where I my tastes don't jell with Sakuraba cooks up that much. Still, there are some great tracks on this volume.
Vol. 2 It's been a decade since I last played the game but I'm still sick of it:
Cutting Edge of Notion
- I just can't stand this track. I use to love it but I only like the live version these days which is astounding.
Vol. 2 Personal Highlights:
- Bird's Eye View
I'm not sure why I love "Bird's Eye View" as much as I do, but it's one of my favorite world map themes.
- Moon Base
I tend to feel that "Moon Base" is one of those guilty pleasure tracks. I don't think it's overly creative but I don't think about that when listening.
- The Virtual Image
I ABSOLUTELY adore how this game is used in-game. "The Virtual Image" totally nails the dungeon it plays in.
There are plenty of other great tracks on here (I didn't want to make this too long) but those are my favorites.
However, I was wondering. Does anyone out there just own one album or the other? In my case I couldn't make a case for just owning one volume, but is there anyone with just one volume? If so, what factors into you decision?
I do want to nab the Director's Cut to get the remaining tracks. My vote for my favorite on there has to be "More Complicated."
Finally, I gave Star Ocean 4 a listen at one point and I just couldn't get into it. I enjoy Star Ocean 2 & 3 but 4 left me out in the cold. Would you say playing the game helps with that one? Also, is anyone looking forward to Star Ocean 5?