The RPG genre is an incredibly fertile source of VGM, with sprawling and varied soundtracks to match the lengthy and oftentimes cinematic nature of the games, so it’s about time I made an episode dedicated to it! RPG connoisseur and Forever Sound Version veteran John Baldasera swings by to enjoy some tracks from games such as Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers, Ax Battler: A Legend of Golden Axe, and Nier Automata.
Ghost Lion (1989, NES) ‘Title Theme’ by Hiroyuki Masuno
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers (1997, Sega Saturn) ‘Algon NS Building (Vision Quest)’ by Toshiko Tasaki, Tsukasa Masuko, and Shoji Meguro
Dragon Riders: Chronicles of Pern (2001, Sega Dreamcast) ‘Danger? Action!’ by Laurent Parisi
The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky (2004, PC) ‘Path to Libel’ by Hayato Sonoda, Wataru Ishibashi, and Takahide Murayama
Ax Battler: A Legend of Golden Axe (1992, Sega Game Gear) ‘Wilderness’ by Keisuke Tsukahara
Nier Automata (2017, Sony PlayStation 4) ‘City Ruins (Shade)’ by Keiichi Okabe and MONACA, vocals and lyrics by Emi Evans
Death Bringer (1989, Sharp X68000) ‘Last Odyssey (Ending)’ by Shinobu Ogawa and Tenpe Sato