Top 25 Soundtracks 2011: Number 5

Number 5: Xenogears

Now we crack the top five. The peak of what gaming music and musicians have to offer. It doesn't get much better than the week we have ahead, and tonight I bring you the number five best gaming soundtrack of this year: Xenogears.

Xenogears is well, I'm going to link the whole soundtrack on a Youtube playlist right here. You can listen to individual songs if you wish, but the best advice I can give is to just hit up the whole soundtrack at one go. It will be worth your time.

Xenogears was composed by Yasunori Mitsuda, a composer that has already appeared once on this list with his work on Chrono Cross and is famous for many other soundtrack besides. I don't know what it was about Mitsuda working on all of the side games at Square back in the day, but he nailed every single one he worked on, and Xenogears is no exception.

Right away you can tell it's Mitsuda's work. What I've said before about artistic style being completely recognizable from composer to composer holds true with Mitsuda. If you've heard any of his other works and liked them, then you'll quickly recognize this as Mitsuda's work. It has the style and the sound that he's made famous in his other works.

Which isn't a bad thing. Mitsuda's music has always been high quality. Xenogears is no exception. I can't say it enough, Xenogears is quality, quality and more quality. The composition is skilled. The music stands highly on it's own, and it appeals to an incredibly wide audience. Its clever, evocative, and beautiful. Xenogears is at number 5.

Enjoyment: 4.25
Stand Alone Quality: 4.5
Composition: 4.25
Emotional Reaction: 4
Non-Gamer Enjoyment: 1
Nostalgia: 1
Total: 4.75

Number 5--Xenogears by  Yasunori Mitsuda
Number 8--Sonic Colors by Various
Number 10--Final Fantasy: The Crystal Chronicles by Kumi Tanioka

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