exodus Yes! Can’t forget Falcom. I just played Ys I for the first time this year and I was so glad that the Chronicles version allowed me to swap between all of the different OST arrangements on the fly. The PCE CD arrangement is excellent, though this was the version I heard most of the time:
Those Dragon Slayer tracks are hot! The Underground Cave track gives me some Casiopeia vibes–in my head I imagine Mukaiya going absolutely nuts on the keys. I could have sworn I heard a vocal version of the Field music somewhere, but I can’t seem to find it now (I spent a lot of the year listening to the Falcom Vocal collection).
connrrr I didn’t know he did any game composing! I just got tickets to a Joe Hisaishi concert in January and I’m effervescing with anticipation :)
ukigusa The SMT overworld music was probably the tipping point for my making this thread! I tracked down the SMT 25th anniversary arrange album and this version of Tokyo from SMT IV stood out. It’s definitely been Persona-fied and is probably not as good as the original, but I still love it:
Also, I just recently heard this overworld theme from SMT IV Apocalypse and I admire the sheer swagger: