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Fire Emblem: New Dark Dragon and the Sword of Light OST

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Catalog Number: SVWC-7593
Released On: December 3, 2008
Composed By: Yuka Tsujiyoko, Saki Kasuga
Arranged By: N/A
Published By: Aniplex
Recorded At: N/A
Format: 1 CD
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Tracklist:

01 - Prelude
02 - Fire Emblem Theme
03 - The Door to Lore
04 - Shadow Dragons and the Blade of Light
05 - Fateful Footsteps
06 - Blade of Betrayal
07 - Dark Clouds Hang Over Us
08 - A Land in Shock
09 - Preparations for Battle
10 - Stalemate!
11 - Time to Take Charge
12 - War!
13 - Assault
14 - Invasion Unit
15 - A Worthy Opponent Impeding Us
16 - Down the Road to Victory
17 - The Joy of Victory
18 - The Ancient Dark Dragon
19 - Our Hero Falls...
20 - Requiem for a Man of Courage
21 - The Lamenting People
22 - A Battle to Rescue
23 - A Beckoning Guest
24 - Fruits of Advancement
25 - Weapon Shop
26 - Item Shop
27 - To Freedom
28 - Come On, Let's Go Together
29 - I Present the Army
30 - Time to Leapfrog
31 - Ringing Determination
32 - A Challenger with Valor
33 - Life-risking Test of Ability
34 - Reward for Courage
35 - Gato the White Sage
36 - Secret Shop
37 - End This Battle...
38 - For Tomorrow
39 - Gharnef, the Dark King
40 - Childish Divine Dragon
41 - Our Hero's Destiny
42 - More Demon's Hands
43 - Proud General
44 - Nyna, the Grieving Princess
45 - Clash! Two Justices
46 - Evil Roar of Darkness
47 - Holy Judgment of Light
48 - Time for a Reunion
49 - Song of Joy
50 - Victorious Formation
51 - Into the Dark
52 - Creeping Worry
53 - Unbearable Separation
54 - Buddies Again
55 - While the Decision's Fresh
56 - The Shadow Dragons' Rage
57 - The Battle of Castle Dolhr
58 - Final Chaos
59 - Medeus the Shadow Dragon
60 - Fragments of Hope
61 - The Locus of Our Heroes
62 - In a shiny wind
63 - Carrying Memories in My Heart
Total Time:
78'10"

Check it out, a special outer slipcase! Just what I've always wanted!

In my review for the Nintendo DS title Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon I mentioned that I thought there was little variety in the soundtrack while I was playing the game, so I was astonished when I saw this soundtrack had 63 songs. Were they playing the same songs constantly or were they just so unmemorable that I forgot them in an instant? Well, let's find out.

You can never play a Fire Emblem game without the main theme and I never get sick of hearing it. It presents the series with a link that gets the heart pumping with familiarity while simultaneously presenting a brand new game each and every time. I find it one of the most effective series themes, along with Dragon Quest's rousing overture. There are plenty of other familiar songs as well, including "Footsteps of Destiny" and "Time of Uprising." One thing worth noting though is that this OST features redone songs from the original NES OST as well as brand new songs just for this remake. Unfortunately I (and many others) won't be able to tell the difference since this is the first time this game has reached our shores.

One thing I noticed early on while listening to this OST was that a majority of the music is unobtrusive and sounds more like background music, which I'm sure, is why I didn't notice half of the songs when playing the game. This is usually more typical of Western RPGs than Japanese. Most of the songs are also rather short (around a minute or less), so despite there being 63 songs the OST goes by pretty fast. I found most of the music didn't leave much of an impression on me because it was over in a heartbeat. In fact I'm pretty positive they had to have some of these songs looping multiple times without any break during certain scenes in the game.

Much like the game itself, I found this OST to be the weakest of any game in the series to reach our shores so far. It certainly isn't bad and fits the mood and themes of the game well enough, but nothing in it is particularly memorable beyond the songs that have managed to stay in the series for years. The OST and the songs within are over in flash and just failed to make an impression on me. I likely won't remember any of the songs a day after writing this review. The only thing I can say is that if you are a huge fan of Fire Emblem music it's probably a worthwhile purchase, but otherwise I wouldn't bother.

Reviewed by: Josh Lewis



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