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Namco × Capcom OST
Catalog Number: CPCA-10118
Released On: August 31, 2005
Composed By: Yuzo Koshiro, Yasunori Mitsuda (disc 1 tracks 12-13), Various
Arranged By: Various
Published By: Suleputer
Recorded At: studio "noiZe"
Format: 2 CDs
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Tracklist:

Disc One
01 - Original ~Namco × Capcom - Brave New World
02 - Original ~Namco × Capcom - Trembling City of Aris (Title Version)
03 - Original ~Namco × Capcom - Night Before Fierce Fighting
04 - Original ~Namco × Capcom - Brave New World (Piano Version)
05 - Original ~Namco × Capcom - Distant Day's Promise
06 - Original ~Namco × Capcom - Footsteps of Time
07 - Capcom ~Street Fighter II - Stage China Chun-Li
08 - Original ~Namco × Capcom - Accelerating Chaos
09 - Original ~Namco × Capcom - Trembling City of Aris
10 - Original ~Namco × Capcom - Everything is in Battle
11 - Original ~Namco × Capcom - Enveloping Dark Clouds
12 - Namco ~Xenosaga Episode I - Battle with KOS-MOS
13 - Namco ~Xenosaga Episode I - Battle
14 - Original ~Namco × Capcom - Because it's the Right Path
15 - Original ~Namco × Capcom - Title Call
16 - Original ~Namco × Capcom - Break Time
17 - Original ~Namco × Capcom - The Gate of Revealed Destinies
18 - Namco ~Tales of Destiny - Lion-Irony of fate
19 - Original ~Namco × Capcom - To the Departed
20 - Original ~Namco × Capcom - Facing the Wind
21 - Namco ~Klonoa 2 - Stepping Wind
22 - Namco ~The Legend of Valkyrie - Main Theme
23 - Namco ~Tower of Druaga - Druaga
24 - Namco ~Tower of Druaga - Main Theme
25 - Namco ~Phantom Travel Records - Gambling Hall
26 - Namco ~Soul Calibur II - Brave Sword, Braver Soul
27 - Namco ~The Genji and the Heike Clans - Theme of The Genji and the Heike Clans
28 - Namco ~Burning Force - Bay Yard (1st day)
29 - Capcom ~Rockman Dash - Flutter vs. Gazel Shaft
30 - Namco ~The Genji and the Heike Clans - Yoshitsune
31 - Capcom ~Vampire Hunter - Demitri Stage (Romania)
32 - Capcom ~Ghouls and Ghosts - 1st BGM
33 - Capcom ~Vampire Hunter - Morrigan Stage (Scotland)
34 - Original ~Namco × Capcom - Flickering Darkness
35 - Capcom ~Vampire Hunter - Lei-Lei Stage (China)
Total Time:
73'08"

Disc Two
01 - Capcom ~Dino Crisis 2 - Regina's challenge
02 - Namco ~Tekken Tag Tournament - Opening Movie
03 - Capcom ~Street Fighter II - Stage Japan Ryu
04 - Capcom ~Street Fighter II - Stage U.S.A. Ken
05 - Namco ~Wonder Momo - Game BGM
06 - Namco ~Supreme Hero Berabo Man - Berabo Man
07 - Namco ~Tekken 3 - Opening Movie
08 - Namco ~Wonder Momo - After Transformation BGM
09 - Capcom ~Street Fighter Zero 2 - Stage Sakura
10 - Original ~Namco × Capcom - Evil Profusion
11 - Capcom ~Final Fight - (Stage 5) BGM6
12 - Capcom ~Rival Schools - We'll Defend Our School!
13 - Namco ~The Legend of Valkyrie - Zulu
14 - Namco ~Phantom Travel Records - Main Theme
15 - Original ~Namco × Capcom - Positive Thinking
16 - Capcom ~Lost World - 1 Round BGM
17 - Capcom ~Lost World - Shoppin'
18 - Capcom ~Captain Commando - Stage 1 (City)
19 - Original ~Namco × Capcom - That Shadow
20 - Namco ~Dig Dug II - DIG DUG II
21 - Capcom ~Strider Hiryu - Defense Sphere (1 Stage Demo) ~ Break In! (1 Stage BGM 1)
22 - Original ~Namco × Capcom - The Storm Called Destiny
23 - Capcom ~Street Fighter Zero 3 - Brave or grave -Theme of VEGA Type.2-
24 - Namco ~Tower of Druaga - Quarks
25 - Namco ~Klonoa Heroes - Guntz
26 - Original ~Namco × Capcom - 99
27 - Original ~Namco × Capcom - Path to Certain Victory
28 - Original ~Namco × Capcom - Brave New World (Instrumental Version)
29 - Original ~Namco × Capcom - Like an Old Dream
30 - Original ~Namco × Capcom - Someday, Under the Moon
31 - Original ~Namco × Capcom - Game Over
32 - Original ~Namco × Capcom - Brave New World (Long Version)
33 - Original ~Namco × Capcom - Brave New World (Karaoke Version)
34 - Original ~Namco × Capcom - Someday, Under the Moon (Karaoke Version)
Total Time:
76'00"

Of all the crossover games known to man, Namco × Capcom is probably the most unique. Upon initial announcements of the title, people immediately assumed that it would be another fighting game crossover (like Marvel vs. Capcom). However, it turned out to be a strategy RPG. Not only that: it was a fairly successful strategy RPG that caught the attention of many Japanese gamers.

At the present time of this review being written (October 2005), no plans exist for the game to come to the United States. And we shouldn't be surprised if it never comes! Look at the tracklist: how many of those games are completely unfamiliar to US gamers? The answer is: too many. This game feeds on nostalgia and allusion to other titles, yet American gamers have little knowledge of these titles. Honestly, who is Berabo Man?! Wonder Momo? Phantom Travel Records?!?!? These are all quite obscure titles to US gamers.

As for the game's music, much of it is comprised of stellar arrangements of past VGM. And may I say, some of these songs sound remarkable! I was particularly pleased with the Street Fighter arrangements, and I enjoyed all of the Vampire Hunter tracks. We also find one Rockman (Megaman) song on the OST, and it is simply one awesome synth-rock hit (disc 1 track 29).

As a reviewer who focuses entirely on VGM related to RPGs, it was certainly refreshing to hear arrangements to music from games that were originally not RPGs. They contain a style all their own: much more driven and action-packed, even moreso than some of the best battle themes RPGs have to offer. For me, this made the album a particularly enjoyable treat. However, for more well-rounded VGM fans, these arrangements may not do enough to impress, as they do not contain any live instruments and are probably not as well-done as other arranged albums in existence for these various games.

The game also sports well over a dozen "original" tunes, and nearly every one of them is decent, though many of them are just various arrangements of the same two or three main themes. There are two vocal pieces on this album: "Brave New World" and "Someday, Under the Moon." Both of these were written by Yuzo Koshiro, and they are simply outstanding. Honestly, they are some of the best J-Pop songs I've heard in the last five years. Techno-pop mixed with ambient piano and sweeping string sections is always a good thing.

The non-vocal original songs are equally impressive. Songs like "Trembling City of Aris" and "Evil Profusion" nearly caught me off guard: I didn't expect such power-packed songs on this soundtrack. When I say "power-packed", I am talking in the more dance-rhythm-techno sense, and less in the rock sense. In nearly all of the original songs, super-reverb-echo-piano is used in ways that I only wish I could create on a keyboard. Kudos to the unlisted composer of these original tunes.

One slight disappointment for me: the two Xenosaga tracks (found on the first disc) do not seem to have any sort of arrangement. Maybe my ear isn't detecting it, but I think these tracks were straight ports from the Xenosaga OST. It would have been nice to hear something interesting done with them. On the other hand, the Tales of Destiny track (another of the few RPGs referenced in Namco × Capcom) sounds decent.

Personally, I think this album represents a wide range of musical styles within the world of VGM, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone looking to expand their knowledge of VGM: especially people who are only listening to RPG soundtracks (like myself).

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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